Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dig Deep for Junior Cause; Former Football Coach Beardall's Golfing Campaign

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dig Deep for Junior Cause; Former Football Coach Beardall's Golfing Campaign

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Byline: Tim Taylor

IF Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Steve Bruce, Michael Carrick , Lee Clark and Steve Watson either read this story or get to hear about it, perhaps they might part with a few pounds to help out an old pal and buy some raffle tickets.

What the football men have in common is that they all came through Wallsend Boys Club and what they will not know is that they have a friend in need in David Beardall who, for 39 years, was the club leader until he retired in 2004.

Beardall is not asking for money for himself but for his other great sporting love, golf.

There is another blue chip entry for the Northumberland cause on his CV. He caddied for Kenneth Ferrie when he won the British Boys Championship at Littlestone, Kent, in 1996 and for David Currie when he captured the British Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes 10 years earlier, beating one of the all-time greats of the amateur game, Peter McEvoy, in the semi-finals.

For 30 years Beardall, now 72, has been an active member of the volunteer committee who give their time to run the conveyor belt of talent which is the Northumberland Junior Golfing Association (NJGA).

It is the only body of its kind in the country which is self-supporting, in that it receives no financial assistance from the main men's and women's county bodies.

Despite the support of patrons, the bank balance is dwindling and, among other costs, the soaring price of petrol means ferrying promising young players around the country is going to be dearer than ever this summer for parents and for the NJGA.

Beardall, a TV set salesman until he took over at Wallsend Boys Club full-time, has called on his old selling skills.

"Bearing in mind all the clubs in the county pay half-price affiliation fees to Northumberland county because they get the boys and girls' junior tournaments run for free, I have organised a raffle," he said. …

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