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Ponteland United Blues League Winners 2012-2013 Manager: Richard Hibbitt


Ponteland United Blues Ponteland Blues began life as the ‘B’ team under the management of Colin Bell in 2008 with the support of Richard Price and Peter Sloan. The under 13 team was oversubscribed and the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams were formed. In the 2008 / 2009 season Richard Hibbitt took over as manager and he has coached the team ever since. Richard understood that in order to become a successful team he needed to encourage a better standard of player to the club and so he started watching school games and scouted for fresh talent. Richard also introduced a pass and move on the deck game and early training sessions centred on this type of play. The team adapted well to one, two and three touch football and were promoted in their first season under Richard’s management from division 5 to division 4. In the 2009 -2010 season the Ponteland Blues proved themselves to be of the same class when they beat Ponteland Blacks 2 – 1 in the Southport Festival Tournament. The Blues were captained by Chris Hibbitt who also produced both goals on the day. The following season the names of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ team were changed to Ponteland Blacks and Ponteland Blues respectively, much to the delight of their supporters as they were often thought of as a second team rather than a parallel team. Southport 2009

Ponteland Blues were also going from strength to strength In the PinPoint Recruitment league, being promoted consecutively in Richard’s first two years as manager. In the 2011 -2012 season, Ponteland Blacks ceased to exist when Colin Bell became manager of the senior team. At this point, Richard was able to strengthen his squad by taking back some of his original players who had been playing in Division One under Colin. In the very same year, Ponteland Blues finished second and were promoted into Division 2. It is fair to say the team has progressed from one success to another under Richard’s leadership, being robbed of the title of league winners in 2011-2012 on a technicality of F.A rules. Photo courtesy Camera Angles 0191 5362803

© Ponteland Print 2013


However, 2012- 2013 season was a different story and the Ponteland Blues walked away with the title. The Blues had a brilliant season -16 games played, 13 wins, 1 draw and 2 loses. This triumph is a result of many years of hard work and dedication made by Richard and his team and it seems fitting that the Ponteland Blues won the league in Richard’s final season. A special mention also goes to Jack Morgan. Many of the lads have changed clubs and then returned to the ’B’ team over the years, however Jack has been a consistent team member and is the only surviving original player. I would like say a special thank you for their continued support throughout my time as manager to Ponteland Print. Their exceptional support and participation in sponsorship has been key to the success of Ponteland Blues and has enabled me to make my contribution”. Below is the history of Ponteland Blues over the last 5 years under Richard’s management, showing growth, progression and success of the club: 2008 - 2009

3rd Place, Division 5

Promoted

2009 - 2010

3rd

Place, Division 4

Promoted

2010 - 2011

6th

Place Remained in Division 3

2011 - 2012

2nd

Place, Division 3 Subsidiary League Winners

2012 - 2013

1st

Promoted

Place, Division 2

The Pin Point Recruitment League Table 2012-2013 POS TEAM

PLAYED

W

D

L

F

A

GD

PTS

1

Ponteland Utd

16

13

1

2

59

19

40

40

2

New Fordley

16

13

1

2

59

21

38

40

3

North Shields JAFC

16

11

1

4

57

20

37

34

4

Forest Hall

16

9

1

6

46

37

9

28

5

Morpeth SC Gunners

16

9

1

6

39

34

5

28

6

Blyth Town

16

5

2

9

31

48

-17

17

7

Tynemouth United

16

3

2

11

26

68

-42

11

8

Willington Quay

16

2

3

11

23

46

-23

9

9

Wideopen JFC

16

0

2

14

17

64

-47

2

10

Stand By NVL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ponteland United Blues Squad during the last 5 Years Matthew Adams John Armstrong Christopher Ash James Brown Tom Clark Gavin Dick Sean Dowson Richard Ennis Richard Hall Lewis Hodgson Jordan Hunter Ryan Hutcheon Callum Price Jonny Sloan Dale Stephenson Gary Swinhoe Kieran Taylor Josh Wardlaw Nick Watson


Jack ‘David De Gea’ Morgan Position: Goalkeeper Appearances: 20 Games Goals: 1

Jack has been with the team since it first started back in 2007/2008. He is the only player from the original squad. This season Jack has been ever present. Jack has shown great commitment to the team over the years. Jack never has a bad word to say about anything or anyone. He has continuously improved from year to year and I believe he is now one of the best goalkeepers in under 18’s football. Over the years Jack has dropped one or two clangers but fortunately for him and the team it has never been costly. Jack has been a pleasure to coach and been a valuable team player and I wish him all the success in the future.


Scott ‘Rafael Pereira da Silva’ Hall Position: Right Back Appearances: 20 Games Goals: 3

Scott only joined the team at the start of this season and to be honest I wish I had found him earlier. He has been ever present this season with some excellent performances. He has great stamina and fitness and has scored a couple of excellent goals this season. To say Scott plays in defence as a right back would be a bit of an understatement, as I often wonder where he is ‘Oh there’s Scott up front, what the hell is he doing there’ but because of his fitness is always able to get back. Scott has been a great addition to the squad this season and I wish him all the success in the future.


