West End's goal is to conquer region.
STOCKTON West End Under-18s will turn a new page in their football careers this coming season when they play in the Russell Foster Tyne and Wear Tyne and Wear, former metropolitan county, NE England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county embraced the Newcastle upon Tyne conurbation and comprised five metropolitan districts: Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Youth League.
With no Under-19 football available in the Tees Valley The Tees Valley is an area the North East of England. It can be described as "greater Teesside" and consists of the four unitary authorities created by the breakup of the County of Cleveland in 1996: Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-On-Tees along with , the Teesside Junior Football Alliance Division One champions have opted to step up to Under-21 level against sides from the Newcastle and Sunderland areas.
West End will be the only Teesside team among 17 in the division - a feeder for the Northern League - which features the likes of Horden, Seaham Red Star, South Shields South Shields, city (1991 pop. 86,488), South Tyneside, NE England, at the mouth of the Tyne River. It is a significant port. Shipbuilding and marine engineering are the main industries; chemicals and paints are manufactured. Juniors and Whickham.
They kick off their campaign with a home game against Felling Magpies on August 16 at Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community, Eston.
"It's a new challenge for us and we will be looking to do well," said club chairman Keith Maude.
"It's an Under-21 league, so we will be up against more experience.
"We would have liked to stay in this area ideally, but were one of only four applicants to go Under-19, so they couldn't form a league.
"But we have got a reputation as a good footballing team and will be sticking to our principles and are looking forward to it."
West End finished top of TJFA Division One by four points from North Ormesby North Ormesby is an area in the town of Middlesbrough in the borough of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated just to the south of the River Tees and the A66, and is adjacent to the Cargo Fleet and South Bank areas of Middlesbrough. A. Boasting a fortress-like home record, they won all of their games against visiting opposition and top-scored with 41 goals in 14 matches.
Team manager Chris Gibbons said: "Last season was terrific. Having won the League Cup and Durham Cup in previous years, we wanted the title more than anything."
Skipper Danny Rowbotham is optimistic that West End will do themselves justice in the Tyne and Wear Youth League.
He added: "I feel proud to be team captain. I've been at the club since I was 10 and a lot of the lads have developed together.
"We have a great team spirit and we're looking forward to the new season and trying to win more honours."
West End have already bolstered their ranks for the imminent campaign, snapping up midfielder Adam Gell from North Ormesby and former Newcastle forward Stuart Bath.
* Any players under the age of 21 who are interested in joining them can get in touch with Keith Maude on 01642 890329 or Chris Gibbons on 01642 789546.
REGIONAL CHALLENGE: Stockton West End under 18s. Pictured from left to right are, back row: Rob Barrett ( coach), Keith Maude (club chairman), Niall White, Charlie Gaffney, Aaron Bryan, Josh Hayes Joshua Kurt Hayes (born April 4, 1975 in Gulfport, Mississippi), is a professional motorcycle roadracer who turned pro in 1996 . He currently races in the AMA Supersport and Formula Xtreme series' for Erion Racing. , Billy Smith, Terry Robinson, Chris Hobbs, Danny Rowbothom, Chris Gibbons (manager). Front row, left to right: Hugh Geoghegan, Peter Bulmer, Chris Burton, John Hall, Michael Dowson, Mikey Roberts, Shane Henry. Players not on photograph: Johnny Rea, Dan Dawson, Joe Devitt, Mark Lilley