As reported recently by The Sunday Sun, Garnett Bohemian, a Northern Alliance club based in Gosforth, need to raise £15,000 to replace the clubhouse boiler at Benson Park, their home ground for the last sixty years.
Founded in Leazes Terrace in 1894, the Bohs are one of the city’s oldest surviving football clubs. Since their merger with Garnett FC (who, by strange coincidence, were formed in the same street eighty years later by students at Newcastle University) they’re also the largest football club in the north-east of England, fielding no fewer than four different senior Saturday teams and having more than 100 players currently on their books. What makes the club extra special is that every single one of those players contributes an annual suscription of £40 plus £4 a game to pull on the green and black shirt. As the club’s centenary programme put it:
“The greatest honour won – and for which no medals are struck – is the proud name and tradition of the “Bohs” throughout Northumbrian football circles…in the building of this tradition there have been no star players but just those members who, loving the game and the club, have carried on where their predecessors left off”.
Only two years younger than Newcastle United Football Club, and founded in the shadow of St James’ Park, Bohemians play in the First Division of the Northern Football Alliance. On Monday 23rd May they play their final home league game of the season against promotion chasing Whitley Bay ‘A’ (the reserve team of the FA Vase finalists). Entrance will be £2 with all proceeds going towards the club’s boiler fund.
Benson Park is a 15-minute walk along the Great North Road from Regent Centre Metro Station, near Gosforth’s Three Mile Inn. Kick off is 6.15pm. £2 of your money not only gets you 90 minutes of live football and a free programme but also helps keep a Newcastle club alive. Refreshments will be on sale, all raising cash for a very worthy cause. Hopefully, we’ll see you there.