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Paolo Di Canio Lined Up For St.James’ Park

8 years ago

Paolo Di Canio is scheduled to now make a surprise early return to St.James’ Park ahead of Sunderland’s visit later in the season.

Di Canio is a late addition to the impressive cast list turning out for Steve Harper’s 20 year celebration match on Wednesday (11th Sept).

Di Canio’s call up could be just as well if he fancies visiting St.James’ Park this season, as after loading up his trolley on a supermarket sweep around Europe he appears to have only succeeded in getting rid of his two best players (Mignolet and Sessegnon) and buying a job lot of seriously average players.

All proceeds from the one-off match will go to the Newcastle United Foundation, Great North Children’s Hospital and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Steve Harper said: “To have secured the players we have is a real coup for us. It’s fantastic to have big, high-profile names supporting the charities we are raising money for and we’re very grateful to have Milan Glorie and some of the biggest names in world football flying in from Italy.

“The Newcastle United Foundation, Great North Children’s Hospital and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation are incredible causes in their own right and we’re very fortunate to have them on our doorstep in Newcastle. Every penny raised from the game will go towards boosting their vital contributions to the North East.”

The Steve Harper 20 Years Charity Match is being organised by the Newcastle United Foundation, which has worked closely with Carl Dunn of Azzurri Sports Management and counterparts at AC Milan’s own Foundation to secure Milan Glorie.

The Foundation, the official registered charity of Newcastle United, relies on independent funding to continue working with 47,000 young people and families in the North East each year and will channel its share of the proceeds into community projects across North and South Tyneside, County Durham and Northumberland.

Tickets for the Steve Harper 20 Years Charity Match are on sale at and the St. James’ Park Box Office priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children/concessions.

If you fancy pushing the boat out then hospitality prices start from £90 per person, while mascot places are also available on a paid basis – with all proceeds going to the charities of course. For more information please email [email protected] or telephone Selina on 07834727754 or  email [email protected]


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