No fewer than ten former New Hartley Juniors players will be on the North Shields FC coach heading to Wembley this weekend.
On Saturday the Robins will grace the famous turf as they take on Glossop North End in the FA Vase final.
Shields’ manager Greame Fenton was 15 when he netted six times on his Hartley debut in a 10-0 win at Morpeth’s Craik Park before moving to Blackburn Rovers.
Coach Andy Bowman also made appearances for the club Northumberland under-18’s side.
Keeper Chris Bannon was player of the year in his day with New Hartley with fellow keeper Michael Robinson also appearing between the sticks.
Robins regulars Curtis Coppin, Jack Donnison and Adam Forster all spent three seasons at Hartley and won a number of trophies, while Ryan Carr and Gary Day played under the late John Maley’s leadership.
But striker Peter Ravenhill, New Hartley’s top scorer just two seasons ago, will miss out on the big day having being out injured for six months.
The connection does not end there. New Hartley’s current centre half is Callum Morgan, grandson of Mick Morgan, who played in goal for Shields beneath the old twin towers when they won the FA Amateur Cup back in 1969.