Northern Leagues United Pen Pics #3

Sunday League keeper, sports writer for the Northern Echo and one of the very few people able to boast they live in a football ground (well, sort of), Richard Mason will be – and let me say this very clearly for the benefit of anyone living south of Sheffield – one of only two men with a valid excuse for wearing gloves* on July 9th. Thanks to Steven White for providing the photo.

Position(s): Goalkeeper or centre forward.

Teams played for: Holley Park Primary School FC, Biddick School B, Malin Bridge 2000 FC and Eaglescliffe FC.

Career highlight: Scoring with a penalty in front of the Tivoli end at Rotherham United’s Milmoor during a charity day. Gave the keeper the eyes.

Player or team you’ve modelled your game on: Iker Casillas with regards to his fondness of short-sleeved goalkeeper tops. In substance, I’d probably be more like Heurelho Gomes or Massimo Taibi.

* Richard will be using gloves supplied by Carl King, who has just been appointed goalkeeping coach at Blyth Spartans.

Brought up on the estate where future European Cup winner Frank Clark bought a house just days before being flogged to Nottingham Forest, one-time Newcastle United fanzine editor Dave Jameson graduated from the same Wallsend Boys’ Club pitches as Peter Beardsley, Lee Clark, Michael Carrick, Steve Bruce, Alan Thompson and Brian Laws (though none of them ever managed to get an IT degree at Northumbria University). In his younger days Dave regularly pulled on the black and white stripes, but didn’t get to see much of the ball from his position in the Milburn ‘D’ Paddock. A long-time Whitley Bay supporter, he’ll be hoping to lead a series of desperate, gung-ho attacks on Richard Mason’s goal on July 9th. Alternatively, he could just pass to Paul Chow.

Position(s): Forward or attacking midfielder. A slighty shrunken Peter Crouch: can kick with both feet but not as good in the air as you’d expect.

Teams played for: I played for Whitley Bay High School a couple of years before Graham Fenton did; Whitley Bay (admittedly, it was an under-13s 5-a-side team in a midweek league at Wallsend Boys’ Club); Wallsend Boys’ Club; The Forth Hotel.

Career highlight: Scored a cracker on my debut for Wallsend Boys’ Club. Got the Forth Hotel’s first ever goal in their first (and probably last) ever fixture, a 4-4 draw with a Rail Direct XI. I also remember scoring with a header in some cup final or other while I was at Whitley Bay High.

Player or team you’ve modelled your game on: Paul Chow or Peter Beardsley, although any similarities probably aren’t football related.

You can follow both Richard and Dave on twitter.

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