Stars of the future made their names in the church league

WINNERS...South Shields Corinthians FC, who fielded several players sought after by larger clubs.
WINNERS...South Shields Corinthians FC, who fielded several players sought after by larger clubs.

STRANGE things strike you about pictures.

With this one, it was a mention in the original caption that this team had been winners of the South Tyne Alliance and Church League.

Would there be enough churches now to even think of forming such a thing?

This is South Shields Corinthians FC, pictured during that winning phase towards the end of the 1920s.

The photographer was William Harper, of Grace Street, which was to the south of Ocean Road.

There are no names for any of these players, unfortunately, but I wonder if I can hazard a guess at one or two of them. One of them is Jack Tither, because I’ve a note of him from just a couple of years after this picture was taken, when he was being described as a promising half-back who had been “inquired after” by several First Division clubs.

Aged just 20 at the time, he was the subject of negotiations for his transfer to Hartlepools Utd, who were due to meet Jarrow and against whom he was expected to play.

One other name might be William Ford. He was another talented player, a right full-back, who a few years after this signed amateur forms for Queens Park Rangers.