New football classes launched in honour of goalkeeping legend

Goakeeping coach Gordon Saunders.
Goakeeping coach Gordon Saunders.

A football fan is kicking off children’s goalkeeping classes in memory of a legendary player who died in July.

Gordon Saunders, from Alnwick, was inspired to start the sessions following the death of former Port Vale goalie Ray King, 89.

Inspirational King, who was Northumberland born and bred, taught Saunders the art of goalkeeping nearly two decades ago.

Now, the 30-year-old wants to give something back to his former mentor and believes launching a goalkeeping course is a fitting legacy.

He said: “I have wanted to start these classes for a while, but Ray’s passing really inspired me to do this. I wanted to do it in his honour.

“I have been a goalkeeper since I was eight. Ray taught me in Amble when I was about 13 and he passed on his advice and knowledge.”

Saunders has vast experience between the sticks, having played for a number of grass-roots clubs in the area, at junior and adult level.

The sessions start on Saturday, September 27, at Longhoughton’s Westfield Park.

They will run each Saturday, 1pm– 2pm, for 10 weeks, costing £3 a class, and are aimed at boys and girls, aged eight to 16, of any experience.

Saunders works at Alnwick Vauxhall dealer Tustain Motors and has received funding from Vauxhall to help with the scheme.

To register your interest, call 07850 747202 or email