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Wideopen Ex-Player's International Success

Congratulations to Danny Barlow who played for Wideopen Juniors between 2013 and 2015 as an U15 and U16 and last season (2016/17) was selected for the ESFA England U18 team.

In April 2017 Danny played for England against Northern Ireland and the folowing quotes described part of his contribution to that game: "The visitors started well ... the usual menacing runs of Danny Barlow"; "Dan Barlow stepped up with the goal of the night. He picked up the ball in midfield and struck a rising shot into the top corner that drew England level"; "Dan Barlow was on hand to play a huge part in the equaliser when his hard and low cross into the box struck a defender and left the Irish keeper stranded to tie the score at 2-2".

During his time at Wideopen, the U15s team Danny played in won the Teeside Tournament and won the NEYD Cup Final beating Bedlington Terriers 1 - 0. As Under 16s, they played again in the NEYD final and beat Cramlington Juniors 2 - 1 after extra time.

In the Summer of 2017, Danny headed off for a scholarship at East Tennessee State University. Everyone at Wideopen FC wishes Danny 'All the Best' for his future. Follow Danny's progress in the USA.

Click to see photos of Danny's time at Wideopen Juniors
England School Football Association U18s Squad 2016/17
(Danny Barlow - middle row, second from right)


Great North Run - Secretary runs for St. Oswald's Hospice

2019 and Dave and Heather Swan ran again for charity in the Great North Run, once more supporting St. Oswald's Hospice and they managed to improve their time from last year by a staggering 15 minutes.

Congratulations to them both and well done on supporting such a worthy local charity.

If anyone else in the club ran in the Great North Run or the Junior Run let us know how you did and send us any photos if you have them (players must have parents permission) to info@wideopenfc.net. We'd love to include your excellent efforts on the club website.


In 2018 Dave Swan, secretary of Wideopen FC and his wife, Heather, ran their first Great North Run. They raised a tremendous £450 for St. Oswald's Hospice, completing the course in 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Amazing Shirt Collection

click hereAndrew Swan, ex-Wideopen Juniors player, has collected an amazing assortments of football shirts over many years. He writes a blog about these and well as writing about Marseille FC, a club he avidly follows. Andrew is also a huge Newcastle United fan. He has given Wideopen Football Club permission to host a copy of his shirt collection on this website. It is likely to be of interest to many ofour coaches, players and parents who also love the game. Click on the image to have a look at these shirts from over the years and various teams.

Supporting South Africa's Child and Youth Care Centre

Wideopen Football Club has supported a range of charities over the years. In 2017 they collected kit including boots, shirts, socks, shorts and much more with donations from players and parents across the teams so that they could send them off to the Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Cantre is South Africa. A member of WFC's committee and a coach at the club, Simon Johnson, arranged this and was able to send off 8 boxes of kit. Click HERE for more information about this.

pass4soccerWe are proud to have Pass4Soccer involved with Wideopen Football Club. Barry Poole visited the club on Wednesday 10th July 2013 to present a talk to players and parents from the Under 15s (2013/14 season). Barry told everyone a little about Pass4Soccer as well as providing an update about how his son, Phil, is doing in America. Phil won Managers Player at Wideopen Juniors in the early 1990's as well being a regular recipient of the Most Man of the Match Awards. Phil sent a message to everyone at Wideopen Juniors saying, "All the lads I am sure will like me be indebted to the hard work all at Wideopen Juniors FC have given so unselfishly since Chairman John Stephenson’s vision and dedication launched the club in 1987."

For more information, click HERE

A Message from the Club President
Sad News of an Old Friend

It is with great regret that I am putting these few words together following the recent passing of Basil Cole (13th November 2012).
I guess that most current members of Wideopen Football Club will not know Basil, however it is fitting that we record our thoughts about him at this sad time.
Basil served with Northumbria Police for many years, was the British Army London, the West and Egypt and The East Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He was also very well known in local rugby circles for many years.
Within Wideopen Juniors, Basil became our first Vice President. He was asked to carry out this role after running teams at a fairly early stage in our history. Subsequently, Basil was voted in as Chairman of the Club.
It was because of Basil's background, particularly rugby, that we were guided from being a very low key, laid back outfit to one that the "Clubs for Young People" used as an example to other football clubs of a well run and properly constituted Junior Football Club. I must add that he was ably assisted by John Harbottle in achieving this task. This laid the foundations which lead to where we are today.
Basil was a tremendous guy and will be sorely missed by all of us who had our lives enriched by coming into contact with him.
Jon and Graeme (his sons) both played for us for many years and Jennifer, his wife was a great supporter in all ways of our club.
My thoughts, and I am sure those of everyone asociated with Wideopen Juniors Football Club, go with all of Basil's family.

