Florists ready to mark 50th

Grangetown Florists.
Grangetown Florists.
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SUNDERLAND Sunday League club Grangetown Florists will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a get-together at the Hendon Grange pub on Saturday.

All former players, managers and supporters are invited to attend from 7pm onwards.

The club was formed when a group of friends, including current secretary Peter Irwin and the late Billy Laws decided to enter the Sunderland Sunday Morning League.

Long-serving committee member Denny Ingram joined a couple of years later and became manager in the 1970s, one of the club’s most successful periods. They won the league championship five times along with numerous cups.

Chairman George Brown is another long-serving stalwart of the club who began life as Grangetown FC, moving on to Grangetown Instrip and then Grangetown Florists.

After their heyday, Florists had to wait a further 25 years for their next league success, when former player turned manager Phil Meek inherited a strong squad from Ronnie Crosby and landed the championship in 2008/09.

In recent seasons, they have taken part in the national FA Sunday Cup, showing their ambition. The club merged with RCA The Barnes a couple of years ago and are now based at Meadow Park, giving the club a sound base to carry on for the next 50 years.