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Testimonial match for former Sunderland defender Jody Craddock

Jody Craddock going up against Aston Villa's Darius Vassell. Credit: PA
Jody Craddock battles for the ball with Everton's Brian McBride. Credit: PA
Jody Craddock went on to play for Wolves after his time at Sunderland. Here he is for the Midlands team holding off Fulham's Clint Dempsey. Credit: PA

The former Black Cats defender Jody Craddock has been awarded a testimonial match.

He became a fans’ favourite at Sunderland before going on to play for Wolves. A host of ex-players from both teams will play in the clash.

Former Sunderland boss Peter Reid will take charge of the Black Cats’ line-up, while the legendary striking partnership of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips will be reunited for the first time in more than ten years.

The game is at 2pm on Monday 5 May at Wolves’ Molineux home. Proceeds from the match will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Jody’s four-year-old son Toby is being treated for leukaemia.

Pardew looking for "winning momentum"

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is hoping his side can get their "winning momentum" back from earlier in the season.

Despite a promising first-half of the campaign, the Magpies fallen away in the race for a Europa League spot after suffering four defeats in their last five Premier League games.

Newcastle also have a host of key players out injured, including top scorer Loic Remy.

Newcastle overcharged Southampton fans

Magpies have to pay back £12,000 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle United have to pay back £12,000 after the Premier League decided they overcharged Southampton fans this season.

The Magpies issued a statement explaining Southampton had refused their offer of a "reciprocal" pricing arrangement and remain committed to keeping football affordable.


Richards relishing World Cup in Newcastle

Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards says next year's Rugby World Cup will "open a few people's eyes".

Newcastle has been chosen as one of 11 host cities for the tournament with Scotland, South Africa and New Zealand all playing matches at St James' Park in October 2015.

Today the Rugby World Cup trophy - the Webb Ellis Cup - came to Kingston Park as part of a UK tour.

Rugby World Cup trophy visits Newcastle

The Rugby World Cup trophy, the Webb Ellis Cup', in Newcastle Credit: ITV

The Rugby World Cup trophy has been in Newcastle as part of a UK tour ahead of next year's tournament, which is being hosted in England.

The world-famous Webb Ellis Cup was on display at Kingston Park, the home of the Newcastle Falcons.

Newcastle is one of 11 host cities that will be staging World Cup matches next year. Scotland, South Africa and reigning world champions New Zealand will be among the nations playing at St James' Park in October 2015.

The cup has been on display at Kingston Park Credit: ITV

Middlesbrough beat Birmingham 3-1

Middlesbrough's Nathaniel Chalobah keeps track of Birmingham's Emyr Huws. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough enjoyed a convincing win over Birmingham City at the Riverside tonight.

Goals from Graham and Butterfield put them 2-0 up after 31 minutes but Birmingingham did get one back before the break. Things continued to go Boro's way in the second half: Tomlin sealed the victory with a close-range shot after 89 minutes.

It is the third victory in a row for Aitor Karanka's men.

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Falcons head coach to leave

Newcastle Falcons head coach Peter Russell will be leaving the club for personal reasons at the end of the current season. Russell arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2012 from New Zealand and in his first season, Newcastle sealed promotion back to the top-flight in convincing fashion.

He implemented free-flowing attacking rugby in the North East, a feature of the game that Russell is renowned for promoting in his homeland.

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