Matthew ‘Gareth Bale’ Rose Position: Left Back Appearances: 19 Games Goals: 3

Matty joined midway through 2008/2009 season as a left winger. With a cultured left foot and a great engine Matty has scored numerous goals each season. Matty was one of four players who was poached by the ‘A’ team which in 2009/2010 left the squad a bit depleted, but returned back in 2010/2011 as he enjoyed the way our team played football. Matty has gone from left wing, to left midfield and is now a great left back which is probably his best position. Matty has a great personality, and is a popular team member and I wish him all the success in the future.


Chris ‘Michael Carrick’ Hibbitt (Captain) Position: Centre Midfield Appearances: 17 Games Goals: 2

Chris and I have a good father and son relationship but I treat him the same as everyone else , perhaps sometimes I am a little harder on him with being my son. Chris has become one of the best defensive midfielders in the league, reads the game very well, organises the team and always encourages team mates. He has two great feet, gets up well and has a good engine. Chris has missed a few games this season with a constant back problem but when called upon has performed excellently. I hope that Chris can go on to play at a higher level than just Sunday football and wish him all the success in the future.


Josh ‘Steven Taylor’ Curry (Vice Captain) Position: Centre Half Appearances: 19 Games Goals: 0

Josh joined the team at the start of the 2008/2009 season as captain. Josh is very competitive and a winner, great tackler and now knows how to play football from the back rather than just clearing it anywhere. Josh was one of four players who were taken by the ‘A’ team back in 2010/2011. I think Josh will probably admit it was the wrong choice as I believe too. Coming back to the team in 2011/2012 Josh has been one of the reasons we had the best defensive record last year and this. Josh is always first to ask if training is on and what time for Sunday, showing his great enthusiasm for the game. I wish Josh all the success in the future.


Garren ‘Ashley Williams’ Gill Position: Centre Half Appearances: 18 Games Goals: 1

Garren joined the team at the start of the 2011/2012 season from West Denton. A great acquisition to the team and with his tough tackling and never say die attitude he has become one of the most improved defenders in the league. He has formed a formidable partnership with other centre half’s in the squad and this being another reason why we have had such a good defence the last two years. When Garren first joined he used to panic on the ball but the last two seasons has learnt to do the simple things, win it and pass it. Garren has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him all the success in the future.


Daniel ‘Lukas Podolski’ Brown Postion: Right Midfield/Centre Forward Appearances: 9 Games Goals: 4

Dan joined at the start of this season but couldn’t totally commit himself due to work. He has scored some vital goals this season for us and created plenty more for team mates. Dan doesn’t seem to take it as serious as others do but sometimes you need players who can have a laugh and a joke. He has a great left foot, pacey and a great leap. Needs to work on getting involved more in the odd game or two. I wish Dan all the success in the future.


Aaron ‘Frank Lampard’ Hadfield Position: Centre Midfield Appearances: 6 Games Goals: 2

Aaron has been one of the most important players in the team over the years. He joined in 2008/2009 but his potential was quickly noticed and was one of four players poached by the first team. Aaron came back in 2011/2012. I know Aaron wanted to give first division football a try but there style of play did not suit him and he could not wait to return. Aaron is very skillful, strong and competitive, and been a great team player over the years. Unfortunately this season with work commitments he has only been able to play 6 games in which he has been excellent. Aaron is a very modest person and I hope that he has enjoyed his football with me. I wish Aaron all the best for the future.


Cameron ‘Michu’ Sant Position: Centre Half/Centre Forward Appearances: 18 Games Goals: 1

Cameron joined the team during the season 2011/2012. He has been a great addition to the squad and has become a huge success as part of a solid defence over the last two seasons. Cameron reads the game very well and is a centre forwards nightmare to play against. He has scored some really important goals. Unfortunately illness towards the end of this season meant he was a massive miss in the last six games. I wish Cameron all the success in the future.


Gary ‘Luis Suarez’ Cook Position: Centre Forward Appearances: 20 Games Goals: 13

Gary joined the team at the start of 2011/2012 and finished his first season as joint top goal scorer with 24 goals. Gary is very pacey and skilful but needs to be more clinical in front of goal and not let his head drop when he misses chances. He has scored some really important goals and his unselfishness has led to him assisting in many more goals for team mates. Gary has been ever present this season, this being one of the main reasons for the team’s success. I wish Gary all the very best for the future.


Michael ‘Hatem Ben Arfa’ Wilkinson Position: Left/ Right Midfield Appearances: 15 Games Goals: 6

Michael joined the squad during the 2011/2012 season and was a great addition to the team. A very strong individual, hard to knock off the ball, skilful and has a great left foot. Michael is a very popular person in the team, very quiet and never has a bad word to say about anyone, always encouraging. He has been a pleasure to work with. Injury to his shoulder this season meant limited appearances early on. He has scored some excellent goals over the two years and assisted in many more. I wish Michael all the success in the future.


