I always remember a funny story doing the rounds regarding the Pear Tree Pub in the eighties when David Hodgson played for Sunderland & Lawrie McMenemy was Manager - Both Gateshead/Felling Lads - Hodgson was called into McMenemy's Office one Monday morning & Hodgson dulely turned up wondering what it was about. he knocked on the Manager's door & was invited by McMenemy & told to take a seat. McMenemy looked at Hodgson rather sternly & said 'David it's been brought to my attention that you are spending a lot of time in the Pear Tree Pub in Felling'
To which Hodgson replied 'Boss I live there, my Dad is the Publican'.
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