Hebburn Town

CLUB HISTORY

Senior football has existed in Hebburn since 1882 when Hebburn Argyle were formed, attracting crowds of four or five thousand to their derby games against Northern Alliance rivals Jarrow AFC. Two of the town’s great philanthropists, Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison and the French engineer Alphonse Reyrolle, laid the foundation of Hebburn’s current stadium, Reyrolle recognising the need for his workers to have a strong sporting and social outlet. Argyle began playing at the Ellison Ground in 1899, the year after they’d lost in a replay to Jarrow in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Hebburn Town were formed in 1912 when Reyrolle fielded a team in the second division of the Jarrow and District Junior League. Members of the South Shields and Tyneside Combination Leagues after the end of World War One, Reyrolle later switched to the Tyneside League, lifting the title in the last full season before WWII. During the war years the club played in the Northern Combination, spending a single season in the North Eastern League. Rejoining the Northern Combination at the end of the war, Reyrolle spent another year in the North Eastern League at the end of the 1950s before moving to the Wearside League, where we played for the next 28 years.

In 1988 Reyrolle changed their name to Hebburn. The following season the club resigned from the Wearside League and applied for membership of the Northern League Division Two, filling the place vacated when North Shields moved to the North East Counties League. Hebburn’s first Northern League game took place on 19th August 1989 with a 2-1 win at Shotton Comrades. Promoted to the First Division in 1992, the same season the club won the prestigious Durham Challenge Cup by beating league champions Billingham Synthonia, the club were controversially relegated over ground grading issues in 1995 after gaining their highest position in the top flight.

Under the shrewd management of Tony Robinson, the club were promoted once again in 1999-2000 with a young team who’d come out of junior football, also winning the Craven Cup. Relegated the following season, the club’s fortunes have fluctuated ever since, with a highest placing of eighth in Division Two. Currently managed by the vastly experienced Paul Bennett, Hebburn ended last season in tenth place.

PLAYING STAFF

Goalkeepers

Christopher Bannon. Joined from West Allotment Celtic. Has been with Paul Bennett at his previous three clubs.

Martin Hunter

Defence

Jeffrey James Forsyth Defender who followed manager Paul Bennett from West Allotment Celtic last season.

Paul Hutchinson A dominant force at centre half, Paul was a junior at Sunderland and played for Celtic reserves before a brief spell at Newcastle Blue Star. A former Ashington captain and Player of the Year, he was another of the players to follow Paul Bennett when he left West Allotment.

Steven Banks Centre half.

Christopher Jewels

Lee Harrison Left-back who joined in the summer from Chester-le-Street Town.

Colin White Young central defender previously with Birtley Town.

Midfield

Andrew Brabbs Signed from South Shields in early-2011.

Jamie McClen Vastly experienced midfielder who played in the Premier League with Newcastle United and turned out professionally for Motherwell, Carlisle, Shrewsbury and Hamilton Academicals.

Christopher Tate. Joined from Division Two rivals Birtley Town durig the summer and scored twice on his debut against Horden CW.

Stuart Wright

Paul Gardiner Midfielder signed from West Allotment Celtic.

Forwards

Liam McBryde Young, highly-rated forward previously with South Shields, Ryton, Sunderland RCA and Chester-Le-Street Town.

Chris Lunn Signed from Jarrow in the Wearside League.

Stephen Foster Signed from West Allotment Celtic in November 2010.

Dean Nicholson Experienced forward who started out at West Bromwich Albion. Strong and pacy, he joined the club from West Allotment Celtic midway through last season.

Tony Stephenson Very experienced forward previously with South Shields.

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