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World Famous Wallsend Boys Club – Read All About It

7 years ago
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We all love home grown success stories.

Tyneside is a proud region and there is nothing better than when local people go out of their way to create a better environment where local kids can thrive.

Step forward Wallsend Boys Club, or as it is often termed – ‘The World Famous Wallsend Boys Club’.

While you may know the basics such as the production line of great players they have helped towards a career in professional football; Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick, Lee Clark, Alan Thompson – to name but a few.

You may also have heard a little of the great work they also do in the community, complementing the more headline grabbing tales of local lads made good in the Premier League and beyond.

However, now you have the chance to read the full story of Wallsend Boys Club thanks to a new book that is due out before Christmas, chronicling the behind the scenes events that have made WBC what it is today.

The compilation of the book has been a true labour of love for Michael McGill and Vince Carrick (Michael Carrick’s father), who researched the rich heritage and history of the Club since it comprised of a series of wooden huts in 1938.

Their research even brought them into contact with some of the Founder Members from that era and these wonderful Octogenarians are now reunited with our current generation of Members at Club events.

Margaret Scott penned the text for the book from the abundance of material sourced by Vince and Michael, which also established a connection to an original Wallsend Boys’ Club, based at the Wallsend Café in 1904 – a facility that was similarly used to engage the young Shipyard apprentices in positive leisure time activities.

The production of the book has been made possible by the generous grant provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and WBC are convinced that a second edition will be forthcoming once this first edition prompts another wave of stories and memorabilia from the Tyneside public that have grown up with ‘The Boyza’.

Orders during the next month (deadline is 30th November) can include a personal dedication from the buyer, which will appear in every printed copy – a no-brainer for anybody looking for Christmas gift inspiration.

Click HERE to order the book which is a bargain £14.99 and as detailed above, order before the end of November and you can have a personal dedication included in the printed copy of the book at no extra charge.

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