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Liam O’Brien Olivier Bernard and Cameron Gascoigne Sign Up For Match

Newcastle Legends can announce Liam O’Brien, Olivier Bernard and Cameron Gascoigne will pull on the black and white stripes again against Gateshead Legends on April 7th at the International Stadium. O’Brien who is still the subject of a terrace chant to this day for putting ‘the ball in the Makems Net’ is looking forward to his return to the North East from his home in Ireland. “I love coming back to the North East. It has special memories for me. It is nice that the fans still sing my name and I have had a few pints of Guiness bought for me over the years. I am looking forward to pulling on the Newcastle Legends shirt again.”

Olivier Bernard was a vital part of Sir Bobby Robson’s team in the early noughties with the team have three consecutive top five finishes. He forged a good partnership with Laurent Robert on the left hand side of the team and has settled in the North East. ” To play for a manager like Sir Bobby Robson was an unforgettable experience. We had a great team and I have a lot of happy memories from my time at Newcastle. I have settled in the area with my family and enjoy playing in these types of games. It will be great to see the lads again and help raise money for Gateshead Football Club.”

Cameron Gascoigne is the nephew of ‘Gazza’ and despite his age, 16, has progressed well in his pursuit of a football career. He has featured in recent Newcastle Legends game including the ‘Pavel Cup’ in 2017 where he played alongside his uncle Paul. ” I am looking forward to playing with the Legends again and it will be special to play against Gateshead at the International Stadium as I am a Gateshead lad.”


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Tino And Milan Srnicek Confirm For Legends Game

Former Columbian World Cup Star Tino Asprilla and the brother of the late ‘Entertainers’ Goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek , Milan will be flying to play for Newcastle Legends in April at the International Stadium. Asprilla will also be the guest speaker at a ‘Legends’ Dinner at the Hilton Newcastle/Gateshead after the game on the 7th April which all players will attend. Tickets for that event are available from

Tino said, “I love coming back to my second home Newcastle. Steve Watson has told me I need to be fit because Gateshead have a younger squad so I am working hard every day. I am also still working hard at socialising so that I will still fit in on the Quayside.Joking aside I cannot wait to pull on the black and white shirt again and entertain them. I am definitely taking any penalties.”
Milan Srnicek is delighted to be coming back to Tyneside. ” It is nice to be asked to play again for Newcastle Legends and I know Pavel will be smiling at my pilgrimage to his spiritual home. I enjoyed my last game but was very nervous because I am not a natural keeper so I am hoping for an outfield role on this occasion! “

More Gateshead Legends Confirm



Gateshead have confirmed two more legends to take part in the match against Newcastle Legends on April 7 2019.

All-time record appearance holder James Curtis and promotion winning captain Steve Bowey will take part in the match at the International Stadium.

We will be announcing this at 11am on Monday.

GATESHEAD Legends have added two more Heed stalwarts to their side to face Newcastle Legends at the International Stadium on April 7 2019.
All-time record appearance holder James Curtis and Northern Premier League promotion winning captain Steve Bowey become the seventh and eighth Tynesiders’ legends to sign up to the squad.
Last week, Newcastle Legends announced that Tino Asprilla and Milan Srníček, the brother of late ‘Entertainers’ goalkeeper Pavel, have joined the Magpies’ legends side to face Gateshead next year.
Just a month after ending his 15-year spell at the International Stadium, amassing a record 596 appearances, James Curtis has already confirmed his swift return to the club as part of the Gateshead Legends side.
The flame-haired defender helped the Heed to three promotions during his time at the club and came within touching distance of a fourth as part of the side who were beaten by Cambridge United in the Conference play-off final at Wembley in 2014.
Curtis still plays football at high flying National League North side Spennymoor Town, who have kindly given permission for him to take part in the legends match.
“It’s going to be great to play at the International Stadium again in front of the Gateshead fans,” Curtis said.
“I just hope I don’t get sent off like my last game there!
“I’ve played with some fantastic players and real characters over the years so I’m really looking forward to being part of what will be a fantastic day.
“Hopefully we will get plenty of fans there for both sides to raise some money for the club. It’s sure to be an entertaining game looking at both the squads.
“But one thing is for sure, Bowser isn’t taking the pens!”
44-year-old Steve Bowey enjoyed two spells at the Heed in the 90s and 00s, making roughly 250 appearances for the club.
The Durham born midfielder led the Tynesiders to promotion from the Northern Premier League in 2008 before moving on to Newcastle Blue Star and eventually Gateshead based Dunston UTS, where he ended his playing career last year. He is now the manager of Northern League Division One side Ashington.

