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Roofing v West Allotment Celtic Saturday 7 November 2015, 3.00pm Ebac Northern League Div 1


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Club Information

Discover our home and meet the club officials Brian Marshall  PRESIDENT

Bryn Griffiths

Nenad Mijaljević  DESIGNER @nenadsuperzmaj


Josh Kerr

David Ramsey



Richie McLoughlin

James Petherick  ASSISTANT MEDIA MANAGER @pethers1999

Richie McLoughlin  MANAGER

Ian Davison


Janice McLoughlin



Andy Hudson

Mick Mulhern

Ashley Scott Laurie Scott





Brian Davison

Fred Corner Alan Leslie




Brandon the dog

Julie McKenna

Alex White




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Player stats Dan Regan Andy Hunter* Lee Burrell Alan Greenan Corey Barnes Danny Carson Alex White Dan Kirkup* Anth Myers Jack Errington Jamie Marshall Ian Davison Michael Riley* Davey Gordon* Jordan Lartey Shaun Vipond Kieran Wrightson Ian Balmain* Adam Rundle Peter Greenwell Bruno Pilatos* Paul Chow John Campbell* Lewy Teasdale* Kerry Hedley

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Sat, 08/08/2015 Norton & Stockton Ancients (A) 2-2 eNL1 eNL1 Wed, 12/08/2015 Bishop Auckland (A) 2-4 FA Cup Extra PR Sat, 15/08/2015 Penrith (A) 2-1 eNL1 Sat, 22/08/2015 Sunderland RCA (H) 2-2 eNL1 Tue, 25/08/2015 Seaham Red Star (H) 5-3 Sat, 29/08/2015 Bishop Auckland (A) 2-1 FA Cup Pre Round eNL1 Tue, 01/09/2015 Washington (A) 2-4 eNL1 Sat, 05/09/2015 Newton Aycliffe (H) 6-2 eNL1 Wed, 09/09/2015 Penrith (A) 1-3 FA Cup 1QR Sat, 12/09/2015 Congleton Town (H) 3-4 eNL1 Sat, 19/09/2015 Newcastle Benfield (H) 1-3 Tue, 22/09/2015 Darlington RA (A) 2-1 League Cup 1st Rnd eNL1 Sat, 26/09/2015 Bedlington Terriers (A) 2-1 Sat, 03/10/2015 Seaham Red Star (H) 0-1 FA Vase 2QR eNL1 Sat, 10/10/2015 Morpeth Town (A) 1-3 eNL1 Wed, 14/10/2015 Guisborough Town (A) 0-3 eNL1 Sat, 17/10/2015 West Auckland Town (A) 2-0 eNL1 Sat, 24/10/2015 Dunston UTS (H) 5-2 Thu, 29/10/2015 Easington C. (A) 1-3 Durham CC 1st Rnd Sat, 07/11/2015 West Allotment Celtic (H) eNL1 Wed, 11/11/2015 Guisborough Town (A) League Cup 2nd Rnd Sat, 14/11/2015 Ashington (A) eNL1 Tue, 24/11/2015 Durham City (A) eNL1 Sat, 28/11/2015 Consett (A) eNL1 Wed, 02/12/2015 Shildon (A) eNL1 Sat, 05/12/2015 Bishop Auckland (H) eNL1 Sat, 12/12/2015 Marske United (H) eNL1 Sat, 19/12/2015 Seaham Red Star (A) eNL1 Sat, 26/12/2015 Washington (H) eNL1 Sat, 02/01/2016 Durham City (H) eNL1 Sat, 09/01/2016 Norton & Stockton Ancients (H) eNL1 Sat, 16/01/2016 Sunderland RCA (A) eNL1 Sat, 23/01/2016 Guisborough Town (H) eNL1 Sat, 30/01/2016 Penrith (H) eNL1 Sat, 06/02/2016 Newton Aycliffe (A) eNL1 Sat, 13/02/2016 Newcastle Benfield (A) eNL1 Sat, 27/02/2016 Whitley Bay (A) eNL1 Tue, 01/03/2016 Marske United (A) eNL1 Sat, 05/03/2016 Morpeth Town (H) eNL1 Sat, 12/03/2016 West Auckland Town (H) eNL1 Sat, 19/03/2016 Dunston UTS (A) eNL1 Sat, 26/03/2016 Shildon (H) eNL1 Sat, 02/04/2016 West Allotment Celtic (A) eNL1 Sat, 09/04/2016 Ashington (H) eNL1 Sat, 16/04/2016 North Shields (A) eNL1 Sat, 23/04/2016 Consett (H) eNL1 TBC Bedlington Terriers (H) eNL1 TBC Whitley Bay (H) eNL1 TBC North Shields (H) eNL1

