Alliance appeal for memories

THE Northern Alliance Football League is planning to do a book for its 125th anniversary in 2015 and want memories to make it a record from the pitches.

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The biggest senior football league in Northumberland, the Alliance is also seeking additional sponsors.

With 48 member clubs across three divisions and also encompassing teams from Durham and Cumberland, the 123-year-old Northern Football Alliance is keen to find partners to support the local grassroots game.

“All sponsorship monies which the league receive are given to the member clubs in various forms, such as deductions from league and cup fees, deductions from personal accident insurance premiums and so on,” said league secretary Derek Booth.

The Alliance is operated by four directors of a holding company and a management committee of 20, which includes eight club representatives.

“The league is a non-profit organisation and officers and officials are voluntary and do not receive any remuneration,” added Mr Booth.

“We hold a prestigious Sportsman’s Dinner in October each year at which a well-recognised ex-footballer is the main speaker.

“Ex-Wales international and current national assistant manger John Hartson was the speaker last year, and we have got Paul Merson lined up to be the main speaker this year.

“Any sponsors will feature prominently and I hope that people will consider supporting the Northern Football Alliance League.”

If anyone requires further information, they can contact Mr Booth at defcderekb@hotmail.com or on 07758 666855.

Meanwhile reigning Northern Alliance champions Heaton Stannington have applied to join the Northern League.

The Grounsell Park side have received planning permission to build a stand and erect floodlights.

The black and whites expect work on the ground to be completed before March 31.

The Alliance have been drawn away to the Cheshire County league in the FA-Inter League Cup preliminary round.

The league’s management committee have approached three sides to provide the players for the competition - Amble United, Carlisle City and Heaton Stannington.

The FA Inter-League Cup is a competition for amateur footballers who have never had a professional contract, giving the winners the opportunity to represent England in the UEFA Regions Cup.

The Alliance were unlucky to go out of the competition 2-1 after extra time at the Dunston UTS stadium against the Yorkshire Amateur League last time out.