Friday, June 5, 2009

Sir Bobby names ‘Sir’ Les for England v Germany re-match

Newcastle Legend ‘Sir’ Les Ferdinand has signed up to play in England v Germany in aid of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation at St. James’ Park on Sunday July 26th.

Former Toon, Spurs, QPR and West Ham striker joins Paul Gascoigne, Peter Shilton, Paul Parker, Steve Hodge and Des Walker on Sir Bobby’s team sheet which will reunite members of his 1990 World Cup squad for a repeat of the famous Italia ’90 semi-final in which England were cruelly knocked out on penalties.

Sir Bobby’s side will also contain the somewhat fresher legs of players who have represented England more recently, with Ferdinand the first of this group to sign up.

Ferdinand said he remembered watching the 1990 semi-final and was honoured to be asked to take part in a recreation of the game:
“It was such a brilliant game of football. It will be great to see everyone. It’s always good to meet up with the guys because you miss the camaraderie of the changing rooms. It’ll be nice to get out there and have a good game. However, there will be 11 players on both teams wanting to win,”
he said.

On returning to the club where he scored 41 times in 68 appearances, Ferdinand added: “It was always a special occasion to play at St James’ Park and it’s always great to go back. Unfortunately they are not playing where they deserve to be now.”

Like other players who have signed up to play in the match, Ferdinand was quick to sing Sir Bobby’s praises.
“Sir Bobby has been a fantastic servant to football and we all know the difficulties he has faced in the last few years,” said Ferdinand. “Anything we can do to support his charity, we should do our best.”

Tickets for the match, at £10 for adults and £5 for children, are available from

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