Freedom of the Borough nomination for Seahorses

Whitley Bay FC playing at Wembley in the FA Vase Final 2001.  They won 3-2 for their third consecutive win.
Whitley Bay FC playing at Wembley in the FA Vase Final 2001. They won 3-2 for their third consecutive win.

WHITLEY Bay Football Club are being proposed to receive the Freedom of the Borough as a reward for their success over the past three seasons in winning the FA Vase.

The club broke a number of records when they lifted the national trophy for the fourth time and third in succession at Wembley stadium in May, having previously won it in 2002.

Now a group of North Tyneside councillors have signed a motion calling on the club to receive the honour.

The motion will be heard at a council meeting tonight (Thursday).

One of those to nominate the club, Coun John O’Shea, said: “I think it’s so fitting that at the beginning of the 2011-12 football season that the council should make this award to the club in recognition of the team’s magnificent performances in the FA Vase competition during the last three seasons.

“I do hope that this well deserved award will be supported by all members of the council and prepare the team to go on to win the Vase for a fourth successive year”

Along with Coun O’Shea, the motion has also been signed by councillors Bill Caithness, Pamela Brooks, Ian Grayson, Jim Allan and Norma Redfearn.

Whitley Bay won the FA Vase for the first time in 2002 when current manager Ian Chandler scored the only goal of the game in extra time to beat Tiptree United at Villa Park.

Seven years later, Chandler led his team out at Wembley where they beat Glossop North End 2-0 to lift the trophy for a second team.

Then the following year, 2010, the club were back at the home of English football to beat Wroxham 6-1.

And they completed the record-breaking hat-trick in May this year with a narrow 3-2 win over Coalville Town.