BLACK Cats players will battle it out on the pitch this evening in memory of a legendary football scout.
Freddie Anderson worked for Sunderland AFC for more than 30 years and brought through generations of talent, including young stars such as Jordan Henderson.
The Herrington-born midfielder, who was recently sold to Liverpool for £20million, was one of the most famous products of the club’s youth system.
Other discoveries included strikers Martyn Waghorn and Craig Russell.
Mr Anderson, a life-long Black Cats fan, died last year, aged 69, after battling bowel cancer.
In honour of his achievements, a Sunderland AFC XI will take on Hebburn Town at the club’s ground, in Victoria Road West, Hebburn, at 7pm.
Catherine Price, his partner of 25 years, said: “Football was Freddie’s life. He didn’t drink or smoke and football was everything to him. He loved Sunderland AFC and never missed a match.
“I used to sometimes go to the matches with him, and even trail along to some cold football field to watch young players when he was scouting.”
Mr Anderson was Sunderland AFC Academy’s most senior scout, having worked for the club’s youth set-up since 1974.
In his later years, he also worked as a doorman at Elmfield Social Club, Hebburn, not far from his home.
Following the match, a signed Sunderland strip and ball will be auctioned to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, with all receipts from the match to be donated to the charity.
The game is also part of a campaign to raise the profile of Hebburn Town FC and attract more community and business support.
The club’s main sponsor is Neil Tatum, of Premier Scaffolding Services, which helps to maintain the club at Northern League level.
Hebburn Town FC has also won the backing of A&P Tyne and the Bell Group.
Any businesses wishing to support Hebburn Town FC should contact Richard Bainbridge on 07931 361 926.