SOUTH Tyneside writer Ed Waugh is pitching in to help a North East football club.
The play – Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather – which Ed penned with writing partner Trevor Wood, is to be performed at Darlington’s Civic Theatre in aid of the Darlington FC youth team.
The youth team has played a vital role in the survival of the Blue Square Premier club, which is trying to raise £750,000 after it went into administration in January.
Darlington fans, Shaun Campbell and Doug Embleton, are putting on the play – about West Auckland, the team comprised of Durham miners who won the first World Cup in 1909 – to net some much-needed cash for the youth team.
Shaun said: “The youth team has been so integral to our playing squad, particularly during this season, perhaps the most turbulent and dramatic in the club’s 128-year history. The ongoing survival of the youth team is vital for the future of the club.
“The fundraising will be achieved via a series of shows in Darlington this summer, including Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather.”
Doug Embleton added: “The response of football fans throughout the North East and beyond to the Save Darlington FC cause has been overwhelmingly generous, but we are calling on the people to give that extra support to the youth team.
“Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather is a fantastic way to involve fans and people who want to help, but don’t come along to matches.”
Football League funding for the youth team will stop from July 1, because Darlington will have spent two years in the Blue Square Premier League.
Ed and Trevor are also going to produce the play.
The show, which played to sell out audiences at Durham’s 550-seat Gala Theatre to celebrate the centenary of the team’s historic victory, later transferred to Newcastle’s 1,200-seat Theatre Royal.
South Shields writer Ed said: “We are delighted to be able to help.”
Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather will run at Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday, July 24, until Friday, July 27 including a Thursday matinee.
Tickets are priced £20 and £15 (concessions/under 16s). Thursday matinee tickets cost £10.
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