A famous boys’ football club has received a cash boost thanks to the transfer of a former player.
Newcastle-based solicitors Muckle LLP has been working with Wallsend Boys Club over the last year to secure funds they were entitled to from the professional club transfer of former player Fraser Forster.
And to celebrate the success, youngsters from Wallsend took part in a special friendly match with Senrab FC, from London, who Muckle LLP has been working with following the transfer of their former player, Jermain Defoe.
Under FIFA’s regulations, when a player makes an international transfer, five per cent of the transfer fee is set aside by the buying club to be distributed among each of the clubs with which the player was registered between the seasons of their 12th and 23rd birthdays.
John Devine, partner and head of sport at Muckle LLP, said: “It’s been a pleasure to help both Wallsend Boys’ Club and Senrab FC over the past year or so.
“Both clubs are integral to the communities they serve and play a vital part in the lives of the young people they engage with.
“The FIFA regulation is not that widely known among grassroots clubs so we proposed the match to raise awareness of the solidarity issue, as well as to give the boys a great experience in playing under the floodlights at the home of Northumberland FA, which very kindly offered to host the game.”
Wallsend Boys’ Club has produced more than 75 professional players over the years, including Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick and Steve Bruce.
Steve Dale, chairman at Wallsend Boys’ Club, said: “As one of the clubs which played a part in Fraser’s development, it was pleasing to hear that there was a chance we could benefit from Fraser’s transfers several years after he had left the Boys’ Club.”
“John Devine talked us through how the regulations apply to international transfers and liaised with Newcastle United, Celtic and Southampton on our behalf.
“Our claims were successful and we can now use those much needed funds to help more children take part in community football.”
Senrab FC was formed in Stepney, East London in 1961. They have 26 teams ranging from five years old to 16.
They have produced more than 150 players who have gone on to play professionally.
Mick Baikie, national clubs services manager from The Football Association, added: “This is fantastic news for the clubs involved.
“The Football Association fund a free legal helpline that is operated by Muckle LLP for all National League System and FA Charter Standard Clubs and Leagues.
“We are delighted that Muckle LLP continues to assist clubs of all sizes across the country to achieve their goals.”