Good to see footballers giving something back to charity!
Former footballers who graced St James’ Park in the 1990s reunited on Sunday to take part in a football game that benefited five charities. NSPCC, Alan Shearer Activity Centre, Children’s Heart Unit Fund, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Pathways all benefited from ticket sales and sponsorship from local businesses.
Over 10,000 supporters attended Kingston Park to watch ‘The Entertainers’, made up of ex Newcastle United players and managed by Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott take on ‘The Spice Boys’, a Liverpool squad managed by Roy Evans and Phil Thompson.
Former Newcastle players to dust off their boots included Pavel Srnicek, Steve Watson, John Beresford, Robbie Elliott, Darren Peacock, Steve Howey, Philippe Albert, Brian Kicline, Rob Lee, Lee Clark, Liam O’Brien, Alan Shearer, Tino Asprilla, Keith Gillespie, David Ginola, Paul Bracewell and Ruel Fox. Mark Allison, AKA Run Geordie Run, who ran 3,000 miles across America earlier this year, swapped over his running trainers to take part whilst cricketer Steve Harmison and organiser Steve Wraith made up the rest of the team.
Although Newcastle United opened the scoring through Steve Watson Liverpool battled back and won the game 4-1 through goals from Steve McManaman, Neale McDermott and John Durnin (2). Former Newcastle number 9 Alan Shearer uncharacteristically missed a penalty.
Despite the loss fans left the stadium in a buoyant mood whilst five charities benefitted from the occasion.