(Images courtesy of Nathan Clark Media)
The second annual Pavel Cup at the Dunston UTS Stadium proved a huge success on Sunday 9 July as Newcastle Legends rolled back the years, with special appearances from Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne.
Gazza, whose nephew Cameron also played an integral part in the game, was part of Legends XI who dismantled the Felling Old Boys, although it has to be said that the runners-up were far from disgraced, after all Gazza and Beardo were joined on the field by Keith Gillespie, Steve Howey, Steve Harper, Darren Peacock, Jamie McClen, Paul Robinson, Billy Askew and Scott Fenwick, to name a few.
The Legends deservedly ran out 7-1 victors with Gazza, rolling in for a goal of his own late on before coming off to a standing ovation, being joined on the score sheet by Paul Robinson, Steve Harper, Peter Beardsley, and a rare Keith Gillespie hat-trick.
In memory of former Newcastle United ‘keeper Pavel Srnicek, and to recognise the tenth anniversary of Felling’s ‘Hitman’ Chris Heron, local charity, St Oswald’s Hospice, for whom Pav was the ambassador prior to untimely passing, saw a near 500-strong crowd turn out in the sun for the fun.
(Gazza with the St. Oswald’s Hospice team before the 2017 Pavel Cup)
Corporate Fundraiser, Siobhan Sargeant, said after the game: “The team at St. Oswald’s were delighted to be involved with the 2017 Pavel Cup.
“It was a wonderful day and our staff and volunteers had a fabulous time meeting their local heroes.
“Seeing Gazza and Peter Beardsley back on the pitch together again was such a highlight. I was lucky enough to chat to Gazza who was extremely supportive and enthusiastic about the work of the hospice, and thanked us for the work we do in the area he grew up in.
“The event had a real local focus and it was great that Radio Tyneside had exclusive coverage of the game. Dunston is really close to our hearts as our furniture shop is just yards from the (Dunston UTS) stadium and we have cared for many patients from Dunston and the surrounding areas over the years.
“The Pavel Cup is a fitting tribute to both Pavel, and Chris Heron, and we are proud to be a part of it once again.
“All funds raised from the event will go directly towards the care of local adults, young people and children with life-limiting illnesses in our community.
“Thank you so much to everyone who made it happen and supported the event on the day.”
(Gazza rolled back the years showing off some to the skills, and the banter, that made him the man we know and love today)
Newcastle Legends’ Natalie Hubbard, who along with captain Lorenzo and several others attending on the day were close to Pavel Srnicek, was full of love and praise after what was an emotional day.
She added: “I would just like to thank everyone for today.
“All the players who have travelled from all over and given up their time for such a brilliant cause, and to everyone who came to watch the game and dropped off donations.
“Especially Siobhan Sargeant, I couldn’t do it without you; and of course Steve Wraith for organising everything without you none of it would be possible.
“You are all fantastic and I love you all, until next year, THANK YOU.”
St. Oswald’s Hospice will make an announcement in the coming days as to how much was raised on a great day for charity, for football, for the loved ones we have lost, including Bradley Lowery who was afforded a deserved minutes applause prior to the game.
(Video Interviews with Gazza, Scott Fenwick, referee Barry Sweeney, event organiser Steve Wraith, Pavels Gents Hairdressers Stefan Brown, and St. Oswald’s Siobhan Sargeant, will be available to view in due course courtesy of Nathan Clark and Peter Mann).