In 1884 a group of men at Minmi, a small coalmining village west of Newcastle, read a Scottish newspaper article about the non playing of the 1884 Scottish Cup Final between Queens Park and the Vale of Leven.
They concluded that a Minmi team would have played if given the chance and that day it was resolved to clear a paddock, “Kelly’s Paddock”, so a team could be formed and they could start training.
This led to the start of the Northern District British Football Association on 9/9/1884 and the birth of football in the north.
In mid 2009 a group of not so old former footballers gathered at the Azzurri club in Highfields, Newcastle to reunite and to catch up with former friends and foes and share their love for the game. They shared drinks, anecdotes, fond memories and much laughter but also reflected on the passing of mates and some who were experiencing hard times.
We did not want them to walk alone.
A group of those men met on the 14th April 2010 and formed the Men of Football, a not-for-profit organisation seeking to assist past and present football participants who could use a helping hand in times of need.
In our first year we have held another reunion, celebrated The Life of Brien and held a successful golf day in conjunction with the Newcastle Jets....
Our vision is to grow Men of Football into a national foundation and provide support to those from the football fraternity needing assistance. Through events such as those outlined above, we will raise funds and use them so those in the football fraternity know they will never walk alone.
Enjoy the website and if you too want to walk with us, become a member of Men of Football.