Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Historic Side Back into the Limelight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Historic Side Back into the Limelight

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Byline: By Paul Dixon

Paul Dixon visits Grounsell Park, home of Heaton Stannington, to speak to boss Derek Thompson and secretary Bill Colwell about the club's Northern League dream

Heaton Stannington is steeped in history; the ground is named after Bob Grounsell Gunner, who was "Mr Heaton Stan" for many years.

Another character who dedicated his life to the club was Eddie Temple, who was involved with the club for more than 35 years, before he died in 2004.

He, along with Bob Grounsell, would have loved nothing better than to see their club in the Northern League.

Heaton Stannington are enjoying a successful season in the top flight of the Wade Associates Northern Alliance, in which they currently occupy fifth position, and manager Derek Thompson is relishing the second half of the campaign.

"We are enjoying one of our best seasons in recent years. We have some very young exciting players who are really enjoying their football," said Thompson.

Thompson has been involved with Heaton Stannington for 18 years, for eight of which he has been at the helm and he, like everyone else connected with the club, is pushing to move up the grade and enter into the Arngrove Northern League.

"I have loved every minute of my time here at this fantastic club. The next step I believe for me and the club is to try and advance up a level into the Northern League to compete at a higher level."

Thompson added: "My assistant, Derek Oman, has been a great help to me and over the last few seasons we have developed some fantastic young talent.

"However, we have not been able to keep hold of these players because the bigger teams in the area can offer them a better standard of football in the Northern League."

Indeed, one man who is backing Thompson to advance up the leagues is former player and current football club secretary Bill Colwell.

"The last few seasons have seen the club lose a number of quality players to the Northern League," he said. …

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