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Words from owner and manager, Richie McLoughlin Good afternoon and welcome to the Boldon C.A. sports Ground for today’s Ebac Northern League Division 1 match against West Allotment Celtic.

I’d like to offer a very warm welcome to the officials, players and supporters who have cane through the Tyne Tunnel from West Allotment today and I hope they have a safe afternoon on South Tyneside. It’s also great to see Mike Amos coming today. Mike has been fantastic in all of our Northern League years and his Last Legs tour will hopefully raise a lot of money. Mike set off at 8.30am today to walk 12 miles to the ground. Joining him were Jan, Andy and Dave, as well as myself and Brandon for a short spell. Hopefully they’ll not be too tired after that long hike. I wasn’t happy with the Easington result that brought a Durham Cup exit recently. We played so well against Dunston

but then went back to our old ways of not being able to pass. Since then we’ve had two postponements. The Bedlington game last Saturday was a bitter pill. I’d spent hours working on the pitch and when I left here on Friday night it wasn’t bad, despite all of the rain. Then more rain came overnight and by the time I came back at 5am on Saturday morning, the pitch was under water. The match referee came out at 10.30am and after trying to help get rid of surface water, he eventually called the game off. So today we want a game. Allotment are a fair side and have had a couple of good wins over North Shields over the past week or so. I was at the Friday night game and it was a deserved win for Allotment. They play good, quick football so will be a fair test for us. As I’ve said, we were very poor against Easington on our last outing so we need to get up and give it 100 per cent or Allotment will take advantage of any poor, sloppy play and make us pay as thay did to North Shields.

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Captain's Corner



By Alex White

It was a very good performance last time here which earned us another massive win against a strong Dunston team.

We had a difficult first half, mainly due to the weather conditions, but we remained positive and came back from behind twice. We showed great character and resilience as a team to go in at half-time 3-2 up and then the second half was a matter of managing the game and being disciplined, which we were, and we reaped the rewards scoring another two to make for a comfortable win. Congratulations to Chowy on his first hat-trick of the season, and there was also a tremendous debut performance from our new signing, Kerry. us after very good perforAgainst Easington on the following Thursday, well, it mances against West and was a poor performance from Dunston. We let ourselves

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down and we need to be more mature as footballers and deal with these type of matches better in the future as a team. Two postponements followed, last Saturday and Tuesday gone, which has allowed the squad to re-group and have a good rest. Today is a massive game for us and we should be fresh and raring to go. I’m looking forward to a big performance today. Hopefully we can get three points on the board and climb further up that table. Enjoy the match.



Kerry Hedley signs for Roofers


Former Pools and Darlo striker joins from RA It's been a busy few weeks at the Boldon C.A. Sports Ground, with the recent departures of Dan Kirkup, Andy Hunter, Lewis Teasdale, John Campbell and Michael Riley only partially offset by the welcome returns of Dan Regan and ex-U17 European Championship winner Bruno Pilatos, who himself has just left again to join Washington. The duo were both in the squad for the sparkling victory over Dunston UTS, the goalkeeper chipping in with an assist. Another new boy, Kerry Hedley, went one better on his Roofing debut: setting up goals for Paul Chow and Jamie Marshall either side of striking the post with a header from a Danny Carson free-kick.

