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



A visit to Newcastle United

Wallsend Boys’ Club Players visit Newcastle United Training Ground Courtesy of Barclays Barclays Bank sponsored a visit to Newcastle United’s training ground for twelve lucky Wallsend Boys’ Club representative football team’s players on Tuesday 24th March 2015. The players were accompanied by Wallsend Boys’ Club officials Vince Carrick, Michael McGill and Ian Riley. They watched the players training for an hour and a half, followed by a packed lunch, which was provided by the club. The Boys’ club players then had a question and answer session with Head Coach John Carver and locally born player Sammy Ameobi, followed by John...
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Football Focus

On Saturday 5th April 2014 the B B C lunch time programme Football Focus came to the Memorial Hall Wallsend to host a live programme on Wallsend Boys’ Club. The programme lasting 50 minutes, was presented by Dan Walker with Alan Shearer, Alan Thompson and Mark Lawrenson on the panel. A specially invited audience of 200 people were in the Memorial Hall for the show, the front two rows were young Wallsend Boys’ Club player’s, who looked immaculate in their white dress shirts and Boys’ Club ties. Two of the founder members from 1938 Jack Carruthers and Bob Corkhill were...
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The supply chain of footballers continues

Even though the Wallsend Boys Club building on Station Road is no more, the supply of footballers into the professional game continues. Lee Novak now plays for Huddersfield Town in the Championship but started his footballing journey at Wallsend Boys club. Lee started his senior career with Scottish side Gretna then returned to the North East to play for Newcastle Blue Star and then Gateshead in the Conference North in 2008. Novak was signed by the then Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark in January 2009. Lee made his full Huddersfield debut on 11th August 2009 . He scored his first...
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Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster – Wallsend Boys’ Club’s 5th England International player. Fraser Forster born 17th March 1988 became Wallsend Boys’ Club’s 5th ex player to play full international football for England. Fraser was born in Hexham and attended the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. He did not begin playing as a goal keeper until he was 13 years old. Before then he had played mainly Cricket or Rugby Union. When Fraser first played for Wallsend Boys’ Club, coaches thought he might be too small to play as a goal keeper, although he quickly established himself in the Wallsend team. He signed his...
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History and Heritage project

History and Heritage project and the publishing of the “History of Wallsend Boys’ Club” book. The history and heritage of Wallsend Boys’ Club project was started by Committee members Michael McGill and Vince Carrick in 2003. With the help of articles in the local press, asking people to come forward with their own personal recollections of the club. Members from the original club (which was formed in 1938), started contacting Michael and Vince to relate their stories which were recorded meticulously. These “founder members” also donated images, programmes, documents etc. The boys club was searched from top to bottom for...
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History and Heritage Book

Over 109 years in the making:…the incredible history of Wallsend Boys’ Club Wallsend Boys Club has a fascinating and colourful 109 year history. Founded by the Swan Hunter Shipbuilders in 1904 on Station Road, Wallsend to help educate apprentices and develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacity. The club has survived fires, and weather damage over the years and despite the building being burnt damaged and demolished the soul and heart of the boys club has lived on. Rigorously compiled, researched and written over the last decade. Recollections of Founder Members Archive documents from the Club’s rich heritage Images of...
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The demolition of Wallsend Boys’ Club

In the high winds of January 5th 2012 yet another dramatic twist came in the tale of Wallsend Boys’ Club.74 years after the opening of that first L- shaped wooden club house and 47 years since the opening of the then state of the art 1960’s building, the end wall of the building was blown inwards onto the Astro Turf five-a-side pitch. Luckily, this happened during the night and not when the Boys’ Club would have been used by the community during the day. At first, it was envisaged that the wall would be re-built within three weeks. Unfortunately, the...
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Opening of Wallsend Boys’ Club’s new pitches

On Friday 24th June 2011 Wallsend Boys’ Club held the official opening of their new pitches at Bigges Main. Having been based at Wallsend Sports Centre, Wallsend Rising Sun, Hadrian Park School, Western School,DSS Sports ground, Benfield School and St Peters Road over a period of 45 years Wallsend Boys’ Club football section were finally moving into their own ground. Having taken three years to complete the project it was a momentous day in the long history of the club. The great and the good of sport and politics met as 150 specially invited guests attended the occasion. Speeches were...
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Demise of Wallsend Boys’ Club’s greatest friend

On November 14th 1904 Swan Hunter opened Wallsend’s first Boys’ Club. The Swan connection carried on strongly when in 1938 Sheriton Clements Swan, a director of Swan Hunter Shipbuilders became president of the new Wallsend Boys’ club, based at Station Road Wallsend. The Swan connection stayed strong, with Sheriton Clements Swan heavily involved with the re-building of the Boys’ Club in 1965 where he remained president until 1967. Swan Hunter employees helped with the maintenance and painting of the Boys’ Club on a voluntary basis and had employees/directors on the club committee for many years. On July 17th 2006 Swan...
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The “Boyza Bus”

Wallsend Boys’ Club had applied in the Summer of 2010 to the Peoples Millions for their project the “Boyza Bus” to be considered for entry into the November Peoples Millions TV contest. Each day for a week every ITV region runs its own Peoples Millions contest, putting two approved bids head to head against each other, pitching for their share of a quarter of a million pounds. The public are able to vote by telephone from 9.00 am until midnight. Although each project can be publicised before the day of the vote, the telephone numbers are not announced until the...
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