Hebburn Town FC are being given a helping hand in their fight for survival – by a huge footballing neighbour.
Newcastle United are sending a team to the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground next month for a fundraising friendly.
The match will take place on Tuesday, April 18, while Newcastle and England legend Peter Beardsley – who coaches the team – is to hold a question and answer session afterwards in the clubhouse.
It comes as Hebburn desperately try to stay afloat after being hit by falling attendances, a lack of sponsors and increased costs.
Since the Northern League Division Two club revealed its plight early last month, the football community has rallied round in support.
A bumper crowd of 451 watched the Hornets beat Tow Law Town 4-1 earlier this month, and that attendance looks certain to be bettered when Newcastle visit.
If you want to help us keep the club alive now is the time to actHebburn Town
Officials at Hebburn launched an appeal to save the 105-year-old club in February.
A statement said: “In a statement titled ‘Save Hebburn’ they said: “Hebburn are currently playing to falling gates and have barely enough money to survive.
“This is a message to the people of Hebburn.
“If you want to help us keep the club alive now is the time to act.
“If you want to keep Northern League football in the time help us.
“Once it is lost we will never get it back. Other clubs would gladly take our place and take their chances. Once it’s gone it’s gone.
“Please help us to continue fighting and punching above our weight in what is genuinely considered to be one of the the best non-league divisions in the country.”
The friendly will kick-off at 7.30pm, while admission prices and more details are expected to be announced at a later date.