Newcastle United players to turn out for Steve Harmison benefit game

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Stephen Harmison’s benefit reaches Ashington on Thursday when his Northumberland XI takes on a Newcastle United XI at Woodhorn Lane, home of Ashington Football Club.

Harmison’s side includes his brothers Ben and James, plus two of Durham County Cricket Club’s recent championship winning side, Scott Borthwick and Phil Mustard.

A host of footballers from Northumberland sides are lined up to join them.

And Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver will take charge of the opposition rather than former Scotland international Willie Donachie and ex-England star Peter Beardsley, which could mean a couple of surprises in store at Woodhorn Lane.

Beardsley has been known to pull his boots on for special occasions, while Steve Stone, Kevin Richardson and Dave Watson – all capped for the Three Lions – might be tempted into action.

The likes of James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana and Adam Campbell, all of whom have played in the Barclays Premier League, featured in United’s last second-string game while goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and defender Remie Streete have been unused substitutes in the top flight.

Northumberland’s Premier League referee Michael Oliver will be the man in the middle.

The event is fundraising for the benefit and the two nominated charities – The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The PCA Benevolent Fund.

Tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £1.50 for juniors and can be purchased on the gate.

Tickets can also be purchased in advance from the following locations in the town: Ashington AFC, Woodhorn Lane; The Buffs; Barclays Bank; and Ashington Town Council

Newcastle United squad: Jonathan Mitchell, James Tavernier, Macauley Gillesphey, Kevin Richardson, Dave Watson, Remie Streete, Steve Stone, Peter Beardsley, Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong, Gael Bigirimana, Massadio Haidara, Jak Alnwick, Ben Drennan, Jonathyn Quinn and Rolando Aarons.

The Harmison Northumberland squad: Karl Dryden, Andrew Johnson, Glen Taylor, Scott Blandford (all Ashington), Sean McCafferty, James Harmison, Paul Watson (all Bedlington Terriers), Danny Patterson, Ben Richardson. Adam Foster, Gareth Bainbridge (North Shields), Rob Story (Team Northumbria), Paul Robinson (Darlington), Dean Holmes (Blyth Spartans), Scott Borthwick & Phil Mustard (Durham Cricket Club), Ben Harmison and Stephen Harmison.

The game kicks-off at 7pm.