WELCOME TO THE MILLFIELD HOME OF THE BLACK AND AMBERS EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE II Sat 18th JANUARY 2019 K/O - 3.00 PM TODAYS MATCH
VS CROOK TOWN A.F.C. VS RYTON & CRAWCROOK ALBION FC MATCH OFFICIALS N Bamford (Referee) C Draper (Asst) D Hall (Asst)
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Michelle & Mike Donnelly
Todayâ€™s Division Two Fixtures
Next home game - Saturday 1st February 3.00pm Crook Town vs Redcar Athletic
The lads will be keen to make amends for a 2-0 defeat down at Redcar earlier this season where they will feel they could have got something from the game. Redcar are looking strong candidates for a promotion spot so weâ€™re set for an entertaining and important fixture
Last time vs Crawcrookâ€Ś. The lads went down 3-2 away to The Albion with Chris Dickinson scoring a couple of beauties, and oh so nearly getting his hat trick, just putting his strike past a stretching keeper but outside the post Ryton & Albion are right in the thick of the promotion battle and on their last visit to the Millfield the game ended in a 1-1 draw,both sides need the 3 points today to keep their promotion push going so enjoy what should be a great game!
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Daniel Kent (68)
Anthony Verity (47) Daniel Kent (53)
Clive Whitton – Crook Town AFC
Daniel Kent (10) Nathan Stephenson (49) Christian Holliday (90)
Clive Whitton – Crook Town AF
Sunderland West End
Tow Law Town
Graham Readman - Redman Fabrications Ltd.
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Daniel Kent (82)
Clive Whitton – Crook Town AFC
Mike & Michelle Donnelly – Amid Design & Display
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CROOK TOWN A.F.C SPONSORS Company/Person
Mike & Michelle Donnelly
Mapps Mortgage + Insurance
Mulligan’s Skip Hire
Jimmy & Paul Mulligan
Durham Community Action Ltd
Speedo Car Parts Ltd
I.C.Davison Home Improvements
Durham Funeral Celebrant
Zero Alpha Security Services
Joanne & Phil Burek
Freshclean Dry Cleaners
Alison & David Heppell
Anthony M. Gibson
Stuart Reed Plumbing & Heating
GMB Union (Durham Branch)
John Gilmore/Derek Cattell
Tyne Tees Crushing & Screening Ltd
Readman Fabrications Ltd
Vickers & Barrass Chartered Surv.
Crook Tyre Centre
J.P. Solan & B. Gray
S. C. Plant
Franks the Flooring Store
Dave Thompson OBE
David R Thompson OBE
Horizon Glass Ltd
Holly & Macey Hughes
SBC Builders Ltd
Premier Store - Crook
Wrights Forestry Services
CROOK TOWN AFC WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORTING US THIS SEASON. “I WOULD SINCERELY LIKE TO ASK OUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS TO PATRONISE THE BUSINESSES OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORTING OUR CLUB THIS SEASON, WHERE EVER THEY FIND IT POSSIBLE.“ VINCE KIRKUP - CHAIRMAN
CROOK TOWN A.F.C SPONSORS Company/ Person
Vigo Spinal & Sports Injury Clinic
Batson Electrical Contractor Ltd
NE Kitchen Solutions
Cimex UK Ltd
Richie Norman - Steeplejack
CROOK TOWN AFC - SPONSORS FOR THE 2019 – 2020 SEASON CROOK TOWN AFC WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORTING US THIS SEASON. “I WOULD SINCERELY LIKE TO ASK OUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS TO PATRONISE THE BUSINESSES OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORTING OUR CLUB THIS SEASON, WHERE EVER THEY FIND IT POSSIBLE.“ VINCE KIRKUP - CHAIRMAN
CROOK TOWN A.F.C. SQUAD NAME
First Team Coach / Defender
Christopher Dunwell Club Captain
Christian â€˜Bistoâ€™ Holliday
CROOK PLAYER PROFILES Name
A commanding goalkeeper who has played in this division and higher for a number of years. Doesn’t have a weakness in his game and is a great character for the dressing room. A young athletic goalkeeper whose an excellent shot stopper, good on the floor and isn’t afraid to come for crosses. A fantastic keeper for the future who's ready to play now.
A young centre half who is calm and composed in possession.
