Son of one of South Shields’ greatest players dies days before club’s biggest triumph

Corbett Cresswell with two fellow players.
Corbett Cresswell with two fellow players.
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A South Shields-born football star has died – just days before the town team’s biggest triumph in a competition close to his heart.

Corbett Cresswell, the son of Warney – the club’s only ever England international – passed away 48 hours before the Mariners won at Wembley on Sunday.

Corbett Cresswell always considered South Shields as his home town.

Corbett Cresswell always considered South Shields as his home town.

The 84-year-old was himself a talented footballer - a three-time winner of the FA Amateur Cup with Bishop Auckland in the 1950s.

The Amateur Cup is the direct predecessor of the FA Vase, which South Shields won for the first time on Sunday.

Warney, meanwhile, played 99 times for Shields, who then played in the Football League’s Second Division, before moving for a world-record transfer fee of £5,500 to Sunderland in 1922. Known as the ‘Prince of Full-Backs’, he also played for Everton.

Corbett played 10 times for England’s amateur team, and lived in Harton Village for many years, later working as a furniture trader.

Sadly my dad did not live to see his home team lift the cup that established his reputation with Bishop Auckland, but I know he’d have been hugely proud

Amy Cresswell

He was an active member of South Shields Golf Club – where he was club captain for a spell – and South Tyneside Indoor Bowls Club well into his 70s, playing both sports, as well as bridge, at county level.

Corbett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about 10 years ago and was forced to give up the activities he loved. He moved to Gateshead with wife Angela to be closer to his family, but South Shields was always his home town.

Corbett’s daughter Amy said: “Sadly my dad did not live to see his home team lift the cup that established his reputation with Bishop Auckland, but I know he’d have been hugely proud.

“He was a very humble man, but football was his passion and the FA Vase held a special place in his heart.”

Corbett leaves behind wife Angela, daughters Sophie and Amy, and grandchildren Oliver, Antonia, Sadie and Harriet.