John Stephenson

Sad News

We have heard recently (March 2012) that Les Todd has sadly died. Les worked with Northumberland FA for many years and was a great supporter of Wideopen Juniors. He attended several end of season Presentation Evenings and willingly provided advice and guidance. We offer our condolences to Les's family and friends.

Academic Success

Congratulations to Johnny Turnbull from Wideopen's Under 18s Warriors (2011 / 12) who has been awarded a place at Oxford University. Johnny is studying 'A' levels in Maths, Geography, Biology and Physics at Kenton School and will go on to read Geography at Oxford next academic year. A tremendous achievement and best wishes from Wideopen Juniors.

Football Remembers
Football Remembers 2014
Find out about the truce during the 1914 Great War and how this was remembered in 2014 by the football world.
Click the image above.

Congratulations to the eight Wideopen Juniors Under 14s players who represented their school (Seaton Burn CC) on Wednesday 27th February 2013 in the ESFA SS National Tournament semi-final against Sefton HS. They won 2 - 0 and went on to play Ibstock HS from Surrey at The Bescot Stadium, Walsall on Friday 3rd May 2013 with a 1pm KO.

Seaton Burn College Year 9 football team which is dominated by Wideopen Jnrs U14s played Ibstock Place High School from Richmond, London in the ESFA SS Final at The Bescot Stadium, Walsall on Friday 3rd May and after a comfortable game ran out 3 - 1 winners (goals from James McAuley, Joe Wilson and Josh Callen) and were duly crowned national champions at that age!

... the Wideopen lads and parents travelled to Filey for our annual tournament where we were up against some quality opposition from around the country.

Under 8s Success

Our Under 8s had a very successful time at a tournament in March 2013 ...

Under 8s Cup Winners 2013"Congratulations to Wideopen U8s who won the City Development Cup on 9th March 2013. Wideopen topped their group by winning 6 and drawing 1 and then winning in the final. Every single player was outstanding. Well done!"

(click on the photo for a large image)

Sponsored Run

The Under 10 Meteors held a Sponsored Run in 2013 to raise funds. Have a look at the photographs.

Two of the Under 10 Meteors' players are to trial for the U10 league representative squad along with other clubs from the U10 Tyne and Magpie Newcastle leagues. A squad of players will be chosen from these trials to play games against various academies over the forthcoming months. Our two players are Martyn Black and our Goalkeeper Nathan Hunter and we would like to wish them the best of luck.

Bag Packs

Well done to the Under 10s and Under 12s who carried out a bag pack at Morrison's, Killingworth on Saturday (2012). Their excellent ebag packfforts raised over £900

The Under 9s Comets and Meteors did a bag pack at ASDA, Gosforth on saturday 29th April 2012.
They worked superbly as the Meteors did a morning shift and the Comets took over for the afternoon shift.
Collectively, they raised a huge £531.10 for Wideopen Juniors funds.
Well done and thank you to all. A great achievement.

Under 13s Success (2012)

A number of players from Wideopen's Under 13s also play for the very successful Year 8 school team at Seaton Burn College. They started off by beating Churchill CC to win the County Cup, they then beat St Thomas More HS to win the league, next up was the League Cup against Wellfield Middle School which they won comfortably. They were now treble winners, which we don't think has been done before and were now hoping to complete the quadruple by overcoming Great Cornard MS at Portman Road in the ESFA SS National Cup. It was a very tight game against a good team peppered with quality players who unfortunately scored just before half time. The second half saw SBC camped in their half looking for the equaliser but it was to no avail as they ran out of time and GCMS lifted the cup leaving SBC the second best team in England.

A fantastic season for the treble winning team from SBC dominated by lads from Wideopen Juniors!

