North East footballers bid to break world record

A group of North East footballers are bidding to break a world record by taking part in a 38 hour football match to raise money for charity.

The event at Powerleague, titled Soccer am pm amexternal-link, kicks off at 0800 BST in North Shields on Friday, 12 May.

Organiser Paul Newton told BBC Look North: "I lost my dad to a disease called Wegener's granulomatosis.

"I wanted to do something in my dad's memory to raise awareness and funds for research for it."

A number of sponsors have pledged their support, as did Newcastle United who offered tips through goalkeeper Steve Harper and assistant boss John Carver.

"I would find it difficult playing for 38 minutes these days, but it's a great challenge," said Carver.

"They'll have to let the ball do the work, save their energy, save their legs and rotate."