Author: Scott Lyndon

Heaton Stan A v Walker Central

Heaton Stan A took on neighbours Walker Central on 30th March 2024. Goals from Harper (2), Tallen (2) and Poole (1) saw them over the line in a competitive 5-3 win as they continue their promotion charge.

We were fortunate to have two photographers present at this fixture, both galleries below:

Photo Gallery 1

Photo Gallery 2

Stan A 2-2 Blyth Town U23s – Photos

Last weekend, Stan A were looking to bounce back from their cup final defect against Blyth Town U23s in the League. Blyth had beaten them in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. A competitive fixture ended in a draw, with Ryan Bailey scoring for the Stan.

The photos can be seen here:

Hazlerigg 3-3 Stan A – Cup Final Penalty Shootout Drama

Heaton Stan A fell at the last hurdle, in a penalty shootout, against Hazlerigg Victory on Wednesday night in the Amateur Cup Final. Read about all it here in our match report and look back at the action in our photo gallery:

Photo Gallery

Match Report

On a March Tuesday night in North Shields, live cup final football provided everything & more that Champions League football on the TV could- goals, action, a debateable penalty, unexpected opposition goals, a 2nd half comeback & a penalty shoot-out! Northern Alliance division 2 leaders Heaton Stannington took on 2nd place Hazlerigg Victoria in the final of the cup for teams from that specific league. When the Northern Amateur league merged with the Alliance & Combination in 1988, its cup became the 3rd tier cup. This is the Stan’s 1st time competing in the 3rd tier cup but in the old amateur league the club won it 6 times (1st team 4 times & A team twice) between 1936 & 1977.

Both teams started positively & after 4 minutes Khali was out of his box to get to the ball before an advancing Hazlerigg player who was then flagged for offside. The Stan attacked but this was followed by a Hazlerigg counterattack which saw Khali get to the ball 1st. Hazlerigg then shot over under pressure. The Stan were in the lead after 9 minutes when the advancing Poole supplied Tallen who sent a great cross into the advancing Robson who blasted the ball into the net. Hazlerigg almost immediately also had the ball in the net, but the responsible player was well offside. In 12 minutes, a Hazlerigg player went down easily in the Stan box & a penalty was given. From the penalty, Khali got to the ball but couldn’t stop it going into the net for 1-1 after 13 minutes. Both teams continued to try to attack & the Stan had a ball across the Hazlerigg goal cleared in 17 minutes with a similar move happening at the other end 2 minutes later. The Stan then pressurised the Hazlerigg defence, but it was the opponents who shot well wide in 22 minutes. Soon after, Khali confidently came out of his box to intercept the ball & in 25 minutes he made a great save to stop an effort from the edge of the box. The Stan then had a few minutes of sustained pressure ending in Tallen shooting well over the bar. In 34 minutes, there was a great run by Boothroyd under pressure & although he out ran the chasing defender he passed to Robson who supplied Tallen who then blasted a good opportunity over the bar. There was more pressure at each end with both defences working hard. In 40 minutes, a Hazlerigg effort went wide followed by the home keeper easily saving a Milburn effort from a Stan corner. Both teams continued to try & attack but in the 45th minute, it was Hazlerigg who were successful & went into the break in the lead. They had an attack cleared before they tried a shot from the edge of the box which although it looked like it was going wide, saw the ball hit off the post & into the net.

