Date With Dutch

West Ham announced today that Glenn Roeder's Hammers are going Dutch to complete their pre-season build-up on August 11.

Hammers will fly to the Channel island of Jersey to face Dutch first division side FC Utrecht in their final friendly before the following Saturday's Premiership curtain-raiser at Liverpool.

Manager Glenn Roeder is looking forward to a tough examination against opponents who have qualified for Europe next season.

He says: 'Utrecht will be a good test for us because they did very well last season, finishing fifth in the Dutch first division and qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

'They were looking for a friendly on Saturday, August 11 and so were we, so it's worked out fine for both clubs.

'I understand Utrecht have got three or four very decent players and they'll play quick, attacking football.

'As the building work on the new stand at Upton Park won't be completed by then, we've agreed to play the friendly on the island of  Jersey instead. It'll kick-off in the evening, with either a 7.30pm or 7.45pm kick-off.'

 Pre-Season Schedule

First Team:
Friday 20 July                Purfleet/Bishops Stortford (a)
Tuesday 24 July            Peterborough United (a)
Monday 30 July            Stevenage Borough (a)
Friday 3 August            Notts County (a)
Monday 6 August         Rushden and Diamonds (Gary Butterworth testimonial) (a)
Saturday 11 August      FC Utrecht (in Jersey)

Tuesday 24 July           Heybridge Swifts (a)
Friday 27 July              AFC Sudbury (a)
Tuesday 31 July           Braintree Town (a)
Saturday 4 August       Walton and Hersham (a)
Wednesday 8 August   Dagenham and Redbridge (Jason Broom testimonial) (a)
Monday 13 August      Farnborough Town (a)

All kick off times, except Walton and Hersham (3pm) are 7.45pm