Chance meeting rekindles memories

A chance meeting after 54 years has rekindled many happy memories for two former local footballers.

Tuesday, 5th June 2018, 2:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th June 2018, 2:36 pm

George Brown from Berwick, and Neil Fairbairn from Wooler, had not met since they played in the same Belford team in the 1963-64 season.

They bumped into each other at a Berwick Rangers match at Shielfield, and ironically, did not recognise each other at first.

“We were talking for a few minutes,” said George, “and it was only when I asked Neil who he was that we both remembered our time at Belford together.

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“I think we had a good run in the Northern Amateur Cup that year if I remember correctly.”

George (71) has spent all his life in Berwick and worked for the Gas Board. He played for a host of local clubs on both sides of the Border.

Neil, meanwhile, who is 83, was a shepherd, and he spent his entire working life in agriculture. He moved to the south of England, but has only returned to his native north Northumberland in recent years.

“I’m back living in Wooler now,” he said, “and I bumped into George at the Berwick match.

“We have been catching up on the good old days when we played together at Belford and I am sure we will be keeping in touch from now on.”

The Belford team of 1963-63 (below) with George Brown (front row, second left), and Neil Fairbairn (back row, fourth from the left). The others were: Les Alexander, Davy Carr, Andy Sanderson, Alan Black and Peter Moffat; Eric Sim, Willie Black, Jimmy Gargon and Alex Craig