First Team Coach / Defender
A Defender who shows experience beyond his years. Good in possession and a good communicator. Doubled up as a coach, Vez is an extremely important member of the team.
Kenny is a Centre Half / Right Back who’s comfortable on the ball and enjoys playing out from the back and can also get forward
Christopher Dunwell Club Captain
An experienced defensive midfielder who’s played at this level for a number of years. Still an excellent footballer who likes to play the game the right way. Strong in the air and a terrific leader. An invaluable player on the pitch and person off it. A dynamic attacking midfielder who causes defender problems with his bursting runs. Incredibly agile and quick. Smiler also has excellent attitude and is always looking out for his team. A technically gifted player who can dictate games
An attack minded player, exciting to watch, who can play out wide or through the middle and just loves winning games and scoring goals
Christian ‘Bisto’ Holliday
Brings fantastic quality and a real determination to win football matches. A great lad for the dressing room and a proper player on the pitch Quick but has a football brain beyond his years. A superb temperament and can finish when given a chance. Last season’s top goal scorer. A No.9 who has good feet for a big man & a deceptive turn of pace. Stiv has got a fantastic attitude and he’s a brilliant player too. He’s a different type of forward to what we’ve got which is important if we want to move forward Bisto is a sharp forward who given half a chance will always get you a goal. 2017/2018 Top goal scorer is always looking to get in behind the opposing defence.
A quick busy forward who’s hungry and works hard and will suit the style of football that Jamie wants to play
Brings lots of energy and pace to our side. He can play anywhere down the left, loves getting forward and and is another welcome addition to our squad Arthur’s a winger whose direct, with pace and loves to take on defenders – and at only 19 is only going to get better
Joe is used to winning football matches and fits our style of play perfectly. Another player still young and hungry to learn but has also had plenty of games at this level
AWAY TEAM PLAYER PROFILES RYTON & CRAWCROOK ALBION PLAYER PROFILES 2019-20 LIAM ANDERSON
Winger who is effective on either flank. Signed in July 2016 and had previously played for Wallington. Made 37 starts in both 16/17 & 17/18 & 30 last term
Traditional tough tackling centre half who has clocked up over 120 starts in his two spells at the club. Played for Tow Law in between
Full back in his 2nd spell at RACA signing from West Allotment in 2015. a strong tackler who makes the occasional dazzling run into opposition territory. Recently passed 250 apps Signed in Aug 19, this promising 17 year old box-to-box centre midfield player played for the successful Lumley U17s team, Darlington U18s & pre-season for Seaham Red Star
Promising young defender signed from Seaham Red Star in November 18. Previously with Middlesbrough FC's academy, injury restricted to one appearance last season.
Defender signed from Monkseaton in June 17 but University limits his appearances although he impresses when available, adding steel to the rearguard
In his second spell at the club, a robust defender signed as cover while plying his trade at Willington Quay Saints
Another signed from Monkseaton, this exciting midfielder racked up 31 appearances last season,scoring twice & on his day can be a handful for opponents.
One of several players with connections with Newcastle Blue Star, this attacking midfielder made his debut in October 2018 & notched his first RACA goal in pre-season
Another signing from Newcastle Blue Star this close season. This experienced defender plays in a central defensive role
Versatile player signed from Killingworth YPC now in his 3rd season at RACA. Scored 8 times season and has also played at Cirencester Town in the Southern League
Goalkeeper signed from Newcastle Blue Star in July 2019. Younger brother of Ryan also signed from the same club and established as the regular no1
Right-back signed from Newcastle Blue Star in the summer who is the older brother of goalkeeper Josh but out injured with a hand injury
Experienced agile keeper signed from Blyth Town in 2018 and was stand in for the regular keeper making six appearances in 2018-19. Has been out injured but but ready to return
Exciting midfielder / utility player signed in the 13/14 season who celebrated his 100th appearance by scoring all three goals in a win over Durham in August
Goalkeeper signed in July 2019 who was Burradon FCâ€™s player of the season following a spell with Killingworth
Industrious forward signed from Whitley Bay in 2018. Was top scorer last season with 23 goals from 41 appearances & terrorises opposition defenders
