Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bidding for Glory; REGION STAKES ITS CLAIM FOR SLICE OF WORLD CUP ACTION

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bidding for Glory; REGION STAKES ITS CLAIM FOR SLICE OF WORLD CUP ACTION

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Byline: ADAM JUPP

NEWCASTLE and Gateshead's application to host World Cup football was today handed over.

A galaxy of soccer stars supporting the Tyneside bid travelled to London to deliver the document to the Football Association.

Legends including Alan Shearer, David Ginola and Jack Charlton were at Wembley stadium for the ceremony.

They will now await the FA's decision on which locations to shortlist for its bid to stage the 2018 or 2022 tournament.

All 15 cities vying to be a host city as part of England's campaign made the trip to the capital to formally hand-over their bid documents this morning.

Delegations from Newcastle-Gateshead and Sunderland were present and spoke to FA officials before making the delivery.

The Tyneside dossier gives details of the hotels that would be used by teams and officials, proposed sites for fan parks, details of the region's infrastructure and the legacy staging the festival of football would leave.

Speaking after handing-over the bid, former Toon and England captain Shearer said: "Leading out England during the 1998 World Cup Finals in France was a great honour for me.

"To play in the biggest tournament of all is a dream for every footballer.

"To see St James' Park as a World Cup venue for 2018 would be fantastic and fitting for such a great stadium.

"Fans coming to Newcastle for World Cup matches would be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes and be able to experience the passion we have for football here in the North East."

If successful in the host city bid, Newcastle-Gateshead will see world class football played in the heart of the city, with an estimated injection of over pounds 58m into the North East economy.

Speaking from Wembley, Stephen Savage, of Newcastle City Council, said: "What an excellent opportunity for the North East to host World Cup football. …

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