Wadgey’s Bar

 

Wadgey’s bar is named after our former Junior Club Treasurer Ian Wadge. Ian worked alongside close friend David Stobbart and they were a vital part of the team that gained recognition from the FA.

Hugely missed but always remembered – Ian Wadge.

All smiles – Davey Stobbart managing Birtley St Joseph’s Under 11’s with son Shaun.

In 2004, our senior merged with Birtley St Joseph’s giving the club a clear pathway from under 7’s to the first team. Ian and Davey were a key part of the team that gained The FA Charter Standard Accreditation due to the high standard of professionalism from the management and coaching staff. Ian and Davey were involved with all age groups (15 teams in the Russell Foster League) ensuring teams were supported effectively and that all coaching staff had access to support and training courses. This allowed the club to grow its reputation and the ability to offer the best possible experience to the local community. Ian was the treasurer for all age groups and was key in driving essential sponsorships and fundraising so that the club could continue to prosper.

Sadly Ian passed away in 2014 and Davey lost a short battle with COVID-19 in 2021. Our bar is named after Ian and the outside area is honoured to pay respect to Davey. The tribute allows us to remember the remarkable voluntary work and impact that both men had on both the club and the local community.

Today Wadgey’s bar is at the centre of our community club. On a Saturday, Wadgey’s bar is busy serving breakfast sandwiches in the morning before becoming a fully licensed bar for our home senior games in the afternoon. The bar has been used for charity games, events, presentation evenings, parties and fundraising evenings. During the day the facility is used by Inspired Support who offer support for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and learning disabilities. 

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