THE guest of honour at the Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl match between Percy Main and Heddon on Saturday, was Ronnie Robinson on the occasion of his 80th birthdays.
Robinson, known as ‘The Percy Main Whippet’ in his heyday, played for the club for ten seasons from 1949, despite the constant overtures of bigger clubs in the area and went on to represent the county and Northern Amateur League.
His time at Percy Main was interrupted by his national service, but Robinson continued playing with distinction for his regiment and a German first division side.
Robinson drew acclaim from Newcastle United legend Hughie Gallagher, who on watching him in a game against Newburn on October 18, 1956, wrote in his column in the Evening Chronicle: “Robinson knew how to control the ball on a hard, bumpy pitch, he is a grand two-footed player with a fair turn of speed, who shone mainly with some useful midfield play.”
Before Saturday’s game Robinson was presented to the current Villagers team in the dressing room, who gave him a rapturous reception, before being given a guard of honour from both sides and match officials onto the pitch.
Percy Main captain Tony Browell presented him with a special home shirt with “Robinson 80” on the back.