Shildon v West Auckland 5th September 2020

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Shildon AFC Dean Street Shildon DL4 1EZ Chairman Secretary Treasurer


David Dent Martyn Tweddle Diane Dent



Academy Director


Alan Boddy Brian Burn Andrew Finch Carolyn Mulley Paul Mulley Norman Smith Darren Tait



John Atkinson

Manager Coaches


Daniel Moore Mark Hudson Danny Craggs

Physiotherapist Kit Lady


Adam Summerbell Sue Charlton

Volunteers Head Of Matchday Operations Gatemen Maintenance


Event Co-Ordinator Matchday Operative Video Interviews Kitchen/Bar Manager 50/50 Ticket Sales Half Time refreshements


PA Announcer Photography


Paul Mulley Peter Quinn Andy Hilling Daniel Tatham Kieran Dent Carolyn Mulley David Race Michael Wilson Wilf Tray / Chris Pearce / Adam Gill Jeanne Carlyle Liam Stockley Sue Clarkson Sid Dent Dennis Duncan Tom Clegg & Amanda Scaife

Shildon vs West Auckland Town Match Preview by Adam Gill

The return of the Northern League season is upon us, starting with the visit of local rivals West Auckland Town to Dean Street on Saturday. Shildon have had a decent pre-season, picking up five wins and only one defeat at the hands of Northern Premier League Premier Division side Morpeth Town. The Railwaymen played their first competitive game of the season on Wednesday night, away to Stockton Town in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round. They were beaten 3-0, which saw them exit the cup against arguably one of their promotion contenders. Shildon will be looking to put it right on Saturday, starting with a win against West Auckland, ahead of a difficult September month. Shildon’s first six games consist of West Auckland, Hebburn Town, Northallerton Town, Consett, North Shields and Seaham Red Star, where a good start will be vital in the Railwaymen’s quest for promotion. West Auckland defeated Heaton Stannington 3-2 away from home in their FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.

SHILDON AFC - HISTORY FORMED in 1890 as Shildon Town, the Railwaymen joined the Auckland and District League two years later and in 1894 merged with the Rangers and Heroes to become Shildon United. In 1900, the club played in the new Northern League Division Two but folded that season due to financial problems – as did the Second Division. A re-formed club joined the Northern League in 1903 to replace Stockton St John’s. In 1907, Shildon joined the semi-professional ranks of the North Eastern League, finishing second in season 1932/33. Before WWII the club won four successive Northern League Division One titles; a record that stood until overhauled by Blyth in 1984. In 1937 the team was unbeaten on their march to the title with Jack Downing firing in a record 61 league and cup goals. A replay win at York City in 1927/28 saw the club reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time. In the first round they have also played Brentford, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic three times.The last time the club reached the first round was in 2003/04, losing out 7-2 against Notts County.The club also reached the second round, in 1936/37 against Dartford. The Dean Street turnstiles and distinctive grandstand were erected in 1923.A £45,000 grant saw new dressing rooms and a social club built beneath the stand 60 years later. Shildon won the Second Division championship in 2001/02, scoring 135 goals and finished runners-up in two cup competitions.The following season they won the Northern League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 golden goal victory over Billingham Synthonia at Feethams. Tragedy struck the club in February 2004 when 26-year-old player, Lee Hainsworth was killed in a road accident on his way to training. He had been with the club for six years.The Brown Street stand was renamed in his memory. Bill Aisbitt, a lifelong stalwart at the club, died in June 2003 and the boardroom was named in his honour after over 50 years loyal service. At the end of the 2004 season, the Railwaymen came under serious threat through financial difficulties when the former chairman severed all ties with the club.At the end of the season all the players and the

