Whitley Bay to welcome back former Vase winner in new managerial role

Chris Moore, in action for Ashington, has been appointed Durham City manager. Picture by Ian Appleby
Chris Moore, in action for Ashington, has been appointed Durham City manager. Picture by Ian Appleby

Whitley Bay set out in search of Northern League points on Saturday when they welcome Durham City to Hillheads.

It has been a turbulent season for City, who were evicted from their New Ferens Park ground at the end of October and are temporarily ground sharing at Consett.

Former Bay FA Vase winning hero Ian Chandler resigned as manager in the wake of the turmoil, which has seen many of the players depart for pastures new.

Durham’s owner, the former Newcastle United player Olivier Bernard, briefly took charge of team affairs, but last week another of Whitley Bay’s Vase winners, Chris Moore, was appointed manager.

The 31-year-old, who coaches at Durham University, is making his first step into management having collected two Wembley winners’ medals.

The pacey winger was a key member of the Whitley side that beat Glossop 2-0 in the first of their three consecutive FA Vase victories, and then went on to play for the Darlington side that lifted the FA Trophy two years later, also at the national stadium.

While Moore is sure to receive a warm welcome off the pitch, there will be no quarter given when the game gets under way with Whitley anxious to get points on the board and climb the table.

It will be a much changed City side from the one that shared the points in a 2-2 draw in Durham back in August in Peter Watling’s final game for Whitley before he departed for Dubai.

Meanwhile Bay manager Paddy Atkinson expects to have recent signing Chris Youldon available for selection, along with Richard Flynn, who is back in contention after suffering from food poisoning.

As a special pre-Christmas offer, Whitley are reducing child admission prices to just £1 for the game. The offer applies for children accompanied by a paying adult, with a maximum of two children per adult.

The club shop will be selling a range of special Christmas merchandise at the game.