Joe Dixon’s

Football Memories

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Helped out but not recorded above:-


Ryhope CW - in the 1960’s

Ryhope Cherry Knowle - in the 1970’s and early 80’s

Silksworth Buffs - in the 1970’s before and after the 1975/76 season

Seaham Red Star Over 35’s in the 1980’s before and after the 1985/86 season


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Helped out:-


Ryhope CW - Occasionally in the 1960’s



Helped out in other seasons but not recorded above :-


Ryhope Cherry Knowle - throughout the 1970’s and early 80’s

Silksworth Buffs - in the 1970’s outside the 1975/76 season

Seaham Red Star Over 35’s


















































Season
Age
Name
League
Notes
1962/1963
18
Dawdon CW Juniors
Hetton Junior
League R.U. Scored 50 goals and represented the League.
1963/1964
18
Ryhope YC
Seaham & District
The YC's first ever game was a 3-3 draw against Seaham UDC at the colliery welfare ground (now the home of Seaham Red Star). I recall scoring that day but I'm not sure if it was the YC's first ever goal. I'd like to think it was.
Scored ??
1964/1965
19
Ryhope YC
Seaham & District
The side was improving and I fluctuated between inside forward and wing half. Can't recall winning any trophies.
Scored ??
1965/1966
20
Ryhope YC
Seaham & District
A few more ex YC juniors joined and at times I felt like I was the newcomer to the team. Although I was never dropped I wasn't enjoying my football and I decided to leave part of the way through the season after we had won a game 10-0. I didn't score and I can't recall receiving a pass.
Scored ??
1965/1966
20
Sunderland Gas Board
Sunderland
Under 21’s
Helped out for the remainder of this season
1966/1967
21
Ryhope ‘Pops’
Hetton C.I.U.
Start of 2 very happy seasons. One of the highlights was scoring against the best team in the league, Pallion, in less than 10 seconds without a team mate touching the ball.
1967/1968
22
Ryhope ‘Pops’
Hetton C.I.U.
Team spirit and fun, on and off the field, was unbelievable.
1967/1968
22
Ryhope YC
Seaham & District
With the ‘Pops’ playing on Satursay mornings I was talked into helping out by new player/manager Jimmy Clark. He played me at centre forward and I must have scored enough to be wanted as a c.f. the following season.
Scored ??
1968/1969
23
Ryhope YC
Seaham & District

A great season for the club. Won League, League Cup and the Leukemia Charity Cup. Selected for League team as captain along with Brian Page, Harry Clark, Jimmy Clark and Ernie Carlin (Trainer).
Scored 53 goals in 31 games. Missed 10 through injuries.
1969/1970
24
Ryhope YC
Seaham & District
Another Good season. Won League, Houghton Blind Institute and Seaham Aged Miners Cups. Selected for the League team along with Brian Page, Harry Clark, Dennis Duggen, John Teasdale, Harry Orrell, Trevor Campbell and Ronnie Young. Ronnie I seem to recall had a great season and also scored a lot of goals.
Scored 72 goals in 43 games
1970/1971
25
Ryhope YC
Houghton & District

Due to work commitments key committee and management were unnavailable and as a result no one was prepared to take on the job of club secretary. As a last resort I volunteered to stop the club from folding. Consequently it was a poor start allround for our first season in the new League. At 25 it seemed like a wasted season.
Scored ??
1971/1972
26
Ryhope CA
Houghton & District
Back to normal this season except for the name change. League RU and won both the Seaham Aged Miners and Houghton Blind Cups.
Scored ??
1971/1972
26
Ryhope Cherry Knowle
S/land Sunday
Div 3
League RU
1972/1973
27
Ryhope CA
Houghton & District
Great season in many ways. Sunderland AFC winning the FA Cup and we won the League and Durham Hosptitals Cup, runners up in both the League Cup and Easington Aged Miners Cup. The CA won 19 consecutive league games.
Scored 85 goals in 48 games
1973/1974
28
Ryhope CA
Houghton & District

