The dressing room

By Nick Lough

Newcastle United's end of season kit sale has concluded in spectacular fashion.

This year's final figure was a staggering £12,107 - over £5,000 more than last year's total. Items such as boots worn by Leon Best, Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi, Alan Pardew's training top, Tim Krul's signed goalkeeper gloves and shorts worn by the players in the Tyne-Wear derby victory at the Stadium of Light back in August were all part of the auction.

More then 200 items of kit were auctioned on Newcastle United Foundation's eBay auction site over the last four weeks, with successful bidders coming from as far as Finland, Canada, China, USA and even Australia.

All the proceeds of the auction go to the Newcastle United Foundation, which encourages learning through football to promote a healthy lifestyle and make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children.

Foundation Manager Kate Bradley said "On behalf of the Newcastle United Foundation, I would like to thank everyone who bid on these exclusive items.

"All of the money raised will go towards improving the lives of children in our local area."