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  • contentsthe history

    the squad

    the backroom staff

    the last match

    recent meetings

    the match preview

    the visitors

    bearing fruit

    the letter draw

    the onion bag

    on this day

    the player statistics

    fixtures, results, table

    rottweilers notes
















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    Backroom StaffManagerAssistant ManagerFirst Team CoachPhysio

    Selected Club HonoursNorthern Alliance champions

    Northern League D2 championsNFA Amateur Cup winnersNFA Benevolent Bowl winnersCraven Cup winnersErnest Armstrong Mem. Cup winners

    Alex SmailesRoland MatherJimmy WilsonTed Ilderton

    John AlexanderJonny Thompson

    David DoddsPaul MasonAbove, plus

    Al Liddle,Michael Wilson, Les Scott,

    Kath Orr, Harry Bell, Stephen Allott,

    Richie MarksCraig Dobson

    Graeme Jackson

    Paul StonemanWilf KieltyPaul Hogg

    Charlotte Ferguson

    1987, 1991,1992, 1998,1999, 2000,2002, 2004

    20051957, 1975


  • eighty-five years in the makingStephen Allott takes you on a whistlestop tour of the clubs history, studded with hardship, success and numerous relocations...

    West Allotment Celtic v Chester-le-Street Town4

    ...and the decade of declineThe sixties started promisingly enough, as Allotment looked to build on their previous successes. The club finished as runners-up in the Northern Amateur League in 1960, and were consecutive Minor Cup finalists in 1960 and 1961.

    However, whilst Celtic remained loyal to the Northern Amateur League, the bulk of the team moved on, and Allotment entered a period of decline as a result. The club stagnated badly during the sixties in an uncompetitive league, and closure become a distinctly worrying possibility.

    The threat of dissolution was eventually staved off by the introduction of new blood into the club towards the end of the decade, as Allotment finally began to build towards a more positive future on and off the pitch. Celtic also moved to Backworth Welfare in 1968, consigning the ponds and mud of the Farm Ground to memory.

    champions at long lastA rejuvenated West Allotment won the NFA Amateur Cup again in 1975, largely thanks to the goalscoring exploits of Benny Williams,

    from creation to contendersWest Allotment Celtic were formed in 1928, the culmination of a merger between West Allotment Primitive Methodists and West Allotment Juniors. After moving to the newly-created Tynemouth & District League in 1935, the club began to grow in stature. The club had to face Whitley Bay & Monkseaton Reserves in a play-off for the title, but unfortunately, the decider went the way of the seasiders. Remarkably, Allotment also finished in a play-off position in the following two seasons and, in both cases, had to settle for a runner-up spot.

    changing leagues, shedsand timesIn 1938, the club joined the Second Division of the Northern Amateur League. Now playing at the aptly-named Farm Ground, fans helped to dismantle a cowshed in Heaton and move it, piece by piece, to West Allotment, where it was reassembled at the ground. The shed was not for spectators it served as the players changing facilities! The club earned instant promotion (after a play-off, such is club tradition), but World War II put a stop to any further progress.

    a succession of successes...The club recommenced operations in 1946/47 and enjoyed an unprecedented run of success from the mid-fifties onwards. Allotment won the championship for four consecutive seasons between 1956 and 1960, along with the NFA Amateur Cup in 1957 and the NFA Minor Cup in 1958.

  • the history

    eighty-five years in the makingwho averaged almost one goal a game in his 400 appearances for the club. Williams was ably supported by a talented and hungry squad, and, with strength in depth, Allotment were always considered title contenders. However, the championship remained tantalisingly out of reach until yet another play-off tie in 1982. Allotment finally won the coveted title, defeating Annitsford Welfare by the odd goal in seven.

    When Celtic retained the title with relative ease the following season, the decision was taken to move up a tier for the first time since 1938.

    the colossus of the allianceIn 1983, Allotment made its debut in both the Northern Alliance and the FA Vase. The first honour of the period arrived just one season later, as Allotment dispatched Ponteland United in the Alliance Challenge Cup Final. This success was followed up two seasons later by the first of Celtics eight Alliance titles.

