Author: Ross Gregory

Free school meals announcement

In response to recent news, Whickham FC will be providing FREE packed lunches during half-term to those families who are struggling without the school meals.
We’ll be at the Glebe Ground, in the Corner Flag Cafe, from 12pm-2pm starting Monday 26th October.
There will be a choice of ham or cheese sandwich, a bag of crisps a piece of fruit, a chocolate bar and a drink.
More importantly, there will be no judgement, no questions, no need for embarrassment. We are here to stand beside our community.
Please share this to the rest of the community. If you want to drop us a confidential email, or for more information, contact whickhamfc1944@gmail.com
NO child should go hungry in this day and age.
With special thanks to our sponsors First Mortgage NE and Furniture Clinic for their support.

Whickham 1-2 Northallerton Town: Match report as visitors earn their Crust

Whickham crashed to a third defeat in a row after a disappointing display at the First Mortgage Glebe.

Dominating possession for most of the game – again – there was a lack of a cutting edge to the home side’s play as Northallerton made it six points out of six against the Glebemen this season.

It had all started brightly for Mark Convery’s side. having made a number of changes from the team that lost 3-2 against West Auckland on Saturday – Charlie Exley returned from injury in place of Lee McAndrew, Dale Burrell dropped into central defence with Jack Errington dropping to the bench, and Ross Peareth coming into centre midfield – there was some nice football in the first 20 minutes.

The bubble was soon popped though as the visitors took the lead with their first real chance. The impressive Ciaren Jackson latched onto a loose ball inside the right hand of the penalty box and fired past Regan Ward.

Whickham had seemed in control up to that point, however Jackson should have made it 2-0 minutes later, but flashed his shot across the face of goal after a good move in the inside right channel again.

The home side regained control. A counter-attack ended with Jack Robson finding Zak Atkinson, but he could only hit the side netting with his shot.

The closest the Lang Jacks came to a leveller was right on the half-time whistle. After another counter, this time from a Northallerton corner, Conor Newton was denied by the goalkeeper’s legs before Tom Howard screwed the rebound shot.

As the rain lashed down heavier and heavier, a strong start to the second period was needed, but Northallerton were by far the sharper side after the interval. They got the goal their play deserved after 54 minutes when a free-kick from the edge of the box was fired into the roof of the net by Matthew Crust.

 

Substitutions were made by Glebe boss Convery, with McAndrew, Tom Scothern and Declan Bisset all entering the fray, and briefly the home side looked sharper in attack, with Scott Robson causing problems and a couple of shots blocked.

But even after Exley pulled a goal back on 85 minutes, heading home Bisset’s well-flighted corner, the visitors never really seemed too troubled and comfortably saw the game out.

Next up for Whickham is a trip to Ryhope CW on Saturday, October 3.

Whickham: Ward, Howard, Exley, Glabraith, Burrell, Peareth (Scothern 62), Francis (Bissett 77), Newton, S Robson, Atkinson, J Robson (McAndrew 60). Subs not used: Errington, Bowey.

THREE THINGS WE LEARNED

  1. The team need to start second halves quickly. For the second game in a row they lost the game in the first 10 minutes after the interval
  2. Charlie Exley’s return is a boost, the left-back adding another goal to his tally.
  3. For many home spectators, watching Newport County blaze a penalty high over the crossbar on their mobile phones turned out to be the highlight of the night!

Man of the match (sponsored by Furniture Clinic): Conor Newton

Match sponsor: The Woodmans Arms

Matchball sponsor: First Mortgage NE

 

 

Whickham 2-3 West Auckland

The F word was in full force on Saturday at the First Mortgage     Glebe.

Frustration.

Make that F for Fryatt as well.

Having dominated the game for long spells, Whickham left the Glebe wondering how they hadn’t managed to get at least a point from their game against West Auckland Town.

2-1 up at half-time, thanks to great goals from Conor Newton and Zak Atkinson – the first a stunning solo strike, the second a well-worked team goal – and playing down the slope, hopes were high for a home victory.

Kyle Fryatt had other ideas, however. Within nine minutes of the second period starting, he’d scored twice to turn the game around and give West their first Northern league Division One victory of the campaign.

Fryatt and strike partner Dennis Knight had caused the home defence problems all afternoon, truth be told. Every time they went forward, they looked likely to score as Jack Errington and Kieran Glabraith had their hands full trying to stop some clever attacking play and link-ups. Errington was lucky not to concede a penalty and pick up a red card when he brought Fryatt down on the edge of the box when last man – the referee deciding it was just a free-kick and a yellow.

Fryatt would have the final word, but not before Whickham had stormed into the lead when Newton burst into the box and rasped hom a thunderous strikeoff the underside of the crossbar.