Versatile player signed from Monkseaton in 2017. Racked up 39 starts in his first season at Kingsley Park & previously with Whitley Bay A. Usually plays left back
Forward signed from Ashington in November 2018 who gradually made more of an impact as last season progressed. Expected to further improve this time round
Centre half signed in the close season who played for Gateshead FC reserves in the last campaign
Crawcrook lad who signed in July after playing for Gateshead Reserves last season. Effective tricky customer on the right wing
Energetic centre forward who made a belated debut in the League Cup defeat of Stockton & became an instant fan favourite. Also plays for AFC Killingworth in the Alliance
Forner Newcastle University defender who signed in August 2018 and gradually got more regular game time as the season progressed
Solid looking centre-back signed in the summer having previously been with Blyth Spartans Reserves and Newcastle Benfield.Got his first RACA goal v Bedlington in
THE ALBION’S HISTORY Shortly after the start of the 1970 - 71 football season John Oliver, the club’s first Secretary, and Les Robson were approached to see if a club could be formed quickly to take over the fixtures of Prudhoe and West Wylam Co-op who had just resigned from the Northern Combination League. After securing a loan from Ryton Social Club the club got permission to play football at Stargate. RYTON FC played their first Northern Combination League game, a 3-3 draw, against works team Parsons Athletic on Saturday 17th October 1970. The mid 1980’s saw the club transfer to Clara Vale for our home games & during this period Ryton won the Prudhoe Hospital Cup twice, the Northern Combination League Cup as well as the Durham County Trophy. Following the amalgamation, in 1988, of the Northern Alliance, the Northern Combination and the Northern Amateur Leagues into three divisions, Ryton were allocated a position in the First Division of the newly structured Northern Football Alliance League, winning that title in 1997, thus securing promotion to the Premier Division. Off the field, a lottery grant achieved in 1998, saw a further move to our current home at Kingsley Park. The club stayed in the Alliance until gaining promotion to the Northern League at the end of the 2004–05 season. 2005-06 marked our first campaign in the Northern League finishing a respectable 11 th place in Division 2, followed by a 12th place finish in 2006-07 then a commendable 3rd place in 2007-08 which gained us promotion to Division 1 for the 2008-09 season where we finished a very creditable 10th place. Unfortunately that was where the upward progress ended as the following season we finished 17th, then came the infamous 2010-11 season which saw us finish rock bottom with just 8pts, receiving a whole host of league & cup drubbings on the way including Shildon beating us 10-0 & 7-0 in the league & losing 8-0 at home to South Shields in the Vase. Coupled with the fact that our facilities are based in Crawcrook, and wishing to involve the local community further, the club sought, and was subsequently granted permission by The Durham FA, to change our name to RYTON & CRAWCROOK ALBION F.C. at the commencement of the 2011-12 campaign in which we finished 18th in our first season back in the Second Division. 2012-13 saw a slight improvement in fortunes with a 14th place finish. Then our new, very young outfit in 2013-14 under the guidance of new manager John Wilson, faced a tough campaign with survival the target, famously secured on our last match of the season. With the squad older and wiser, stability was achieved with a mid table finish in 14/15 2015/16 started under the stewardship of Wilson's former assistant Paul Dobie with Sunderland Academy coach Jordan Moore as coach but despite a decent start Paul resigned in October & was swiftly replaced by former Ryton player Craig Robson with Jordan remaining as coach. The campaign ultimately proved slightly disappointing with RACA losing every cup game & finishing only 16th in the table. 16/17 started even worse & Robson stood down, Moore moving up to manager before Peter Bryson took over in January 2017 with Jordan reverting back to a coaching role. However Brysa resigned just two months into the job & so Albion quickly acquired the services of Monkseaton boss Anthony Fawcett who steered the club away from relegation. Jordan moved to Whickham so Tony & new assistant Simon Moody transformed the squad in 2017-18 with a host of players from Monkseaton FC & North Tyneside signing on. A steady season followed culminating in an appearance in the E Armstrong Cup final, Albion’s first Northern League Cup final which we lost 0-2 to Chester-le-Street. 2018-19 started well, dipped badly then finished well with a run of eight games unbeaten leading to much optimism for 2019/20, especially after a pre-season of five wins and a draw.
