North East Legends to be honoured on Oct 10


BRYAN ROBSON and Peter Reid, two of England’s finest midfielders and later successful managers in the North East, will be presented with a Legend Awards by the North East Football Writers’ Association on October 10th at the Ramside Hall in Durham.

The inaugural award is in recognition of the contribution the two men made as managers in North East football, as they helped to put Middlesbrough and Sunderland on the football map in the formative years of the Premier League.

Two of their most famous former players from Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Kevin Phillips and Nigel Pearson, will also join in on the tribute night taking part in a Q&A session on stage with Simon Crabtree, one of the region’s most popular broadcasters

After his record-breaking playing career with WBA, Manchester United and England, Robson went on to become player-manager of Boro. He later signed Phillips when he was manager of West Brom, his first club.

Phillips made his name at Sunderland when he was signed by Reid, the former Bolton and Everton midfielder, in 1997, scoring 130 goals in 235 games.

Pearson was Robbo’s captain at Middlesbrough after joining the club when they were still at Ayresome Park, and captained Boro to two promotions to the Premier League and in their first FA Cup Final and League Cup Final appearances at Wembley before his retirement in 1998. He later went on to success as manager of Leicester City.

Tickets are £45 for the R&R Reid and Robson North East Legends Award Night at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa on Thursday October 10 and £400 for a table of ten.

Contact Claire Stephen on 0191 375 3080 or

Also, Colin Young, NEFWA secretary via

The event is supported by William Hill, title sponsors of the FWA.

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