Saturday, 16 July 2011


Former Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan will return to the dugout when his ‘Entertainers’ team from the 1990s reform to play Liverpool FC’s ‘Spiceboys’ in a match in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and four other charities on Sunday 9th October.

Under the management of Kevin Keegan, a team boasting the likes of Les Ferdinand, Rob Lee and Pavel Srnicek, played a thrilling brand of football which won admirers all over the world and propelled the team to consecutive second place finishes in the English Premier League in 1996.

The ‘Entertainers’ are fondly remembered for their flamboyant attacking style and Sky Sports recently described Newcastle United’s 4-3 defeat by title rivals Liverpool as ‘the Premier League’s greatest ever match’ – now the ‘Entertainers’ are ready to put the record straight against a Liverpool team managed by Roy Evans and Phil Thompson.

Kevin Keegan says: “I'm really looking forward to seeing all the lads again and helping to raise a lot of money for the five charities. It's win, win all round.

“Let's see if the entertainers have got it within themselves to entertain a bit.”

Players already confirmed include Newcastle’s Pavel Srnicek, John Beresford and Robert Lee and Liverpool’s Ian Rush, Jason McAteer and Mark Wright.

Tickets for the match at the Northern Echo Arena, Darlington, will be priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children and are available at from Thursday 21st July. Tickets are expected to be in high demand and to sell out quickly so it’s recommended the fans make early purchases.

The main event ‘The Match’ will provide an afternoon of spectacular family entertainment from two star studded line ups while raising funds for the NSPCC, CHUF, the Alan Shearer Centre, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and NE children’s charity Pathways.

On the eve of the match there will also be a celebratory black tie dinner, where legends from opposing teams will reunite to share their memories of the iconic 4-3 game.

The dinner will be held at Newcastle’s Civic Centre on Saturday 8th October and tickets are priced at £65 or £85 for the VIP area and are available by calling 0191 229 9631 or logging onto Corporate and sponsorship packages are also available.