Ex-Sunderland and Newcastle players take to the pitch for charity appeal

Charity football match between Philadelphia Select XI and Burnside Working Men's Club in aid of the Glenn Robinson Appeal.
Charity football match between Philadelphia Select XI and Burnside Working Men's Club in aid of the Glenn Robinson Appeal.
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FOOTBALL stars of yesteryear returned to the playing field to help a charity appeal raise almost £1,000.

Former Sunderland player John Kay and ex-Newcastle United man Billy Askew both took part in a fund-raising football match in aid of the Glenn Robinson Appeal.

Glenn Robinson, of Houghton, who died of meningitis aged 16 in 1997

Glenn Robinson, of Houghton, who died of meningitis aged 16 in 1997

Glenn, a promising young cricketer from Newbottle, died aged just 16 in 1997 after being diagnosed with the meningococcal septicaemia strain of meningitis.

As part of fund-raising events for the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), Burnside Working Men’s Club took on a Philadelphia Select XI.

Former Sunderland centre-half Richard Ord also turned up at the game, which took place Herrington Burn YMCA, to show his support.

Since Glenn’s death, more than £70,000 has been raised for the foundation in the hope that more lives can be saved.

Glenn’s dad Ken, 68, who organised the game, said he wanted to express his gratitude to the community who turned out to make the day a success.

Ken was last year named as a MRF ambassador after his years of hard work to raise cash in his son’s memory.

He said: “It’s been fantastic, and I have to say a big thank-you to everybody for their generosity and support.

“I was really impressed with the way John Kay played, and I have to say thanks to Dicky Ord for coming along.

“I’ve still got to collect some money in, but I think it’ll be around the £1,000 mark.

“It’s been a really good day on the football field and back at the club after,” added Ken.