Reds earned big night in spotlight.
When someone dominates centre stage, others are reduced to the chorus line, often unfairly.
Such is the awesome reputation of Wallsend Boys Club as a football factory which churns out top players as though to order, that other establishments manfully doing a proud job often walk in their shadow.
Redheugh Boys Club, in Gateshead, is one such place.
It has a long history of community service and has produced quite a list of players who have graduated to top-flight football.
Paul Gascoigne is its most famous son, of course.
But they also boast Don Hutchison, who played for Liverpool, Sunderland and Scotland, and David Hodgson, another Kop favourite who later managed Darlington.
However, the honours board doesn't end there.
May I add more? Ready? Matty Pattison, currently with Newcastle, Ian Branfoot (Sheff Wed and Sunderland), Tommy Robson (Chelsea, Newcastle and Peterborough), Colin Symm (Sheff Wed and Sunderland), Tony Cullen (Newcastle and Sunderland), Graeme Jones (Millwall), Peter Waters (Hull City), Eddie Dixon (Crystal Palace and Fulham), Alan Dowson (Millwall), Craig Harrison (Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace), Paul Thompson (Hartlepool), Paddy Atkinson (Sheff Utd), Gavin Oliver (Sheff Wed and Bradford City), Peter Harrison (Charleroi in Belgium), and Joe Laidlaw, Harry Charlton and Billy Woof all with Boro.
See what I mean?
Redheugh deserve to stand in the full glare of the spotlight in their own right.
They are about to celebrate 50 years of great endeavour with a lavish dinner at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston on Saturday, June 16, when many old stars will return once again to their roots.
Evan Bryson is the only founding member from 1957 still with us, and what changes he has witnessed.
From one under-18s side the club has grown to now having 16 teams ranging from under eights to under-18s.
Anyone wishing to back Redheugh and enjoy a super night of nostalgia can book a table of 10 for only pounds 300 by phoning chairman Terry Ritson on 07930 618 441 or treasurer Les Stokoe on 07727 618 330.
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Apr 14, 2007|
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