Putters, Pelé and pants make for a sweet day for golfers

23 August 2014

Alan Shearer's Golf Tournament Team 2014

Golfers at the Alan Shearer Foundation Trophy competition have raised a phenomenal £50,000 for the charity through an auction for some unique World Cup memorabilia.

Alan Shearer donated a Brazil shirt signed by football legend, Pelé, and 17 fellow footballers who commentated on the 2014 tournament, to raise funds at the Foundation's golf day, dinner and auction he hosted at Close House.

Also auctioned were BBCTV 2014 World Cup Final scripts autographed by Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand and Alan Hansen on his very last appearance before his retirement from punditry after 22 years. Tickets for Ant and Dec's Takeaway tour together with a corporate box at St James' Park for this season's Newcastle versus Chelsea match were included in the auction lots which boosted the fundraising total.

"It's fantastic to have such great support for the Foundation from the business community and Close House golfers," said Alan. "All the money raised from the golf event goes to the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle to develop its specialist services and facilities for disabled children and adults."

A specially branded Shearer pick and mix stall was a surprise gift for sweet-toothed Alan and his fellow players on the Northumberland course. The treats were donated by golfer businessman, Michael Orange, who owns Sweets Galore in the MetroCentre.

All the players from the 24 teams which supported the event each received a thank-you goodie bag which included a pair of boxer shorts provided by Oddballs, a company launched by ex-Newcastle goalkeeper, Steve Harper, and former Scottish rugby union and Falcons player, Richard Metcalfe.

Richard Wylie's four-man team won the trophy this year.