Sir Bobby Robson Foundation golf day

North-East football came together on Wednesday to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Current and former players and staff from Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Sunderland were among the golfers swinging into action at the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day at Rockliffe Hall Hotel, near Darlington.

Organised by Sir Bobby's family, it was the third annual golf day in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and charity patron and Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was among the high-profile guests.

Others supporting the event included Magpies representatives John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman, Bob Moncur, John Beresford, Steve Howey, James Perch, Dan Gosling and Shola Ameobi.

Sir Bobby's widow, Lady Elsie, said: "This is always such a special day for my family and I because we're so involved with organising things.

"We meet so many wonderful fund-raisers for the Foundation and it feels good to be one of them at this time of year. I love the way this golf day unites the North-East football clubs. Bob would have been very touched by that.

"The support our charity receives from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough particularly is wonderful and we really appreciate it. Especially as I know they're each coming to the end of a long football season."

Ameobi added: "I'm very happy to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and especially on a lovely day like this. We're playing a bit of golf but today is about raising money and hopefully some awareness of the charity.

"Sir Bobby meant the world to me. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for him, his generosity, his kindness and his leadership. He was a mentor to me even after he left Newcastle. It's very important to me to make sure I'm involved and to do what I can to raise money for his Foundation."