The 23-year-old, who can play as a striker or wide midfielder, has most recently turned out for Darlington Railway Athletic, but is better known to north-east fans for his spells at Hartlepool United and hometown club Darlington, where he was a loan member of the squad that won the 2012-13 Northern League. Signed by Hartlepool out of Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport, Hedley played youth and reserve team football for the League Two side before switching permanently to the Quakers when his two-year scholarship ended in the summer of 2013. Turning out alongside fellow Roofer Bruno Pilatos as the County Durham club stepped up to the Evostik North, Hedley later returned to the Northern League with Marske, Newton Aycliffe and Darlington RA, where he struck 12 goals in 14 games this season, picking up two man-of-the-match awards, one hat-trick and a red card, but missed out on the 2-1 defeat by Roofing in the

Hedley in the 2013-14 season when a Darlington player

Brooks Mileson League Cup. “I signed for RA after a year out of football,” he says. “Being there really helped in getting my passion back for the game – I just went to play with a few of my mates and I got the sense of enjoyment back again. I signed for Roofing because it’s a good club and Richie has a lot of passion. He made me want to be part of his team and step back up to a higher league. I want to score and create as many goals as I can and keep enjoying my football. We all want to finish as high as possible in the league and we’re still aiming to win a cup.” MICHAEL HUDSON


Andy Hudson Up on the Roof


“The Board of FC United of Manchester has refused to agree with the move our FA Cup 1st round game against Chesterfield to Monday 9 November 2015.”

That was part of FC’s club statement a week gone Wednesday following the FA’s decision to force the club to move their first round Cup tie. To most clubs, the chance to appear on television - and the subsequent cash windfall - is one they would jump at. Not so FC, a club that does things differently; a club that does things right. Football can survive without money. Just. But football without fans? The game would die. FCUM were created by disenfranchised fans who saw the Glazers takeover as the last straw, with many of the founding members already fed-up of being priced out of the game, of being forced to fit their diaries around football which had moved away from the 3pm on a Saturday model. Knowing that the club would be going be the leagues and entering FA national competitions, FCUM sourced the views of their members many years ago. If a game were to be moved from the traditional slot then a Friday or a Sunday time is preferable came back the findings. A Friday night game usually brings a day off the next day while a Sunday is usually a day off work. A switch to a Monday - a TV invention for live coverage - came so far back in the preferred list. Yet here we have the FA, against the will of a club’s supporters, dictating that a game should be moved. We know any governing body should be making difficult decisions but this is not one of them. The views of the fans should be the yardstick used for decisioning. If the vast majority saw “no”


Rivalries are a strange thing in football. You get clubs where fans openly dislike each other and you get clubs where one set of fans hate the other team whose own fans couldn't care less. Last season I was surprised to read that us and West Allotment were rivals - and not just in the divisional sense that we compete for points, as we do with the likes of Dunston and Norton. No, we were actual rivals. That came in Allotment's programme. Followed by a severe bashing from one of their committee on Twitter who said he hated us. It's only one way though. We actually supported Allotment as they got a red card overturned through the NFA as we gave additional video footage to them. So we'll compete for points today but that's all. There's no more hatred or love towards Allotment as there is to almost all of the teams in the Northern League. And our rivals? As a club we have none other than those made up by others. Personally? There are definitely clubs I enjoy beating more than others.

then that should be the decision made. After all, clubs and the game are there FOR the fans and not the other way around. Supporters make the game, fundamentally. Football club owners are still custodians of that club, whether they like to run the club like that or not. Football belongs to the population, to the communities, not to television companies and to money men. In forcing FCUM to play on the Monday night, the FA have shown that they too have forgotten the true ethos of the game.



West Allotment Celtic History


Meet the visitors

Although the name may suggest otherwise, West Allotment Celtic are firmly rooted in Newcastle’s east end. Formed out of a post-General Strike merger between West Allotment Juniors and the rival Primitive Methodists in 1928, the club used a stable and then a reassembled cowshed as changing facilities as it moved through the North Shields and District Churches, Tynemouth and District and Northern Amateur Leagues.

