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Wallsend Boys Club
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Full nameWallsend Boys Club
GroundKirkley Park, Wallsend
Coordinates54°59′33″N 1°32′55″W / 54.9924°N 1.5487°W / 54.9924; -1.5487Coordinates: 54°59′33″N 1°32′55″W / 54.9924°N 1.5487°W / 54.9924; -1.5487
ManagerPaul Hogg
LeagueNorthern Alliance Division One
2020–21Northern Alliance Division One (season curtailed)
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Wallsend Boys Club is an English youth football club based in Wallsend, North Tyneside. The club is well known for producing professional footballers; more than 65 players from the club have gone on to play professionally, some of them even playing for the England side.[1][2][3] They also have an adult team that plays in the Northern Alliance Division One.


The club was founded in 1904 by the employees and directors of Swan Hunters Shipyard in order to provide recreational activities for the apprentices and young people in the area and initially specialised in boxing.[1] The original club premises were a series of wooden huts on Station Road, erected by workers from the shipyard. A fire destroyed the original premises and work commenced on the current club building in 1964, which was opened on 16 December 1966.[4]

Club activities in the early days were mainly snooker, trampolining, judo, table tennis, cross country running and football. Various fund raising activities were held, including a "pram push" across England and a 24-hour relay race from Wallsend to Edinburgh Castle and back.[4]

In 1975, the club opened seven days a week and formed a separate sub-committee for 11-a-side football. Over the years, the 11-a-side representative teams have won hundreds of trophies in local and national competitions.[4] The club has gained a formidable reputation for the early development of many professional footballers.[4]

In 2008, the club was awarded the Freedom of the City of North Tyneside, in recognition of what the deputy mayor called the club's "factory line of talent", and for its community work.[5]

In June 2011, the club opened its first football centre, prior to which they had to play on park and local authority pitches.[2] The facility, for which negotiations began in 2006,[6] which is situated next to Wallsend Sports Centre on Rheydt Avenue,[7] has:

It was funded by grants of £850,000 from the Football Foundation, £150,000 from The FA and £301,000 from North Tyneside Council with the club itself raising £114,000 towards the scheme.[2]

The Station Road headquarters of the club was demolished in the February and March 2012, following high winds in January which damaged one of the walls of the building.[8]

Former players

Professional players to have played for the club include:[9]

International representation

The club has had a representative at four of the nine FIFA World Cup finals since 1986, with the two exceptions coming in 1994, when the England national football team did not qualify, and 2002. In 1986 and 1990 Peter Beardsley starred for England.[10] In 1998 Alan Shearer was England captain.[11] Michael Carrick made appearances for England in both the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.[12] Fraser Forster was in the 2014 squad, as well as the Euro 2016 squad, but did not make an appearance in either tournament.

Alan Thompson received one full cap for England in 2004, and Fraser Forster did the same in 2013 and went on to receive another five caps over the next three years, while numerous other former players have made youth or B international appearances.


  1. ^ a b White, Jim (26 October 2011). "No end in sight to Wallsend production line". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "World famous Wallsend Boys' Club officially opens its first football facility". Northumberland FA. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Wallsend still building for the future". The Daily Telegraph. 6 October 2005.
  4. ^ a b c d "Wallsend Boys Club heritage". Our History. Wallsend Boys Club. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Honour for Shearer's youth club". BBC News. 13 February 2008.
  6. ^ "Expansion hope for football club". BBC News. 15 March 2006.
  7. ^ "Wallsend Boys move to new home". Wallsend Boys Club. 21 March 2006. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  8. ^ "End of era as club is reduced to rubble and memories". News Guardian. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Ex-players". Wallsend Boys Club. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Peter Beardsley indebted to his Wallsend roots". The Daily Telegraph. 29 November 2007.
  11. ^ "Wallsend Boys benefit as Shearer hands £1.6m to charity". The Independent. 27 October 2006.
  12. ^ January 2019, Sam Pilger 30 (30 January 2019). "The big interview: Michael Carrick - "I'm definitely not Spanish or Italian, so can't you just appreciate me anyway?"".