manager left the club, leaving it crippled. But during the close season, the club appointed a new chairman, Brian Burn who ensured its survival.The club survived a relegation scare and since then has gone from strength to strength. In 2012-13, the club reached two cup semi-finals.A depleted side lost in the Durham Challenge Cup to Spennymoor Town.The match brought an end to the playing career of midfielder Chris Hughes after he suffered a knee injury.And there was more heartbreak as the side narrowly missed a dream day out at Wembley after losing their two-legged FA Vase semifinal to a late extra-time goal in the second leg at home. In season 2013-14, the management team further strengthened the playing squad, bring in several experienced players in a determination to bring silverware back to Dean Street for the first time.The investment paid off with the club narrowly missing out on the league title, remaining competitive until the final weeks of the season. But the club were able to avenge the semi-final defeat of the previous season when they faced Spennymoor Town in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup. On an historic Good Friday, Shildon striker, Billy Greulich-Smith added a new chapter to the club’s history books with two late goals – the winner in added time at the end of the 90 minutes – to overcome their local rivals by two goals to one.After missing out on the Northern League Championship in the 2014-15 season by one point, the team re-grouped and won the Northern League Cup and became Champions of the Northern League the following season. Following the sudden departure of the Management Team, Chairman David Dent appointed Daniel Moore in January 2017 and Moore guided us to 3rd position in the League and a Durham Challenge Cup SemiFinal. The first piece of silverware came at the start of the 2018/19 season with a 4-1 Penalty victory against Dunston UTS. During this season Daniel Moore guided us to another top 6 finish and the season finished as it started with silverware coming back to Dean Street after the Club defeated South Shields 1-0 in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup held at the Stadium of Light.

Our Squad DANIEL MOORE Manager Sponsored by Available

MARK HUDSON Assistant Manager Sponsored by Available

CARL MORRIS Goalkeeping Coach Sponsored by Available

ADAM SUMMERBELL Physio Sponsored by Available

SUE CHARLTON KIT LADY Sponsored by Available

Our Squad BEN TROTTER (Capt.) Midfield Sponsored by Available

BRANDON MALLABURN Midfield Sponsored by Available

DANNY CRAGGS - Coach Midfield Sponsored by Available

KURT MATTHEWS Midfield Sponsored by Available

SHAUN NEWBROOK Goalkeeper Sponsored by H: Peter Devlin A:Available

Our Squad DOM CURL Defender Sponsored by Available

MICHAEL SWEET Striker Sponsored by Liam Stockley

JOE POSTHILL Winger Sponsored by -

DAVID PALMER Midfield Sponsored by -

AIDAN HEYWOOD Defender Sponsored by Available

Our Squad BILLY GREULICH-SMITH Striker Sponsored by Jean & Graham (Doncaster)

ZAK ATKINSON Striker Sponsored by Available

MATTY BATEMAN Goalkeeper Sponsored by H : Dave Trotter

CHAY LIDDLE Midfield Sponsored by Available

JACK VAULKS Defender Sponsored by David Wardell

Our Squad JORDAN LAVERY Defender Sponsored by -

JACK NAYLOR Defender Sponsored by H: Dave Trotter

ALEX WHITE Defender Sponsored by Peter Sixsmith

DEAN THEXTON Striker Sponsored by -

SUPPORTERS CLUB PAGE Supporters Club Lotto The Shildon AFC Supporters Club Lottery makes it's return this Sunday the 6th September. Lottery Tickets are available behind the bar and also at the following outlets in the town Main Street News Rakeesh One Stop Shop on Byerley Road Tickets are priced at £2 each The prize this week is £ 500 if you manage to get 6 from 18 numbers.

Supporters Club Membership Renewal Annual membership is now open for the Supporters club.There are a few dates where you can renew owing to the current restrictions. These are :

Sunday 6th September Friday 25th September

10:30 to Noon 7pm to 9pm

Adults - £3 Under 18's - £1 Over 65's - Free

Many Thanks to Prince Bishops Hospital Radio and Dennis Duncan for the Pre-Match & Half Time Announcements