Won the Houghton Blind Cup and League RU. A disappointing season as I struggled a bit with knee trouble and a cartilage operation was required after my knee locked during my 25th game. An early end to my season.
Scored 27 goals in 24 games.
1974/1975
29
Ryhope CA
Houghton & District
Won League. Recovered well from knee surgery and had a decent season but not up to the standard of the 72/73 season.
Scored ??
1975/1976
30
Silksworth CW
Wearside
'CA folded and management asked to take over at Silksworth. Great to link up with Charlie Grose.
1975/1976
30
Silksworth Buffs
Sunday
Sunderland C.I.U.
Won the League and League Cup. Great to link up with Ronnie Jobson. There wasn't a weakness in the squad. A tremendous team and season.
1976/1977
31
Eppleton CW
Wearside
I enjoyed playing for Stevie Belll(Manager) and his assistant Graeme Defty. However they left the club not too long into the season. This was a big disappointment. I left not too long after to join Seaham Red Star.
1976/1977
31
Seaham Red Star
Northern Alliance
At Eppleton I was approached by the ex Ryhope CA management, who had moved to Seaham Red Star, and join up with ‘old friends’. I couldn’t resist. I didn’t do great but managed to score 22 goals in the shortened season.
1977/1978
32
Roker F.C.
Wearside
Played partly in mid field. A very disappointing season and it was a bit embarrassing to be presented with the trophy for finishing as leading goalscorer with just 11 goals.
1978/1979
33
Ryhope CA
Northern Alliance
The 'CA had reformed and joined the Northern Alliance. I was past my best but it was still very pleasing to score a hat trick in my final season having also scored in the clubs first ever game back in 1963.
Summer 1979
34
Obtained FA Prelimary Certificate for Coaching despite missing 4 out of 12 sessions through holiday. I was advised at registration that I should leave it until next year as it was not possible  to pass if I missed a third of the course. How did I pass click here.
1979/1980
34
Dawdon CW
Houghton & District
Helped out as player/coach. R.U. in Murton Aged Miners Cup
1980/1981
35
'Rockies'
Whitburn CA
Over 30's 5 a-side
Won League and leagues leading goal scorer.
1981/1982
36
Joined Houghton Golf Club in 1980 and this was my first real break from football.
1982/1983
37
Seaham Red Star
Wearside
Joined Tony Lynch, ('Stars Manager) as team coach half way through the season
1982/1983
37
Ryhope Cherry Knowle
S/land Sunday
Div 3
Helped out at end of season. First game won 3-1 and scored all three.
1983/1984
38
Eppleton CW
Wearside
Moved with Tony Lynch.
1983/1984
38
Ryhope FC Over 35’s
Sunderland
Over 35’s
Joined some old friends from the Ryhope ‘Pops’ days. Can’t recall how many games I played.
1984/1985
39
Eppleton CW
Wearside
Started season here but approached by Dawdon CW and I couldn't resist going back to the 'Green Drive'.
1984/1985
39
Dawdon CW
Wearside
Joined as coach and joint manager. Had great support from the committee Norman Kelly, Ivan Arthur and Ralph Pigg. Won the League Cup beating Eppleton CW in the final having beaten Blue Star in the semis.(I played in the quarter final, because of injuries, against Easington CW)
1985/1986
40
Dawdon CW
Wearside
Did OK despite losing good players to Northern League teams before the season started.
1985/1986
40
Seaham Red Star Over 35’s
Sunderland
Over 35’s
League Champions and won the Echo Cup and Woodpecker Cider Trophy. Runners up in the Junior N.C.O. Cup and the Bob Paisley Cup.
Scored 45 goals from 25 games. Leagues leading goal scorer.
1986/1987
41
Dawdon CW
Wearside
Now manager, brought in Harry Clark as coach and we had a good season.
1987/1988
42
Dawdon CW
Wearside
Another good season. Having changed jobs I didn’t feel I could devote as much time as the club deserved so I resigned at end of season.
1988/1989
43
Durham Fire Brigade
Over 40’s
Just a few games played. Retired with knee trouble. Scored 2 in last game before coming off at half time.