‘I KNOW a dog, his name is Rover’ will have been reverberating around the Hexham FC changing room more often than normal in the past week.
I don’t have any clue what the song is all about but I have picked it up through Hexham’s players on twitter, and it is clear to me that it is a bit of a club anthem!
While the song, to me, seems completely absurd - I have heard the next line - the young team will be singing it loud and proud after their excellent achievement of securing the Northern Alliance Division Two title.
And they deserve each and every second in the spotlight after a great season came to a successful conclusion.
While the division Hexham won was the third tier of the Alliance, they have shown more than a hint of promise that they will be able to compete in the higher division.
In my opinion, what makes Hexham’s achievement so huge is that their dreams of the title seemed to be a very long shot at best as the season progressed.
After getting off to a good start, they had to overcome a sticky patch in October which saw them allow whipping boys Cramlington United claim their first point of the season.
And, despite getting back into the swing of things soon after, a place in the top two looked to be a big ask of them.
However, with some excellent performances, they put themselves in control of their own destiny and promotion started to look a real possibility.
But, nobody could see early pacesetters Red House Farm letting slip their healthy margin at the top, yet they seemed to buckle under the intense pressure put upon them by the Wentworth side.
Fellow title challengers Northbank Carlisle self destructed at the right time for Hexham too, and the Tynedale team secured the silverware in style with a comfortable victory at Wallsend Boys Club.
The title, and equally as important, promotion, is reward for six years of hard work and progression by the band of friends who have stuck at it and made sure it all fell into place.
Well done to all at the club, and I am pretty confident they will take to Division One like a duck to water.
Published: May 17, 2012
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STAFF at five hospitals in the Tynedale area walked out during a strike over pay.
Hexham General, Hexham War Memorial, Haltwhistle War Memorial, Wooley Sanatorium and Prudhoe hospitals, were all affected after the National Union of Public Employees called out their members.
Ancillary staff, including porters, cooks, telephone operators and boilermen joined the 12-hour stoppage with some NUPE members taking part in a protest march in Newcastle.