I READ with great interest and pleasure your article in last week’s Northumberland Gazette, March 15, relating to the services that John ‘Tucker’ Duncan, has given to football in North Northumberland over the last six decades.
I was fortunate to play in a successful Alnwick Town FC with John in the 1960s and his outstanding ability was acknowledged by all who saw him play.
In my opinion he could well have played at a much higher level of football.
On leaving Alnwick Town FC I became involved as a player and a coach with teams such as Ashington FC, Morpeth Town FC and Blyth Spartans.
During that period I encounted dozens of talented players and Tucker was up there with them all.
If I had to pick a team from all those money players Tucker would certainly be on my team sheet.
At present professional football is being ruined by money (eg Glasgow Rangers FC), and it is so refreshing to read about the exploits of a man who has devoted nearly all his life, for no financial reward to football in his locality.
I feel privileged to be known as a friend of Tucker’s.