Peter Sixsmith Column GREAT TO BE BACK. Football has returned.Today sees the Ebac Northern League start another season after the previous one was curtailed in March due to a crisis which not even the most far seeing football administrator could have anticipated. Six months later and a void campaign under our belts, we are back. All over the region from Northallerton in the south to Ashington in the north and from Carlisle in the west to Redcar in the east, clubs will be preparing for that first day of the season, a day when everyone is equal, where league tables are based on the alphabet and where hope springs eternal, be it in Birtley, Brandon or Bishop Auckland. Players will be rubbing dubbin on their boots, hammering nails through studs and into the soles of their Stanley Matthews Football boots and making sure that their Litesome Athletic Support is washed and ready to be flaunted in the communal bath. Corner flags will have been ironed, nets repaired and a new pot of whitewash prepared for marking out the pitch.The goat that had grazed on the hallowed turf over the summer would have been dispatched back to Rent-A-Billy and the mower would have given it a final trim. Or at least they would have been in September 1960 when the first game of the season got under way, a season which was my inaugural one at Dean Street, having left behind the back streets of Hyde Park, Leeds 6 for the far more salubrious air of a house in Shildon overlooking the Rec. I exchanged walking up to Headingley to watch Leeds RLFC with my dad and grandad for a walk up to Dean Street with Colin Randall, a friend then and a friend now and son of legendary Shildon AFC Secretary, Ernie. It took me a while to understand football, having only ever seen one game, and that a truly awful 0-0 draw between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road in the company of my other grandad and my uncle who spent the bus journey back to their house in Middleton calling the pre-Revie United “The Mugs.� That first season saw the Northern League run one division with 16 clubs, 9 of whom were based in South Durham, with Whitley Bay and Whitby Town the outliers. Some of those clubs have disappeared from view; whither Ferryhill Athletic, Stanley United, South Bank and Evenwood Town. Some clubs have tasted relative success in other leagues, some have folded to return even stronger, while one or two are going through a particularly rough spell at this time, But the hard core remain, with ourselves,West Auckland Town, Crook Town,Tow Law Town and

Billingham Synthonia still where they were 60 yeas ago and Bishop Auckland,Whitley Bay, Penrith and Willington all back in the fold after flirtations with other leagues. Today’s visitors won the league in 1960-61 and reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley, where they lost to Walthamstow Avenue. If any older readers are au fait with digital programmes, they may well remember names like Brian Bowmaker, George Siddle, Billy Broomfield, Stan Skelton and Allan Douglass, who I remember performing with great flair and elan at Dean Street.That was a formidable side and they won the league by winning 18 of the 30 games played and losing only four. Near neighbours and “friendly” rivals Bishop Auckland won one more game, scored eight more goals but lost nine games.We finished in eleventh position, winning 11 of our games and only drawing two – but we inflict one of those four defeats on West, with Tony Knox and Lance Holywell scoring before Allan Douglass pulled one back late on. Both teams started this season on Wednesday night in the FA Cup, with West going through 3-2 at Second Division Heaton Stannington, thanks to a late, late winner from Adam Mitchell.While they were winning on Tyneside, we were losing on Teesside as Stockton made it very clear that they intend to carry on as they left off from last season as they beat us comfortably by 3-0.Attracting players of the quality of Shane Henry from Spennymoor, Mikey Roberts from Whitby and Jonathon Franks from Iceland – the country, not the shop – suggests that they will be blazing a trail at the top of the league for the next nine months.. It would be fair to say that we never quite got into the game, but it does leave us free to concentrate on finishing in the top three and enter the next level of the FA’s carefully constructed pyramid. The games are coming thick and fast; on Tuesday we go to Hebburn, where we will hopefully congratulate them on getting to the final of the FA Vase, where they may well be playing Consett.After that, there is a short trip to Newton Aycliffe on FA Cup Saturday followed by two home games in succession against Northallerton Town in the league and Chester-le-Street Town in the 2020-21 FA Vase. Hope to see you there – mines an Americano with warm milk, or at least it would have been had our beloved Costa survived Covid19.

Michael Sweet

In Profile Sponsored by Nicky Dixon Properties

Name: Michael Sweet Nickname: Sweety Position: Striker Birth Place: Darlington Previous Clubs: Blyth Spartans, Consett AFC, Billingham Synthonia What was your best moment in your career till now? Scoring on telly for England school boys U18 Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions? Always line my boots out neatly before every game What are your goals/expectations for the season? Win the league, win as many cups as possible Favourite team in the UK: Liverpool Favourite team outside the UK:Athletico Madrid Childhood Hero: Fernando Torres Favourite Drink: Stella Favourite Band/Artist: Foo fighters Go to Karaoke song: Elton, are you ready for love Best player played with: Callum Roberts Best player played against: -

