Footballers are re-united

Stranton FC is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Club stalwarts (from left) John Jenkins, Ron Moore and Phil Moon.
Stranton FC is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Club stalwarts (from left) John Jenkins, Ron Moore and Phil Moon.

FOOTBALLERS past and present will be re-united during a forthcoming get-together that marks three milestones.

Ron Moore, John Jenkins and Phil Moon are organising a reunion for anyone associated with Hartlepool-based Stranton Football Club.

The reunion marks the club’s 60th anniversary, but it also commemorates the more sad occasions of the club folding along with Hartlepool Church League, due to a lack of players.

Club secretary Ron helped to set up the team as part of the Stranton Youth Fellowship 60 years ago, along with Ray Walker, Reggie Lee and Harold Moore.

The reunion, taking place at 7pm on Tuesday, August 20 at Hartlepool Cricket Club, in Park Drive, coincides with Reggie visiting the town from his home in Australia.

The club started out at St Matthew’s Hall, in Elwick Road and in its later stages was based at The Fens pub.

In the past seven years the club won three major trophies - The Bob Waller Memorial Cup twice and the Memorial Shield.

Ron, 77, who worked at Central Marine Engine Works, Richardson and Westgarth and ICI and is married to Barbara, played for the team up until he was 45 and also ran the side, with John and Phil having stints also managing the team.

His son Dean, 52, also played for the team and Ron said players included Pat Harbron and Dave Lobb and others who came from Bishop Auckland.

Ron, who lives in the Park Road area of town and is also dad to Leigh Stevens, 47, said: “Many times I had thought about giving up running the team, but I got through it.

“But unfortunately with the league folding – it had been going 100 years and had 60 teams and four divisions in its heyday – the team is folding too.

“We had tried to advertise for more players to step in, but people are interested in other activities now and if they support the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea then they would rather be watching them than turning out on a Saturday.”

Tickets for the reunion are £6, with £2 going to Hartlepool and District Hospice.

To find out more, call Ron on (01429) 294176, John Jenkins on (01429) 264975 or Phil Moon on 07950217165.