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A vision for Amble football

In its fourth season local men’s Saturday football club Amble St.Cuthbert FC completed a league and cup double by winning the North Northumberland League Division 2 trophy and the Robson Cup. This followed two other cup triumphs in 2014. As club founder, chairman, secretary and manager, I have a plea to make to the local community.

Amble and its surrounding villages have produced a remarkable number of professional footballers over the decades. The tradition continues today as the community supports Luke James and Nathan Buddle and many more who simply enjoy the game.

I find it surprising that Amble does not have an amateur club of its own playing in a little stadium at a decent level of football. There are Morpeth Town, Alnwick Town, Ashington FC and no Amble…FC? Yet, the local football history is shown on every cup the Cuddies play in. There is the name of Amble. Amble United in the 2000’s, Amble Vikings in the 80s and 90s. Amble FC too reached the Northern Alliance in the last ten years. The older generation tells of crowds watching a team capable of giving any side in the North East a good game in the 50s.

What is needed is a group of local people, united enough in a common vision to create a football club that will last! A club that could support the development of local talent or give local lads somewhere to proudly play for their home town with their mates.

My hope and vision is an Amble St. Cuthbert club with a first team that attracts a healthy crowd on a Saturday afternoon, reserves, youth teams, and ladies’ teams.

Amble St Cuthberts FC

Amble St Cuthbert FC celebrate winning the 2015 Robson Cup

I and the very committed players of our formative years have got things started.

We now need help. Help to take responsibility to build a local football club, help with finance (it costs £2,000 to play with one team in one league).

Help also with coaching, and practical help like goalpost maintenance and kit laundering.

I am very grateful to Steve, Margaret and Elaine at the Blue Bell for their vital support and fundraising. My law firm Palin & Twyford Solicitors will continue to support the club. But, we desperately need other local businesses to give some long-term financial support.

A £40 donation to be a matchday sponsor can make a huge difference. A £100 donation to have a pitch side advertisement banner put up at every match will also assist. Other possibilities including kit sponsorship can be discussed.

To discuss any ideas of support, financial or football related, please email me at samuel.palin@btinternet.com with contact details. Can you or your business support your local club? Amble St.Cuthbert FC Est.2011 Let’s make sure it lasts.

Sam Palin,
Chairman, 
Amble St Cuthbert FC

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