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Magpies due to confirm Jack Colback signing

Jack Colback due to return to Tyneside

Newcastle United are set to confirm the signing of Jack Colback from local rivals Sunderland.

The 24-year-old midfielder will arrive at St James Park on a free transfer after signing a long term deal with United.

Colback was born on Tyneside and grew up as a Newcastle supporter.

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Sunderland to travel to Carlisle for pre-season friendly

Sunderland AFC will travel to Carlisle United for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 22nd July, kick off 7:30pm.

The two managers last met at the Stadium of Light for the third round of the FA Cup

The fixture is almost a repeat of January's FA Cup third round tie at the Stadium of Light.

"We have a great relationship with Gus Poyet and Sunderland and we are pleased that we will see them at Brunton Park during pre-season," manager Graham Kavanagh said.

"They'll give us a real test and it's one we can all look forward to."

Robbie Williams' Soccer Aid raises £12m so far

Robbie Williams has been speaking to ITV News about the Soccer Aid event he started in 2006 with his friend Jonathan Wilkes. So far, the event has raised more than £12m for UNICEF UK.

He told Caroline Whitmore it was only ever meant to be a one-off.

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Gateshead lose 2-1 at Wembley Stadium

Gateshead FC fans will return home to the North East from Wembley empty-handed to face at least another season of non-league football. The Heed lost 2-1 to Cambridge United in the Conference play-off final.

The club said on Twitter: "Gallant effort, but just pulled up short."

One of thousands of Gateshead FC fans flies the North East flag at Wembley Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport
The Heed Army were in full voice during their first ever trip to Wembley Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport
Cambridge United's Liam Hughes scored the first goal after 51 minutes Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport
Cambridge United players pile on top of Ryan Donaldson to celebrate their second - and winning - goal Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport
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