FOOTBALLERS from South Tyneside are getting set to play with some on-pitch heroes to raise money for poorly children.
Former Newcastle United players Steve Howey, Tino Asprilla, John Anderson and Jamie McClen will go head-to-head with ex-Sunderland AFC captain Gary Bennett in the charity match.
They will play alongside members of Sunday League team Jarrow Civic FC in the match against Dunston UTS old boys, at Dunston UTS FC stadium on Sunday.
All money raised on the day will be split between the RVI children’s cancer ward, Neve’s Disneyland Florida Fund and Amber’s Appeal.
Neve’s Disneyland Florida Fund is aiming to raise money for little Neve Beattie, of Stanley, County Durham.
Five-year-old Neve was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2012, and has faced chemotherapy and surgery.
Amber’s Appeal raises funds for equipment for Amber Giles, of Leam Lane, Gateshead.
The three-year-old was born 16 weeks premature, and spent the first 16 months of her life in hospital.
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which affects her movement.
Secretary of Jarrow Civic FC, Malcolm McKenna, said the match is set to be a great occasion.
“It will be good to mix in with everyone and get to know some new people,” he said.
“The club has been going for 25 years so it’s well established and not just a Sunday league football team, but a community which does a lot for charity.
“We are honoured to be asked to play. We are fans of Newcastle and Sunderland.”
He said: “We have quite young lads and older ones who grew up watching the players who are taking part.
“They are all chomping at the bit to get started.
“I’m sure there will be some nerves on the day, but I’m sure the players will help them out.
“And once we get out onto the pitch it will be just like any other match.
“Hopefully, it will become something that can be done every year for charity.”
The event, which is taking place as part of a family fun day, has been organised by Michelle Rocks, along with Wraith Promotions and Precision Sports Events.
There will be face painting and entertainment and karaoke from top vocalist Russ T.
The gates open at 1pm and admission prices are £1 for adults and 50p for children and concessions.