Long Needed Update

May 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

A good sign rather than a bad one. Have been so busy writing the book that have not had time to keep up with the blog! Well on target for handing material over in July and having it published in October as shown on Amazon. Four chapters more or less complete ( up to 1974) and others well on their way including one on multi talented sportsmen, one on the wider Ashbrooke sporting club and one on the Ashbrooke administrators who have had an influence beyond the club. Read all the earlier blogs to find out what has been going on so far and preorder the  book on Amazon if interested


Mid April Update

April 12, 2011 § Leave a comment


Up to the middle of the 1950s and the story continues to fascinate as the club looks to consolidate and find a second ground ( and a licensed bar!) Nice responses to the Echo article re Max Deas, player, administrator and local TV personality and also Edwardian star Dr Ayre Smith. Keep it coming!

Echo does us proud

April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment


Sarah Stoner at the Sunderland Echo has written a really helpful article on the efforts to write the book. It is on page 16 of the issue of Wednesday April 6th and you will probably be able to get it online. I have also been asked to give a talk to the Antiquarians at the Minster – second Tuesday in May 7.45 for 8.00. All welcome. I will be talking about the state of play and should be near the end of my research by then.

Moving On

March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment


Now going carefully through the minutes for the period from 1945 – 1973. A great deal of interest in the roles played in rugby development nationally and internationally by club members Eric Watt Moses, Alan Bean, Hartley Elliott, Robin Auld, Harry Keenan and Ken Witherington. It is clear that the club battled way above its weight in this sphere and was thus behind many of the important changes in the game.

Spreading the News

March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment


The publishers are on the ball – as ever. Take a look at this site


Don’t forget to read all that has gone before ( below) and of my current interest in anything to do with the club between the Second World War and the club centenary in 1973.

Latest update

March 15, 2011 § Leave a comment


First three chapters up to 1945 more or less in place although there are still queries as you will see if you read previous blogs. I’m now moving onto the 1946 – 73 period and am particularly interested in the coaching courses for schoolboys which took place at Ashbrooke during this period. Any players or relatives with archives or memories please get in touch.

March update

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment


The book is going well and currently writing up the third chapter ( 1914 -1945). Lots of interesting queries to add to the ones below. I have managed to spot on a picture Tom or Thomas Parker who played for Sunderland, Oxford University, Richmond and Durham County in the 1880s and 1890s. He also had England trials. His father was a shipowner and the family lived in St George’s Square. Any descendants? Also the Burn family from the Elms West and once again Dr Howard Marshall plus Dr Alan Ayre Smith who have been posted as early British Lions thanks to recent research. Also interested in Henry Clayton-Greene and family