WELCOME TO THE MILLFIELD HOME OF THE BLACK AND AMBERS EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE II SAT 1ST FEBRUARY 2020 K/O - 3.00 PM TODAYS MATCH
VS CROOK TOWN A.F.C. VS REDCAR ATHLETIC FC MATCH OFFICIALS
Z Kennard-Kettle (Referee) W Carter (Asst) K Smith (Asst)
MATCH BALL SPONSOR Clive Whitton
Previously vs Redcar The lads will feel they could have come away with something when they visited Redcar at the beginning of September after being on top in the early statges of the game but ultimately losing 2-0 with Jordan Rivis and Lee Bythway scoring Redcarsâ€™s goals and Jake Petitjean being sent off (somewhat controversially in the eyes of Black and Ambers fans). When Redcar last visited the Millfield a competitve affair ended 2-2. Both sides have their eyes on the promotion spots and will be going all out for the three points this afternoon. Enjoy the game!
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Todayâ€™s Division Two Fixtures
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RECENT RESULTS & MATCH BALL SPONSORS DATE
Sunderland West End
Daniel Kent (10) Nathan Stephenson (49) Christian Holliday (90)
Clive Whitton – Crook Town AF
Tow Law Town
Daniel Kent (84)
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Daniel Kent (22, 58, 68) Holliday (72) Connelly (89))
Holliday (51, 89)
West Allotment Celtic
Clive Whitton – Crook Town AFC
Mike & Michelle Donnelly – Amid Design & Display
Clive Whitton – Crook Town AFC
Mike & Michelle Donnelly – Amid Design & Display Clive Whitton – Crook Town AFC
Mike & Michelle Donnelly – Amid Design & Display
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
REDCAR ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY Redcar Athletic FC formerly named Teesside Athletic FC were refounded in 1993 after the old organisation which was originally based in Middlesbrough folded with administration problems. The club were indebted to the Local Authority for the use of theIr current base Green Lane, Redcar for a peppercorn rent. Initially the club had only junior members but with a progressive, ambitious committee the club made the decision to develop a dedicated grass roots football facility for everyone with exit routes into senior teams who would be encouraged to play at the highest level hence giving the exiting junior members the opportunity to participate in football at a decent level. The club entered a Senior team into the Teesside League and shortly after in 2005 they were accepted into the Wearside League at the same time the club was successful in its application to the Football Foundation for funding in excess of £860,000 to develop their facility at Green Lane, this gave the club excellent facilities and in their first season in the Wearside League they finished an excellent fifth and won the Monkwearmouth Cup. In 2010 the Club Committee made the brave decision to change the club name to Redcar Athletic Football Club the main objective to improve the clubs identity in Redcar. In the thirteen years that Redcar have been in the Wearside League they have managed to accumulate the following honours/statistics – Monkwearmouth Cup Winners - 2005/06, 2016/17 Shipowners Cup Winners - 2009 League Cup Winners - 2006/07 , 2016/17 FA Community Club of the Year 2005 FA Community Club of the Year 2007 Highest Points total - 91 points 2015/16 Record number of goals scored - 123 - 2015/16 Record Goalscorer - Andy Jennings - 2015/16 - 54 goals Highest Home victory - 15-0 v Murton 2015/16 Highest Away victory - 13-0 v Annfield Plain 2015/16 Wearside League Runners up – 2011/12, 2015/16, 2016/17 Wearside League Champions 2017/18 For the past 5 years the club has been busy preparing the ground to ensure that it met the Step 6 Ground Grading criteria in readiness for promotion to the Northern League only to find in each season that the team did not attain the necessary League placing until now .. winning the Wearside League Championship on the last day of the season with a 7-0 home victory over Gateshead Leam Rangers gave the club promotion to the Northern League and their first ambition realised. Season 2018/19 will see Redcar Athletic 1st team compete in the Northern League following promotion from the Wearside League. This is the culmination of years of hard work from everybody from players, management team, committee and volunteers a fantastic effort. Redcar will now finally have a team in the Northern League at last following an absence of nearly 100 years.
AWAY TEAM PLAYER PROFILES
Jordan Rivis Midfielder Jordan joined from Stokesley a couple of seasons ago, great player easy on the eye played 37 times last season scoring 5 goals Will Lawrence Will cemented his place as the clubs no 1 keeper last season a top quality keeper who had a fantastic first season in the Northern League
Joe Bennett Defender Joe has been with Redcar for some time now & although has played everywhere looks to have settled as a great centre half now Ollie Simpson Ollie is a very experienced keeper who has just joined us for the new season from Billingham Town. Former clubs include Thornaby FC
Lee Bythway Lee is another new signing vastly experienced Northern League defender who has signed from Guisborough Town his former clubs include Bishop Auckland & Sunderland RCA
Chris Bivens Chris has been with the club for over 3 seasons now a defender with a lot of Northern League experience. Last season made 22 appearances
Paul Young Paul is another new signing who has joined Redcar from Guisborough Town, can play in defence or midfield
Anthony Hume Another ex Guisborough Town player who has joined Redcar for the new season, vastly experienced striker who has played in the FA Vase Final
Adam Preston Adam was again Redcarsâ€™s top scorer last season scoring 26 goals in their 1st Northern League season
McCorie Carmichael Macca is a young striker promoted from the Reserves last season, played 26 games scoring 7 and is very well regarded at the club
Steve Jackson Steve is another new signing joining Redcar from Northallerton very experienced and can play in defence/midfield ex clubs include Billingham Town, Seaham Red Star
Mike Woodhouse Mike is the Team Captain great midfield player with an eye for a spectacular goal, played 38 times last season scoring twice. Consistent and a real club player
Gary Wood Very experienced Northern League midfield player who joined Redcar last season played 32 games and scored 5 goals and used his experience well to guide them through our 1st season
Stuart Browne Defender who had another great season for Redcar last year played 41 times and scored 7 goals not bad from somebody who continually tells uthe club he is retiring !!
