Danny Guthrie Dan Gosling

They formed an effective partnership in the centre of Newcastle United's midfield in Saturday's win over Everton, and on Monday, Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling teamed up once more for a very different assignment.

The Magpies' pair turned up at Church High School in Jesmond, on the outskirts of the city, to open a brand new artificial hockey pitch, and also found time to take part in a question and answer session at the all-girls' school.

The players then officially opened the all-weather facility before signing autographs, posing for pictures and even taking part in a bit of shooting practice with a number of pupils.

And after helping his teammate to cut the ribbon, Guthrie said: "This is a really good facility and hopefully the school will get a lot of use out of it and it will benefit them in the long term.

"I was lucky enough to have a similar pitch when I was at school and they really do make a difference. It helped me a lot when I was younger and I'm sure it'll be the same for the girls here."

Caroline Fitzgerald, head of PE at Church High, added: "A huge thank-you must go out to Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling, along with everyone who has helped turn these dream facilities into a reality.

"The boys are great role models for the pupils and offer a fine example of what can be achieved with hard work."