Sunderland striker Danny Graham has put his hand in his pocket to help save a fellow footballer's career.
The 29-year-old Black Cats frontman has donated £2,690 to a fund set up to raise money to cover the cost of an operation for Gateshead midfielder JJ O'Donnell, who is suffering from the rare foot condition sesamoiditis.
O'Donnell confirmed the news via his Twitter account, tweeting: "I'm not singling Danny out as without everybody donating, I wouldn't have ever reached my target, but a donation like that has left me speechless.
"I've never met Danny, but for him to put an astronomical amount like that towards a fund of a lad who he doesn't know speaks volumes of what a true gentleman he is."
Non-league Gateshead FC take on Premier League side West Brom in the third round of the FA cup this afternoon.
The club has tweeted from the changing rooms and the pitch as players make their final preparations.
Gateshead MP Ian Mearns has also wished them luck.
Gateshead take on Warrington Town this lunchtime in the second round of the FA Cup.
Warrington are the lowest ranked team in the competition, leaving Gateshead as the team to beat.
Kick off at the International Stadium is at 12.00 noon.
Gateshead could have a potential North East derby match with Shildon in the FA Cup First Round.
The Heed will travel to Dean Street to face Shildon if the County Durham side can overcome Norton in Wednesday's fourth qualifying round replay.
The remaining First Round ties involving North East clubs are as follows:
- Basingstoke or Harrow Borough v Spennymoor Town or AFC Telford
- Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
- Hartlepool United v East Thurrock
- Norton or Shildon v Gateshead
- York v AFC Wimbledon
Gateshead FC has bagged a sponsorship deal with the region’s biggest shopping centre. Intu Metrocentre is now the home shirt sponsor.
“We are absolutely delighted to have intu Metrocentre on board,
“To be supported by such a high profile organisation and one of the region’s biggest employers is fantastic for us.
“It’s also the perfect fit because not only are we both based in Gateshead but also because supporting and working with the community is an important objective for both of us."
“We know what a successful season Gateshead FC had last year and we hope to see them go on to even bigger and better things this year,”
“We are sure this relationship will continue to grow and develop and we look forward to actively working with the club going forward.”
The new shirts will be seen for the first time this Saturday (August 9th) at the International Stadium, when Gateshead take on Torquay United on the opening day of the new Conference season.
The manager of Gateshead FC, Gary Mills, said he desperately wanted a win at Wembley. His team lost 2-1 to Cambridge in the Conference Play-Off final, ending their hopes of a return to the top level of football, after 54 years as a non-league club.
Gateshead FC player Jamie Chandler described the 'sickening feeling' he felt when the team lost at Wembley. They lost 2-1 to Cambridge in the Conference Play-Off final.
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."
Gateshead FC will have to suffer at least another season outside the Football League, after their Conference play-off final ended in a 2-1 defeat to Cambridge United. Victory would have seen them promoted into League Two, but it was not to be.