96-year-old Jack unable to attend opening of Ashington's new stand

Former Ashington FC player, 96-year-old Jack Dodd.
Former Ashington FC player, 96-year-old Jack Dodd.

A former long serving player with Ashington Football Club missed out on being at the opening of the club's new 250-seat stand.

Jack ‘Pop’ Dodd was an invited guest of Colliers boss Steve Harmison, but the appalling weather conditions of a near gale force wind accompanied by driving rain forced him to stay indoors at home.

This meant he missed out on the seeing the Colliers play a Newcastle United XI in front of an attendance of 1,229.

It is believed Jack, who is 96-years-old and was a left half during his playing days, is the oldest ex-Ashington player still alive.

He signed for the club, who played in the North Eastern League, in 1938 at the age of 19 before retiring in 1956.

Born in Pity Me, County Durham, Jack worked as a rope splicer at Lynemouth and Ellington collieries whilst he served in the Navy during the Second World War.

“They say your best years in football are between the age of 20 and 26, but I was in the Navy then,” he said.

As for the modern day game, Jack, who has lived in Stakeford for 52 years, added: “It has changed so much. Now it’s all about ‘possession football’ and I find it boring.”

He continued: “I haven’t seen the new stand at Ashington as yet but I think it’s a great thing for the football club.”