Jamie ‘Yohan Cabaye’ Smith Position: Centre Midfield Appearances: 14 Games Goals: 2

Jamie joined the team at the start of the 2011/2012 when West Denton did not continue on to under 17 level. One of the top mid fielders in the league with his tough tackling, great work rate and passing ability. A cruciate ligament injury brought this season to a premature end with six games left. He has scored some excellent goals and formed a great partnership with Chris in centre midfield. He was a big miss at the end of the season. I wish Jamie all the very best for the future.


Jamie ‘Sante Cazorla’ Lockhead Position: Centre Midfield/Centre Forward Appearances: 12 Games Goals: 9

Jamie joined the team only in November 2012 and was a great addition to an already excellent squad of players. Jamie does not lack confidence in his own ability. He had a great ratio of goals to games played scoring some really important ones along the way. A very popular lad and great character to have in the team. He is very strong and skilful. I wish him all the success for the future in America.


Carl ‘Robert Snodgrass’ Chapman Position: Centre Forward Appearances: 18 Games Goals: 17

Carl joined the team at the beginning of this final season. He has finished up top goal scorer with 17 goals nearly a goal per game. He has a tremendous work rate and has been a joy to work with all be it for one year only. Carl needs to improve on his first touch but can get a way with it as he is very pacey over a short distance. A very good character to have in the squad. I wish Carl all the very best for the future.


Adam ‘Adam Le Fondre’ Wells Position: Centre Forward Appearances: 9 Games Goals: 1

Ady first joined the squad back in 2008/2009 season. After a couple of seasons with us he decided to have a go in the first team but came back as he was not enjoying his football. He has finished top goal on several occasions. Unfortunately due to work commitments this season appearances have been limited but always gives 110%. He has been a great servant to the team. I wish Ady all the success in the future.


Paul ‘Steven Gerrard’ Sanderson Position: Centre Forward Appearances: 12 Games Goals: 2

Paul joined the team back in 2010/2011. He has scored some great goals over the years and is probably the best striker of a ball I have seen at junior level. Paul’s continuous back problems have caused him to miss quite a few games but when fully fit he is a great asset to have in the squad. I wish Paul all the very best in the future.


Adam ‘Leighton Baines’ Nisbet Position: Left Back/Left Midfield Appearances: 18 Games Goals: 0

Adam has been with the club since I took over in 2008/2009. He has been one of the most loyal players, always at training and very rarely missed a game. (When on time, Blame Dad!). He has a great left foot, never complains about being a substitute and always gives 110%. He is very talkative off the field but still very quiet on it, nevertheless I have really enjoyed having Adam in the team for the last five years. This is his first season without a goal. I wish Adam all the success in the future.


Joe ‘Rory Delap’ Fisher Position: Right Back/Right Midfield Appearances: 8 Goals: 0

Joe played a few games back in 2010/2011 before going back to Montague Boys. Joe came back at the start of this season but then disappeared again for 5 months returning with 7 games left. Joe has probably the longest throw in in junior football and is a great weapon to have. Joe’s sense of humour is great and is very popular amongst the lads, always has a smile on his face whether he plays or does not. I wish Joe all the very best for the future.


Ponteland United F.C.

Ponteland United, formed back in 1900, joined the Northern Alliance at the start of the 1983/84 season, at the same time as Seaton Delaval and West Allotment Celtic. Initially under Ken Scott, Ponteland proved to be a difficult side to play against, but without ever claiming any Alliance honours. They did however meet West Allotment in the final of the 1984/85 Challenge Cup at St James' Park but lost to a late Les Yeoman goal. After Scott's departure to Seaton Delaval in the summer of '87 Ponteland's next manager, Paddy Lowery, again established the club as an excellent cup side In 1995 former Sunderland player, Barrie Wardrobe, stepped into the hot seat as player manager. His time as manager must be considered relatively successful with the club winning the Northumberland F A Senior Benevolent Bowl for the second time in 1996, finalists in the Northern Alliance Challenge Cup in 1998, four times finalists in the Stan Seymour League Cup and runners up in the Premier League twice. Wardrobe resigned at the end of the 2003 season due to personal and business commitments and Jarrod Suddick, son of Newcastle United star Alan Suddick, was appointed player manager. Jarrod's playing career was sadly interrupted by a severe cruciate ligament injury sustained in a cup match against Carlisle City 3 January 2004. This was a blow to both player and club. The 2004/05 campaign got off to a disastrous start with Ponteland collecting only three points from the first seven games. Nevertheless the relatively young and inexperienced squad which Jarrod and coach Steve Baxter had assembled stuck together and turned in some impressive performances in 2005 notably defeating league runners up Ryton 5-1 away and defeating Seaton Delaval in the final of the Senior Benevolent Bowl 2-0. Progress has continued in the current season and although being hit by injuries to key players during the first half of the season the team is currently occupying a top six position and remains in three cup competitions. The club remains hopeful that more silverware will be obtained by the end of the season

Ponteland United Junior FC In summer 2006, Ponteland United FC formally approached a local junior club, Blue Star Junior FC, with a view to merging the two clubs to provide the much needed junior section for the club as well offering junior players the possibility of progress right through to a senior side. Blue Star Junior FC was delighted to join and both clubs are looking forward to a bright future under the banner of Ponteland United FC.


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Ponteland United Blues 2012-2013