LOCAL footballers from decades gone by gathered for a club reunion and raised cash for a town charity.
Stranton Youth Fellowship FC was founded in 1952 by Ray Walker, Reggie Lee, Ronnie Moore and Harold Moore and was renamed Stranton FC two years later.
Sadly the club folded last year after 60 years due to a lack of players. But that didn’t stop players from the past getting-together for a reunion in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice.
More than 70 people, from footballers in their early 20s to veterans in their 70s, showed their support at the event, which was held at Hartlepool Cricket Club.
And as well as being an opportunity for the team’s players of the past to enjoy a catch-up, they also clubbed together to raise £400 for the Wells Avenue hospice. Janice Forbes, Hartlepool & District Hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “It is always sad to see a local group or club have to close. However, we are very grateful to those who attended the reunion and raised £400 for specialist palliative care services.”
Photographs of the club’s teams and social events over the years were on display at while a newsletter was also produced featuring all of the players who had played for the club at some point.
Long-service awards were also presented by Tommy Harvey and Brian Malcolmson to Bob Abbey, Phil Moon and John Jenkins, who dedicated years to the club.
The fundraiser was organised by Ronnie Moore, Phil Moon and John Jenkins.
Mr Jenkins said: “We would like to thank our sponsors over the years and say a big thanks especially to Graham Jewson, who was the sponsor for the last five years.
“We had a good turn-out at the reunion and we were delighted to be able to hand the money to the hospice.”