TWO North-East football legends are to take part in a talk as part of a fundraising night for South Shields FC next week.
Former Newcastle United player Peter Beardsley and ex-Sunderland star Eric Gates will feature at the event, which will be held at The Mile bar in Brigham Place, South Shields, next Thursday.
The evening, which will be compered by Graeme Foster, comes hot on the heels of last week’s Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light, which Sunderland won 2-1.
And South Shields FC’s commercial assistant, Bob Wray, is hoping that ensures the banter will fly at the talk.
He said: “That might add a bit of spice to the evening, because hopefully supporters of both Newcastle and Sunderland will be there.
“They are two well-known former stalwarts of the clubs, so the banter will be rather good.
“There will be a lot of fly-on-the-wall type stories, and nights like these are always very humorous, with good stories told about their clubs and football in general.”
The funds raised from the night will go to the club, which plays its ‘home’ games in Peterlee, after previously being based at Filtrona Park in Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields.
Mr Wray feels events like these are crucial to securing the future of the Mariners, who are sitting mid-table in Division Two of the Northern League.
He added: “Hopefully, all the tickets will go and the full house will help the club financially.
“It is another event that, in our present circumstances, will go a long way to ensuring we can meet the running costs of the season.
“We would like to thank John Porthouse, who owns The Mile, for hosting the event, as he is a sponsor and very good friend of the club.”
The presence of Beardsley, the former England star who had two successful spells at Newcastle in the 1980s and ’90s, and Gates, who played for Sunderland between 1985 and 1990, is expected to make the evening a sell-out.
Tickets cost £12.50, with the event set to get under way at 7.30pm.
The price also includes both a pie and peas supper and raffle tickets, while there will also be an auction.
Seating is limited to 160, arranged in 16 tables of 10, so a table may be reserved for a circle of friends.
To buy a ticket, contact club chairman Gary Crutwell on 07947 480054, or commercial assistant Bob Scott on 07920 554377. A limited number will also be available on the night.