Former Newcastle United star Paul Gascoigne surprised budding footballers at the famous Wallsend Boys Club.
Gazza, whose nephew plays for the under 13s, turned up to a game on Sunday November 23 to the delight of the club.
The Dunston-born midfielder started his career with Newcastle United before playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Rangers, Everton and Middlesbrough.
Wallsend Boys Club has a host of successful alumni including Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley.
Alan Shearer has offered his support to former England footballer Paul Gascoigne after his latest battle with alcoholism.
Gascoigne was admitted to Poole Hospital this week after paramedics were called to his home in Dorset.
He's having a tough time at the minute. I hope he doesn't give up. I hope he keeps on fighting.
After Paul Gascoigne has appeared to suffer a relapse in his battle with alcohol, celebrities have tweeted words of support for the Geordie star.
And fellow former professional footballer, Chris Waddle, has joined in posting supportive messages. He recently posted this picture on twitter:
After Paul Gascoigne has appeared to suffer a relapse in his battle with alcohol, celebrities have tweeted words of support for the former Newcastle United star.
Piers Morgan tweeted in the late hours of last night:
Followed today by soul singer Steve Brookstein:
The Sun's coverage of Gazza is awful. Leave the guy alone. If you buy The Scum you are part of the problem.
And Chris Hodgson, Director of a football training programme and 1st team manager, has posted a picture of Gazza that was retweeted by his daughter, model and reality TV star, Bianca Gascoigne:
Not liking the pic of Gazza being circulated, SO let's post ones of how he shud be remembered! Destroying opposition http://t.co/eCwAoI2De9
Paul Gascoigne's daughter has thanked fans who offered sympathy after shocking photographs showed him looking gaunt and frail as he was helped into an ambulance.
The ex-England footballer, now 47, has a long history of problems with alcohol and was reportedly found slumped outside his home.
Bianca Gascoigne, 27, received messaged of support from fans who remember him fondly from his time at clubs including Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers.
John Rae's tweet was one of the ones she retweeted:
Bianca, a model and reality TV star, wrote herself:
Thank you for your kind words ?
Earlier this week it was reported that Gascoigne could return to football after signing for a Sunday league club in Bournemouth.
It's been reported former Newcastle player Paul Gascoigne is in hospital after police and paramedics were called to his home in Dorset yesterday. It's claimed he had been drinking.
Images of the former England star have dominated this morning's tabloid front pages.
It was just hours after it was announced he was set for a footballing comeback for a Sunday League team for a fee of £8.
Paul Gascoigne is recovering in hospital this evening after the emergency services were called to his home in Poole. Police and the ambulance service were seen outside his penthouse flat in the luxurious Sandbanks area earlier this afternoon. The star's battle with alcohol addiction has been well documented with him entering a rehab clinic in Southampton earlier this year.
Former Newcastle and England star Paul Gascoigne could be set for a sensational come back after reportedly signing for a Sunday league football team.
Gazza, from Dunston in Gateshead, could be turning out in Bournemouth's Sunday league.
According to Daily Echo he was persuaded to sign for Abbey FC by manager Chris Foster.
It is being reported that the former England footballer Paul Gascoigne is back in rehab as he continues his battle with alcohol addition.
Last year, the ex-player checked himself into a clinic in Arizona. The Football Association and the England Footballers' Foundation donated £40,000 to help him.
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