Players needed
Trials for 2017 / 18
U10 Rockets
The Under 10 Rockets are keen to sign-on a few new players and are looking for a goalkeeper too. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to come along to a training session at Lockey Park on Tuesdays between 6 and 7pm.
U12 Wanderers and Wolves
Players are needed for the U12 Wanderers and the U12 Wolves. If this is your age group, come along to our open training sessions on Tuesdays between 6 - 7pm. Everyone is welcome.
U13 Wanderers
The Under 13 Wanderers are holding further open training sessions as the squad needs two more players for the upcoming season. 
If you are interested in joining the squad, the training sessions will be held on:
Thursday 20th of July, 6-7pm at Lockey Park, Wideopen. 
Monday 24th of July, 7-8pm at Lockey Park, Wideopen.
Please contact Graeme Cole on 07889618711
U13 Warriors
Next season's U13 Warriors are moving up to 11-a-side next season and are looking for more players to join them. They will be having open trials on Mondays from 22nd May between 6 - 7pm for any players that want to go along.
Wednesday 26th July
Seniors FC v. Stobswood (H) KO 18:30 (F)
Seniors A v. WBBC (A) KO 18:30 (F)
Thursday 27th July

U17s v. U16s - Pitch 1 - KO 18:30 (F)
Saturday 29th July
Seniors FC v. Monkseaton (H) KO 14:00 (F)
Wednesday 2nd August
Seniors A v. New Hartley U18s (H) KO 18:30 (F)
Saturday 5th August
Seniors A v. Monkseaton A (H) KO 13:30 (F)
Saturday 12th August
Seniors v. Blyth FC (A) KO 14:30
Wednesday 16th August
Seniors v. Whitley Bay SC (H) KO 18:15
Thursday 17th August
U17s v. Blyth Rgrs Deportivo (H) KO 18:30 (F)
Saturday 19th August
Seniors v. Blyth Town (H) KO 14:30
Wednesday 23rd August
Seniors v. Cramlington Utd (A) KO 18:15
Thursday 24th August
West Allotment game KO 18:30
Saturday 26th August
Seniors v. Whitburn Athletic FC (A) KO 14:30
Wednesday 30th August
Seniors v. Gateshead Redheugh (H) KO 18:15
Saturday 2nd September
Seniors v. Coundon & Leeholme FC (H) KO 14:30
Saturday 16th September
Seniors v. Willington Quay (A) KO 14:40
Saturday 23rd September
Seniors v. Cramlington Utd (A) KO 14:00
Saturday 30th September
Seniors v. Red Row / Percy Main FC (H) KO 14:00

Committee Meeting: tbc
Full Meeting: tbc
Minutes available in Managers' Section.

Minisoccer at Wideopen Juniors

The minisoccer section at Wideopen and District Juniors AFC is thriving. More information is available HERE.

Soccer Skills Sessions
During the Summer, these sessions are 6-7 on Monday nights at Lockey Park. There is also a session between 9:30 and 10:30 on Saturdays at Lockey Park. Three groups for 5-6 year olds; 7-8 year olds and 9-10 year olds. Everyone welcome.
They are held at Seaton Burn College during the winter (mid-September to mid-March).
Players from 5 - 11 are welcome (mini soccer and younger) to get skills coaching that will benefit them in a game.

Download the Soccer Skills Application Form from HERE

Soccer Skills Presentation July 2015:
Photo1; Photo2

A new venture has been introduced at Wideopen FC for U7s. This will be held on Saturday's at Lockey Park at 10:45 following the Soccer Skills sessions.
Coached 5-a-side games will be held and new players are welcome. Contact Joe Danquah for more information
Phone: 07496 122487


Are you injured? Wideopen Football Club has an agreement with a local Sports Therapist whereby you can now ask for an assessment and treatment with a 60% discount on basic prices. More information is available here and ask your manager about how to book an appointment.

Sports Therapy at WDJ

News Archive

There's always lots happening at Wideopen Football Club - both on and off the field. Have a look at our News Archive for a few of the older stories.

Stephen Thompson Foundation

Community Web Pages

We are hosting a community website, Have a look at the community web pages.

