Charity match in North Shields for two local footballers

Former North Shields player Tommy Orrick with chairman Alan Matthews.

Former North Shields player Tommy Orrick with chairman Alan Matthews.

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A charity football match is taking place at North Shields’ Daren Persson Stadium for two local football heroes.

The match will take place on Sunday, May 25, at 10am, to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) charity.

Former Whitley Bay player Mark Taylor and North Shields’ Tommy Orrick are famous names etched in history but both suffer from MND.

Tommy made his Robins debut in the 1960/1 season, scoring against Stockton in a North Eastern League Cup tie.

Following spells at Bishop Auckland, Blyth – where he bagged 58 goals in 1967-68 – and Whitley Bay he returned to Shields with Frank Brennan at the helm.

Scoring a dramatic late equaliser against Skelmersdale in the FA Amateur Cup semi-final that earned a replay he became a super-sub in the Wembley final as Shields triumphed 2-1 over Sutton United.

Tommy was part of a Shields side that then went on to play 13 games in 26 days to win the Northern League then the Challenge Cup to complete a glorious treble.

Skipper Ron Tatum and a number of his Wembley team-mates are hoping to attend the game which will feature the current Shields management of Graham Fenton and Andy Bowman plus former boss Anthony Woodhouse.