West Allotment Celtic V Penrith
Saturday 28th November 2015
Blue Flames Sports Ground/Whitley Park
West Allotment Celtic is a semi professional club with two mens’ senior teams competing in the Northern League and the Northern Alliance League. The club is currently based at Whitley Park, a home they share with Northumberland FA and Newcastle United Reserves.Founded in 1928, Allotment is one of the very few remaining pit clubs in the area – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that have kept the club going for 85 years when other clubs have faltered.West Allotment Celtic were formed in 1928, the culmination of a merger between West Allotment Primitive Methodists and West Allotment Juniors. In 1938, the club joined the Second Division of the Northern Amateur League. Now playing at the aptly-named Farm Ground, fans helped to dismantle a cowshed in Heaton and move it, piece by piece, to West Allotment, where it was reassembled at the ground. The shed was not for spectators – it served as the players’ changing facilities! The threat of dissolution was eventually staved off by the introduction of new blood into the club towards the end of the decade, as Allotment finally began to build towards a more positive future on and off the pitch. Celtic also moved to Backworth Welfare in 1968, consigning the ponds and mud of the Farm Ground to memory.In 1983, Allotment made its debut in both the Northern Alliance and the FA Vase. The first honour of the period arrived just one season later, as Allotment dispatched Ponteland United in the Alliance Challenge Cup Final. This success was followed up two seasons later by the first of Celtic’s 8 Alliance titles.Having acted as tenants at Hillheads in Whitley Bay since 1995, the club set out to find a new home, and found it in Benton. In 2001, the club moved to Whitley Park, also known as the Blue Flames Sports Ground. The ground is well-known as one of the best kept pitches in the Northern League, and also serves as the headquarters of the Northumberland FA.
Northern Alliance Champions: 1986/87, 1990/91, 1991-92 1997/98, 1998-99 1999/00, 2001/02, 2003/04
Northern League 2nd Division Champions: 2004/05
Again we made out way over to the North East Via the A69 1st Stopping off at The Giants Den Soft Play Centre in Team Valley. We Arrived at the Ground at 1450 but the Programmes were a sell out.The game got off to a flying start for the Bonny Blues, taking advantage of the strong wind, and creating numerous chances. Penrith took the lead in the 29th minute through a Jamie Hope header after great work from Martyn Coleman out wide. It seemed to relax Penrith as Coleman was superbly played through on goal and cool as you like, slotted past the keeper.The 2nd half started with the home team having some good possession but couldn't break down a mean Cumbrian defence. The third goal came as Will Paul went on a forward run and hit an unbelievable shot against the underside of the cross bar and Sam Bell headed in. Penrith’s domination got a just reward with a 4th goal when Nathan Waterston raced through and looped it over the impressive West Allotment Celtic keeper.
A great away performance from the Bonny Blues which the score line rather flattered the home team.