Beautiful setting for annual game

The annual Kirkhill v Morpeth All Stars football match had a multi-national line-up of players and it took place at an extremely scenic rural venue.

Tom Ramsden took time off from his duties as the Adidas Brand Marketing Director to return to his home town with a team of colleagues from Nuremberg for the fixture that has not been cancelled for the last 15 years.

But it was almost called off this year when the referee didn’t turn up after they arrived at Bamburgh to play in the shadow of the historic castle.

The disappointed players from England, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and Japan were about to return to the changing rooms when David Groves saved the day.

He knew that their coach driver, Harry Martin, was a qualified FA referee and so he used his charm to persuade Mr Martin to take charge of the match.

Kirkhill won 5-1 thanks to an opening own-goal by Michael Vass and strikes by Ally Wotherspoon, Angus Wardlaw, Groves and Mark Embley.

Shivering goalkeeper Yoshi Yoshimura was rarely troubled, though Mark Hall managed to slot one in one for the All Stars towards the end.