NORTHERN LEAGUE RECORDS Biggest Home Win- 8-0 v Sunderland RCA (12/08/06) Biggest Home Defeat 0-8 v Billingham Town (09/08/17) Biggest Away Win- 8-1 v Alnwick Town (11/11/06) Biggest Away Defeat- 0-10 v Shildon (27/10/10) Highest Home Aggregate- 4-6 v Whitehaven (27/08/12) Highest Away Aggregate- 2-8 v Hebburn (21/04/12) and 0-10 v Shildon (27/10/10) Highest Home Attendance- 473 v Whickham (28/04/17) Highest Away Attendance- 1044 v South Shields (10/10/15)
CROOK TOWN A.F.C. HISTORY Crook joined the Northern League in 1896 and first won the Amateur Cup in 1901 beating Kings Lynn 3 - 0 at Ipswich after a 1 - 1 draw at Dover Court in Essex. In 1913 Crook toured Barcelona to help establish football as the main sport in the region of Catalonia instead of bullfighting. Feeling was so high against this that King Alfonso of Spain who had hoped to attend the three games but couldn't do so because of the attempts on his life. Crook man Jack Greenwell organised the tour and went on to become the first English manager of Barcelona until the mid-thirties when he took over the Spanish national side until the civil war. He managed Peru in 1938 which capped off a remarkable life for the son of a miner! There were two further successful tours to Barcelona during the 1920-21 & 1921-22 seasons.The infamous 'Crook Town Affair' where several players and officials were suspended for making illegal payments to amateur players made front page news in 1928.Crook became a semi-professional club during the 1930-31 season as Crook F.C. and reached the third round of The F.A. Cup for the only time during the 1931-32 season. Centre forward Colin Cook scored a remarkable 72 goals that season. The 1936-37 season saw Crook revert back to amateur status and became Crook Town. During the 1945-46 season Crook Town become Crook Colliery Welfare.In 1949 Crook reached the semi-final of the Amateur Cup losing 3 - 0 at West Ham to Romford after a 2 -2 draw at Roker Park. In the early 1950's gates of 10,000 were the norm for cup ties. The highest recorded gate was 17,000 plus v Walton and Hersham in a 0 - 0 draw. That season Crook were involved in the first non-league cup tie to be shown live on TV on a Saturday afternoon that saw Crook winning 3 - 1 at Romford in front of a 13,000 crowd. Crook won the Amateur Cup in the 1953 - 54 season playing in the longest cup final ever v Bishop Auckland with 200,000 in attendance over the three games. The final scores for the three games were 2 - 2 A.E.T. at Wembley, 2 - 2 A.E.T. at St. James Park and 1 - 0 to Crook at Ayresome Park. Crook played Derby County in the first round of the FA Cup during the 1955-56 season drawing 2 - 2 at the Millfield, but losing 5 - 1 away in the replay. Crook were League champions and Amateur Cup winners beating Barnet 3 - 2 in the final at Wembley in the 1958-59 season.In the 1961-62 season Crook once again won the Amateur Cup beating Hounslow Town 4 - 0 at Ayresome Park after a 1- 1 draw at Wembley. During the 1962-63 season Crook had a two match tour of Norway. Crook defeating a South Norway XI 4 - 3, but were beaten 3 - 2 the next day to Vikings.Crook were Amateur Cup winners in the 1963-64 season beating Enfield 2 - 1 at Wembley. During the 1964-65 season Crook beat Carlisle 1 - 0 in the first round of the F.A. Cup, but lost 1 - 0 to Oldham Athletic in the second round.In 1976 Crook became the first English club to tour India playing six games. A gate of 100,000 watched Crook play the Indian national side, but they were beaten 1 - 0 in 90 degree temperatures. During the late 70's there was an increase of interest and also brief revivals during the 80's and 90's and the early part of the new century, but without the help and encouragement of Sir Tom Cowie the club would not have survived. The 2015/16 season was probably the clubâ€™s worst season on record and may well have seen the demise of the club but for the return of Vince Kirkup as Chairman who will need no introduction around the North East football circuit. That season was always going to be a one of survival and consolidation on both the financial and the playing front, and so it proved to be with previous debts satisfied and an 18th of 22 place finish securing our Ebac Northern League 2nd Division status. After a good start to the 2017/18 season our form started to drop off and our results on the field showed this, the main problem being the amount of goals we concede. After a short time in Charge, manager Wilf Constantine and his team decided to step down, as they believed they had taken the club as far as it could go, this was following a home defeat to Thornaby. Following Wilfâ€™s departure we wanted to act quickly to appoint his successor, there was no shortage of applicants. After taking a couple of days to sort things out we appointed Chris Lax whose previous club was Richmond Town where he managed for 5 years and built a very successful side. But another disappointing season ended with a 18th place finish one place lower than when they took over & though this was enough to maintain our Ebac Northern League status this was only done by default due to the resignation of Jarrow Roofing and Boro Rangers unable to secure a ground share. So it was decided to part company with Chris Lax and his management team at the end of last season and install former player and Billingham Synthonia manager Jamie Tunstall as manager with another former Crook Town player Matthew Coad as his assistant. Jamie & Matthew will be assisted by Anthony Verity & Michael Colman who make up the coaching team.
