The Association travelled to Newbiggin on Monday 21st August to play a challenge Match against Cec Irwin's Club. The weather was ideal, sunny with very little wind and the Former Players were hoping that this was a good omen, with the hope that we might actually win one of our challenge Matches! Unfortunately this wasnt to be the case but (to plagiarise a famous quote) it was "a close run thing!"
The Course was in great condition and the Clubhouse facilities and hospitality ensured a great day, "roll on next year we say!"
We saw the Former Players present Newbiggin Golf Club Vice Captain (next year to be Captain) with a framed, signed shirt to be used as a future charity fund raiser.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are hoping the Match will become an annual event!
Photo Credit: John Young
Front row (L-R) – George Herd (S), T. Duffell (N), F. Fletcher (N), Peter Stronach (S), Jimmy Shoulder (S), Jim Montgomery (S), J. Freeman (N), Micky Horswill (S).
Back row (L-R) – E. Alder (N), D. Bushby (N), J. Foster (N), David Gair (N), R. Fletcher (N), Winston Young (S), K. Potts (N), J. Birchnall (N), Phillip Lowes (S), Bobby Park (S), K. Harmison (N), Don Rankin (S), A. Bell (N), Ron Guthrie (S), B. Cresswell (N), Michael Oliver (S), Frank Curry (S), E. Bell (N), Cecil Irwin (S), B. Duncan (N – Official Starter).
Sunderland Former Players were saddened to hear of the passing of Corny O'Donnell. Corny's Funeral arrangements are as follows:-
Friday 9 March, 11am St Augustines, Wealcroft, Felling NE10 8QS
12.00 Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Road, Gateshead, NE8 4TQ