Newcastle United legend Bob Moncur and an army of club staff are taking time to call elderly and vulnerable supporters who face an extended period of self isolation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Magpies ambassador Moncur and club colleagues are calling around 1,900 season ticket holders aged 70 and above, as well as other vulnerable groups, to chat about football hoping to combat loneliness during this time.

Newcastle United say they're continuing to closely monitor government guidance and may extend the scheme to other age groups in future - currently millions of people in the UK face spending an extended period isolated at home in line with government and World Health Organisation advice aimed at tackling the spread of COVID-19

St James's Park

The phone calls are an extension of the club’s existing Memory Café, which usually meets monthly at St. James’ Park so that those who feel lonely or isolated can meet and reminisce over a cup of tea or coffee.

The Memory Café was launched by Newcastle United in March 2019 and has been visited on several occasions by former players including Bob Moncur, Malcolm Macdonald, Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi, who have all shared their favourite Magpies moments in person.