30th Anniversary

Wideopen Juniors 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner was a huge success. It was very well attended and clearly everyone had a great time.

John Hartson's after dinner speech entertained everyone and there were many laughs at his stories and absolute silence as he took the audience through his battle with cancer and what this taught him about his approach to life - John even managed to bring that to a conclusion with a sense of humour which was typical of his character, honesty and how down-to-earth he is, as well as being a great, genuine guy.

Above (L-to-R): President - John Stephenson; Chairman - Mick Fawcett; John Hartson; BBC Radio Newcastle's Matthew Raisbeck; Secretary - Dave Swan.

To see more photographs from the night, click on the image above.

Presentation Day 2017

What a brilliant day! Wideopen Football Club's Presentations were held on Saturday 24th June 2017 and it was a superb sight to see. The organisation was slick and everyone had an excellent time.

Huge congratulations to all those involved - players, coaches, team secretaries, volunteers. You all do such a great job and give so much time and effort to make Wideopen FC the amazing club it is.

Thanks to the parents who support the club and came along in huge numbers to watch the presentation. Many, many parents commented on how well the day was organised and gave their thanks and appreciation for everthing the club staff put in.

The event culminated in a very emotional presentation of the Stephen Thompson Foundation Award to two very deserving recipients - all to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. Many, many thanks to Bob and Sue Thomspon who joined us once again for the evening and made this very personal presentation themselves.

Official photographs were taken of teams and individual award winners and are on the website and available to buy. Don't forget to have a look at Wideopen Football Club's Roll of Honour displaying the names of all the winners over the years (there are a few gaps so if anyone can help fill those in please email us on

Best Wishes to everyone for next season!

Birthday Wishes

The following players have birthdays in August.

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U9 Comets: Jack
U13 Warriors: Erthan
U13 Warriors: Regan
U14 Girls: Abi
U14 Warriors: Freddie
U14 Wolves: Stephen
U15 Warriors: Martyn
U17s: Kyle

Summer Soccer Camp

It's that time again - get ready for Wideopen Football Club's popular
Summer Soccer Camp

This will run for four weeks from Monday 24th July to Friday 18th August (Mondays to Fridays).

Come along and enjoy your football coaching - structured and a fun way to learn.

Download the information and application form by clicking the image below, or phone Joe Danquah on 07496 122487

Professional Goalkeeping Academy

Dan Molyneux Goalkeeping Academy at Wideopen FC

Wideopen Football Club is hosting a Professional Goalkeeping Academy. This will be held each Monday evening from 3rd April between 5:30 and 6:30pm.

The coaching will be undertaken by Dan Molyneux who has worked for Newcastle Academy and continues to support and "feed' into them.

Everyone is welcome from across the region and it will cost only £5 per session. Hope to see you there.

Wideopen FC Support for Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre

Wideopen Football Club recently advertised on our website that we wanted to collect strips and boots to send to the Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre in South Africa.

Thanks to fantastic support from parents, players and sponsors, together with the club, we have been able to organise a superb collection of kit. Donations came in from all the teams and age groups, including boots, socks, shorts, tops, a mixture of clothing and we have also sorted a trophy to send.

Huge thanks to DHL for their supportIn total, there was 8 boxes of kit. DHL were briliant too and shipped the boxes to the orphanage free of charge - huge thanks to DHL for their support.

The photograph shows just how pleased the young people were to receive all this.

Well done to everyone involved and a special thanks to Simon Johnson for organising this.

Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre

Find out a little more about the EP Children's Home below:

"The Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre was founded in 1889 and is one of the oldest residential children’s home in South Africa. While we are home to 104 children at any one time, many thousands of children from the ages of 3 to 18 years have been able to receive Love Care Hope in our care in the 127 years of our existence. Our demographics is 80% (Black/Coloured) and 20% (White) and our children are from all over the Eastern Cape. Children are placed in our Centre as a last resort if they are found to be in need of care by the Children’s Court. This is often because they have been exposed to violence and abuse or have been neglected by their care-givers. As a result our children have often suffered a great deal of trauma and neglect – and sometimes abandonment - and need intensive support to help reach their developmental goals.