Four successive titles were lifted at the tail end of the 1950s, there were cup wins in the ‘70s and 406 goals in 429 appearances from the legendary Benny Williams, who smashed 38 hat-tricks before leaving the club in 1982. The following year Allotment took their sixth and final Northern Amateur championship and switched leagues for the first time since 1938, migrating upwards to the Northern Football Alliance. Eight-time champions between 1987 and 2004, Celtic never finished lower than sixth in the table and once won 24 league matches in a row. The success translated into knockout football, too, with six cup victories and a narrow 2-1 defeat to the all-conquering Bedlington Terriers in the 2001-02 Northumberland Senior Cup Final. “The colossus of the Alliance,” West’s official history accurately sub-titles their near two decades in the league. A move to Whitley Park in 2001 preceded two runs to the last-32 of the FA Vase - a record crowd of just over 500 watching the 1-0 defeat to Cray Wanderers in 2004 – and a Northern League double of Craven Cup and Division Two championship, won at the first attempt in 2004-05. West’s six-season stay in the top-flight included the club’s first ever games in the FA Cup – one of which was a 2-1 defeat at the Roofers in 2007-08 – and a high of ninth place in 2008-09. Relegation

two seasons later was accompanied by three different managers in nine months and was the first Allotment had suffered in the club’s entire history. Paul Stoneman’s arrival brought stability on and off the field, the former Blackpool, Colchester United and Halifax Town defender delivering successive seventh-placed finishes and the 2012-13 Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup, Allotment’s first trophy in eight years. The following season, player-manager Stoneman – a Division Four play-off winner with Blackpool and Conference titlist during a decade at Halifax Town – led West back to Division One, a run of eight consecutive league victories culminating in a 1-0 win over Washington which clinched the second promotion place behind champions North Shields. Last season, by contrast, was a struggle, the club breaking new territory in reaching the first qualifying round of the FA Cup – losing 5-0 to Lancaster City of the Evostik North – but finishing only one place and three points clear of relegation after losing 26 of their 42 league games. Stoneman departed two weeks after the season closed, expressing regret at leaving behind “fantastic people both on and off the field” but citing “dramatically” changed financial circumstances. His replacement, former Morpeth assistant Jon McDonald has kept the team out of the bottom three, the green and whites exiting both national cup competitions early and winning only two of their first eight home games in the league, but triumphing on the road at North Shields, Norton and Stockton Ancients and Bedlington Terriers. MICHAEL HUDSON


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The Northern League Years

Andy Hunter makes a save as Allotment win 2-0 in April 2014 Allotment claimed their first win at the fourth attempt, winning 2-1 at home and had back-to-back 4-0 league wins here, though they came in 2008 and then 2011. A 2-0 win to help clinch promotion in April 2014 being their highlight of these games. Roofing won both games 3-1 last season and, before that 2-0 reverse, won the previous two games 5-3. There are goals in this fixture with an average of 4.5 goals per game. Mind, of the two draws, one was a boring 0-0!



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Two of the league’s relative new boys, Roofing and Allotment first met in September 2005 with the Roofers winning 6-2 - a theme that’s pretty much continued since.

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Malky Morien takes on Allotment as Roofing win 3-1 last November


Our Guests


West Allotment Celtic introduce us to their playing squad Jak Wells Goalkeeper The 29-year-old custodian arrives at Whitley Park with a wealth of experience between the sticks at this level. The agile stopper - who was on Gateshead’s books as a youth - had spells at Crook Town and Seaham Red Star last season, and also counts Morpeth Town, Hebburn Town and South Shields amongst his former clubs.

Joe Elliott Defender The versatile full-back has made a name for himself at North Shields, playing his part in their promotion-winning campaign of 2013/14 and the FA Vase triumph one year later. Joe made 168 starts for the Robins, and can also play in midfield. An experienced coup for the club.

Jake Kallis Defender A promising defender hailing from Australia, Jake showed promise at Whitley Park last year. A pacy right-back who is always eager to get forward, the 21-year-old has also turned out for local rivals Whitley Bay.

Tony Lancaster Defender Signed from Wark in March 2011, Tony started out as a nippy forward, before using that pace to good effect on the right flank. In recent seasons, the 30-year-old has been deployed successfully at right-back, showing courage in the tackle and supporting his compatriot on the wing.

Kyle Dobson Defender Another talented young signing from the Terriers, 19-year-old Kyle is also an adept full-back, making a string of Northern League appearances for the Northumberland side in the previous two seasons. The quick and strong defender has also turned out for Ashington Colliers.

Dale Pearson Defender The 20-year-old full-back was on the books at

Crook Town last season, but is capable of playing at the other end of field when necessary, having done so in Sunday football with the likes of Hazelrigg Victory and Burradon & New Fordley.

