Tuesday 10 September 2013
The Newcastle United Foundation is set to receive a big boost when a charity match is held on Wednesday 11 September at St James' Park.
In commemoration of former goalkeeper Steve Harper's 20 years with the club, a match has been arranged between a team of former Newcastle players and AC Milan Glorie, or legends to have played for the Serie A side.
"Every penny raised from the game will go towards boosting the charities' contributions to the North East"
Proceeds from the one-off fixture will go to the Newcastle United Foundation, Great North Children's Hospital and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The Newcastle United Foundation, which is the official registered charity of the Barclays Premier League club and which has just celebrated its fifth anniversary, relies on independent funding to continue working with 47,000 young people and families in the North East each year and will channel its share of the proceeds into community projects across North and South Tyneside, County Durham and Northumberland.
Among the former Newcastle players involved on Wednesday will be Alan Shearer, the leading goalscorer in the history of the Barclays Premier League, as well as Les Ferdinand, Andrew Cole, Faustino Asprilla, David Ginola and Joey Barton.
For Milan, the former Italy captain Franco Baresi will be accompanied by Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Zvonimir Boban, Mark van Bommel, Christian Vieri and Daniele Massaro. The Milan squad has been given more intrigue with Harper suggesting that Sunderland head coach and former Milan player Paolo Di Canio may also feature.
"To have secured the players we have is a real coup for us," Harper, who moved to Hull CIty in the summer, said. "It's fantastic to have big, high-profile names supporting the charities we are raising money for and we're very grateful to have Milan Glorie and some of the biggest names in world football flying in from Italy.
"The Newcastle United Foundation, Great North Children's Hospital and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation are incredible causes in their own right and we're very fortunate to have them on our doorstep in Newcastle. Every penny raised from the game will go towards boosting their vital contributions to the North East."
Tickets for the event are still available, costing £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. For more information click here. To learn more about how the Newcastle United Foundation is using football to engage and improve the lives of youngsters, please visit www.nufc.co.uk/foundation.