50 years ago this week: Friday, April 14, 1961

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A GERMAN football team that may be helping to bring about a better world understanding paid a visit to Alnwick, Warkworth and Rothbury.

They were schoolboys from a sports club at Frankfurt who were the guests over Easter of a boys’ club in Newcastle.

Mr Stan Kerrison, secretary of the Moorside Boys’ Club, Newcastle, told a reporter how the German boys and the members of his own club first met on the football field last summer. When 16 boys from the Moorside club went to Germany he wrote to a football newspaper and asked for the names of any club the English boys could get a game with on their visit.

In reply he was given the address of Sportfreunde 04, at Frankfurt-am-Main, and in due course a match was played there with the German team winning 5-1 against the young English visitors. On Saturday last the international score was evened in a return match at Newcastle when the English side defeated their German opponents by five goals to one.

“I think if a lot of people, especially young people, took our attitude towards other nations, and met them on the sports field in the same way, there would be a lot more friends in the world and a lot more understanding between nations,” said Mr Kerrison, at Rothbury this weekend.