The most used tweet in the Northern League..

Newcastle Benfield Fc

If you follow the lads over at Newcastle Benfield on social media, there’s a massive chance you’ve seen this regularly this year.

At age 44, the clubs top scorer for the season Paul Brayson and former England C International is still ticking over, scoring goals across the country and i’m sure setting up a few aswell. The lad from Newcastle has had a long career that has seen him venture into the football league appearing at clubs such as Swansea, Reading and Cardiff, scoring goals wherever he’s been.

‘Brassy’ will be looking to lead the Lions into the first round proper of the FA Vase at the weekend, for what will be the clubs 11th season in a row reaching the stage of the competition.

Founded in 1988 as Brunswick Village, the club has undergone a number of name changes, as subtle as some of them are, before officially becoming Newcastle Benfield FC as late as 2007. The club originally competed in the Northern Alliance, before merging with North Shields Saint Colombus and joining the Northern League, staying in Division Two for one season to Division One where they remain till this day.

At the time of writing they sit mid-table in Division One and at the weekend are set to compete in Round One of the FA Vase, playing host to Golcar United down at Sam Smith’s Park, so from everyone here at Climbing The Ladder, best of luck to the lions.

Another story of City Vs United

Two hours north of Manchester, sits one of the most northern outposts in England, Carlisle.

Most people will know Carlisle United, Football League club for many years, currently sat in League Two. Slightly fewer people however will know about Carlisle City, most recently plying their trade in the Northern League Division Two.

Formed in 1975, The Sky Blues for most of their history competed in the Northern Football Alliance Premier Division before the club was promoted to the North West Counties Division One, this was only for brief time however as somewhat controversially and despite appeals, the club was moved sideways to the Northern League Division Two, due to the FA restructuring Non-League football.

It’s an exciting time down at Gilford Park, as City are attempting to go through what (correct me if i’m wrong!) would be there first hopefully uninterrupted season of Northern League football. This will see new faces and new teams make the journey to Carlisle.

With the addition of Carlisle to the Northern League, this means that both divisions now feature a Cumbrian team, a nice away day for all involved!

Being a Cumbrian lad myself, hopefully I will get down to Gilford Park for a game or two this season, and we’d just like to wish everyone at the Sky Blues all the best for this season.

Getting to Know: Willington Quay Saints FC

The North East always has and always will be a hot bed for football in the UK. Despite the downward spiral that the professional teams Newcastle United and Sunderland have been on in recent years, at Non-League level the North East is thriving.

One of the clubs that is thriving, is the subject of today’s ‘Getting to Know’ Willington Quay Saints.

Founded in 2000, ‘The Saints’ are currently in preparation for their 20th season as a club, with every intention of building on last years record breaking season that saw them miss out on promotion by just 4 points.

Willington currently play in Division Two of the Northern Football Alliance, and from their home ground at Rising Sun Sports in Wallsend, ‘The Saints’ are constantly growing as a club.

This year saw Willington create a number of youth teams from under 8’s upwards, therefore marking the 2019/20 season not just a massive season in the clubs history, but also in their future.

Speaking of the clubs past, every year the club play an internal cup game, named the Fordy Cup. A cup in which The Saints that are under 30 play against the over 30’s from the current squad and from the past. This is played in memory of Graham Ford who ran the club and was an integral part in making Willington Quay Saints the club they are today.

If that’s not a window into what this club are all about then we don’t know what is, the club remember their past but are also looking forward to the Saints of the future.

From everyone here at Climbing The Ladder we’d just like to wish everyone at Willington all the best for the coming season and we hope you mark your 20th season with a promotion.

Getting to know: Guisborough Town FC

Our final ‘Getting to know’ of the season is here, and we are off to Guisborough to look at Guisborough Town FC, otherwise known as the ‘Priorymen’.

The club play at the King George V stadium in Guisborough and have done since the club was founded in 1973, following nearby Football League cluub Sunderland’s FA Cup success in the same year, Guisborough adopted Red and White stripes as the home colours.

Credit Guisborough Town FC (The Priorymen visit Wembley in the final of the FA Vase)

The Priorymen began life in the Middlesbrough & District League before joining the South Bank & District League, they didn’t stay long however moving to the Northern Alliance in 1977. They stayed in the Northern Alliance until winning the league in 1979/80 when they switched to the Midland League, which later became the Northern Counties East League. They stayed in this league for 5 seasons, finishing in the top 10 in four of them, before making one last move to the newly founded Northern League Division Two in 1985.

Since joining the Northern League in ’85, The Priorymen have been ever presents, having spent the majority of these years in the top flight of the Northern League where the club currently sits.

Guisborough Town runs also boasts a successful Junior Section with 13 teams playing in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance, ranging from Under 7’s to our U19 development side.

This is something that the club clearly prides iteself upon, as throughout the clubs history the majority of key personel have been local lads, for example long term manager Mick Hodgson who would go onto manage the team for more than 700 games before he left in 1993 after leading the club through the local leagues to the Northern League, and winning various cups along the way.

Credit: Guisborough Town FC

Their local community is clearly very important to this club, but so is football across the globe with the club recently making a very charitable donation of football kits and equipment to a school in Gambia.

From everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ we’d just like to wish everyone at Guisborough Town all the best for the coming season.