Wallsend Boys Club...Helping Young People to Reach Their Potential
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History

01
Mar

New Astroturf five- a- side pitch laid

In 2005 a crucial decision had to be made about the maple flooring which had been the pride of Wallsend Boys’ Club. At the opening of the “new” Wallsend Boys’ Club building in 1965 the committee had wisely invested in a five a side court, with the pitch having a very expensive sprung maple floor installed. This, over a forty-one year period, proved to be a very wise investment indeed. After a slow start five-a-side football leagues were formed from under 7’s to under 16’s. The leagues soon had as many as sixteen teams per league, running on six nights...
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06
Mar

Founder members re-united

It was decided that it would be great to document as much of the club’s history as possible. In order to help with that research Michael McGill and Vince Carrick, who were at the heart of the ‘Heritage Project, made a plea in the local press for information from any former members of the original club to help in their research. The plea was successful and interviews with former members started to take place. It was soon realised in interviews with five of the veteran former members, Jack Scott, James McBlain, Fred Tate, Ray Oliver and Jimmy Swan, that over...
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01
Nov

Boxing tournament at the Boys’ Club

November 2004. The National Association Of Clubs for Young People along with the Amateur Boxing Association held their prestigious National Semi-Finals: – North & Scotland versus Midlands & Northern Ireland at Wallsend Boys’ Club The event consisted of twenty-three bouts divided into three age groups. Class A: 15 years of age; Class B: 16 years of age; and Class C: 17-19 years of age. Michael McGill, one of the band of helpers on the day, described it all later. “The day started early, 8am for some of the volunteers. The marquee company came and the enthusiastic volunteers started to lay...
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01
Oct

David Beardall retires

A very significant development in the Club was a change of leadership. Dave Beardall had been appointed back in December 1965, before the new building was even open for business, and he had led the club ever since, which was a remarkable achievement.By October 2003 however, at the age of 65, his retirement came, marked with a lavish celebration at a local hotel. A host of football stars owe their glittering array of medals and trophies to unsung hero David Beardall and David now finally received his own reward for his services to soccer at Wallsend Boys Club. Premiership sponsors...
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16
Oct

Alan Shearer’s TV “memory lane” at the boys’ club

Boys’ club old boy wins honour at Boston University, USA Wallsend Boys’ Club was back in the limelight on 16th October 1998 as a “Memory lane” location for Alan Shearer’s TV commercial for McDonald’s. The Newcastle striker, filmed a scene at the boys’ club with his mentor, the veteran football scout Jack Hixon, and states in the TV voice-over, “This is where I got my real education”. Alan had turned up at seven in the morning with a vast film crew of 48, they’d been filming since first light at the shipyard, and they shot some early scenes before the...
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02
Sep

More Players come through

More Players come through the Wallsend Boys’ Club Conveyor belt The football conveyor belt of Wallsend Boys’ club was continuing to roll. They were to become, not just professional players, but Newcastle United players. These were Steve Watson, Alan Thompson, Robbie Elliott and Lee Clark. All four also received England honours at under 21 or youth level. At the same time at the club, though relatively unnoticed by scouts or the local press, was a fourteen year old player called Alan Shearer. It was not until Alan was 16, and had left WBC, that he got his first chance as...
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11
Aug

More financial problems for Club

More financial problems for Club: Old boy Alan Shearer reaches the top in professional football. As financial pressure grew in the mid 1990s there were fears that the club would actually fold under the pressure. Sid Sharp, again interviewed by the media in 1996, put the problem out into the open. He said, “There is nowhere in this country with this club’s record of producing professionals. In 30 years we have provided the game with millions of pounds of talent, yet the football clubs have not put single penny back, and it is crippling for us. …We need £7,000 a...
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09
Sep

National interest in Wallsend Boys’ Club

National interest in Wallsend Boys’ Club and The young Michael Carrick. In 1994 an article in “Night and Day” showed the national interest that there was in the phenomenal success of Wallsend Boys’ Club as producers of great footballers. In interviews with Peter Kirkley and Sid Sharp it tried to sum up the success the club had had in the past, but also highlighted the promising future of the latest star, 13 year old Michael Carrick. “Portrait of a Boys’ Club” focussed on the comments of Peter Kirkely and Sid Sharp and gave a great insight into the work of...
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01
Jan

25th Anniversary Celebrations

Wallsend Boys’ Club celebrates its 25th Anniversary and Sting plays football at the Boys’ Club. The New Year of 1992 began with yet another party, this one a belated 25th anniversary of the opening of the club building. On January 7th a cocktail party was held with guests including many who had helped the club over the previous quarter century. The Lord Lieutenant, Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison, was again in attendance and officially opened a refurbished canteen. “This I feel was a splendid occasion with a good cross section of persons who have helped the club over the 25 years, since...
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04
Dec

Steve Watson from WBC to Newcastle Utd

Steve Watson from WBC to Newcastle United and professional jockey makes it from the Boy’s club. In December 1990 Ex Wallsend Boys’ Club member, Steve Watson became the youngest ever player for Newcastle United when he stepped on as substitute at Wolverhampton, at the age of 16 years and 223 days. Steve was the fourth 16-year old to play for Newcastle after Paul Ferris, Jock Finlay and Neil McDonald, but at 16 years 223 days, he was the youngest by 72 days. Ironically he had followed the path of McDonald, who also started at Wallsend Boys’ Club before moving on...
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