Soccer: 'Generous' Gazza's bid to save Gateshead

Paul Gascoigne has handed his hometown football club a £10,000 lifeline.

Paul Gascoigne has handed his hometown football club a £10,000 lifeline.

Unibond League side Gateshead need £60,000 to survive until the end of the season because Cameron Hall pulled out of a sponsorship deal in mid-season.

Gateshead's game against Barrow this weekend could have been one of their last, but Gascoigne stepped in and said: "I want to do all I can to help them. It would be a big shame to lose Gateshead.

"How much do they need - £60,000? I think I could probably come up with £10,000 of it.

"I'm a Gateshead lad. I remember playing many times at their home ground in junior finals."

Gateshead chairman John Gibson said: "We are overwhelmed by Gazza's generosity.

"He was brought up in Gateshead and some of his family still live in the town.

"While he might have got some stick throughout his career, I know people in football respect him. But to go as far as this for his hometown club, it is staggering."

The club believe they can find a new backer come the summer, and Gibson added: "The future isn't secure but this gives us a chance."

Gateshead player-manager Paul Proudlock and club captain Steve Agnew also praised the former England playmaker for his generosity.

"Gazza was a special player and this shows he is a very special person too," said Proudlock.

Agnew, a former Sunderland player who has faced Gascoigne on the pitch during his career, said: "It just sums him up. Everyone knows about his generosity but this is just amazing.

"It is great for the players to know someone who has achieved all that Gazza has is thinking about his hometown club at a time like this."

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