We spent some time with Newcastle Blue Star FC manager Kenny Wharton, before his team took on Shankhouse in his club's first game of the season at Scotswood Sports Centre.
In this Podcast we talk to Kenny about his journey through football from Grainger Park Boys Club, being discovered by a dog-walker at Ponteland, the decency of Newcastle City Council Parks & Recreation Department in the 70s, getting a pay-rise courtesy of a bona-fide Newcastle United legend and a journey from Bull McGarry to Jim Smith. Hear about the crunching tackle that helped Kenny shape a career built upon sheer hard graft and courage (with not a little skill)
Hear about the impact Kevin Keegan had upon Kenny, the young lads coming through the ranks and the entire city as well as the great players Blakelaw's finest played alongside and against.
Most of all hear about a Newcastle United a lot different to the one we now have.
Many thanks to Kenny for his time. It was a privilege to talk to a modest, quietly spoken lad whose 22-years at Newcastle United as player and coach establishes him as a great figure in the club's history.
Without question, KENNY WHARTON PRIDE OF BLAKELAW.