League History

The League was established in 1945 as the “NABC (Northumberland Association of Boys’ Club) Football League, to provide organised football for young people keen to play the sport on a regular basis.  The League was organised by volunteer officials who received support, when needed, from the Northumberland Boys’ Clubs County Headquarters, which in 1945 was based in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.

In the late 1970’s the NABC County “Football Panel”, set up as a sub-group of the former “Sports Committee”, took over the running of all Football activities including the Under 16 League which was immediately augmented by the creation of a new Under 15 League.  In the early 1980’s Dick Almond succeeded Jim Fraser (St Marys Boys’ Club) as Chairman of the Football Panel and also as Chairman of the League.  The staff of NABC undertook all of the administration of the League and the first Fixture Secretary was Tom O’Brien, Field Officer of NABC.

In the 1980’s the League continued to expand with the addition of Under 14, Under 13, Under 12 and Under 11 age groups.  Dick Almond, in addition to his continued commitment as Chairman of the Football Panel and NABC League, also took on the role of Fixture Secretary for the new younger age groups.

In 1995 Dick handed over the role of Under 11 to Under 14 Fixture Secretary to Tony (Mac) McDonnell and Gary Hastings succeeded Tom O’Brien in acting as Fixture Secretary for the Under 15 and Under 16 age groups.  Gary in due course was succeeded by Steven Butler.  The League continued to flourish with the NABC County Football Committee (‘upgraded’ from Football “Panel”) acting as the Management Committee.

1995 also saw the Celebration of the League’s 50th Anniversary and the Diamond Jubilee of Northumberland Boys’ Clubs.  A Special Dinner was held at the former Mayfair Suite in New Bridge Street, Newcastle.  On this occasion all Team Managers and players received a framed, Commemorate 50th Anniversary badge.

In 1998 Northumberland Boys’ Clubs became (Northumberland Association of Clubs for Young People) and the period towards the end of the 1990’s and the first 10 years of the new millennium has seen major changes in the operation of the League:

  • The number of participating teams rapidly increased following the highly successful development of mini-soccer.
  • Dick Almond retired as Chairman in 2000 and handed over to Keith Morris.
  • Sponsorship of various aspects of the League and Northumberland CYP Football was provided by Newcastle Building Society, Galaxy 105-106 Radio, Nestle Rowntree and our current sponsors, Pin point Recruitment, from season 2006/2007 onwards.
  • A  part time administration officer was appointed in 2007 by the League’s  responsible for undertaking various aspects of the administration of the League .
  • At a league AGM in 2009 it was agreed the League should be re-located at the offices of Pinpoint Recruitment following a generous offer of rent free accommodation from Alan Findlay of Pin Point Recruitment.
  • The League became known as the Pinpoint Recruitment NABC Football League but due to the very generous contribution made each year by Pinpoint Recruitment it was agreed that from season 2010/2011 onwards the name should be changed to “Pinpoint Recruitment Junior Football League”.
  • From the 2011/2012 the league introduced many changes including a new very informative website & improved communication with generic e mails & social media.The changes have reduced the administrative burden & costs upon the League and Clubs significantly.
  • The Under 18s league was introduced with two sections named after well known members of the league management- Ray Knight league & Nigel Voules League.
  • Five fixture Secretaries were appointed and the FA Fulltime system was improved to include all Divisional & league cups.
  • The League developed links with the PPR Northumberland Mini Soccer League
  • Dick Almond died in 2011. 
  • In 2012 The League became a  Company limited by guarantee.
  • In 2012 Ray Knight – Vice President died.
  • In 2012 Ian Coates was appointed as the League Secretary.
  • We hope the information will bring back “happy memories” for long-serving Club officials & past players and will show “recent” recruits  to the League how the Pin Point Recruitment Junior Football League has developed since 1945!

Location of Northumberland CYP/and League Headquarters

1945 – 70 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle

1951 – 14a Pilgrim Street, Newcastle

1956 – 3 Gallowgate, Newcastle

1979 – 65 Westgate Road, Newcastle

1990 – Dockray House (West End Youth & Community Centre), Fenham, Newcastle

2007 – West Fifteen, Whickham View, Benwell, Newcastle

2009 – 2012 c/o Pinpoint Recruitment, Burgess House, 93-105 St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 4BW

2012 – Newcastle Pin Point Sporting Club. McKendrick Villas. Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE5 3AB

Chairmen of the Northumberland CYP Football Committee

  • Finley McLaren
  • Jim Fraser
  • Dick Almond
  • Keith Morris (current)