SUPPORTERS and officials at North Shields FC were saddened to hear of the death of one of the Robins’ all-time heroes.
A minute’s silence was impeccably observed at Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Birtley in memory of Richard Hall, one of the 13 ‘Frank Brennan Braves’ who swept everything before them in 1968-69, winning the glorious treble of FA Amateur Cup at Wembley, Northern League championship and Challenge Cup.
Hall, a Brennan recruit from Crook Town, where he was captain, delivered the goods right from the off and has been described as the soul and inspiration of the North Shields side.
Always wearing the number four shirt, Ritchie, as he was known, scored four goals in his first season, including two in the Amateur Cup run - both headers.
He notched the winner in the quarter-final win over Wealdstone then nodded in a Tommy Orrick corner for the equaliser in the Wembley final as North Shields beat Sutton United 2-1.
The popular Hall turned out 51 times for the Robins in that never to be forgotten campaign, only skipper Ronnie Tatum, with 53, made more appearances.
The following season he netted in the opening day win at West Auckland and again against Willington, and played in both legs of the Barassi Cup against Almas of Rome as the Robins ruled Europe.
In total, Richard Hall made 75 appearances for North Shields, scoring six times, before continuing his success in Ireland.
After joining Drumconora, he then signed for Limerick, where he was part of the side that triumphed in the FA of Ireland Cup in 1971 and again competed in Europe, this time against Torino in the Cup Winners’ Cup competition.
He will be fondly remembered along with George ‘Bomber’ Thompson, another the Brennan side who sadly passed away in 2009.