08 Jul 2020 in General News
Ashington Football Club are to pay tribute to early founders of football in our town during the upcoming 2020-21 season with an tribute logo and kit that will be used in selected games throughout the season at both first team and reserve team level.
In 1883 Ashington’s first recognised football club were known as Ashington Rising Star, and shortly after began playing against local clubs such as Morpeth Harriers, Backworth Hotspur, Barrington Union Jacks and Shankhouse Blackwatch.
Several years later Ashington AFC was formed from the origins of Rising Star and began playing in the Northern Alliance until 1892 before joining the East Northumberland League in 1895 having ceased activity for several years. A group of local businessmen including the towns Colliery bosses rescued and built up the club that continues to this day. The club moved to Portland Park in 1908, that would be home for almost 100 years before the move to Woodhorn Lane in 2008.
To acknowledge the Rising Star our first team and reserves will be wearing a specially designed tribute kit during some of our games this coming season of black and white halves with a modern take on the classic white star as an ‘A’ and the football from our current logo.
Chairman Brian Shotton “As a club we deeply appreciate and acknowledge our history, it is nearly 100 years since we played in the football league and over 135 years since recognised team football began in Ashington . Our Football Club is one of the oldest in the county, we should be very proud of that. The Rising Star were our founders and paying tribute to that identity as we also look to move forward as a club is symbolic, it touches our past but also looks to our future which is very bright.”
“There are plans to improve the overall interior and exterior of Woodhorn Lane in the coming weeks and months that will acknowledge former players contributions to our club and the overall towns contribution to football which has seen us produce two World Cup Winners and many more professional footballers. Ashington should be striving to produce more and that is our goal as a football club”
The kit will be made by Fugati, an up and coming football kit and leisurewear brand.
A spokesperson for Fugati added “We are delighted to be working with Ashington on this terrific idea. The club’s rich history and the hard work going into moving it forward really speaks volumes on what it brings to the local community. Fugati are delighted to be a part of the journey and look forward in helping to take the club to the next level”