The Stan start the 2nd half on the attack as they knew the match was still winnable. A minute in & a good run by Boothroyd, who had switched wings at half time, ended with his great shot being saved by the keeper for a corner. It was mainly one way traffic as the Stan kept forcing the Hazlerigg defence to work hard. The Stan came especially close to an equalising goal in 55 minutes when a Robson effort was blocked by both a defender & the keeper. In 59 minutes, Walker shot just over under pressure. In 63 minutes, Hazlerigg’s 1st attack of the 2nd half saw a joined-up advance into the Stan box & the ball was eventually put into the net for 1-3 against the run of play. The Stan’s heads remained high as they kept the pressure on. Khali had to save in 70 minutes & 4 minutes later Hazlerigg shot across the Stan goal but the ball went well wide. The Hazlerigg keeper then had to catch from a Tallen ball into the box. In 77 minutes, after Boothroyd had been fouled, a Tallen free kick into the box missed everyone & bounced into the net for 2-3. This encouraged the Stan even more & especially Boothroyd. He forced a corner in 79 minutes from which the Hazlerigg keeper had to get down to stop a Poole effort. The Stan defence was also working hard to stop any Hazlerigg counter attacks. In 88 minutes, a Stan shot was blocked but not held by the Hazlerigg keeper who then blocked Doyle’s rebound shot. It was all Stan now & the expectant equaliser came in the 89th minute from a Tallen corner which saw Poole expertly head the ball down & it bounced into the net. What a goal. The Stan now sought a winner as they kept attacking but Hazlerigg hung on & the match ended 3-3. There was no extra time as the match now went straight to penalties. Tallen scored the 1st one for the Stan followed by Hazlerigg also scoring. Poole then had his penalty saved while Hazlerigg’s hit the bar. After the 3rd round of penalties, Hazlerigg had the advantage as they scored after Nagel had blasted over the bar. Dunbar-Phillips scored but so did Hazlerigg to make it 2-3 after 4 rounds of penalties. Boothroyd easily scored for the Stan, but Hazlerigg also scored to win the cup 4-3 on penalties.

So the Stan lost the final at the last hurdle but competed to the end. Given the momentum that they had gathered in the 2nd half, if the match had gone to extra time rather than straight to penalties then they would have been on course to win. The Stan will now have to focus on the league & they have a 6-point advantage on 2nd place Hazlerigg & have 1 game in hand over them with 9 games still to play.

Stan Team: Khali; Doyle; Milburn; Morton (Evans 60); Dunbar-Phillips; De Pina (Harris 78); Boothroyd; Walker (Nagel 64); Robson (Evans 830; Poole; Tallen.  Sub not used: Ripken.

Kevin Mochrie

Heaton Stan are now an Equality Chartered Club

We are extremely proud to announce that Heaton Stan has taken a further step towards promoting equality and eradicating discrimination by becoming a Kick It Out Equality Chartered Club. The Kick It Out campaign aligns with who we are, and we are determined to contribute to the fight against discrimination in football and beyond.

As we continue to progress and grow, we hereby make a commitment to embedding equality best practices in everything we do. We will work tirelessly to create an environment where discrimination is challenged, diversity is celebrated and everyone feels welcomed, included, valued and respected.

Discrimination has no place in football and has no place at Heaton Stan.

Volunteer opportunities – join the team!

We have two volunteer roles we are looking to fill:


As of the end of this season, our esteemed kit man Adam Capper will be leaving the region for new adventures. We know this will be particularly sad news for many, no moreso than us! Whilst the consensus is he will be hard to replace, we must begin the task of testing out that theory!

We are therefore looking for someone to take on the role for next season. Duties involve:

  • Washing football strips for the first team & reserve team (we have washing and drying facilities at the Club)
  • Liaising with the secretary to pack the appropriate kit where the teams have an away game, or setting up the washed kit in the changing room where they have a home game
  • At least one wash per team per week, sometimes two if we have a midweek game.

Optional additional duties if the person wishes/is able:

  • Organisation of other kit/equipment for training and match days
  • Transport kit to/from first team away fixtures and/or training sessions

All expenses are covered if someone takes on the optional additional duties (i.e. mileage costs) and we will organise/purchase all cleaning supplies needed.


This involves visiting a few local supermarkets to purchase supplies for Stan Scran and match day hospitality. The volunteer will be given a shopping list and a cash float.

  • Visit stores on the day of a match (or the day prior if there is no danger of postponement) and purchase a shopping list of items
  • Bring them to the ground and put away in Stan Scran

Mileage expenses covered.


These really are unsung hero kind of jobs, but ones that can be done behind the scenes and not interfere with ones ability to watch the game on a match day.



If you are interested please e-mail or DM us via social media.

St Oswalds Fundraiser update

We are delighted to share that we raised £700 for St Oswald’s Hospice at yesterdays match against Redcar Athletic.

Thank you everyone from both Clubs who donated to the bucket collection and to the players for their contributions. The Club topped up the final amount.

Tesco Stronger Starts scheme – vote for the Stan

We are delighted to have been chosen by Tesco to participate in their Stronger Starts scheme. This gives us a chance of securing up to £1500 funding towards equipment for our Juniors teams.

