Shedding light on pre-war football pictures

SPARKY ... Hebburn Reyrolle's football club between the wars.
SPARKY ... Hebburn Reyrolle's football club between the wars.
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FOOTBALL pictures have recently taken us back to the inter-war years when sides associated with local industries were real contenders in local and regional leagues.

I must just say, though, that one of them featured the other night was Hebburn Reyrolle’s, and I’ve since heard from his daughter that player Thomas Byers’ name was missed out of the details given.

SHIPSHAPE....Middle Docks football players in the 1930s.

SHIPSHAPE....Middle Docks football players in the 1930s.

I can also tell you a little more about the Middle Docks team that was seen in an image from Ardath – big publishers of cigarette cards in their day.

Kevin Blair, whose picture it was, tells me that Middle Docks FC were members of the Tyneside League for 15 years, and won the championship in the 1927-1928 season.

They resigned from the Tyneside League in 1935 and joined the South Tyne Alliance League, going on to win the championship in their first season (1935-1936), also winning the Constitutional Cup.

There is, though, one small mystery. Says Kevin: “I’ve not heard of the South Tyne Alliance League before and wonder if it was a pre-runner to the Northern Alliance League?”

Perhaps someone knows.