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



End of an era at Station Road… The Boyza 10 years on…

It is exactly 10 years since Wallsend Boys Club’s iconic Station Road headquarters was literally blown away in what has been described as “one of the most disastrous days in our history”. Overnight on January 6, 2012 gale-force winds flattened a wall and led to the demolition of a building which had been the focal point for kids who otherwise would have been exposed to the dangers of drugs and violence on the streets and therefore the threat of jail. The famous breeding ground for the best talent in North East football is looking to complete the next phase of...
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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 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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Rhyedt Avenue

Rhyedt Avenue football pitches play their first games. Early October 2007 had seen the arrival of Rok Builders and Hellens football pitch specialists on the Rhyedt Avenue site to start on the re-development, changing the site from three redundant golf holes into seven state of the art football pitches with top class changing rooms, and large car park.They were quick off the mark with trees and shrubs in the centre of the site ripped from the ground within ten days, and then huge earth moving equipment moved on site to remove the top surface, level the site and apply the...
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Michael Carrick’s career takes off

On a more national, and indeed international level, the career of one of the most stellar of the Wallsend Boys’ Club stars continued through 2008-2010 to get better and better. To add to the winning of a Premier League Champion’s medal and FA Cup Finalist’s medal in the 2006/2007 season, Michael Carrick’s career at Manchester United flourished. In the 2007/2008 season Michael helped the red devils to win a second consecutive Premier League title, and at the Luzhniki Stadium Moscow on Wednesday 21st May, Michael with his Manchester United team played against Chelsea in the Champions League Final. The significance...
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Tony Blair visits Wallsend Boys’ Club

On Friday 14th November 2008 Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (now a UN peace ambassador for the Middle East) visited Wallsend Boys’ Club. The security was very intense with police visiting the premises on the two days leading up to the visit and there was a very visible police presence on the Friday morning. The great and the good of the area were present including elected Deputy Mayor Jim Allen and the head of the Northumberland FA. Sky Sports, national and local newspapers and local radio stations were all in attendance. Mr Blair was met at the entrance by club...
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Wallsend Boys’ Club’s 40th Anniversary

After months of planning and preparation, October 6th 2005 saw Wallsend Boys’ Club celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ‘new club’ opening for business. And what a celebration it was! Millions of pounds worth of footballing talent crammed into the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel to pay tribute to their roots at the club. Newcastle United skipper Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley headed the sparkling guest list but there were plenty more of the game’s stars in attendance during this latest chapter of one football’s amazing success stories. ‘Toon’ players Lee Clark and Robbie Elliott were joined by former United team-mates...
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