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It's kick off for the 2017 Pavel Cup!

Our Dunston shop have unveiled a football themed window display to launch the 2017 Pavel Cup to honour a local football legend.

Newcastle United star Pavel Srnicek died suddenly in December 2015 and in order to remember and honour his legacy, Steve Wraith and his team at Newcastle Legends set up the Pavel Cup. The charity football match sees big names from the world of sport and entertainment compete to win the cup whilst raising money for St Oswald’s, a charity close to Pavel and his family.

Its inaugural year in 2016 attracted over 1,000 people and raised in excess of £5,000. This year event organisers are hoping to surpass last year’s total by remembering another footballer, Chris ‘hitman’ Heron, who played for the Felling Leam Rangers and who died in 2007. The 2017 cup will see a special Pavel Srnicek squad go up against Felling FC Old Boys to honour the two footballing legends.

The match has attracted a number of big names including; former Newcastle United stars Steve Harper, Steve Howey, Darren Peacock, Keith Gillespie, Jamie McClen, and Paul Robinson, comedian Gavin Webster, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Danny Posthill, and the Evening Chronicle’s Lee Ryder. More big names are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

St Oswald’s Dunston Furniture Shop launched the cup in style by unveiling a football inspired window display on Thursday 25th May. Members of the local community turned out to support the shop and were treated to a raffle, tombola, refreshments and the chance to bid on an NUFC signed football. The shop manager at Dunston Furniture Store, Steven Blackburn, said:

We couldn’t have been more delighted with how well the unveiling went. The feedback we’ve received from customers has been fantastic and we’ve had many enquiries about the Pavel Cup itself. The display has been a great launch pad for the 2017 game and now our focus is on encouraging as many customers as possible to purchase tickets. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us, including all of the other St Oswald’s shops from across the region.

Newcastle Legends, the team behind the Pavel Cup, have promised this year’s match will top last year’s. As well as the main football match, the day will provide fun for all the family with a selection of food stalls, a bar, animal handling displays, a mobile bowling alley, Riverside Falconry and face painting.  

 Steve Wraith, Managing Director at Newcastle Legends, said:

We are delighted to be supporting St Oswald’s again with the Pavel Cup at Dunston UTS FC on Sunday July 9th. Pavel was committed to becoming a patron of the charity prior to his untimely death a couple of years ago and I felt that it was only right to support the charity in his name with this event. Last year was a big success and we are hoping that with the big names we’ve attracted that we can raise another large amount for the hospice. This year sees Newcastle Legends take on a Felling Old Boys 11. Felling was a Sunday team that I managed for 20 years and sadly we lost our striker Chris Heron in tragic circumstances 10 years ago. The match will be a fitting tribute to two football legends.

 Siobhan Sargeant, Corporate Fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said:

We were thrilled with the reception our Dunston store received and want to thank everyone who turned out to support one of our local shops. The entire team worked tirelessly to put together a fantastic display which we’re confident will inspire many local shoppers to buy tickets for the 2017 Pavel Cup. Although last year’s event was the first time the cup had been held, it was a fantastic success and a thoroughly enjoyable day with activities for the entire family to enjoy. We managed to attract over 1,000 people and we raised more than £5,000 for St Oswald’s. We’re confident that this year, with the promotion we’ve received and the big name stars who’ve signed up, that we can beat last year’s total.

The Pavel Cup 2017 will be held on Sunday 9th July at Dunston UTS Football Club. Gates open at 12noon with a 1pm kick off. Tickets are priced at £3.50 for kids and £8 for adults and are available for purchase here