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Gazza “feeling good” after scoring in a surprise Newcastle Legends appearance

Date Posted,July 8, 2017

Paul Gascoigne was back in black and white after making a surprise appearance for a Newcastle United Legends line-up paying tribute to the late Pavel Srnicek.

The England icon showed glimpses of his past magic as he turned out in Dunston, Gateshead, and said he was “feeling good” after the match against local team Felling Old Boys.

Gazza played 15 minutes of the opening half and returned after the break to find the back of the net.

The big match was played out in front of a near 500-strong crowd who only found out he would be involved 90 minutes or so before the kick off, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley played together in the Pav Cup (Image: The Chronicle)

But that was enough time for many fans to get down to the former Tottenham star’s hometown to see Gazza in action in the 2017 Pav Cup, played in memory of legendary goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek.

And Gascoigne told the Chronicle: “Every time I come back home it puts a smile on my face.

“I’m thinking about moving back home. I think I’ve had enough of Bournemouth now!

“It’s lovely to come back. I just love coming back and hearing Geordie accent again.

Paul Gascoigne looks to be having a great time on Sunday (Image: The Chronicle)

“Even when I got the train back the guy who was serving the tea went: ‘Areet wor Gazza!’.

“It’s always nice to come back and as I say I’m thinking of moving back.”

Gazza will be back in Newcastle next month for a talk-in at St James’ Park when another packed house will turn up in their droves to see the player regarded one of the best players in the world in the nineties.

The former United star said: “St James’ Park is a great place for me because it’s where I started my career.

Gazza in action in Dunston, Gateshead (Image: The Chronicle)

“I’ll be giving a talk-in – I’ve done a few before but to do it at the stadium is nice.

“It’s a chance to have bit of banter with the fans.”

Other club favourites in action included Peter Beardsley, Keith Gillespie, Darren Peacock, Steve Harper and Steve Howey.

With such names on show, the result was never in doubt.

The legends won 7-1 with Gillespie bagging a hat-trick and Harper, Paul Robinson and Beardsley also troubling the referee’s pen.

He said: “I’ve always had a special affinity with the people up here.

Gascoigne and Keith Gillespie, who scored a hat-trick (Image: The Chronicle)

“At Dunston, they named a stand the ‘Gazza stand’ in 1990.

“I was delighted to see it was packed and then able to have a little run around to see if I still had it!”

Gazza played around 40 minutes of the 80-minute exhibition game and still showed he had the skills and that knack of pleasing the crowd.

He even weighed in with a goal late in the second half before leaving the field to rich applause.

Gazza reflected: “I miss football badly, even at my age.

Gazza shows glimpses of his former glory (Image: The Chronicle)

“It’s a nice turnout and I enjoyed it. That is always the main thing.

“It was for Pavel really and to raise money for charity.

“It’s good to see a few old team-mates. I’m feeling good and enjoying life.

“I heard about the game so I rang Peter Beardsley up and told him I’d come along and enjoy it and see the lads.”

Gazza scored in the match in honour of Pavel Srnicek (Image: The Chronicle)

Gazza’s nephew Cameron was also in action for Newcastle and impressed during a big win for the United XI.

Gascoigne senior showed some neat touches and set up a goal for Steve Harper to open the scores.

His uncle said: “He’s still a young kid and he enjoys that.

Pavel Srnicek
Srnicek, a beloved Toon goalkeeper, died in 2015

“He’s at Wallsend and he’s enjoying it, I went to watch him train.

“I don’t think he was born when I was playing but it’s good to have the chance to play together.”

Those gathered for the match held a minute’s applause in honour of Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery.

This was the second Pav Cup, in honour of the Newcastle goalkeeper Srnicek, who died in 2015.

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