Father and son return to their roots to see FA Vase tie

Before Saturday's FA Vase tie are, from left, Martin Lindsay, Ashington CFC chairman Ian Lavery and Malcolm Lindsay. Picture by Ian Appleby
Before Saturday's FA Vase tie are, from left, Martin Lindsay, Ashington CFC chairman Ian Lavery and Malcolm Lindsay. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Father and son Malcolm and Martin Lindsay returned to their roots on Saturday to take in Ashington’s FA Carlsberg Vase fourth round tie against Wisbech Town at Woodhorn Lane.

Malcolm, now aged 74, lives in March in Cambridgeshire whilst Martin resides in King’s Lynn – both having had a past connection in Wansbeck.

Malcolm, who was born in Newbiggin and then moved to Ashington’s Jubilee estate, began his footballing days with the Colliers in the early 1960s and ended it with Wisbech Town in the 1977-78 season whilst sandwiching in-between a professional career with Cambridge.

He played centre forward at Ashington and whilst there met and married Patricia, a local girl.

After the wedding ceremony he took his wife and guests to the ground to watch him play football.

“This made the headlines in the local paper in 1962,” he said.

“We played against Workington Reserves and I scored twice in a 4-0 victory.”

Malcolm, who started his working career at Woodhorn Colliery, served his time as an apprentice fitter at Ashington Colliery and later went on to play 750 games for Kings Lynn, where he became their record scorer with a haul of 343 goals.

Martin, 49, a fork lift driver for a logistics firm in Wisbech, was born in Newcastle

“I lived in Ashington for two years from 1964 to 1966, and after moving down south played for Wisbech between 1986 and 1996, where I played over 500 games for them,” he said.