Sunderland football legends to take part in charity golf day

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TWO of Sunderland’s FA Cup-winning greats are set to swap footballs for golf balls in the name of charity next month.

Micky Horswill and Richie Pitt, who both played in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Leeds at Wembley in the 1973 FA Cup final, will take part in a charity golf day on May 11.

The Sunderland Former Players’ Association event will raise money for Hope 4 Kidz, a Wearside-based charity which supports children and youngsters suffering from a physical or mental disability.

The golf day will be held at Houghton Golf Club, on Copt Hill, with teams of four given the chance to compete in a tournament on the club’s 18-hole championship course.

Mr Horswill, who is a patron of Hope 4 Kidz, said: “I’ve been involved with Hope 4 Kidz for a number of years now, and the work they do is invaluable.

“The golf tournament is a great way to raise funds for such an important cause.

“We need as many teams as possible to take part so that the charity can continue to support special needs children in the North East.”

The event will include a light breakfast, an evening meal and a question and answer session with the former footballers, along with a raffle, auction and mystery prize draw.

Viv Watts, chief executive of Hope 4 Kidz, said: “Sunderland’s Former Players’ Association have supported Hope 4 Kidz on numerous occasions, and we can’t thank them enough for everything they have done.

“It’s a fabulous gesture to be nominated as the beneficiary of this golf day.”

Mr Horswill and Mr Pitt will present a number of prizes on the day to the winning team, best individual player and nearest the pin, with all proceeds to go to Hope 4 Kidz.

To enter a team of four, which costs £150, call the charity on 534 7788 or email, or Winston Young on 07752 849711 or email

Teams of all handicaps are welcome.