Ex-England star Chris Waddle’s South Shields date

EX-ENGLAND FOOTBALLER ... Chris Waddle publicises his sportsman's dinner to be held at the Hedworth Hall.
EX-ENGLAND FOOTBALLER ... Chris Waddle publicises his sportsman's dinner to be held at the Hedworth Hall.

A FORMER England footballer who played for both the region’s top clubs is heading to South Shields.

Chris Waddle was part of the national squad who made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 1990.

getting shirty ... Chris with Hedworth Hall owner Tony Singh, left, and general manager Carl Mowat.

getting shirty ... Chris with Hedworth Hall owner Tony Singh, left, and general manager Carl Mowat.

It was the closest England had ever come to lifting the World Cup since they won it in 1966.

The team, which had a host of top-name players including Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and John Barnes and was managed by Sir Bobby Robson, narrowly missed out making it to the final after being beaten on penalties by West Germany.

Now, the player-turned-pundit is coming back to his native North East to host a question and answer evening at the Hedworth Hall, in South Shields.

The 52-year-old, who played for both Newcastle United and Sunderland, is one of a host of famous sporting names to have appeared at the venue in Dean Road, South Shields.

It’s great to be able to come back here. I grew up in Pelaw and played for Jarrow, Hebburn and Felling.

Chris Waddle

Chris said: “It’s great to be able to come back here. I grew up in Pelaw and played for Jarrow, Hebburn and Felling.

“On the night I will be talking about my career, how I started off in a sausage factory to playing for England, and the dodgy haircuts inbetween, as well as ‘Diamond Lights’ – the single with Glenn Hoddle in 1987.”

Football fans will be able to meet and quiz the former player as he takes to the stage on April 9.

Tickets cost £25, including dinner. Contact the Hedworth Hall on 456 3112.

n The Gazette has two pairs of tickets to give away for an Evening with Chris Waddle.

To be in with a chance of winning, tell us which French football team Chris Waddle played for.

Answers should be sent to: Chris Waddle Competition, Hedworth Hall, Dean Road, South Shields.

The deadline for entries is Friday, March 27.

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