Team Mates Best Trainer : Joe Posthill Best Mate at Club : Jordan Lavery Biggest Moaner : Me Hardman : Zak Atkinson Quickest : Joe Posthill Slowest : Danny Craggs Future Manager : Danny Craggs Best Nickname : Best Dancer : Billy Hardest Shot : Me Longest in the Shower : Kurt

Wilf's Quiz 1. Which 2 clubs played in the first premier league match after lockdown? 2.Which English referee took charge of the Euro 2016 final? 3.Who was the first sponsor of the premier league? 4.What was the name of the premier league referee pushed over by Paulo Di Canio? 5.Who was the first Italian manager to win the premier league? 6.Which Northern league club are known as the Hornets 7.Which Northern league club play their home matches at The Glebe? 8.Which was the first Northern League club to win the FA vase? 9.Which was the last Northern League club to win the FA Amateur Cup? 10.At which stadium did Whitley Bay beat Tiptree United to win the FA vase in 2002? Answers at the bottom of Fixtures page

Fixture List 20/21

Quiz Answers: 1.Aston Villa v Sheffield United 2.Mark Clattenburg 3.Carling 4. Paul Alcock 5. Carlo Ancelotti 6.Hebburn

Town 7.Whickham 8.Whitby Town 1996 9.North Shields 1069 10.Villa Park.

Appearances 2020/21

West Auckland - History West Auckland have a unique history - they are double World Cup winners! In 1909 and 1911 the mining side travelled the lenghty and expensive journey to Italy and beat their club opponents to win the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, also dubbed football's first World Cup. The Club was founded in 1893 and played their first matches in the Auckland and District League.The following years saw 'West' move around several local leagues until in 1909 they were elected into the Northern league for the first time. The famous 'World Cup' exploits which saw 'West' win the Sir Thomas Lipton trophy outright after a second trip to Italy in 1911 also caused them extreme financial problems.This resulted in the club being disbanded in 1912 and the 'World Cup' being sold to pay off debts. Two years later they were back in business and spent the following 20 years moving around the local leagues including a single season, in 1919, in the Northern League, changing their name to St. Helens Utd, for that season only. In 1934 they were once again elected to the Northern League, taking the place of Esh Winning and have retained membership ever since. The club's first honours were gained in 1960, winning the League championship by two points from newcomers Whitley Bay.The success was due to a good start to the season and to fine teamwork, for which their reputation was beginning to grow.The same season saw them reach the quarter final stage of the F.A.Amateur Cup drawing 1-1 at home but losing 2-0 at Hendon. 1961 was probably the best season in the Club's history, not only was the Northern League championship won by four points from near neighbours and arch rivals Bishop Auckland, 'West' also reached the final of the F.A. Amateur Cup losing 2-1 to Walthamstow Avenue at Wembley. For the next 30 years 'West' had very barren times until 1991 when they won the 2nd Division championship gaining promotion to the 1st Division, where they remained for six seasons until relegation in 1996/97. 'West' quickly bounced back in 1997/98 when they finished runners up. 1998/99 was a very exciting season in the Club's history when they reached the 1st Round proper of the F.A. Cup for the third time, (Barnsley 1959 & Stockport 1961) with an away tie against Yeovil Town.After a 2-2 draw at Yeovil and a 1-1 draw at West Auckland, a penalty shoot-out saw Yeovil through.The Club also finished a credible 5th in the League that season as they did also in 1999/2000 and 2005/06. Exciting news filtered in throughout the summer of 2009. Firstly,West Auckland were able to retain their First Division status due to Sunderland Nissan folding.The Club then received sensational news that, to celebrate their Centenary of winning the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, Juventus had agreed to a re-match in Italy. Shortly afterwards Hartlepool legend Brian Honour was appointed the new manager in the hot seat. Brian and his successor Wilf Constantine struggled to get West back on track and both

