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SOME of the UK’s best loved stars have shown their support for a North East charity by naming their football dream teams.

Alexandra Burke, Aston Merrygold, Gareth Gates and S Club’s Jo O’Meara, are among a galaxy of singing stars backing a new fantasy football league set up in support of St Oswald’s Hospice which cares for adults, children and babies with incurable conditions across the North East.

The hospice has become the first charity in the UK to form its own fantasy football league, where players choose and manage a team of premier league footballers, earning points for how well they play in real matches throughout the season.

The team with the most points at the end of the season wins the jackpot, with prizes for the best manager and team name also up for grabs.

Not only can teams win a variety of cash prizes – including a £1000 jackpot – but, by playing, they will be supporting the vital work of St Oswald’s.

And Soccer Aid stalwart Gareth Gates, who performed at Newcastle Pride this summer, selected a team of legends including David Seaman “because he’s a good friend of mine,” Lionel Messi, Pele and Leeds player Tony Yeboah, “one of the greatest strikers of all time.”

He also included Sol Campbell – “one of the greatest defenders and he’s huge” – and Cristiano Ronaldo, “because he’s one of the game’s greats, although he’d have to argue with Beckham for the free kicks.”

Bending it like Beckham on Jo O’Meara’s team were the other six members of S Club, along with Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Lee from 911 and Brian McFadden, while both Aston and Alexandra opted to have Olly Murs on their teams.

Alexandra’s other dream signings included Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Seal, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball, while Aston chose football freerunners Jezza and Billy, footballers Jesse Lingard and Tony Adams and rapper Stormzy.

“I’d also put myself in the team,” he said, “and I’d have Justin Bieber, in goal.”

Now the hospice is calling on fans across the region to sign up to their league before the football season starts on Friday 10 August.

To take part, individuals, or groups of friends or colleagues must visit and pay £10 subs to St Oswald’s Hospice. They will then be emailed a special code to join the hospice league in the Premier League free app or website at

They then create their team, pick a name watch as points increase as their team plays each week. When the season ends in May 2019, the player with the highest number of points will be crowned manager of the season and win the £1000 prize.

To sign up for St Oswald’s Hospice Fantasy Football league, visit or call the Hospice on 0191 285 0063 ext 2129.


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