Town looks to score cash with new shop

Alnwick Town Football
Alnwick Town Football

Pieces of footballing history will be going on sale to help a grass roots club net vital funds.

Alnwick Town FC is launching a programme shop at its St James’ Park home.

The new venture comes after the club’s commercial manager Alan Lingwood donated hundreds of programmes to the black ‘n’ whites.

The vast collection boasts material that is decades old and will give footy fans a taste of nostalgia. It is hoped their sale will raise plenty of cash for Town.

Alan said: “These programmes do have a value and I thought I would give them to Alnwick Town.

“They are a club on the move and trying to grow and if there is one thing which brings people in, it is a programme shop.

“I thought it would help Alnwick to have a programme shop and hopefully this will be a good fund-raiser for the club.”

Programmes within the collection include one from the 1966-67 Tyne-Wear derby. The team sheet features names such as Jimmy Baxter, Wyn Davies and Bob Moncur.

Sunderland’s 1970 European Challenge match with Hanover 96, which was sold to matchgoers for one shilling, and a souvenir programme from Newcastle United star Alf McMichael’s 1963 testimonial, priced at sixpence at the time, are also among the collection.

A programme between the Toon and Burnley during the 1970-71 campaign features former Alnwick Town player John Angus, who was playing for the Clarets at the time.

There is also an official souvenir programme for the 1966 World Cup, with team profiles and handwritten match notes detailing England’s extra-time final win against West Germany.

The shop will be run by programme collector Michael Cook, who will sell them at the club and online.

Anyone wanting to donate programmes to be sold at the shop should drop them in at the club on matchdays or at Copperfields on Market Street.