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Stay Strong Stu 'Super Saturday' fundraiser takes place

Credit: Stay Strong Stu campaign

The 2016 Stay Strong Stu Super Saturday takes place today (21st May)

Tynedale rugby player Stuart Ridley who died at the age of 25 from an inoperable brain tumour.

He battled the disease for 5 months.

Last year, thousands of people turned out at Tynedale Rugby Club in Corbridge last year for a big fundraiser with rugby games and family entertainment.

This years event starts at 12.00pm (that's when the gates open) at the Tynedale Rugby Club.

The Stay Strong Stu Trust have recently applied for Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) status.

This means they'll be allowed to share out the quarter of a million pounds they have raised so far to different charities.

Sunderland plans 'twice the size' fan zone for England Game

England's Jamie Vardy (centre), Daniel Drinkwater (right) and Gary Cahill during the training session at St George's Park, Burton. Credit: PA (library image)

Fans attending to forthcoming England international at Sunderland's Stadium of Light will be able to visit a new 'twice the size' Fan Zone.

The game against Australia will take place on Friday 27th May.

Located on the south side of the stadium, the Fan Zone will open from 3pm.

It'll close just before kick-off, and re-open again at the final whistle.

Supporters are being advised to arrive early for the game, with approach roads and transport networks expected to be very busy.

Roads immediately surrounding the stadium will be closed to traffic and there is no on-site parking.

Match-goers are advised to use public transport where possible and city centre car parks for parking and drop-off points.


Former Newcastle player David Ginola 'recovering' after quadruple heart bypass

Former Newcastle player David Ginola declared himself "fine" on Friday after regaining consciousness following a quadruple heart bypass operation overnight - at least that's what was tweeted from his social media account.

The tweet said he had "never slept better" after collapsing while playing football on Thursday.

The 49-year-old attending a celebrity golf tournament in Mandelieu on the French Riviera.

He was taken to the Monaco Cardio-Thoracic Centre, where he was operated on by Professor Gilles Dreyfus.

Professor Dreyfus, quoted in local newspaper Var-Matin, clarified Ginola had not suffered a heart attack but said the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart had been affected.

"He arrived in a catastrophic state.

"He was unconscious and did not remember anything.

"But it is going well. I have been able to talk to him. He does not show any neurological after-effects.

"He did not have a heart attack but he had very complicated coronary lesions which required us to perform a quadruple bypass. We began the operation at 1900 and finished between 0100 and 0130 (local time, from 1800 to between midnight and 0030 BST)"

– Professor Dreyfus

Morpeth Town set off to Wembley to take on Hereford FC in FA Vase final

Morpeth Town Football Club are due to set off for London this morning ahead of their first ever FA Vase Final.

The Highway Men are taking on Hereford FC on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

Morpeth Town with team bus and 'Steve' the Highwayman Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
'Steve' the Highwayman Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Townsend hoping Rafa will stay at Newcastle

Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend is hoping Rafael Benitez will remain at the club 'for a few more years'.

Despite Magpies being relegated to the Championship, the Spaniard is understood to be in advanced talks about the possibility of staying at St James' Park next season.

Townsend, who has been training with the England squad ahead of Euro 2016, is hopeful Benitez will commit his future to Newcastle.


Ginola 'having tests' after reported heart attack

Former Newcastle United winger David Ginola is 'having tests' after reportedly suffering a heart attack in France.

The 49-year-old gave an update of his condition on twitter:

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