Hogg ready for memorial clash

He scored goals for fun – 187 to be precise – during a ten-year career with Ashington Football Club.

Now striker Alan Hogg, who was a fans’ favourite during his time with the club, is ready to pull on his boots again on Sunday, August 25, at Woodhorn Lane.

Former England cricketer Steve Harmison will captain an Ashington side against a Bedlington Terriers outfit led by Mel Harmison, and which will include as many of the 1999 FA Vase finalists as possible.

The match, to be refereed by Premiership officialMark Clattenburg, has a 2pm kick-off and will be a memorial game for Ashington stalwart Les Alderson, who died on June 2, and will be in aid of motor neurone disease.

Hogg said: “Les was everybody’s favourite committee man and was one of the nice guys.

“I knew him very well and I respected him.”

Hogg, 35, a self employed service engineer, plundered his shoal of goals for the Colliers from 2000 until 2009, and bowed out following the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup at St James’ Park when Newcastle Reserves defeated the Wansbeck side 4-0.

Hogg had a nine-month spell with Scottish outfit Queen of the South where he linked up with ex-Ashington boss John Connolly and assistant Iain Scott, before a long-standing stomach injury brought his career to a close four years ago.

“I couldn’t train properly nor maintain fitness levels,” he said.

“It was hard during the first phase after retiring as I couldn’t watch, but it did start to get a bit easier.

“It was a case of looking for something to replace football and now I do a lot of cycling and jogging.”

As for the memorial game, Hogg said: “Since having to call it a day, I’ve had two games of five-a-side football and played 20 minutes in a charity match two years ago.

“My boots are ready but I know everybody is looking forward to taking part in the game.”