Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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Byline: MARK CARRUTHERS

NORTH Shields and Whitley Bay will pay tribute to former player Robbie Livermore ahead of today's Northern League Division One fixtures.

The Robins host bottom-of-the-table Penrith in their first home game since Livermore's death and assistant manager Anthony Woodhouse paid tribute to his former team-mate and friend ahead of the fixture.

He said: "A lot of people have already spoken highly of Robbie - he was a one-off and a great character to have around the dressing-room.

"Myself, Robbie and Brian left Whitley Bay due to lack of playing opportunities and stepped into the management scene at North Shields.

"Again, he was pivotal in helping in bringing in big-name players and having him on the pitch helped us pick up results.

"He was a great lad and will be sorely missed. The response around the North East from not only the football world shows you how much he was loved."

Whitley Bay will pay their own tributes ahead of their home meeting with Sunderland RCA and full-back Craig McFarlane admitted the side will find it difficult to focus on the game itself.

The defender said: "It's going to be a very tough day.

"A lot of people at the game will know Robbie and there will be lots of tributes.

"He deserves them all because he is a legend - but once the whistle goes we have to try and focus on the football."

On-loan South Shields defender Tom Bexton could be in line to make his Newcastle Benfield debut when they host Hebburn Town.

The visitors will have to contend without the services of captain Louis Storey but key duo Graeme Armstrong and Andrew Stephenson return.

Darren Richardson returns from suspension to take his place in the Bishop Auckland squad for their game at Seaham Red Star.

Consett will look to end a run of five games without a win when they face a rapidly-improving Ryhope CW side. …

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