Shieldsmen once more to greet FA Amateur Cup

North Shields FC 1969 Amateur Cup winning team.
North Shields FC 1969 Amateur Cup winning team.

The FA Amateur Cup, the most coveted and most iconic of all grassroots football trophies, is returning, one last time, to north east England.

It will be greeted at Crook Town’s Millfield Ground on Monday, January 20, by players from four Northern League clubs who lifted the cup between 1950-1969.

The oldest is goalkeeper Jack Snowdon, 89, who helped Willington to a 4-0 win over Bishop Auckland in 1950 whilst North Shields are hopeful that most of the 11 surviving members of the 13-man Frank Brennan braves who triumphed in 1969 can attend.

Players and officials will head for Durham where the county council is hosting a civic lunch to mark the 125th anniversary of the Northern League.