Lee Westwood and Andy Cole are making guest appearances today at St James Park.

The pair of sporting greats will be taking part in a challenge on the pitch as half-time entertainment.

A bit of a departure for Newcastle United after recent home games have seen random people taking penalties at the Gallowgate End during the half-time break.

It makes you almost nostalgic for the kicking the ball into the middle of the Wonga circle challenge…

Anyway, that all changes today with top golfer Lee Westwood taking on former Newcastle striker Andy Cole.

At half-time,  the pair will compete to see who can hole the most shots – Andy Cole with a football, Westwood with a golf ball .

The FootGolf challenge is to help promote major golf events which are being hosted at Close House next month, the course owned by Newcastle fan Graham Wylie.

The British Masters returns to the North East for the first time in 45 years from Thursday 28 September – Sunday 1 October, with Close House playing host for the first time in the event’s 71 year history.

Meanwhile on the eve (Wednesday 27 September) of that event, both Andy Cole and Les Ferdinand  will play in the Hero Pro-Am at Close House.

They will play alongside leading golfers including Masters Champion Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, the former World Number One.

Proceeds from the Pro-Am going to the tournament’s Official Charity, the Graham Wylie Foundation, which was set up by Close House’s owner to inspire and educate children across the North East region.

Tickets for both the Hero Pro-Am and the tournament itself are available here.

Andy Cole talking to EuropeanTour.com,

“I’m really looking forward to being back in the north east for the Pro-Am at the British Masters.

“The fans in the region are always great to me and it will be fun to return and to join Les and some of the Tour players on the golf course.

“I really enjoy playing golf when I get the chance so to see how the professionals like Lee and Sergio play will be a great experience too.

“Lee and I will have a bit of fun on Saturday as well in front of the crowd at St James and hopefully some of the fans will come along and support the tournament next month.”