"Each year we are faced with the challenge of balancing of the budget for normal operating expenses for our children as the amount towards running the Children’s Home we receive from the state by way of subsidies is only 40% of our total costs. This percentage increases every year as the state have pegged the amount per child to R1, 700 per month since 2008, yet food, electricity and transport costs have rocketed. The actual cost is R4, 300 per child.

"The brief profile above gives detailed insight into our Home and further information and pictures can be obtained from our web page and face book page:"

Wideopen Football Club Web Shop

Wideopen Football Club's webshop is now open! Club staff can order kit through this system once sponsorship or fundraising money has been paid in to the club account. Further information from Mark Fisher.
Parents and players can order some club merchandise themselves. If *ONLY TO BE ORDERED BY CLUB OFFICIAL* is shown on a page of the shop, those items are not available to players / parents. The shop does include a variety of other club items and some non-club items (e.g. boots, shins guards etc) available to everyone. Click on the image below to go to the webshop.

Club Webshop

Football Parties

party2Lockey Park is available for football parties party5
party11 hour 3G pitch hire. Members £65 non members £100
Coach £10 and food £3 a head
Chicken nuggets and chips or hot dog and chips,
drink and chocolate bar
Maximum number of kids for party - 16.
All kids get a medal.

If you are interested, speak to one of the managers and they will put you in touch with the Football Party Organisers or email

Club House for Hire
NUFC Kicks @ Wideopen

Wideopen and District Juniors AFC club house is available for hire. Please contact any managers or officials or e-mail to discuss

Club Kitchen

Our kitchen will be open on match days serving a variety of hot food, snacks, drinks and sweets.



Charity Support

Andrew Swan, an ex-player of Wideopen Juniors, completed a triathlon earlier this year to support St. Oswald's Hospice in Gosforth. The triathlon was 95km (as St Oswald's needs £9.5m per year to run). It worked out at 1/2m swim, 48.5m cycle to Morpeth and finally a 10m run from Ponteland finishing at St Oswald's. Andrew did the majority on his own but did have some friends join him for 5m of the cycle and then the full run! See photographs from Andrew's triathlon below.

gosforth run st oswalds

Find out more about St. Oswald's Here

Amazing Shirt Collection
click hereAndrew Swan, ex-Wideopen Juniors player, has collected an amazing assortments of football shirts over many years. He write a blog about these and well as writing about Marseille FC, a club he avidly follows. Andrew is also a huge Newcastle United fan. He has given Wideopen Football Club permission to host a copy of his shirt collection on this website. It is likely to be of interest to many ofour coaches, players and parents who also love the game. Click on the image to have a look at these shirts from over the years and various teams.

Raise Funds When You Shop And Search Online!
Have you heard about easyfundraising yet?  It’s the easiest way to help raise money for Wideopen & District Juniors AFC!  If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, iTunes, eBay or HMV, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop!
Please take a little time to read more about this and help us or go straight to the fund raising website.

WIdeopen Football Club (junior and senior teams) is a family club whose first interests are those of our members. The Managers, Coaches and Committee are a team off the pitch. Each age group is encouraged to work as a team on the pitch. Inevitably, the whole issue of football comes first and foremost and we aim to ensure that it is an enjoyable experience for the youngsters who represent Wideopen FC week in, week out, in all weathers. We continually strive for better standards in coaching qualifications, facilities, equipment, first aid / treatment of injuries, equality, disabilities, child protection issues and training, as well as further developing school and community links. We encourage fair play, sportsmanship and equity. We have the FA Charter Mark for Quality and have gained the much sought after Kitemark. Our stated aim is to increase the quality of provision for children and to continue to raise our standards in all aspects of football. At Wideopen we have always prided ourselves upon our standards in all aspects of the game. Coaching is an area in which we excel and we have qualified coaches at all levels. We also have several Referees. The facilities will be made available to all children and adults within our catchment area. WFC's website is a central source of information about the club.

Respect Campaign

Click on the logo above
to find out more about the Respect Campaign

Click here


Charter Standard Club