BLACK Cats and Magpies went head-to-head for charity ahead of this weekend’s Tyne/Wear derby clash.
Fans of both teams met on the golf course to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Foundation of Light, SAFC’s registered charity, with Sunderland emerging victorious in the game.
Konect Consultancy and Events arranged the event at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club, under the watchful eyes of non-playing team captains, Sunderland’s Kevin Ball and Newcastle’s John Beresford.
Former captain Kevin is now Sunderland’s under-21 development manager.
“John and I have played in some derby games down the years,” he said.
“He always delights in telling me he won more against me than I did against him.
“The derby’s just a fantastic day and I can’t wait for it.” He was delighted to be able to support the charity day.
“It’s good that we have this sort of thing,” said Kevin.
“This is a great opportunity for the fans to support two great charities and compete against each other.”
Former Magpies defender John hopes Newcastle triumph on Sunday but also wants to see new Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio keep the Black Cats in the top flight.
“Kevin and I will be sitting beside each other on Sunday. I go with him to Sunderland when we play there and always enjoy a bit of banter in the right way,” he said.
“Yes, I want Newcastle to win and I think we might just sneak it, but I don’t want to see Sunderland go down because these are the occasions I enjoyed as a player, and I know the fans do too.”
Former Sunderland players Micky Horswill, Gordon Armstrong and Dick Malone also turned out to support the event and play in what Konect managing director Gavin Brown hopes to make an annual contest.
“We are very proud to be part of today and thrilled with the turn- out from Sunderland and Newcastle fans and former players,” he said.
“We haven’t set a target on what we’d like to raise but we’ll be trying to raise as much as possible to help the two charities.
“Certainly we hope this is the first of many derby day golf days to come.”