Hebburn Argyle Juniors football team - 1979...
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Newcastle Evening Chronicle |
Monday 17 December 1979
Ton-up terrors – that’s the Hebburn Argyle Juniors football team.
They have rattled up an incredible 100 consecutive wins to smash their way into the record books.
It’s a staggering achievement by any standards, but even more incredible because, being an Under-15’s team, the personnel has changed considerably during the three-year spell it has taken to record 100 victories, yet the results have remained totally consistent.
Pictured above, are:
BACK ROW: Graham Tennet, John Grieves, Gary Charles, Dave Allison, Dave Anderson, Kevin Gardner, Richard Docherty, Ron Jenkinson (coach).
FRONT ROW: Chris Butler, Paul Hutchinson, Steven Foster, Arthur Rutherford, Trevor Joyce.
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Sines 1976 when Hebburn Argyle embarked on their runaway success have assembled s treasure trove of trophies. Look at this table for honours:
South Tyneside Under-15 Champions 1976-77; Mid-Tyne Under-16 Champions 77-78-79; South Tyne Round Table Junior Champions, 77-78-79; Mortimer Road Junior Champions 77-78: Mid-Tyne Under-15 Cup Winners 78; Mid-Tyne Ferries Under-16 Cup Winners 78; Bill Upsall Intermediate Cup Winners 78; South Tyne Easter Tournament Under-15 Trophy Winners 78; South Tyne Festival Under-16 Cup Winners 79; Hebburn and District Youth Clubs Champions 77-78-79.
Now they have an extra trophy in their collection.
To mark their 100 victories Newcastle United director Stan Seymour has donated a beautiful inscribed silver memento.
I handed over the trophy to captain Steven Foster and the rest of the team at the Heaton Argyle Community Centre after all the lads had been given the afternoon off school to commemorate their achievement.
Secretary-coach Ron Jenkinson, who has approached the Guinness Book of Records about the possible entry told me: “I’m tremendously proud of all the lads. It really is a magnificent record of consistency over three years.
“We’ve had our share of frights, of course, with a few last-minute winners, but we’ve always pulled through.
“In fact, since we’ve notched up 100 consecutive victories, we’ve played three more matches – and we’ve won them all!
“We realise we are now there to be shot at and that every team will be bursting to beat us, but it doesn’t really matter. No one can take away what the lads have done.”
Despite the age situation, two players have actually played in every one of those 100 victories for Hebburn Argyle Under-15’s – captain Steven Foster and Trevor Joyce – who have each received special personal mementos.
The success of Hebburn Argyle has, inevitably, attracted the Football League scouts. One of their former players, Ian Handysides, is now with Birmingham City, and current player Dave Allison, who has had trials with Newcastle United, looks bound for Preston North End.
“The local council have plans to instal floodlights at our School Street Flats Ground,” said Mr. Jenkinson, “and that should give us even more scope to expand because it will provide facilities for the youngsters to play football during the long winter nights.”
There is, inevitably, a postscript to Hebburn Argyle’s success. They are hoping to join the Jarrow JOC League next season.
“We feel we are a little out of our class at the moment,” said Mr. Jenkins.