Record crowd sees Hebburn Town see off Newcastle United kids

Peter Beardsley
Peter Beardsley

A club record crowd of 530 witnessed Hebburn Town pull off a shock by beating a Newcastle United youth XI this evening.

The clash, organised as a fundraiser as part of the Save Hebburn Town FC campaign, was decided by a solitary first-half strike from Adam Rundle, as the Hornets saw off a youthful Magpies side, made up mainly of Under-18 players, at the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground.

And United youth supremo Peter Beardsley was delighted to help the club's cause.

"Obviously it is difficult to be happy when you lose a football match but I think it is fair to say that everyone is happy after this one," he told the Gazette.

"The main thing was not Newcastle United or the players we had out there, it was about helping this football club raise money. This was about Hebburn. And I am pleased we have been able to help out a club in the local community."

In recent weeks cash-strapped Hebburn have launched a plea to help save their 105-year-old football club.

The Northern League Division Two side are struggling for support and finances as they battle to stay afloat. The club has regularly been making a loss at home games and attendances are at the lowest in their history, placing a huge question mark over the club's future.

As a result, the club have been trying to raise vital funds in order to prevent themselves going to the wall. Getting United to visit was a massive part of that.

Sunderland will also send an academy side to Hebburn next Wednesday, kick-off 6.30pm.