Danny Sayer Defender A recent signing from Northumberland outfit Bedlington Terriers. Danny made over twenty appearances for the reserves, making his first-team debut against a Newcastle United XI. The 19-yearold has already shown promise, and will be hoping to earn a starting berth at Celtic this year.

Glenn Ford Defender Glenn captained Ponteland to the Northern Alliance title, and, after a stint at Whitley Park, went on to play for South Shields in Division One. Now in his second spell with Celtic, Glenn brings class and valuable experience to the heart of the back four.

Josh Miller Defender The highly-rated 25-year-old has spent the majority of his non-league career in the Northern Alliance’s top flight, serving Shankhouse and Blyth Town with distinction. A solid defender who will relish the step up to the Northern League.

Ian Dunn Midfielder Long-serving, tough tackling midfielder Dunn has grafted for four years at Allotment, earning the captain’s armband in the process. Protecting the defence with determination and steadfast commitment, clubman Dunny is the beating heart of this Allotment side.

David Webster Midfielder A grafter in midfield who can also play in defence, Webster was with the original Darlington club as a youth, but has turned out more frequently for clubs in the Northern League, including Darlington R.A., Northallerton Town and, most recently, Crook Town.


Marc Allen Midfielder

Mark Fenwick Midfielder

Marc previously played for Whitley Bay Reserves, but has come on leaps and bounds in the colours of Allotment. His astute passing, ball retention skills and battling tenacity are evident whenever he is called upon in central midfield.

A clever midfielder with previous Northern League experience, having turned out for the likes of Morpeth Town and Team Northumbria. The exSwindon Town youth can play in midfield, behind the forward or even up top.

Mark Grant Midfielder

Cameron Patrick Midfielder

A hard runner with a fantastic passing range, former Newcastle United trainee Mark has occupied a central midfield berth at Morpeth Town for three seasons. The 29-year-old has also played for South Shields. A classy performer.

The skilful midfielder made a name for himself at Morpeth Town, but could most recently be found plying his trade in the Alliance, part of the championship-winning Blyth Town side of 2014/15. He also played for Seaton Delaval last term.

Luke Parkinson Midfielder

Ian Lee Forward

The dangerous left-sided winger joined from Tow Law Town last season, having recovered from a serious injury sustained at Ironworks Road. Luke can also provide adequate cover at left-back, and will be looking to get some regular first-team football under his belt this year.

A strong forward who has scored hatfuls of goals in the Northern Alliance with Blyth Town, the 28-yearold brings a physical presence to the forward line. Ian scored the goal that clinched the Alliance title for the Northumberland outfit in April.

Andrew Keenan Midfielder

The dangerous 23-year-old has already accrued plenty of experience, taking in spells at South Shields and Heaton Stannington, having impressed initially at Chester-le-Street Town. Most recently at Guisborough Town, the pacy runner and lethal striker is back on Tyneside hopefully with a bang.

Midfielder Andy comes with a great deal of Northern League experience despite his age, having turned out for both Bedlington Terriers and Morpeth Town in recent seasons. A handful out wide who can occasionally chip in with goals.

Sam Walton Midfielder

Damien Stevens Forward

One of Allotment’s most exciting signings, Sam finished last season with Heaton Stannington, having played previously for Bedlington Terriers. An attacking player with real flair and the ability to score goals, he will be an important asset for Allotment next season as they look to push on.

Matthew Middleton Forward

Sean McRoberts Midfielder

The rangy 26-year-old turned out for Whitley Bay and Washington in his younger days, and has been competing in the Northern Alliance with Percy Main and, most recently, Blyth Town. A pacy forward with plenty of tricks up his sleeve.

Sean is another promising prospect to arrive at West Allotment, having previously played for Newcastle Benfield and Bedlington Terriers. Sean has represented his county at youth level.

The 25-year-old attacker comes straight from the Northern Alliance, where he scored goals for First Division side New Fordley. Another strong forward who will be keen to impress.

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The Global League


How the Northern League really is worldwide When Julio Arca became, as Harry Pearson put it, “the only U20 World Cup winning captain ever to score against Stokesley”, it was far from the first contact between overseas footballers and stalwarts of the Northern League.

