THE final whistle has blown for a Wearside football club.
Silksworth FC took to the pitch for their final game, after it was announced the club would be “disbanded”.
Manager Steve Smith said the 2-1 victory over Sunderland RCA was a fitting end to the 13-year-old club.
“We’ve been established since 1998, and done quite well in the Wearside League, but we’ve had to disband,” said the 35-year-old. “It was nice to finish on a high.”
The game at the Silksworth Welfare Park also marked the testimonial of player David McKinley, 35, from Sunderland.
“He joined us 10 years ago,” said Mr Smith. “He’s been a fantastic player and it was great to be able to pay tribute to him.”
Mr Smith, a former Army medic, said the match also raised vital funds for the Help for Heroes military charity.
“We raised £253 for the charity,” said Mr Smith. “It was really good night.
“We would like to thank Neil Hixon, manager of Sunderland RCA, who brought a really strong squad and we regained the memorial charity shield.”
The Wearside club has raised thousands of pounds for good causes, including Newcastle Hospital, Mind and the NECCR cancer fund.
“Since we were established, we have raised £13,500 for local charities,” he said.
“We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years.
“Sunderland RCA won last season, so it was our turn this time round.
“There was a good crowd and it was very pleasing to raise the money.”
Mr McKinlay, who played in an earlier testimonial for Andrew Bowes, 28, from Houghton, said he was “honoured” to play for the club.
“I am very honoured to have been part of such a great club in Silksworth for 10 years and I am very honoured that my testimonial has been attached to such a well-deserving charity, ” he said.