More Legends Announced To Face Gateshead

GATESHEAD and Newcastle Legends have announced two new recruits for each side ahead of the legends match at the International Stadium on April 7 – tickets now on sale.
Tynesiders’ favourites Rob Ramshaw and Jamies Chandler have confirmed their place in the Heed legends side while Newcastle Legends have announced Lee Clark and Paul Robinson as part of their squad for next year’s fundraising match.
Midfielder Chandler joined Gateshead from Darlington in January 2012 and went on to make 168 appearances over four and a half seasons, scoring 20 goals.
And the 29-year-old was made to wait patiently before receiving the call to play in the match.
“I eventually got the text through off Clarky, it took a couple of days to be fair but it was an easy decision,” Chandler revealed.
“I had a great time at the club and whenever I come back I’ve always been made to feel very welcome. I’m a Newcastle fan myself so it’s a great opportunity to see and play against some of those who I went to watch when I had a season ticket there as well.
“Teammates wise, it’s the best dressing room I’ve been part of. We had some great characters in that Gateshead side and were obviously successful on the pitch, coming so close to reaching the Football League. We all keep in touch regularly as well so it’ll be good to all get back playing together again.
“The Grimsby game is still probably the favourite game of my career and it’s one I always love to see back on the highlights. The only part I don’t really like is when you have to see JJ (O’Donnell’s) goal at the end and his celebration after – other than that it’s brilliant!
“Obviously we’ll have a few lads still playing and it’s going to be a busy point in our season hopefully competing for the play-off places and stuff like that but we’ll be fit and ready to go.
“Still, the last thing Newcastle want is to lose a game against Gateshead and I know they’ll be taking it very seriously so I think that it’ll be a really good day out for everyone.”
Robinson, who played for The Magpies between 1998 and 2000, commented: “I am looking forward to linking up with the Newcastle Legends team in April.
“It is always great to play in these type of games and raising money for Gateshead FC is a worthy cause.”
Ramshaw arrived at the International Stadium from Darlo as a teenager back in 2012 and quickly progressed into the Heed’s first team, making over 100 appearances for the club.
The attacking midfielder remains the most recent Gateshead player to score an FA Cup hat-trick, doing so in a 4-0 First Round win at Norton United in 2014.
In 2016, Ramshaw left the Heed to join Spennymoor Town alongside Chandler and fellow Heed Legend James Curtis.
“I can’t wait to get back at the International Stadium and play for Gateshead Legends,” Ramshaw said.
“It was an unbelievable time for me in my career and to play with the lads again, most of them who were there that day at Wembley, is going to be fantastic!
“I’ve heard they’re bringing a very decent team so it’s gonna be a tough game but hopefully we can get a few fans into the stadium and obviously beat them too.
“Let’s make sure JJ has my kit laid out properly like a good lad too!”
Midfielder Clark made over 250 appearances for Newcastle United over two spells in the 90s and 2000s.
Alongside current Heed boss Steve Watson, Clark was part of the United side who were promoted to the Premier League as Division One Champions in 1993 and came within touching distance of the top flight title just three years later.
“The match is a great idea,” the 46-year-old commented.
“Watto spoke about it to me earlier this year and I’m glad he has been able to pull it together with the club and Newcastle Legends.
“I am putting myself in the squad, legs permitting! I have been down to watch Gateshead a lot this season and Watto has done a great job on a limited budget.
“Hopefully this game will help raise funds to make things a bit easier for him in the summer.”
Legends confirmed so far…
Gateshead: Ben Clark, Micky Cummins, John Oster, James Marwood, Paul Thompson, Liam Hatch, James Curtis, Steve Bowey, Rob Ramshaw, Jamie Chandler
Newcastle: Steve Watson, Peter Beardsley, Steve Howey, Ruel Fox, Rob Lee, Darren Peacock, John Beresford, Tino Asprilla, Milan Srníček, Lee Clark, Paul Robinson

Shearer Tino Beardsley Waddle Keegan and Lee All Coming Home

Newcastle Legends have announced a whole host of mouth watering talk ins for the new year and there are plenty big names for Toon fans who want to reflect on yesteryear instead of focussing on the depressing state of affairs we have at present.

First up is local hero Peter Beardsley on March 15th, followed quickly by Columbian genius Tino Asprilla on 7th April and then the ‘General’ Rob Lee on April 19th all taking place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. In between that is there little matter of Newcastle’s greatest Number 9 Alan Shearer appearing at the grand Tyne Theatre and Opera House on Westgate road in the heart of the city.

As the nights draw in and Autumn falls Legends managing director Steve Wraith has put together what he calls his ‘dream event’ which sees the ‘Fantastic Four’ Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley and Terry Mac get back together at The Lancastrian Suite for the first time since ‘Wor Kev’ left St James’ Park in a helicopter that balmy May night in 1984. Details for all of these events can be found here.

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.”