In August, Fabian Otte, ex-starting goalkeeper for New Zealand’s Western Suburbs and formerly of Bayer Leverkusen U23s, turned out for Bedlington Terriers against Whitley Bay, while recent years have seen, among others, Laurent Sanson move from France to Newcastle Benfield, Mateusz Halambiec go from Morpeth Town to the Polish second division, ex-AS Roma junior Matteo Faiola play for Roofing and Bishop Auckland, and Tow Law field Gustavo Silva, the league’s first jogador do Brasil. “He knows all about the weather,” Lawyers secretary Steve Moralee promised. “He’s trained here in

Arthur Wharton with the Cleveland Challenge Cup

the snow wearing shorts.” The movement hasn’t always been one way. While West Auckland’s Lipton Cup exploits are well documented, Bishop Auckland toured Belgium for the first time in the year that West made their inaugural journey to Turin and made it as far afield as Hungary as early as 1912. Jack Greenwell’s Barcelona hosted Crook the following season and employed a second ex-Northern League man when Harold ‘Collie’ Stamper – a 1912 Olympian and FA Amateur Cup winner – joined as a coach from Stockton. Stamper went on to Genoa; Greenwell, more famously, played 88 times for Barca, managed Espanyol and Valencia to league championships and guided Peru to a Copa America title in 1939. “The Peruvians were well served by their English manager, who out-thought Uruguay tactically in the final match,” wrote Andreas Campomar in his magisterial history of the Latin American game. The Northern League’s first foreign-born player was Arthur Wharton. “His father was half-Scottish, his mother was related to the Ghanaian royal family,” wrote the Northern Echo of a pioneer whose career achievements included an FA Cup semi-final and a world record time for the 100-metre sprint. Now recognised as the world’s first black professional footballer, the goalkeeper won a Cleveland Challenge Cup with Darlington, was signed by Preston North End and later understudied William ‘Fatty’ Foulkes at Sheffield United. A less celebrated figure, Billy Charnock was born in Serphukov, 62 miles south of Moscow, to a family of textile factory owners who orginally came from Leek. In addition to playing for Bishop Auckland, Charnock also captained Russia in their first international

15 Matteo Faiola once of Roofing, Bishops and Roma

Argentinians Gus Di Lella and Julio Arca

victory, a 3-0 win over Norway in 1913. As clubs continued to look outwards – Crook toured Norway in 1962 and lost by a single goal to the Indian national team 14 years later - Northern League imports have arrived from places as seemingly implausible as Atletico Madrid, who supplied Stokesley SC with Asenjo Bravo in 2012, and Japan. “In 1991-92 Durham City registered Yoshinobu Uchida, though the sole surviving reference in print or online merely reveals he was “from Tokyo, a student at Durham University,” I wrote in a programme column last year which also referenced Yosuke Suzuki’s half-season at Whitley Bay. In 2008, Owen Amos had a piece in When Saturday Comes on Brandon United’s BJ

Heijmans, “who, by a series of happy accidents, found his home in deepest County Durham”. Amos caught up with Heijmans at a training session: “We play the Dutch way, from the back. We have conceded 63 goals this season, and 50 were from individual mistakes. But we are young, and that will improve.” Among the onlookers that “cold Thursday night” was the Argentine Gus Di Lella, recently sacked as manager by Horden Colliery Welfare. Di Lella is now coaching at Seaham Red Star, who’ve also recently had a Bulgarian and a New Zealander on their books. Bedlington, of course, have close ties with the USA through president and Buffalo Bisons owner Bob Rich, while Durham City are owned by Olivier Bernard, once of Lyon, Newcastle United and the Champions League. So next time someone writes disparagingly about the Northern League’s insularity and isolationism, remember Heijmans and Wharton, Crook Town playing to 100,000 people in Calcutta, Suzuki, Uchida and the nomadic Jack Greenwell, born in Peases West in 1884 and buried, by way of Italy, Spain, Turkey and Peru, in a Bogota grave that is forever County Durham. MICHAEL HUDSON




Roofing blast Dunston away

Jarrow Roofing 5 Dunston UTS 2 - 24 October 2015 - Northern League Div 1


The Roofers twice came from behind to secure a thrilling 5-2 victory over Dunston UTS in the last league game here at Boldon.

