A HOST of former North East football stars recently got together on the golf course in the latest event organised by the Sunderland Former Players Association. Ramside Hall was the venue for the golf day with 24 former soccer stars and a sponsor's team taking part.
Six teams took part made up of former players from the professional clubs in the North of England - Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Carlisle and Sunderland. The former footballers were competing for the Cock of the North Trophy, called The Roseberry Bowl which is named after the main sponsor Matt Roseberry of Roseberry Leisure."
Winston Young, secretary/treasurer of the association, told Golf North East: "This event is not a fund-raiser, it is a fun day where former professional footballers who haven't seen each other in years can get together and enjoy a round of golf.
"There is a bit of competition involved, it's not just friendly and it's quite keenly contested. Most footballers like to play to win and I think this event is quite unique - I don't think there is anything like it in the country where ex-footballers can get together and play in a golf tournament. The only drawback is they don't get to kick each other out there!"
Last year's event was won by Middlesbrough, who beat Darlington on a countback over the last nine holes.
This year, the Darlington team - comprising of Neil Maddison, Mark Maddison, Kevin Stonehouse and Kevin Smith - won the event with 137 points, narrowly beating a Sunderland side made up of Jim Montgomery, John McPhail, Dick Malone and Lee Howey who had a final score of 136 points.
The prize for the highest individual score was won by David Barton, playing off a handicap of 7, who came home with a score of 40 points.
Not so successful on the day were the likes of Gary Pallister and John Hendrie who turned out for Middlesbrough and Kevin Scott and Jim Pearson representing Newcastle.
A further individual fourball also played on the day, which included former professional cricketer Michael Roseberry. They played as individuals for the Sponsor's Trophy and Kevin Maddison came out the winner with 33 points.
Winston added: "We get an awful lot of help and support from Ramside; in fact we regard Ramside Hall as our headquarters. And we've been very fortunate with the weather, last year it was glorious and this year it was great as well. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ramside Hall and our sponsors - it really was a wonderful day."