had short lived spells in charge. For the third season in a row, a third manager was appointed - Peter Dixon arrived on Monday 7th December 2009, swapping a promotion push with Crook for a relegation battle.West stunned the Northern League with some superb results and finished the season in a scarcely believable 16th place despite having a -41 goal difference and 5 points from 19 matches when Peter took the reins. 2010/11 saw substantial progress made on and off the field. Peter Dixon’s side broke Club records for their highest ever points tally on the way to finishing in 6th.There were many memorable results including wins over champions Spennymoor Town, runners up Consett and FA Vase treble winners Whitley Bay.They also came close to causing a shock at Conference North high fliers Workington in the FA Cup.Although it culminated in a case of so near but so far,West had a quite extraordinary campaign in 2011/12 that saw them play at Wembley in the FA Vase Final. However hopes of elusive silverware were dashed in a 2-0 defeat to Dunston.They also finished as runners up in two more competitions, being pipped to the title by Spennymoor and losing 4-1 by Team Northumbria days after their Wembley appearance.The 2012/13 season saw West bow out early on in the FA Vase in a rematch of the previous year final whilst in the League a poor end meant West slipped down to fourth late on. .The 2013/14 season saw West return to Wembley in the FA Vase final, this time against Sholing FC, a 1-0 defeat solely down to the heroics of the opposition goalkeeper and the inability of the West forwards to score.Also a productive FA cup run to the 3rd qualifying round where west were knocked out by Hednesford.West finished 5th in a season which saw them play 18 league fixtures in the final 4 weeks after a season extension was rejected. Barely two months into the 2014/15, Peter Dixon was dismissed as manager following increased tension between manager and board, that season saw 3 permanent manager and 2 caretakers, and the season saw Stephen Skinner leave at the end of the season. June 2015 and West were manager less again, Up stepped former Boro striker Andy Campbell, who had just lead Norton and Stockton Ancients to promotion and success in the second division cup. He hastily rebuilt the team & finished mid table with 50 points to easily avoid relegation. to look towards .Andy started his second season with Richie Storrs but after 10 games & only 1 win they stood down.They were replaced with a joint management team of Darren Williams, & Steven Skinner.This was Skinner’s 2nd time at West. .AT the halfway point of the season it was decided to dispense with the services of Darren Williams & the management of the team became the sole responsibility of Steve Skinner. Skinner was dismissed towards the end of 2016-7 & West avoided relegation by winning 3 points in their final game of that season.

West Auckland - Pen Pics Tom Flynn - Tom is an experienced goalkeeper who played for Whitley Bay last season. His previous clubs include Scottish side Cowdenbeath where he made 85 appearances. Jonny Ball - Jonny signed as an alternative to Flynn following a number of eye-catching appearances in pre-season. Spent four seasons at Ryhope CW. Andre Bennett - Andre is the son of former Sunderland defender Gary, who made 369 appearances for the club, and has been on the books of Middlesbrough as well as a loan spell at Gateshead and last season held dual registration with Whitby Town and Whitley Bay. Liam Hegarty - Defender Liam Hegarty has signed for West after being released from Middlesbrough. Liam joined Middlesbrough U17’s and progressed to the U23’s. He also has had two appearances for Scotland U17’s. Chris Hunter - Helped Darlington win the EvoStik First Division North play-offs, and the EvoStik Premier League. He made 160 appearances for Darlington and produced some great defensive displays at both right back and centre of defence.Also played at South Shields Jamie Harwood - Jamie is no stranger to Gary as they teamed up together while Gary was Shildon manager, Jamie left Shildon at the back end of last season and joined second division side Crook Town. Evan Horwood - Billingham born defender Evan Horwood started his career with Sheffield United’s youth system progressing through the academy and reserves.After short loan spells at Stockport, Scunthorpe and Chester, he finally settled at Carlisle with 77 appearances and Hartlepool where he scored five goals in 123 appearances. Luke Bythway - Bythway is a versatile player who made 32 appearances for Whitby Town throughout the 2019/20 campaign after previously having a long lay-off due to a knee injury. Luke has a pedigree of experience at all levels of the sport, with spells at Hartlepool, Doncaster, Guisborough, Bishop Auckland and Marske United. Michael Hoganson - Michael is another player to join from near neighbours Bishop Auckland.The left back has some experience in the EFL Championship with Derby County and in 2013, made his competitive first team debut in a 3-1 win against Middlesbrough. He returned to the North East to play non-League football and has had spells at Newcastle Benfield, Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland. Danny Mitton - Danny is no stranger to coach Brian Atkinson, while they both were at Newton Aycliffe. Danny was a long serving centre half and played In Aycliffe’s DC Cup triumph against West Auckland under Peter Dixon. Marc Ellison - Marc, aged 28, a Hartlepool lad was signed for Sunderland at the young age of 8. From there he went onto Middlesbrough before signing for Hartlepool United full time. From Hartlepool he had a spell playing in Sweden until 2011 when he returned to Shildon, Darlington, Spennymoor,

