Minute’s silence in honour of league chairman

Action from Bedlington FC (red shirts) v Morpeth Shambles (yellow shirts). Picture by Neil Brinsdon Photography.
Action from Bedlington FC (red shirts) v Morpeth Shambles (yellow shirts). Picture by Neil Brinsdon Photography.

Tributes have been paid following the death of long-serving Morpeth Sunday League chairman Ken Gray.

He collapsed and died after returning from an enjoyable family outing, at which he was apparently in good form.

Ken first entered the league as a committee member of a new club, Hartford Hall, in 1969 and he was elected to the league committee on June 24 of that year.

He then became chairman in 1972, a post he held up to the present day.

Morpeth Sunday League president Syd Johnson said: “Although he had been in poor health of late, Ken was a great servant to the league and believed in a democratic approach, which meant he gave every club a voice into the running of the league.

“Funeral details will follow, but would all clubs and referees conduct a minute’s silence before games this Sunday as a token of our respect for the chairman and vice-president, as well as a friend and colleague.”

In the ES Johnson Challenge Cup semi final on Sunday, Amble Tavern defeated The Wharton Arms 4-1 thanks to goals from Matty Graham (two) Brad McClelland and Paul White. The Wharton goal was scored by Jamie Chapman.

Amble Tavern will now face Bedlington Barrington Arms in the final, with a date and venue to be announced by the league in due course.

Ashington RAOB moved another step closer to the title with a 5-1 win over Stobswood. Lee Scott grabbed four of the goals for The Buffs, with the other effort coming from Luke Robinson. Stobswood’s sole reply came from Jake Baker.

Amble Blue Bell defeated Morpeth Wansbeck 6-0 with the goal scorers as follows: Reece Ramsay (three), Liam Ramsay (two) and Michael Stewart.

Morpeth Shambles edged out Bedlington FC 2-1, with HMP Northumberland also overcoming Bedlington Barrington by the same margin.