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Will this song inspire Wembley glory for North Shields?

North Shields Football Club are ninety minutes from Wembley.

They have a one goal advantage going into the second leg of their FA Vase Semi-Final against Swindon-based team Highworth.

North Shields are nicknamed 'the robins' and local band the Middens have recorded a version of the 1926 song "The Red, Red Robin" which the team has adopted as it's theme tune on the road to Wembley.

The band performed the song for us in the North Shields dressing room.

Watch them here:

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Plan your journey for the Wear-Tyne derby

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini and Sunderland's Steven Fletcher during the last derby match at St. James' Park, December 21, 2014. Credit: PA

Northumbria Police has issued travel information ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby on Sunday, April 5th.

There are a number of ways that supporters can get to the game, however officers are advising fans to plan their journeys in advance and give themselves extra time.

Newcastle United are running supporters' coaches from St James' Park direct to the Stadium of Light.

Northern Rail will be providing a direct train service specifically for supporters, from Newcastle Central Station to St Peter's. This will leave at 3:02pm. The return service from Sunderland will leave at 6:42pm.

There will be direct Metro services for Newcastle supporters on match day. These services will only stop at Central Station and St Peter's stations and are for Newcastle supporters only. They will leave at 2:39pm and 2:46pm. For the return journey - there are two Metros running direct from St Peter's station to Central Station. These will be at 6.27pm and 6.35pm.

People can also drive to the game, however roads will be busy and there are a number of ongoing roadworks between Sunderland and Newcastle, so police are advising people to leave extra time and plan journeys in advance.

Roads closed on derby day will be - Sheepfolds North and Sheepfolds Road – near to the St Peter’s Metro station and there will be limited parking in Sunderland on the day.

Acting on feedback from supporters we changed the policing plan for December's game in Newcastle, which gave travelling supporters more options about how to travel to the match. There are a range of options for fans to get to the game and the best advice would be to plan ahead and give yourself extra time as it will be a busy Sunday. The coaches are the quickest way to get to and from the game. There are direct metro and train services on the day, but these will be busy. Fans told us that direct trains from Newcastle to Sunderland were something they would like to retain, so this will be available for the coming derby, and in addition the same options and opportunities afforded to Sunderland fans in December will be available for Newcastle fans travelling to Sunderland this time round. Northumbria and British Transport Police officers will be based at Central Station and will not be allowing people who are drunk or are causing trouble to get onto the trains. We would also remind fans that it is an offence to attempt to enter the stadium whilst being under the influence of alcohol."

– Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, Northumbria Police

Fan Zone to welcome World Cup fans to Newcastle

Key details about the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle will be announced later today.

Tyne Bridge. Credit: ITV News

Organisers will unveil details about something call the Fan Zone, which will be set up in the city and plans for the Trophy Tour.

Three Rugby World Cup games will be played at St James's Park in October:

  • South Africa v Scotland, 3 October
  • New Zealand v Tonga, 9 October
  • Samoa v Scotland, 10 October

Newcastle was chosen as one of only 11 host cities (comprising 13 venues) across England and Wales, because of its world-class sporting credentials.

The tournament takes place between September 18 - October 31 2015.

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Clarke Carlisle: 'No shame' at suicide bid

The former York City footballer, Clarke Carlisle has today said he felt "no shame" about his recent suicide attempt as he joined the Deputy Prime Minister at the launch of a project to tackle mental health discrimination in sport.

The 35-year-old former chair of the Professional Footballers' Association spent six weeks in a psychiatric unit after attempted suicide by throwing himself in front of a lorry in North Yorkshire in December.

Speaking at the Oval Cricket Ground in London during the launch of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, Carlisle said:

People are very delicate stepping around it - there's no shame invested in it for me. I tried to commit suicide because I was incredibly unwell, but it's changed my life. I stand here today with a very different perspective of what it means to be alive in this world.

A large proportion of society will look at a sports star and say: 'You're doing the job of you're dreams, you're getting paid fantastic amounts of money, you're getting adulation and playing in front of crowds, what have you got to be unhappy about?'

Depression, anxiety, all the plethora of strands of mental health, they've got nothing to do with happiness or sadness. It's an illness. It's not a choice, it's not an option, it needs treating in the right manner.

– Clarke Carlisle

Major sporting bodies including the Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board and the Football Association, have all committed to sign the charter committing to removing the stigma and prejudice around mental health from the world of sport.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance and Professional Players Federation have brought together around 20 organisations, including leading mental health charity Mind.

Basketball: Eagles star Fab Flournoy out for the season

Newcastle Eagles will be without their player-coach Fabulous Flournoy for the rest of the season.

He tore his Achilles tendon during the BBL Trophy Final on Sunday, which they won over Leicester.

Her will have an operation on Thursday and then will be restricted to coaching as the Eagles try for a clean sweep of all four domestic basketball trophies.

Hartlepool United in Girls Cup final

A North East school are competing as Hartlepool United in this year's Football League Girls Cup final at Wembley.

The girls, from Northfield School and Sports College in Billingham, are playing against Brentford (Elthorne Park High School) in the final which is taking place ahead of today's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

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