Crook and finally back to Shildon in 2014. Alex Francis - Alex Francis has re-signed for West Auckland from neighbours Bishop.The midfielder joins West for the third time in his career, his first spell being the most notable before his nasty leg break at Whitley Bay caused him to miss the 2012 FA Vase Final.After moving from Spennymoor, he had made 28 appearances scoring 9 times before the injury cut short his 11/12 season. He moved onto Dunston & then had a spell at Bishop Auckland prior to returning to West in October 2017. Lewis Dodds - Dodds, who once played in the same England Youth Team as Wayne Rooney joined Spennymoor in August 2009 after winning league titles with Durham City. Lewis has 6 Northern League title medals during his career, 4 with Spennymoor and 1 apiece with Durham City and Shildon. Kyle Fryatt - Started his career at Middlesbrough youths, before going on to play for Whitby Town,Whitley Bay, Shildon, Durham and more recently Bishop Auckland, who he joined in June 2018. Kyle is no stranger to manager Gary Forrest as he was part of the Shildon title winning team in the 2015/16 season. Anthony Bell - The attacking left winger came through the Cardiff development squad, and had some impressive displays at Darlington, Shildon and Whitby Town.Anthony is a talented individual who always has an eye for goal. Adam Mitchell - Adam joined West from the National League North side Spennymoor.Adam began his career at Sunderland, making his Premier League debut in a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in 2013.After moving to Darlington, he spent 2 and a half seasons with the Quakers making 109 appearances (14 goals). Leon Scott - Leon is a product of Middlesbrough Academy and has played for a number of teams throughout his career including Peterlee, Dunston, Newcastle Blue Star,Whitby Town (twice) , Harrogate Town, Shildon, Norton & Stockton Ancients and Darlington (where he enjoyed two promotions and made over 200 appearances for the Quakers). Mason Hurworth – A Martin Gray football academy prospect. Previous club: Shildon. Jordan Blinco - Blinco signed for West after starring in pre-season, including scoring a 17-minute hat-trick against Easington Colliery and has had spells at Boston United, Darlington, Sunderland, South Shields and also overseas in Sweden and Norway.An exciting young player to watch. Callum Patton - Callum has made his return to West, having previously played for the club as a teenager. His previous clubs include Gateshead, Durham, Bishop Auckland, Whitby Town,Whitley Bay and also a loan spell at North Shields. David Dowson - David agreed to join West from Consett AFC.The Bishop Auckland born Striker has a wealth of experience and knowledge and has already played alongside many of the Auckland team.He started his career at Sunderland and played in League 2 for Chesterfield and Darlington.

SHILDON v WEST AUCKLAND TOWN Shaun Newbrook (gk) Matthew Bateman (gk) Aidan Heywood Jordan Lavery Alex White Daniel Moore Dom Curl Jack Vaulks Billy Greulich-Smith Ben Trotter Chay Liddle Danny Craggs Brandon Mallaburn Jack Naylor David Palmer Zak Atkinson Kurt Matthews Dean Thexton Joe Posthill Michael Sweet

Referee Assistants

: Sam Parnaby : Guy Campbell : John Davison


Tom Flynn (gk) Jonny Ball (gk) Andre Bennett Liam Hegarty Chris Hunter Jamie Harwood Evan Horwood Luke Bythway Michael Hoganson Danny Mitton Marc Ellison Alex Francis Lewis Dodds Kyle Fryatt Anthony Bell Adam Mitchell Leon Scott Mason Hurworth Jordan Blinco Callum Patton David Dowson

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