The lead didn’t last long. 45 seconds, to be precise, before Knight stole past a hesitant defence to slot home the equaliser.

The Knightmare looked set to continue for the Whickham rearguard as the ex-Benfield striker, signed just a couple of weeks ago, continued to cause havoc but in an entertaining first half, there were chances at both ends, and the home side went ahead when a great team move across the pitch ended with Jack Robson sliding in Atkinson who converted to the delight of his watching gran.

Two goals in two games for the new boy. Zak Attack.

Fryatt’s quickfire double meant it was in a losing cause again, though. First, Knight’s brilliant pass teed him up and then the forward took advantage of some weak defending to win the game.

Alex Francis and Newton probed away in search of an equaliser, with both players looking a threat, but clear-cut chances were few and far between and West held on for all three points.

FA Cup ticket details v West Allotment Celtic

Tickets are now on sale for our FA Cup game against West Allotment Celtic at the First Mortgage Glebe, on Tuesday, September 1 2020.

Allotment make the trip to the Glebe for an Extra Preliminary Round game (7.45pm kick-off) which acts as the curtain-raiser to the new season.

In light of the latest government and FA guidelines on allowing spectators to return to the First Mortgage Glebe, a capacity of 300 spectators will be able to attend, so we intend to make the game all-ticket.

Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday evening at the Glebe from 5.30pm onwards and are priced £7 for adults and £3 for concessions (U16s and senior citizens). Other dates will be available to buy and collect tickets but to avoid issues on the day of the game, tickets must be pre-booked. They will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

Conditions of booking are:

  • Tickets must be paid for within 24 hours of the reservation being accepted by bank transfer
  • If payment isn’t received within 24 hours, tickets will be released back on sale
  • A maximum of 10 tickets per reservation
  • All reservations must include a contact name and number for track and trace requirements
  • ID must be presented at the gate on the day of the game to secure entry
  • Spectators must adhere to social distancing guidelines within the First Mortgage Glebe as per club, FA and government instructions

Spectators wishing to pre-book tickets should email whickhamfc1944@gmail.com. Confirmation of your tickets and details of payment will then be sent to you.

Whickham FC retain the right to refuse admission, or ask to leave, anyone not complying with the above conditions.

Gateshead FC ticket details

Whickham FC have decided to make our pre-season friendly against a Gateshead XI on Wednesday, August 26 (6.45pm kick-off) an all-ticket game.

In light of the latest government and FA guidelines on allowing spectators to return to the First Mortgage Glebe, a capacity of 150 spectators will be able to attend.

To avoid issues on the day of the game, tickets must be pre-booked. They will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

Conditions of booking are:

  • Tickets must be paid for within 24 hours of the reservation being accepted by bank transfer
  • If payment isn’t received within 24 hours, tickets will be released back on sale
  • A maximum of 4 tickets per reservation
  • All reservations must include a contact name and number for track and trace requirements
  • ID must be presented at the gate on the day of the game to secure entry
  • Spectators must adhere to social distancing guidelines within the First Mortgage Glebe as per club, FA and government instructions

Spectators wishing to pre-book tickets should email whickhamfc1944@gmail.com. Confirmation of your tickets and details of payment will then be sent to you.

Whickham FC retain the right to refuse admission, or ask to leave, anyone not complying with the above conditions.

Ben Riley named as new Whickham FC chairman

Whickham Football Club are delighted to announce that Ben Riley has taken up the position of club chairman.
Ben, 40, is a successful local businessman who attended Whickham Comprehensive School, has lived in and around the town all his life, and is well known in the community.
Ben co-founded First Mortgage in 2007 and has seen the award-winning business go from strength to strength over the last 13 years, with branches now in Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and York.
He played local league football and cricket for Whickham CC, and has been a supporter and sponsor for both the sporting outfits in the town, and he and business partner Philip McGuire took on the renaming rights at the Glebe last summer.
He is now looking forward to leading the football club through the next chapter of its story at the First Mortgage Glebe alongside management duo Mark Convery and Steve Bowey.
Ben said: “I am honoured to accept the committee’s offer to become chairman of Whickham FC. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for me and I would like to thank the committee for placing their trust in me to take the club forward over the coming years.
“The committee have really impressed me with their passion for the club and have shown a real patience and desire to get me to the club.
“I have sought advice from ex-Whickham players, managers and friends and they all couldn’t speak more highly of the club and the committee.
“The club has done well in recent years, most notably securing promotion to Division One, but we need to make sure all that hard work that has gone before is not wasted.
“Mark and Steve have great experience at this level and they have my full support.
“I look forward to seeing you all at the First Mortgage Glebe.”