Former Roofer Malky Morien opened the scoring for the visitors but Paul Chow quickly equalised. No sooner had the Roofers pulled level, Steven Richardson fired Dunston back in the lead, converting a left-side corner. Chow got on the end of Dan Regan’s long clearance to level again and then Adam Rundle fired the Roofers ahead. After the break, Kerry Hedkey, enjoying a great debut having just signed from Darlington RA, fed Jamie Marshall and the full-back made it 4-2 on the hour mark with a great 25-yard finish.

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With the game nearing the end, Liam Connell kept the score down with some good saves but could do nothing about Chow’s finish late on to complete his hat-trick. ANDY HUDSON


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Durham Cup exit for Roofing


Easington Colliery 3 Jarrow Roofing 1 - 29 October 2015 - Durham Challenge Cup 1st Rnd Jarrow Roofing crashed out of the Durham Challenge Cup losing 3-1 at second division Easington Colliery.

The Roofers went into the game on the back of two straight wins and took the lead inside four minutes. Roofing won a free-kick around 25 yards from goal in a central position and summer signing Kieran Wrightson stepped up, curving the ball over the Easington wall and into the back of the net, catching both the crossbar and ‘keeper Donaldson on the way. In the 17th minute, however, the home side drew level in controversial fashion. With two men bearing down on his goal,

Dan Regan came out to meet the ball carrier, only for the ball to be flicked on to David Paul who was able to finish into an empty net. Despite huge appeals for offside from Roofing, seemingly backed up by the video replay available to Roofing after the game, the referee allowed the goal to stand. Paul got his second of the game on 37 minutes, beating Regan with a free-kick similar to Wrightson’s at the other end, meaning that Easington went into half-time with a 2-1 advantage. The home side dominated much of the second half, clearly keen to avoid extra time in a midweek fixture, and were finally rewarded for their dominance when, in the 80th minute, Regan made an excellent long range stop from Paul, before Joe Kerridge fired against the ‘keeper who blocked it again, with Kerridge then beating Regan as he was on the floor to score. JAMES PETHERICK

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Roofing round-up

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A week gone Saturday brought a rare Jamie Marshall goal. With Kerry Hedley releasing him down the left, the everversatile player suddenly transitioned from a left-back to a marauding leftwinger, cutting inside and then smashing a 25-yarder past Liam Connell. "You just don't save those," said Jamie afterwards. "What else can I say? It was unbelievable!"

That Dunston match also brought something that’s a pretty familiar sight over the years - a Paul Chow hat-trick. Having been denied that treble against Penrith last season when the referee didn’t see the ball hit the back of the net and then rebound out from the fence behind, this was Chowy’s first treble for the club since returning from Whitley Bay. “Still plenty of goals left in this old dog, just not much running,” was how Chowy summed it up on Twitter afterwards. Richie was certainly busy before the match against Dunston. Not only was he down in Darlington early on to complete the signing of Kerry Hedley, he then had to drop the registration forms off with Dave Robinson before the 11am deadline. It was mission accomplished and the new signing went on to have a fantastic debut against Dunston. Richie also found time to get some work done on the pitch before he went to Darlington and also to sanction Michael Riley’s return to Newcastle Benfield.

Corey Barnes definitely doesn’t enjoy warming-up before games in the cold. Not content with wearing tights under his training kit before the Dunston game, he also became the first Roofer to wear woollen gloves this season - though thankfully it was just for the warm-up. The biggest surprise was that he didn’t take the heater from the changing rooms out onto the pitch with him. When the match started, the winger certainly wasn’t cold. Not content with watching Chowy being on fire, Corey then had a huge hand in Adam Rundle’s goal and created one of Chowy’s strikes to go with his two assists against West Auckland the previous Saturday. The Last Legs charity walk takes place today. Mike Amos will be joined by Jan McLoughlin, Dave Ramsey and Andy Hudson. After the walk, Jan will be cooking up her chilli and chips in the tea hut, Dave will be on the gate and doing his secretary work while Andy will be completing the warm-up with the keepers. Mike? He’s got the short straw - he’ll be in the clubhouse having a well deserved sup! Speaking of Mike, he was in touch with the club again during the week. The secret shopper at the Dunston game recorded a score of top marks in every category for the Roofers. “For Roofing to move immediately from a fairly critical report [against West] to straight fives is a brilliant example of how the scheme can - and a tribute to the club,” Mike said.

