This year Wallsend Boys Club took control of its first ever football centre, thanks to a £850,000 grant from the
The club has been a conveyor belt for footballing talent in the North East, producing more than 65 professional footballers, including Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick, Steve Bruce, Steven Taylor, Lee Clark, Robbie Elliott and Steve Watson. It has nurtured that extraordinary array of alumni in spite of never having had a home to call its own – until this year.
The club has hitherto had a nomadic existence, with many of its boys’ and girls’ teams having to play at numerous locations in Wallsend and other surrounding boroughs on local authority pitches. Its new site boasts: six dual-gender changing rooms with showers; two match officials’ changing rooms; one accessible
changing room; a kitchen; two senior size grass pitches; five junior size grass pitches; and a mini-soccer pitch.