Do You Want To Play Against The Toon? It Is Possible!

Last updated : 01 August 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
The former cruiserweight world champion has organised a charity football match between his All-Star XI and a Newcastle United Legends XI, featuring the likes of Rob Lee, John Beresford, Paul Bracewell and Steve Howey.

The game will take place at Newcastle Falcons ground on Sunday, August 3, with the proceeds going towards funding a trip to San Francisco for the members of McCrory's Northumbria ABC.

He is taking a team of amateur fighters out to San Francisco where they will take on a team managed by 2004 Olympic gold medalist, light-heavyweight Andre Ward.

McCrory's youngsters come from the Newbiggin Hall area of Newcastle and the man himself hopes they will benefit from their Stateside experience as much as he did when he travelled to New York as a youngster - where he ended up sparring with Mike Tyson.

"These lads are not exactly from the nicest area of town, in fact it is a pretty rough area of Newcastle," he told

"It really is the trip of the lifetime for them and it's great that so many people have agreed to help us out.

"I remember going to New York as a kid and it really did change my life. San Francisco is a fantastic place and to box an international out there will be great for them. I just hope it has the same affect on them."

Newcastle McCrory was a keen footballer himself, playing alongside former Sunderland and Liverpool defender Barry Venison as a schoolboy and earning a trial with the Black Cats before boxing took over.

He will be lining up alongside former Scotland rugby union international Doddie Wier, ex-Sunderland defender Richard Ord, former European and Commonwealth champion Billy Hardy, and Big Brother stars Anthony Hutton and Liam Gough.

"I've gone for the big approach," he said. "We've got Doddie and a basketball player who's about 7ft 2in, so we should be alright in the air.

"I would like to say I've been in training, but to be honest I haven't done a thing. The last time I played in a charity match I was taken off and replaced by Alan Shearer.

"I remember standing in the tunnel and looking at Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Les Ferdinand, all of them - in fact I was the only one I didn't recognise!"

Tickets for the game cost £10 for Adults and £5 for children and OAPs and are available from the Kingston Park box office hotline on 0871 2266060.

Members of the public can bid to play in the game, the highest bidder playing in the team of their choice. The money will go to the Glenn McCrory

Foundation and bids can be made by telephoning Malcolm Dix on 07718 448 057 by Friday, August 1.