A FORMER football star-turned-TV pundit is heading to Hartlepool to help raise funds for a vital local charity.
Dean Windass, who starred for a host of clubs including Hull City, Bradford City and Middlesbrough, hung up his boots after a spell at Darlington in the Conference.
Known as one of the games best-loved characters, Windass is now a familiar face on Sky Sports where he works as a roving reporter bringing live updates fromm matches on the Soccer Saturday show hosted by town-born Jeff Stelling.
The former midfielder will be at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool, at a sportsman’s dinner on October 20.
He will tell the audience of his colourful career, which includes the infamous tale of how he was sent off three times in the same match while playing for Aberdeen in Scotland.
All money raised from the event will go towards the Hartlepool and District Hospice, in Wells Avenue.
Hospice spokesman Greg Hildreth said: “We were all very excited to secure Dean as the speaker at our forthcoming dinner.
“Knowing how popular he is on the after dinner circuit, this promises to be a great night for all of the guests as well as a brilliant fundraising opportunity. Our sportsman’s dinners are always very enjoyable events and I’m really looking forward to this one.
“We’d like to thank Dean for coming along to support our charity and everything we raise will go towards patient care.”
Tickets are priced £25, with tables of 12 available for £300, and are available from the hospice on (01429) 855552.