Ryton and Crawcrook Albion

Club Information and Honours

Ryton FC – A Brief History

Shortly after the start of the 1970 – 71 football season John Oliver, the club’s first Secretary, and Les Robson were approached to see if a club could be formed at short notice to take over the fixtures of Prudhoe and West Wylam Co-op who had just resigned from the Northern Combination League. After securing a loan from Ryton Social Club of £12 / 10 shillings John and Les approached local Councillor Leo Murray and obtained permission to play at Stargate. As there were no dressing room facilities, the teams originally changed in Crookhill Labour Rooms or, when they were unavailable, Crookhill Store Hall.

Ryton played their first Northern Combination League game, a 3-3 draw, against works team Parsons Athletic on Saturday 17th October 1970. Dressing rooms were built at the ground in time for the following season with the club using the Runhead Pub as their base. The mid 1980’s saw the club transfer to Clara Vale for their home games while raising much needed revenue in the Crawcrook Social Club, the Lambs Arms as well as Ryton Social Club. During this period Ryton won the Prudhoe Hospital Cup twice, the Northern
Combination League Cup as well as the Durham County Trophy. Following the amalgamation, in 1988, of the Northern Alliance, the Northern Combination and the Northern Amateur Leagues into three divisions, Ryton were allocated a position in the First Division of the newly structured Northern Football Alliance League, winning the title in 1997 and thereby securing promotion to the Premier Division, where they remained until gaining promotion to the second division of the Arngrove Northern League at the end of the 2004– 05 season.

Promotion to the First Division was achieved in 2008 and the team ended their first season in a very creditable 10th place. A 17th place finish followed the previous season, during which the club narrowly lost out to Billingham Synthonia in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup. Renamed in the wake of last season’s relegation to Northern League Division Two, the club played its first match as Ryton and Crawcrook Albion against Birtley Town on July 9th 2011 in a game organised to raise funds for Cobaltore Onagawa, a Japanese non-league team whose community was badly affected by the March 2011 tsunami.

A lottery grant, achieved in 1998, saw the club move to their current home at Kingsley Park, which was officially opened by H.R.H. Prince Andrew. Thanks to a Football Foundation grant a third generation all weather seven a side pitch has now been installed, which is not only used by club members but also by the local community such as schools and youth organisations.

Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Football Club is recognised as having achieved FA Charter Standard Status and offers the chance for a child to be coached in football skills from the age of six, through all age groups up to senior level. The club currently has 20 teams, ranging from under 7 years of age right through to the senior side.

Founded 1970
Record Attendance 1,100 v Newcastle United 1998
Joined Northern league 2005/06

Club Honours

Durham County Challenge Cup Runners Up 2009 – 10
Northern Alliance Premier League Runners Up 2004-05
Northern Alliance Division 1 Winners 1996-97
Northern Alliance Challenge Cup Runners Up 1998-99
Durham County Trophy Winners 1999 Runners Up 2000, 2001

Playing Staff

Alex Curran Goalkeeper
Joined the club last season after hearing of the problems we were experiencing.

Tom Palmer Defender

Recently joined the club after playing Northern Alliance football last season.

Callum Turnbull Defender
Newly signed this season.

David Below Defender
Signed from Northern Alliance club Stocksfield last season.

Ricky Hayes Defender

His first season at Ryton after playing in the Westmoreland League for Shap

Sean Wilkinson Defender

Recruited from Ryton’s Sunday League Team

Mark Gaffney Defender
Previous Northern League experience with Blue Star, Morpeth and South Shields.

Martin Graham Defender
Joined the club this season after previously playing for Stocksfield.

Lachlan Naisby Midfield

Recently returned to the UK after a spell playing in Australia.

Josh Watson Midfield
Joined from Washington last season

Jack Watchman Midfield

Ex-Gateshead Juniors and Redheugh Boys now in his first season of senior football.

Stephen Freyne Midfield

Transfered from Heaton Stannington last season.

Michael Lowden Midfield
One of the first players signed following last season’s problems.

Michael Bell Midfield

Helped out last season while still a player at Shankhouse. Has re-signed for this season.

Jake Robson Midfield
Local player just out of junior football

Craig Jenkinson Midfield
Signed last season following a spell playing in the Northern Alliance.

Reece Thirtle Forward
Joined this season following a move from Shap in the Westmoreland League.

Paul Normington Forward
Previous Northern League experience with Billingham Synthonia.

Barry Latimer Forward
Played several games for the club last season

Dan Graham Forward

Another player who has progressed through the club’s junior sides.

Dan Wilson Forward
Recruited from Ryton Juniors

Jim Anderson Forward
Joined the club last season from local Sunday League side Wallsend.

Manager: Dave Hagan. Recently joined from Consett. Replaces Peter Craggs, who did an excellent job last season.

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