Colliers plan an anniversary treat for fans

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Ashington FC is holding a night of nostalgia next week.

Next Thursday (February 15) marks the tenth anniversary of Ashington’s last game staged at the club’s former Portland Park ground and subsequent move to the Woodhorn Lane headquarters.

The club has planned a special evening in the clubhouse, with a 7pm start.

Football secretary Gav Perry said: “As we approach 10 years since leaving Portland Park, our previous home of 101 years, we felt it important to mark the occasion with a gathering of friends both past and present of the club to celebrate the memories we have from Portland Park as well as to recognise the progress made within the club since moving to Woodhorn Lane.

“We hope that as many people as possible can make it on the evening.”

Meanwhile the popular North East Football Podcast show will broadcast from the ground before the event and host Mark Carruthers said: “Ashington are one of the great names in North East non-league football. The club in its own right is one of the gems of the league and anyone that knows anything about football, knows that the town has given birth to some of the greatest players in the history of the English game.

“We are delighted to be taking the podcast to such a historic occasion, as the club marks its move from the historic Portland Park to Woodhorn Lane. ”

The last game at Portland Park was against Seaham Red Star. The Colliers – under then manager Andy Gowens – twice led through Paul Hutchinson and Gareth Bainbridge but eventually went down 3-2.

Bainbridge was the scorer of Ashington’s last ever goal at Portland Park and netted the first at Woodhorn Lane.

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