Why was French team playing in local footy tournament?
Back in June 1979, the crowds were out in force to watch a football tournament here on South Tyneside that attracted teams throughout the area, along with, at least one from further afield '“ France.
Despite having unearthed a series of photos taken during the event, staged at Cleadon Recreation Ground, we have few other details as to the reasons behind this particular feast of football.
Alongside teams from Boldon, Reyrolle, Marsden, Hylton and Whitburn CA, the South Tyneside International Junior Youth Tournament also featured a side from Epinay, in France. How did it come about? Please let me know.
Watch out for more photos from the tournament (and news of the winners) in Thursday’s Gazette.
Striking new images show vision for South Tyneside College and Customs House in bid for town centre levelling-up cash
UPDATE: Man dies after serious collision between car and pedestrian in South Shields as police appeal for witnesses
Drivers warned of road closures on busy A194 in South Tyneside
Mr Gay Europe contestants get magical tour of South Shields on visit ahead of finals
16 people given jail sentences for South Tyneside offences during May and June