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Boys' club wins freedom honour; Football outfit that spawned stars is rewarded.

Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG

A WORLD-famous boys' club has been honoured after decades of producing top footballers.

Wallsend Boys' Club helped hone the skills of Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley.

Now the club has been given the freedom of North Tyneside. Beardsley was among those at the ceremony at Wallsend Town Hall last night.

Steve Dale, chairman of Wallsend Boys' Club, said: "For the last 70 years, the club has been a valuable facility for tens of thousands of boys and girls to meet up, pursue leisure activities, join teams and channel their energies into some positive activities."

Shearer, Beardsley and Michael Carrick are some of the 56 football professionals who have gone on to achieve national and international recognition after being members of the club.

North Tyneside's deputy mayor, Coun Jim Allan, said: "Many of the people involved are volunteers, give up their time freely and willingly to put something back into their community."

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REWARD: Founding members receive the award, left to right: Jack Carruthers, Ray Oliver, Fred Tate, Jack Scott and James McBlain. Front is Peter Beardsley and council chairman Coun Joan Bell PICTURE: TONY HALL www.icNewcastle.co.uk/buyaphoto ref: 01249413; LEGEND: Beardsley in action for United
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 14, 2008
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