Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Weekend Cued Up for Bay Director; Dave Aiming to Pot Himself Extra-Special Hat-Trick

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Weekend Cued Up for Bay Director; Dave Aiming to Pot Himself Extra-Special Hat-Trick

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Byline: Steve Brown

AS if Whitley Bay's participation in the FA Vase Final is not enough of a highlight for one weekend, club director Dave Styles has a couple of extra-curricular activities on the go that could contribute to the best few days of his life.

The 52-year-old - who also manages the Bay's clubhouse, the Seahorse Bar - has trials for the England Over-50s pool team a week today, then joins the Seahorses' own pool team in an annual world amateur competition in Great Yarmouth before leaving them mid-contest to watch Whitley at Wembley.

So what if one of his team-mates - Geoff Campbell, Nathan Irving and Keith Briggs - injures a thumb and he's called back to the pool from the footy? "He'll have to play one-handed!" Styles joked.

But as serious as he is about his pool, the sentiment asserts that football comes first.

And little wonder, despite hailing from Dumfries.

For 365 days a year, often from the crack of dawn until the dead of night, Styles is at Hillheads, running the bar, tending to pitch, kit and toilets . .

And occasionally attempting the "impossible" task of getting his son to settle his bar bill! All that endeavour will feel worth it come next weekend, though - especially if Styles and his mates pull off a spectacular hat-trick of England selection, the Golden Cue and, of course, the Vase.

"It'll be very difficult qualifying for England, some of the guys I'll be up against are masters of the game," he said.

"But it would be fantastic - a Scotsman playing for England! Then I'll play in the Golden Cue three-a-sides if required, then shoot off and meet the football team when they arrive in London later on on Saturday.

"Everything you've ever worked towards is all going to happen in one weekend. Hopefully I get picked for England, the pool team wins the Golden Cue and Whitley Bay win the Vase! …

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