10 October 2018: drawing power

Dudley Hallwood cartoon

The wonderful, period piece cartoon above appeared in the (Newcastle) Journal in May 1961, following the Northumberland Senior Cup final replay between Ashington and Whitley Bay.

It was drawn by Dudley Hailwood, greatly and affectionately remembered on the banks of the Tyne, though eliciting not so much as a single hit when googled.

Did you mean Dudley Harwood, it asks, insolently? Or Mike Hailwood, the champion motor bike racer? Drawing from memory, does anyone know any more about the richly talented Mr Hailwood?

The cartoon, for which real thanks to Whitley Bay supporting brothers Julian and Stephen Tyley, also features Raymond Ayre, whose death at 85 Grass Roots reported last week.

Raymond’s two goals, as we noted, helped Whitley Bay to a 4-2 win at Blyth Spartans’ Croft Park ground in a match which, shall we say, appears to have been touched by acrimony.

Dudley’s cartoon suggests some sort of bother in the first game. The report from the Whitley Bay Guardian (and Seaside Chronicle), which Julian also forwards, begins with a reference to “the amateurs” of Whitley Bay while the cartoon talks of Ashington’s “professionals” receiving three shillings tea money – “and we sincerely hope they had a riotous evening.”

No need to reopen debate about the Corinthian nature of North-East amateur football. Suffice that Whitley Bay finished fifth in the 16-club Northern League that season. West Auckland were league champions and also, with or without tea money, reached the Amateur Cup final at Wembley.

Particularly, however, the eye is drawn to the depiction of Newcastle United’s directors – chairman Jimmy Glancey looking and sounding like a music hall comedian (shades of Tommy Trinder?) and Lord Westwood, a future chairman, with a thought bubble “So THIS is football” above his head.

Sound familiar? As probably they say all the time on the Gallowgate End, plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

*Raymond Ayre, a true gentleman, also played football for Shildon, Durham City, Ferryhill Athletic and others and had a long cricket career with Ushaw Moor. His funeral is at 1 45pm this Thursday (October 11) at St Luke’s church, Ushaw Moor.