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.
It was really the last thing I'd wanted to do because
my first child, Neil, had just been born in March of 1970, I changed my job in that
summer and moved house in the Autumn. Life was fairly hectic to say the least. This
is probably why I did't have time to keep any record of the seasons results. Consequently
it was a poor start all round for our first season in the Houghton & District League.
The one thing I did learn from this season was the work that a club secretary had
I know I didn't have a particularly good season as a player but at least it
kept the club going. Although at 25, which should have been a peak season, it seemed
like a wasted one.
Below is a copy from the first page of my note book. Other pages
related to the secretary's responsibilities plus players name and addresses.
With Jimmy Clark and Norman T Taylor unavailable this season the committee was basically
down to 4 members and 2 of these were players namely Billy Anderson and myself and
we carried out the secretary’s duties. Ernie Carlin, our Trainer, and Terry Brace,
our Treasurer, both helped manage the team in Jimmy’s absence. To try and do our
best to ensure that Jimmy would continue his links with the club as manager he was
made Chairman. To cover for Jimmy, Ernie also acted as Chairman to add to his other
With things a bit desperate Terry Brace got his younger brother Kevin to help and
he stayed on at the club until 1984 and became the clubs Treasurer.
This was the last season the team would be known as Ryhope YC.