Updated: Sep 28, 2022
Tickets for the John Cooke testimonial match at 1st Cloud Arena are now sold out.
The exhibition game, which is being held on Sunday, May 29th, will see a large number of famous faces from the game take to the field in honour of former Sunderland AFC stalwart John, better known as Cookie.
Among them are South Shields manager Kevin Phillips, fellow Sunderland great Niall Quinn, Newcastle United legend Peter Beardsley and Scottish football icon Ally McCoist, with the two teams to be managed by former Sunderland boss Peter Reid and Cooke himself.
The testimonial will recognise Cooke’s remarkable service to Sunderland, who he played for between 1979 and 1985 before serving as kit manager from 1994 to 2020.
A full house will be in attendance to watch the match, which is set to kick-off at 2pm. Prior to that and after the game, there will be a full timetable of events to enjoy.
11am: Gates open, with bars open and food and drink available
11am-1.45pm: Football Feast on the 3G pitch, with Soccer AM-style ‘You Know The Drill’ coaching carried out by John Cooke’s son Zak Turner-Cooke, former Newcastle United and Sunderland player Paul Bracewell and coaches from South Tyneside Ability FC
1pm: South Tyneside Ability FC are introduced to the crowd before taking part in an exhibition game
2pm: The big kick-off as the Cookie XI and Peter Reid XI go head-to-head
2.45pm: South Tyneside Ability FC return to the field for a penalty shootout
3pm: The second half begins
3.45pm: The full-time whistle blows and the teams have a thank you lap of honour
4pm: After-match party begins with a live band. Bars remain open into the night for those in attendance to celebrate
4.30pm: Grand prize draw is held. Your match programme is your entry into the draw. The full list of prizes can be viewed by clicking here