05 Feb 2018 in General News
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC are holding a night of nostalgia next week - whilst at the same time, recognising steps of progression. Next Thursday (February 15) marks the tenth anniversary of Ashington’s last ever game staged at their former Portland Park ground and subsequent move to their Woodhorn Lane headquarters – and the club have planned a special evening which has a 7pm start in the clubhouse.
Against Seaham Red Star and with the ground full to the brim, the Colliers – under then manager Andy Gowens - twice led through Paul Hutchinson and Gareth Bainbridge but eventually went down 3-2. Consequently Bainbridge was the scorer of Ashington’s last ever goal at Portland Park and uniquely the striker netted the first at Woodhorn Lane.
Ashington Football Secretary Gav Perry said: “As we approach ten years since leaving Portland Park, our previous home of 101 years, we felt it important to mark the occasion with a gathering of friends both past and present of the club to celebrate the memories we have from Portland Park as well as to recognise the progress made within the club since moving to Woodhorn Lane. We hope that as many people as possible can make it on the evening.”
Meanwhile the popular North East Football Podcast show will broadcast from the ground before the event and host Mark Carruthers said: “Ashington are one of the great names in North-East non-league football. The club in it’s own right is one of the gems of the league and anyone that knows anything about football, knows that the town has given birth to some of the greatest players in the history of the English game. We are delighted to be taking the podcast to such a historic occasion, as the club marks its move from the historic Portland Park to Woodhorn Lane. It is an honour for everyone at the podcast to be invited to such a historic occasion and we can’t wait to be there.”