Gary Redman Gary joined Redcar for their 1st season in the Northern League played in both defence & midfield making 42 appearances and scoring 5 times
Josh Cooper Young defender who just keeps getting better each season, injury restricted him to 28 appearances last season but will be a great player for the club
Lee Farrington Experienced defender signed from Guisborough Town last season and was a model of consistency for Redcar, made 41 appearances at left back. Great example to his younger team members
Joey Melvin Another new signing Joey has joined Redcar from Ryhope CW he plays up front and is a pacy skilful player, his ex clubs include Sunderland RCA, Marske Utd & Thornaby
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 try one of Angela’s famous Black and Amber burgers from Only Foods & Sauces whilst racking your brains trying to find all the Division Two sides in our half-time teaser or testing your Crook Town history?
And if you know your history…... 1)
How many of the 1962 Crook Town team to play against Hounslow Town in the FA Amateur Cup final can you name?
How many FA Amateur Cup winners medals did Jimmy McMillan win?
Who did Jimmy McMillan win his sole England cap against in 1959?
Whose goal was shown on Football Focus after being captured on film by Jeff Patterson in the 1996-97 season?
Which Crook Town player went on to win the European Cup? With which team?
Answers at the foot of the League Table page DID YOU KNOW? An 18 year old forward called Brian Clough made a scoring league debut for Billingham Synthonia on April 11th 1953 against Evenwood. Just a month later he signed for Middlesbrough and couldn’t stop scoring - 274 goals for Middlesbrough and Sunderland Source : Northern Goalfields Revisited - compiled by Brian Hunt
Player Profile - Calum ‘Smiler’ Johnston
Calum ‘Smiler’ Johnston has the best win ratio in the current squad so far this season - having made 28 competitive appearances so far 60.7% of his games have been wins and he’s scored 4 goals we look behind that ‘Smile’..... Who did you play your first senior game for? ‘Willington, when I played for their Under 18’s, I think it was against Esh Winning and we won 3-1 ’ Where’s your favourite away ground to play at? ‘I’ve only played there twice but it would be Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park’ Who’s the best player you’ve played against? ‘Julio Arca when he was at South Shields’ Which player in the Premier League best matches your playing style? ‘No idea! I like Bernado Silva’s style and he can play anywhere across midfield so maybe him’ Favourite player of all time? ‘Lionel Messi - nobody else even comes close!’ Best dressed player of the squad? ‘Lee Hume’ And who has the worst dress sense? ‘Mikey Colman’ Whose the last player in the team to get a round of drinks in? ‘Definitely Matty Crossen, I’ve never seen him spend a single penny’’ What’s the best goal you’ve scored? ‘I never really score that many goals, but this season it has to be the one away at Chester le Street in the top corner’ If you could change one rule in football what would it be? ‘The new handball rule! Should have kept it how it was before this season’ Favourite sport outside of football? ‘Not massively into any other sports, the only ones I really watch are UFC / Boxing when there’s a big event on’ If Big Brother made a comeback which team member would you put in? ‘Definitely Dane - he’d wind everybody up and try to cause arguments, would be great entertainment’ Finally - when did the nickname ‘Smiler’ start? ‘In Year 3 I moved to a new school and within a week I was being called Smiler’
Black and Amber Eric Gibson is as much a part of the Millfield as the tunnel sign and the grandstand - anybody attending a match will have seen him sat beside the tunnel entrance taking in the on-pitch action, we caught up with him…. When did you first start supporting Crook Town? ‘I started early - at the age of four in 1959, I think my first game was against Shildon. I’m still supporting Crook Town home and away in 2020 - that’s 61 years a Black and Amber fan!’ Who are your favourite Crook Town players of all time? ‘ David Bayles and Danny Melanby’ In your time watching Crook Town what are your most memorable moments? ‘February 11th 2006 against Arnold Town when we took 8 coach-loads to see us win 1-0 and progress to the FA Vase quater final, March 4th 2006 against Bury Town in the FA Vase quarter-final in front of 1,946 at the Millfield, Winning promotion to Division One in the 2012-13 season And has to be going to Wembley aged 9 in 1964 to see Crook Town beat Enfield Town in the FA Amateur Cup Final What’s your favourite away ground to visit? ‘Welfare Park, Easington Colliery’ What’s your all-time Crook Town 11? ‘The Alan Shoulder team of 1999-2000’ If you had to nominate one person to be a Crook Town legend who would that be? ‘Club historian Michael Manuel whose done so much to document and record the club’s history over the decades’
Current League Division Two Table
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Half Time History Answers 1) Snowball / Gardner / Clark / Storey / Heathrington / Brown / Sparks / Garbutt / Coates / Peary / McMillan 2) Four (almost five - he was a reserve in the Willington squad that beat Bishop Auckland in the 1950 final) 3) France 4) John Parnaby 5) Frank Clark - Nottingham Forest
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
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Match day program from Northern League Division Two game