SAVE HEBBURN TOWN FC
Hebburn Town FC is the Town’s senior football club. For over 100 years it has presented a positive sporting image for Hebburn across the region.
Currently playing in Northern League Division Two, Hebburn Town have had some great days, recently getting to the final preliminary round of the FA Cup only a few years ago, when we were the lowest ranked team left in the competition. Victory against local rivals Gateshead could have seen the club draw Sheffield Wednesday amongst others in the next round.
In a football mad area its committee are drawn from local people who support their local club as well as Newcastle, Sunderland or Darlington. People who want to watch football live, not on a TV.
Non-league football clubs across the region are finding it tough however. Norton & Stockton Ancients went pop earlier in the season and others are facing the same fate. Falling gates and revenues, lack of sponsors and increasing costs are forcing many clubs at this level to look at themselves.
The notable exception to this downward spiral is South Shields who have performed fantastically well of late. We genuinely wish them well and cast envious eyes to their remarkable turnaround. When we played them but 3 years ago at Peterlee, their home at the time, we won 1-0 and there were almost as many Hebburn fans in the crowd as South Shields.
Their committee are just as passionate and committed as we are and fully deserve what they are currently enjoying.
Hebburn are currently playing to falling gates and have barely enough money to survive.
This is a message to the people of Hebburn. If you want to help us keep the club alive now is the time to act. If you want to keep Northern League football in the time help us. Once it is lost we will never get it back. Other clubs would gladly take our place and take their chances. Once it’s gone it’s gone.
Where will the youngsters from the magnificent Hebburn Town Juniors play in the future if the senior side goes down? We would all love to see a team full of local lads doing well in the league. We want to still be there to provide the highest possible platform for the youngsters of Hebburn for generations to come.
We recently hosted some great games of Junior football when Sunderland AFC u15’s played in the floodlight cup, and against our very own Hebburn Town Juniors. A match between Hebburn Town and a Sunderland 11 is on the cards for later in the year
If it wasn’t for the steadfast, unbelievable and generous support from sponsors like Premier Scaffolding Services Limited & Phoenix Steel we would already be gone, McArdle Care and A&P Tyne have also made regular and very welcome donations amongst others. All support, however small, is welcome and greatly appreciated.
If it wasn’t for the help we receive from pubs and clubs like the Wardley and The Iona Club there would already be no Hebburn Town.
A special mention goes to our loyal band of followers, especially the “Hebburn Hecklers” who come to every game.
We are also encouraged by the tremendous response from the current squad of players who have come together to try and help the club by foregoing expenses and doing what they can to get their own friends, family and employers involved.
Please help us to continue fighting and punching above our weight in what is genuinely considered to be one of the the best non-league divisions in the Country - proven by how many Northern League teams have recently competed in, and won, the FA Vase.
Hebburn is a fantastic town with a wonderful, unique, identity. We’re all proud to come from the town and equally proud to represent its football team through our roles on the committee. That’s why we do what we do. It’s a love of football and a love of our hometown. Locals always agree that they are proud to come from Hebburn. Heres a way that people can show it.
How can you help? It’s easy.
1) Come to the games. We have 6 games left at home. Please come to as many as you can. It only costs £5 full price with concessions (£3) and kids (only £1).
The games left are as follows:
Sat 18th Feb 3pm – Team Northumbria
Sat 4th March 3pm - Tow Law Tow.
Sat 18th March 3pm – Willington
Sat 1st April 3pm – Crook Town
Sat 15th April 3pm –Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Sat 22nd April 3pm – Blyth Town
If you fancy coming to an away game and need a lift, please contact a member of the committee.
2) Local companies can Sponsor a game or join the number of organisations that have advertising boards around the ground. Our second strip is looking for a sponsor. There are many opportunities, to accommodate all budgets and we would love to discuss these with you.
3) Come to our next “Sportsmans Dinner” which is being arranged - full details to follow, though we are looking at 24th March at the Hebburn Buffs club.
4) Come to the “Let’s All laugh at Hebburn” comedy night with none other than Hebburn Life President Jason Cook on Monday 18th September at the Stand in Newcastle. Tickets available soon.
More than anything else, please come to one or more of our remaining home games and show your support for Hebburn Town. We genuinely believe that Hebburn will respond to this request. Get in at the start of something great.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hebburn Town thanks you for your support.