Wideopen Juniors Under 13s went on to win the North East Youth Divisional Cup Final on 1st May against Cramlington Juniors - a tremendous achievement and well done to you all! "2012 Divisional Cup winners! This was a thoroughly deserved victory..."

U13s crowned champions of the Southport Super Cup!

Under 13s Players in Schools National Cup 1/4 Final

Seaton Burn College 4 - 1 Boston Grammar School     
ESFA Small Schools National Cup Quarter Final - NUFC Academy - 13/01/12

James McCauley, Nathan Jeffrey, Josh Callen, Nathan Jeffrey
M.o.M: Leslie McCauley

A tremendous game interspersed with some fantastic passing football on a wonderful pitch , watched by a very appreciative crowd of home and away fans.
Well done and good luck to the lads in the semi's! 

A Fantastic Honour and Achievement

Seaton Burn College Year 9 football team (dominated by Wideopen Juniors Under 14s), who won the ESFA SS National Cup at Walsall on May 3rd 2013, were invited to play in the British Isles Cup over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Glasgow where they represented England against teams from Scotland, Ireland and Wales in a competition organised by the SAFIB.

Seaton Burn College do England proud in the British Isles Cup!

After one victory against St Marys CBGS and defeats to Dunbar GS and Gorey CS, Seaton Burn finished a very creditable fourth in this extremely prestigious tournament. A fantastic achievement and a wonderful experience for the lads.

The final table was as follows:

1. Bannerman HS-Glasgow,Scotland (U15s) - Cup winners.
2. Dunbar GS-Dunbar,Scotland (U15s)
3. Gorey CS- R.O.I (U15s)
4. Seaton Burn College- England (U14s)
5. St Mary's CBGS-Belfast, NI (U14s)
6. Olchfa HS-Swansea, Wales (U14s)

Full match reports can be viewed on the SAFIB website.

Strips donated by Newcastle United Academy


Two sets of strips have been donated to Wideopen Juniors by Newcastle United Academy. Many thanks to George Scott, Education, Welfare & Safeguarding Officer from the Academy for supporting Wideopen FC and making this presentation to the players and club. (Click on the photos for larger versions)

Newcastle Mini Soccer Overall Fair Play Award

Wideopen Under 9s Meteors have been awarded Overall Fair play Winners for the whole of the Under 9s Newcastle Mini Soccer leagues. A tremendous achievement - very well done to everyone involved - managers, coaches, parents and especially the players.

Wideopen's Under 10s Rockets were also Runners-up in the Fair Play Awards - big congratulations to them too.

Both teams attended a presentation on Friday 27th April at Newcastle Academy to receive their awards.

Congratulations to Wideopen Under 8s who travelled to Haggerston Tournament in May 2012. Although no scores are recorded and matches are non competitive they won 5 and drew 1, never conceding a goal in the process. Well Done.

Under 10s Comets beat NEE Yellows 2 - 1 to win Shield

Mini-League Trial - Update

Great news. In the two trials for the Newcastle Mini league Under 9 a squad of 15 players from the whole of the league was chosen (14/01/12). They represented the league in a series of matches against academies during the 2011 / 12 season. We are thrilled that Josh Hunter from the Under 9 Meteors was successful and  has been selected for the league squad.

More Mini-soccer Success:

The Newcastle Mini Soccer League invited players from all teams at under 10s to attend trials during the 2011 / 12 season for a league representative team.
This team went on to play matches against various opponents including academy teams.
After careful consideration Connor Tynan was picked to represent the NMSL and Wideopen JFC. Well done Connor.

Sponsored Swim

Congratulations to the U10s who took part in a sponsored swim. All were well behaved and swam around 30 lengths each with Ben Brown swimming 70 lengths and Ross Ward and Oliver Gabrielle doing 64 (a mile) each. Oliver's younger brother Marcus (U8s) also swam an impressive 40 lengths.

Health and Safety Advice

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Wideopen Football Club is happy to let you know about the following idea (thanks to Gareth for highlighting this opportunity and idea).

As we don't need to display the paper tax discs in vehicles anymore, some local police authorities have suggested replacing the discs with 'In Case of Emergency' contact details. The attached PDF (click on the image) can be downloaded, printed and completed then placed in your car's tax disk holder. In case of an emergency while driving, this information could be invaluable to the emergency services.