Football club’s appeal to find its 1989 cup heroes

A football club has appealed for help to track down the class of 1989 as they prepare for a big cup final this week.

Boldon CA are to take on Gateshead Leam Rangers in the final of the Shipowners Charity Cup on Friday.

The last time the Wearside League outfit won the cup was in 1989, and the club is inviting members of that winning team to Friday’s final as guests of honour.

However, over the last 27 years, it has lost contact with much of that squad, so is appealing for people to pass the message to those who played a part.

Club chairman Kevin Oliver said: “It’s a massive night for the club, and we’d love them to be a part of it.

“We don’t have any contact details for most of them, so if any of them see this, or if any readers know any of them, we’d like to invite them to the game to try to get them back together.”

Reaching the final was a huge achievement for Boldon, who defeated quadruple-chasing Stockton Town in the semi-final.

Stockton had already won the Wearside League, League Cup and Monkwearmouth Cup this season, while they won all four competitions last term.

Friday’s final is taking place from 7pm at Boldon CA’s ground, the Villa, which is within walking distance of Boldon Asda and has a post code of NE35 9AN.

Some of the class of 1989 the club would like to identify and invite are: Dougie Key (manager), Billy Newham (assistant manager), Bobby Dawson, Brian Smith, David Mail, Ian Dutton, John Robson, Paul Blyth, John Whitehead, John Bayfield, Jimmy Riley, Darren Palmer, Micky Carr, Peter Quinn, Marty Quinn, Chris Meston (physio), John Dunn, and Andrew Quinn.