A ‘touching moment’ for young Les Alderson

Young Les Alderson was delighted and described it as being a touching moment after he fired home the final goal in a memorial match for his late father Les at Woodhorn Lane on Sunday.

Afterwards, Les admitted that he was determined to score as to avoid light hearted and gentle banter from his mates.

“I thought I better score otherwise I wouldn’t here the last of it from the lads on the line who had come to watch,” he said.

“Nevertheless, I was chuffed to bits when the ball hit the back of the net and it was a touching moment.

“I was thrilled with the turn out from the public and would like to thank them most sincerely as well as people like Nicola and Brian Shotton, Lee Anderson, Steve Harmison and his father Jimmy, who arranged the Ashington side, and to Mel Harmison for pulling the Bedlington team together.

“It was a huge effort organising the day but it has all been worthwhile.

“It was brilliant. You could see there was a competitive edge as soon as the lads stepped onto the pitch and it was an entertaining game with a lot of goals.”

Ashington CFC chairman Ian Lavery said: “The attendance just shows what a remarkable man Les Alderson was and what people thought about him.

“Credit to him – can you imagine what he would have felt like if he had looked down on us? He would be so proud and so humble and rightly so – what a great guy.”

He added: “When you look at the footballers on the pitch today, there were some fantastic players who have graced the Northern League and some who have graced the leagues above, and they have taken their time out to come to here in support of a great cause.

“Credit also to the match officials. Mark Clattenburg, who is a world class referee was in Birmingham on the Saturday evening in charge of the Aston Villa v Liverpool clash in the Barclays Premier League, whilst his team included Adam Nichol, an Ashington lad, who was the fourth official.”

The proceeds from Sunday will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.