Division 1 Table

Northern League round-up


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Morpeth Town Shildon Marske United Dunston UTS Guisborough Town Consett North Shields Newton Aycliffe Sunderland RCA Washington Penrith Ashington Durham City Bishop Auckland West Allotment Celtic Jarrow Roofing BCA Whitley Bay Seaham Red Star Newcastle Benfield Norton & Stockton Ancients West Auckland Town Bedlington Terriers




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12 12 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 5 6 5 5 4 3 4 3 2 2

3 1 2 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 7 5 4 1 3 2 3 6 2 2 2 2

Is there shock at Newcastle Benfield? Hovering just above the relegation zone, and with a management departure, they lost 6-3 at Consett in midweek.

Div 2 Top Six

South Shields Chester-le-Street Town Ryhope CW Billingham Synthonia Easington Colliery Darlington RA

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GD Pts

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18 19 20 19 22 28 26 15 34 23 28 25 35 38 46 32 17 34 48 48 40 45

22 29 11 17 15 9 9 13 0 9 5 6 -5 -13 -22 -1 7 -10 -20 -27 -24 -30

39 37 29 28 28 28 27 26 26 25 25 23 19 19 18 17 15 15 14 11 8 8

Dunston smashed Norton for five while Allotment beat North Shields in a Friday night game. Morpeth still set the pace. In the second division, Ryhope CW continue to climb and look set to mount a serious promotion challenge. Their recent highlight was a 4-0 win at Whickham last weekend and with a manager who knows how to win promotion, Gaz Pearson’s men are well worth a look at going up.

With the FA Vase taking over last Saturday, there weren’t many league games played. The pick of the results was Penrith defeating Washington 3-2 at home. The Cumbrians are still in mid-table though.

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19 18 16 16 19 18

15 11 11 11 10 10

2 3 2 1 3 3

L 2 4 3 4 6 5



GD Pts

52 46 45 26 49 38

16 23 29 11 28 32

36 23 16 15 21 6

47 36 35 34 33 33




If you watched the first part of the Salford City documentary on the BBC last Thursday, you probably know more about striker Gareth Seddon than you ever wanted or wished.

For anyone who has been wrapped up in the latest TV box set, the Evo-Stik NPL Premier club are owned by the Class of ’92 – Neville brothers Gary and Phil, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. Their arrival last summer received the predictable mixed reaction. Some say good for the game, others wondering when the circus would leave town. As well as Seddon, a model by day, on the toilet and dancing around in his pants, the documentary – Class of ’92: Out of their League – showed how committed the Manchester United greats are. The club throws the doors open to everything. We even eavesdrop on the conversation between the famous five that sealed the fate of former manager Phil Power. Gary Neville is clearly at the forefront, keen to know everything that’s going on – the conversation with chairman Karen Baird about the club’s illegal Sky box a particularly amusing snippet. Could their involvement be a sign of things to come? Lots of Premier League footballers are earning lots of money. Whereas in the past many would need to get a proper job or move into coaching and management to keep bringing home the bacon, the retiring footballers of today

probably have more time on their hands and more disposable income. It’s a great way to give something back to the game. Take on a local club, help blood young talent and contribute to grass-roots. Of course the Class of ’92 have already been rewarded for their troubles. Promotion from Step 4 in their first season and an FA Cup first round proper appearance this weekend. What shone through the programme, however, was the dedication and commitment from the volunteers. Take turnstile operator Jim, who also built the new toilet block, or Babs running the snack bar. That’s what football is all about at this level, away from the Premier League bubble and the over-inflated egos and prices. You can have all the backing in the world, but at this level you still need the heart and love of people prepared to give up their time for nothing. Burgers don’t flip themselves and weeds don’t just disappear from the terraces. This very programme you’re reading now was no doubt put together with the help of volunteers and free contributions. The harsh reality of Non-League football is volunteers are on the decline. In the modern world, time is at a premium and, for some, there are better things to be doing. As a consequence committees are slimming down and the remaining stalwarts are taking on more jobs just to keep clubs going. With it, I fear, we’ll see more clubs just slip away. So, if you’ve got some spare time put your hand up and become a Non-League hero.


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