Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pals and Stars Get on Their Bikes in Memory of Scott

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pals and Stars Get on Their Bikes in Memory of Scott

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Byline: Sarah Scott Reporter sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk

FOOTBALLERS and fans got on their bikes to raise money in memory of Blyth Spartans player Scott Bell.

A group of 16 cycled from the Sunderland Stadium of Light to Blyth Spartans' Croft Park via Newcastle United's St James Park for the Scott Bell Fund, set up before the death of the 35-year-old who lost his battle with motor neurone disease in October last year.

The group, including former players from all three clubs and Spartans supporters, got on their bikes to raise money and awareness for the fund that was set up by Scott, a former Spartan striker, to help those diagnosed with the muscle degenerative disease.

Event organiser Fergus Dowd said: "Scott was a great lad who always had a smile on his face. I am sure he is up there looking down on us and smiling."

Former players from both sides of the Tyne Wear divide came together for the cycle and former Black Cats defender Maurice Hepworth was happy to put loyalties aside for the challenge.

"We are all here together, coming together for a great cause." he said.

"Fergus wanted us to participate and we were more than happy to get involved," he added.

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The ride from Wearside to Tyneside took just under an hour with the group arriving at St James Park congregating ide from Wearside to Tyneside ust under an hour with the arriving at St James Park conng by the Sir Bobby n statue oute stadium. ere then a treat Magwalk by the Sir Bobby Robson statue outside the stadium. They were then given a treat by the Magpies, a walk down the tunnel to the sounds of 'Local Hero.'.

the to unds ocal Former Magpies me r p i e s defender Olivier Bernard said: "It was a good ride, the atmosphere was really good and a nice feeling to be involved. …

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