The Gateshead v Newcastle Legends game scheduled for 7th April at the International Stadium has been cancelled.

The fundraising match was announced back in November, with tickets going on sale from 1st December. Several former Gateshead and Newcastle United greats were committed to playing in the match, which was organised to raise funds for the Gateshead FC Foundation.

Current Gateshead manager Ben Clark was to have been joined by James Curtis, Micky Cummins, Jamie Chandler, Rob Ramshaw, Jon Oster, James Marwood, Steve Bowey, Paul Thompson, Keith McNall, Liam Hatch and Rob Jones. Current Heed player JJ O’Donnell was also set to take part.

On the Newcastle Legends side, former Heed boss Steve Watson was to play some part, along with Peter Beardsley, Steve Howey, Ruel Fox, Rob Lee, Darren Peacock, John Beresford, Paul Robinson, Lee Clark, Brian Kilcline, Lee Bowyer, Liam O’Brien and Olivier Bernard. Faustino Asprilla had flights booked for the event and an evening talk, but withdrew due to a family bereavement.

Gateshead have said that it is important the Heed first team are able to concentrate fully on their play-off push in the Vanarama National League, while there was also the risk that cost and effort required for the match would not have been justified, given the revenue generated from ticket sales. The club say that ticket refunds are being processed via the Universe platform, with any purchases made at the stadium refundable in person.

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