    In 1987, West Allotment emerged victorious from two nail-biting play-off games against Gosforth St. Nicholas, ushering in a wave of success not enjoyed at the club since the fifties. Throughout this period, Celtic won seven further Northern

    Stephen Allott takes you on a whistlestop tour of the clubs history, studded with hardship, success and numerous relocations...

    Alliance titles, never finishing lower than sixth. Terry Mitchell and Brian Latty built upon Ken Scott and Billy Hays consecutive Alliance league titles, leading Allotment into the Northern League.

    the modern dayHaving acted as tenants at Hillheads in Whitley Bay since 1995, the club set out to find a new home, and found it in Benton. In 2001, the club moved to Whitley Park, also known as the Blue Flames Sports Ground. The ground is well-known as one of the best kept pitches in the Northern League, and also serves as the headquarters of the Northumberland FA.

    The club earned promotion from Division Two as champions, losing just twice throughout the entire 2004/05 season. After six seasons of holding their own against the Northern Leagues top tier, Allotment slipped back down a league. The current crop have gone some way to restoring success at Allotment, winning the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup last May, and will be aiming for those promotion places this season.


  • West Allotment Celtic v Chester-le-Street Town6

    the squad

    CB Simon WilthewCB Glenn FordCB Stephen LittleCB Paul StonemanRB John Pendlebury

    GK Chris BannonGK Ryan BealGK Bob RodgersonGK Jack Thompson

    Chris BannonGK Age: 26

    Formerly of Washington and Hebburn Town, popular and reliable

    keeper Chris returns to Allotment for a second stint between the sticks, and will jostle with Ryan Beal for the number one


    Ryan BealGK Age: 25

    An excellent shot stopper, Ryan featured

    extensively in last seasons cup-winning

    campaign, and will look to consolidate his place

    with similarly strong performances this


    Stephen LittleCB Age: 26

    The ex-Annfield Plain and Killingworth stopper

    shone at the back for Allotment last season, putting in a series of superlative defensive showings, earning the

    Players Player of the Year Award in the process.

    Glenn FordCB Age: 29

    Glenn rejoined the club during the 2012/13

    season, making a handful of solid appearances. Having committed for

    this coming season, fans can expect to see much more of Glenn and his

    defensive abilities.

    Simon WilthewCB Age: 25

    Simon featured 15 times at the back for Allotment

    last season. Strong at centre-half and adept at

    left-back, the Monkseaton defender will be looking

    to build on his impressive debut in the Northern


    John PendleburyRB Age: 27

    A first-team regular since signing for Allotment from Ryton in 2010,

    Johns relentless work ethic and tenacious

    tackling bring stability to the back four. The

    full-back often serves as captain in the absence of

    Ian Dunn.

    Chris DouglasRB Age: 29

    The ultimate utility player, Chris can be employed anywhere down either

    flank to devastating effect. The former North Shields mans pace and

    perception underpins his undoubted ability, be it as a full-back or a wide


    Bob RodgersonGK Age: 31

    A Percy Main Amateurs regular, Bob performed admirably when filling in during a goalkeeping crisis towards the back end of last season, and

    has registered once again to be our third choice


  • the squad 7

    RB Chris DouglasLB Marc DummettCM Alex NisbetCM Michael LatimerCM Roy Gordon

    CM Ian DunnCM Marc AllenCM David HendersonCM Michael BellCM Sean Reid

    CM Bernat RocaRM Kallum McGlenRM Tony LancasterRM Bart Oliver-BergaLM Connor Graham

    LM Dean LeeST David DormandST Lawrence McKennaST Liam HudsonST Jed Findlay

    Marc DummettLB Age: 26

    The former Ponteland United and Dunston full-back has proven to be an asset to the club in both defence and attack. His crossing ability in both regular play and from

    set-pieces is second


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