Players ready for 24-hour game in aid of charity

FOOTBALLERS from around the county are preparing for their biggest challenge on the pitch.

Players from Ashington and Morpeth are among those who will take part in a 24-hour football match raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The game will kick off at 6pm on Friday, August 24, at Gateshead Stadium, with the referee blowing the full-time whistle the following evening.

Each player has been sponsored a minimum of £100 for the Foundation, with one player already raising over £1,000.

The marathon match has been organised by Ian Carr, from Gateshead, with help from Peter Hughes.

Ian said: “We currently have 35 players and will be rotating the teams throughout the 24 hours.

“Everyone will play between 12 and 15 hours of football so we know it’s going to be extremely demanding physically and mentally, especially in the early hours of the morning and on Saturday afternoon.”

Events have also been lined up off the pitch to keep children entertained including a bouncy castle, face painting and balloon modelling.