You can vote for us in the following 4 local Tesco stores:

📍Chilli Road
📍Benton Road
📍Kenton Road
Simply ask for voting tokens when completing a purchase and place them in the Heaton Stan Juniors voting box, as shown:
The scheme runs until late March. Please vote for us and help contribute to the development of the future Heaton Stan stars!
Learn more about Tesco Stronger Starts scheme here:

Heaton Stan Comedy Night – 29 Feb

We are delighted to announce the second instalment of the Heaton Stan Comedy Night! We once again are pushing the boat out to bring you some of the best acts on the circuit on your doorstep!

The event is limited to 60 tickets at a price of just £10 each. This night is strictly for over 18s only.

The second Heaton Stan Comedy Night will take place on Thursday 29th February 2024 and we are delighted to share the line up as it currently stands.


MC David Hadingham

David Hadingham is a seasoned comedian known for his sharp wit and hilarious insights into everyday life. With a career spanning several decades, Hadingham has established himself as a stalwart in the world of stand-up comedy. His unique style combines clever wordplay, observational humour, and a touch of self-deprecation, creating a comedic experience that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds. Whether he’s poking fun at the quirks of human behaviour or sharing personal anecdotes, David Hadingham’s performances are a rollercoaster of laughter that leave audiences in stitches. His charismatic stage presence and impeccable timing have earned him a great reputation in the UK.

Lauren Pattison

Bursting out of the North East and onto the international circuit, Lauren has performed at numerous national and international festivals. In 2017, Lauren sold out her debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her critically acclaimed show Lady Muck. In 2018, she was the only UK rising star invited to Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, performing on the Brit(ish) lineup.

A sought after act, Lauren is a regular at all the major national live comedy clubs and has provided tour support for Katherine Ryan, Jason Manford, Kerry Godliman, Stewart Francis and Dane Baptiste. Lauren’s TV appearances include Stand up for Live Comedy (BBC1, )two episodes of Comedy Central at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), hosting an episode of Takeshi’s Castle (Comedy Central),  The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), The Great Christmas Rant (ITV2), The Blame Game (BBC One Northern Ireland) and internationally on New Zealand’s 7 Days (TV3), Australia’s Comedy Up Late (ABC) and Canada’s The Stand Up Show with Katherine Ryan (The Comedy Network Canada).

As an actor her credits include Drunk History (Comedy Central), Jerk (BBC3) and Climaxed (BBC3).

She can currently be heard hosting the critically acclaimed weekly podcast Conversations Against Living Miserably, produced by the TV channel Dave in partnership with the Campaign Against Living Miserably. Now in its second series, the podcast has had guests including Richard Gadd, Jenny Eclair, Lou Sanders, Dane Baptiste and Stu Goldsmith. The Guardian described the show as “funny, kind and thought-provoking.”

Peter Brush

A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes, Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.

Peter performs at all the major clubs across the UK, as well as having done many of it’s biggest festivals, he has also played shows in Switzerland, Norway and Hungary. Formerly a BBC New Comedy Award finalist, he has written for several BBC Radio 4 shows and was the support act for Alexei Sayle’s most recent tour. Other acts he has supported on tour include Jonathan Pie, Jason Manford, Fern Brady, Arthur Smith and Paul Sinha.

Gavin Webster

Gavin Webster is an award winning and legendary comedian from the North East of England. After making his modest debut in a pub in Gateshead in February 1993, on the same bill as Ross Noble he’s done over seven thousand gigs performing all over the world including Abu Dhabi, Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Singapore & Malaysia.

Famed and respected by his peers for his uncompromising and unusual approach and distinctly original routines, he now boasts a large cult following round the country. Gavin has also supported some of the biggest household names on tour including Kevin Bridges, Alexi Sayle, Lee Evans, Jack Dee and Phill Jupitus.

In 2014, he was named UK Circuit Comedian of the Year, as voted for by fellow professional comedians online.

He has also become a cult hero at the Edinburgh Fringe having performed an amazing ten solos shows over his career.

His television work includes Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), The Stand-up Show (BBC1), Does Doug Know (Channel 4), Take The Mike (ITV), The Regionnaires (Tyne Tees), The Eleven O Clock show (Channel 4), The Comedy Store, Comedy Blue (Comedy Central) and The World Stand Up Tour (Channel 9 Australia, Comedy Central USA).

He wrote and played in Walk on the Wild Side in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 he voiced Sid the Sexist for Channel 4’s series Blaps adapting Viz.

In 2016 Gavin made his big screen debut in Ken Loach’s multi-award winning film I, Daniel Blake.