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Remembering the dedication of this South Tyneside football stalwart

The Gazette report telling of Marsden's tribute to Jim Calvert in 1976. Below, the paper's tribute upon his death in 1992.
The Gazette report telling of Marsden's tribute to Jim Calvert in 1976. Below, the paper's tribute upon his death in 1992.

The recent articles about a re-discovered cartoon, featuring members of Marsden Juniors football team has prompted reader Jeff Appleyard to get in touch.

He’s been telling us about his uncle, Jim Calvert, who was a stalwart of the club.

Marsden Juniors.

Marsden Juniors.

And as well as sending me Gazette reports about Mr Calvert’s devotion to the club, Jeff has also emailed a selection of wonderful old photos, showing Marsden teams from over the years.

One report tells how Mr Calvert served Marsden CW Juniors for more than 30 years, and as such was honoured with a testimonial match and a “magnificent” trophy in 1976.

Tribute to Jim Calvert.

Tribute to Jim Calvert.

Marsden Juniors, with Jim Calvert on the right and Ralph Bagley on the left.

Marsden Juniors, with Jim Calvert on the right and Ralph Bagley on the left.