Marathon match for foundation

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A SPECIAL football match will take place tomorrow to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The two teams of sponsored players will kick off at 6pm at Gateshead Stadium, but they won’t hear the final whistle until a full 24 hours of football later.

Organiser Ian Carr said: “We currently have 35 players and will be rotating the teams throughout the 24 hours.

“Everyone will play between 12 and 15 hours of football so we know it’s going to be extremely demanding physically and mentally, especially in the early hours of the morning and on Saturday afternoon.

“We’re hoping a lot of family and friends will come along to cheer us on and would welcome any extra support throughout the 24 hours.”

Each player has been sponsored a minimum of £100 for the Foundation.

Sunderland AFC fan Dale Robinson, from Seaham, has raised £1,050.