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Rob Lee And Ruel Fox To Play In Legends Game At Gateshead

GATESHEAD Legends and Newcastle Legends have announced four new players that will be taking part in the legends match at the International Stadium on April 7 2019.
Following on from last Monday’s announcement, Heed legends Ben Clark and Micky Cummins have recruited ‘Wembley season’ fan favourites John Oster and James Marwood to line-up alongside them.
Newcastle Legends have also announced ‘Entertainers’ era midfield stars, Rob Lee and Ruel Fox will be joining Peter Beardsley.
Oster and Marwood were key figures during the 2013/14 season as the Tynesiders claimed their highest ever National League finish of 3rd and were beaten play-off finalists.
Marwood famously netted a brace in the play-off semi-final against Grimsby in front of a packed International Stadium to help Gateshead reach Wembley for the first time in their history.
And after confirming his place on the Heed legends side, the 28-year-old forward commented: “It’s a privilege to play for Gateshead in a game against opposition who have achieved so much in their respective careers and have been very successful.
“Clarky just got in contact with me and said he’s getting the band back together and I just jumped at the chance to play a game again as it’s been four years!
“I can’t wait to line-up again with some old colleagues who are also still my good friends. It should be a great occasion and hopefully we can raise some vital funds for Gateshead as they continue their play-off push!”
Former Wales International and Sunderland midfielder Oster signed for the Heed near the start of that memorable season and went on to make 83 appearances for the Tynesiders over two seasons prior to his retirement in 2015.
“It should be a really fun game to play in,” Oster admitted.
“I still see some of the lads that played in my time at Gateshead anyway but I’ve not played for a few years now so I think I’ll have to get some sort of fitness done in the run-up – I’ll probably leave that until after Christmas though!
“I’m sure like most games of this nature, there will be a slight competitive edge, but when the game is finished it will be all smiles and handshakes no doubt.”
With 379 appearances and 56 goals for Newcastle, Rob Lee was one of the most influential Magpies midfielders of the 90s as he helped United to a First Division title, two Premiership and FA Cup runners-up spots as well as Champions League football for the first time.
After confirming his spot in the Newcastle Legends side, Lee said: “I am really looking forward to pulling on the boots for such a good cause.
“The fact its north-east derby means I will have to start training now because local pride is at stake!
“I hope the fans from both sides of the Tyne support the game.”
Ruel Fox joined Newcastle midway through their inaugural Premier League season as they claimed an admirable 3rd place finish – a feat yet to be bettered by a newly promoted side in the Premier League era. In his first full season in the North East, Fox netted an impressive 12 times from midfield to help the Magpies finish 6th.
He commented: “I’m looking forward to catching up with the lads. I’ve played in the last two games against Liverpool and Manchester United which saw us lose and draw so we will be going for the win this time!”
More legends will be announced in the coming weeks.
Legends confirmed so far…
Gateshead: Ben Clark, Micky Cummins, John Oster, James Marwood
Newcastle: Steve Watson, Peter Beardsley, Steve Howey, Ruel Fox, Rob Lee

Newcastle Legends Set To Play Gateshead Legends In Fundraiser

Newcastle Legends will face their Gateshead counterparts at Gateshead Stadium on Sunday April 7th 2019 to raise money for Gateshead Football Club and their Foundation. Peter Beardsley, Steve Howey, Ruel Fox and Robe Lee are already confirmed for the match and tickets go on sale at Gateshead on December 1st.
Steve Howey said,  “I am looking forward to pulling on the black and white shirt again for a good cause with Newcastle Legends. We all keep in touch and the lads are looking forward to getting back together again. I hope that we can get a big crowd on the day and raise a lot of money.”
Steve Wraith ( Newcastle Legends MD) : ” We are delighted to be helping stage this game to raise money for Gateshead Football Club. We have had some big games over the last few years against Manchester United and Liverpool but there is certainly a bit of spice with a local derby.  I have spoken to a lot of the Newcastle Legends and there its a real buzz about the game.

First Events Of 2019 Announced

Newcastle Legends have announced two events for 2019 at a new venue. Events with Newcastle Legends Rob Lee and Peter Beardsley will take place at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead with all guests getting the VIP treatment. Tickets are £65 with every ticket holder getting food, a photo opportunity and a signed print provided by Newcastle Legends. Tickets go on sale on 6th November and are expected to sell quickly via the website.

Spoils Are Shared As The Alan Shearer Foundation Wins

It was one of those days at Kingston Park on Sunday afternoon (October 9) as Alan Shearer’s Newcastle Legends took on Keith Gillespie’s Manchester Select in a game in aid of the Alan Shearer Foundation.

Shearer rolled back the years by playing the entire first half, as did the likes of Steve Harper, who pulled off some blinding saves, along with cameos for that of Beardsley, Sellars and Fox; even the Manchester lads chipped in with Lee Hendrie showing his youthfulness and running the show, as did Gillespie who put in a great shift of his own.

It would be the former Newcastle number nine who would open the scoring during the first half as well. Showing his usual predator instincts following a cross from the left by flying wing-back, Joh n Beresford – he celebrated in usual style with arm raised, celebrating with the 6,001 fans who turned out.

Hendrie and Ritchie were proving to be a nuisance up front as well for Manchester, testing the Magpies defence as often as possible but Harper was having none of it, even diving full length, across goal, to tip away a brilliantly struck free kick from Hendrie.

Referee Barry Sweeney even got in on the act when he waved away a ‘controversial’ decision towards the end of the first half after Tino Asprilla went down under a challenge in the box but it was waved away

Shearer snuck in at the back post following a cross from Alan Thompson but the shot was punched away from six yards out by Kevin Pilkington but, following a few substitutions by both sides the first half finished 1-0 to the Newcastle Legends.

 

Shearer and Ferdinand led the Magpies out for the second half but they remained on the bench, Ferdinand prowling the touchline and shouting directions with a smile.

Within five minutes of the restart there was a special substitution. Late last year former Magpies goalkeeper, Pavel Srnicek, sadly passed away, and his brother Milan, who had been training with Sparta Prague, made an appearance and he was immediately called into action making a couple of easy saves with chants of ‘Pavel is a Geordie’ soaring around the ground.

It wouldn’t be long before the Manchester Select levelled though, Keith Gillespie finishing well amidst a cacophony of boos. Bez (of the Happy Mondays) scuffed a shot as Hendrie still proved to be a thorn before Fox fired over the bar from the edge of the box.

After more substitutions Jamie McClen restored Newcastle’s lead after a shot from Beardsley rebounded back out but Manchester were soon level again with actor Ralf Little restoring parity in the latter stages, again to ‘boos’ from the Newcastle faithful.

As both sides hunted what would have been a late winner there was time for a disallowed goal, and Ruel Fox to show off some trickery on the edge of the bod but it was to finish level at 2-2 and the cup was shared.

Afterwards Newcastle manager Alan Shearer said: “The game was played in high spirits and in front of a great crowd which is just superb for the Foundation.

“Harps did really well and can still do a fantastic job as he proved and it was just right that we got Milan (Srnicek) involved, it was good for him and he got a fantastic reception.

“As for me, I didn’t think I’d last that long but it was good fun and it was a great finish from me as well.”

The game though was all about the Entertainers, and raising money for the Alan Shearer Foundation and Shearer added his thanks, not only to the fans, but to the lads for travelling.

He said: “I’d like to thank everyone for turning up , including Tino, who’s come from Colombia, and Les, who’s travelled up from London, lads have come from everywhere but I’d like to thank everyone for getting involved.”