Players move on but friendship never wanes – Bulford

Ashington FC's Andrew Bulford. Picture by Gary Welford
Ashington FC's Andrew Bulford. Picture by Gary Welford
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Ashington FC will stage their penultimate home fixture in the Ebac Northern League first division season on Saturday against Dunston UTS.

However, the game will be preceded by an unusual but nevertheless friendly and feel-good factor involving members of both sides.

Ashington’s former Dunston players Michael Dixon and Andrew Bulford will be transported to the ground by Bill Montague, the long serving secretary of the opposition.

Bulford said: “When Michael and myself were at Dunston, Bill used to drive the two of us plus Steven Preen and Steven Shaw to every match, whether it be home or away.

“We all live in the same estate in Westerhope, and the fact that Bill is picking us up on Saturday just underlines our long standing friendship. It’s a great gesture.”

Mr Montague played as a right back for Dunston before combining the duties of secretary.

He has shown unstinting dedication and is currently in his 41st season in the post as he prepares to celebrate his 69th birthday in a couple of weeks.

He said: “Living in close proximity it was a natural fit to travel together, and we had some great laughs over the years.

“I’m looking forward to meeting up with Michael and Andrew again.

“We all want to win but it’s a proper fraternity and our friendship shows that there is more to football than results.”

Meanwhile Ebac Northern League chairman Mike Amos brings his ‘Last Legs Challenge’ to Wansbeck on Saturday.

Mr Amos, in his 20th and final season, has planned a pre-match walk of around 12 miles at each of the 44 member clubs in the league.

Ashington FC secretary Brian Robson and possibly other officials will accompany Mr Amos.

The walk will commence at Druridge Bay Country Park and end at Woodhorn Lane, the route going via Cresswell and Lynemouth and leading up the path to the ground prior to the Colliers home clash against Dunston UTS (3pm).