Why not treat yourself to a hot Bovril and some home-made pie from Only Foods & Sauces whilst trying to find the squad in our half-time teaser? Can you find them all before the start of the second half?
How well do you know your history? 1)
Who did Crook beat in 1959 to win the FA Amatuer Cup? What was the score?
To reach the final in 1959 Crook beat Leytonstone 2-0 in the semi-final but where was the semi-final played?
When were the Millfield’s floodlights first installed? Which team played against the Black and Ambers for the ‘christening’?
When did chairman Vince Kirkup make his Northern League debut? And who for?
Who holds the record for most Crook Town appearences between 1945 - 2001
Answers at the foot of the League Table page DID YOU KNOW? Few teams enjoyed visting Redcar after the 1914-18 war - not because their team was especially good or their weather exceptionally bad but because the pitch was over a mile walk from the changing rooms! Source : Northern Goalfields Revisited - compiled by Brian Hunt
Player Profile - Chris Dunwell
We asked Crook Town Captain Chris Dunwell a few questions ahead of today’s game Where did you make your Northern League debut? ‘I came off the bench for Seaham Red Star as a 17 year old in Jan 2001 away to Chester le Street. We lost 2-0’ Where’s your favourite away ground to play at? ‘I always loved playing at Whitley Bay, especially when they had the large home and away followings in the successful FA Vase days’ Who’s the best player you’ve played against? And played with? ‘Tough one but as a centre half you always remember the forwards who did well against you. Matty Moffat always seems to score against me. Gavin Cogdon when Spenny blitzed the Northern League was unplayable. All round best player played against in the Northern League....toss up between Keith Graydon and Craig Gott. In terms of played with again it’s hard, my brother was a great centre forward to play with at Norton and Billingham Town. Tom Coulthard at Stockton Town should probably be playing leagues above where he is now. Best player I’ve played with at Crook, hands down Jordan Fielding. The lad doesn’t know how good he can be and I reckon he could play as high as he wants to as he progresses’ Which current Crook Town player would be perfect for Love Island? ‘Probably Tom Gavin - but not to win it. One of them who everyone thinks is a nice lad and ends up getting coupled with the worst lass out of sympathy just to stay in’ If they were to make a movie of your career who would play you? ‘Younger years I’d get Jordan Fielding to play a young Chris Dunwell but from 30 onwards I’d have to play myself as no-one else would be able to make the shape of me and my hairline realistic’ Var - Yes or No? ‘It’s a No from me. It was good in the World Cup and England did ok out of it so I wasn’t bothered then. But now every game is ruined and I think football in general is better when human error plays a part.’ Sin Bins - Yes or No? ‘Same as most of the officiating at our level, inconsistent. It’s a good idea in principle but a lot of officials don’t know when and how it’s supposed to be used’ Favourite player of all time? ‘David Beckham, I’m not a United fan but what he did in an England shirt was unreal and his goals against Columbia in 98, Argentina in 02 and Greece in 01 are up there with my best memories watching England’ What sporting event worldwide would you want to attend? ‘I’m going to South Africa in 2024 for my 40th for the England Cricket Tour, something I’ve always wanted to do. Would also want to see England in a tournament final live at the Euros or World Cup’ Bacon Sarnies - Red or Brown sauce? ‘Neither for me, just loads of butter’
Half Time History Answers 1) Barnet Town - Crook won 3-2 2) Roker Park 3) 1968 - Manchester City 4) 1971 - Stanley United 5) Jimmy McMillan and Dennis Pinkney - both made 505 appearences
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Crook Town Match Day Program for 18th January 2020 vs Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Ebac Northern League Division Two
Published on Jan 19, 2020
Crook Town Match Day Program for 18th January 2020 vs Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Ebac Northern League Division Two