Billingham Town FC




The club are pleased to announce Ray Morton is joining the club and committee as football secretary. Ray has 15 years of experience in the Northern League, having previously been at Norton & Stockton Ancients, Thornaby and most recently Jarrow.

Chairman Paul Beddow said, “We have worked hard to get Ray. This is a fantastic appointment for the club and Ray is taking up the key position of club Secretary. Ray comes with a wealth of experience at this level and will be an integral part of moving this club forward. I have known Ray for a long time and also know how much passion and drive he has which is absolutely key to what we want to achieve.”

On his new position Ray said, “Having been involved with three northern league teams since 2003 as manager, secretary, and chairman, and lived in Billingham since 1982 when my ex police colleague Paul Beddow had an conversation about becoming involved with my local team Billingham Town it was an opportunity too good to miss. The club has a great history and I look forward to using my experience to assist Paul and the committee to have a team to proud of in Billog as my kids call it!”

We hope everyone at the club joins us in welcoming Ray.

Ray was born in Jarrow and attended Jarrow central school till age 16 , representing Jarrow Hebburn and Felling boys team and having trials with Middlesbrough FC

He left school at 16 and he was employed by BT as an apprentice at Newcastle telephone exchange. Through day release he obtained enough qualifications to attend Newcastle University Northumberland college and train for three years as a PE teacher obtaining his FA coaching awards . During this time he ran the college Northern alliance side and had trials for British colleges, and in his final year represented Arbroath FC in the Scottish league

On leaving university he was appointed PE teacher at Shotton hall school Peterlee

One of his pupils played for England schoolboys and he ran the Durham county Under 15 which included future England international Barry Venison . Whilst teaching he managed Wearside league Seaham UDC aged 22 years and played locally for Seaham Red star , Shotton comrades Wingate winning the Monkwearmotuth charity cup and Eppleton CW

He left teaching in April 1980 and joined Cleveland police as a PC, based at Billingham . In his first year in the police the Cleveland team (for the only time in history) reached the National Police Cup final losing 2-1 to West Midlands at WBA . He played for Stockton Town winning the Teesside league and Macmillan bowl in 1987 and then Billingham Cassel Mall again winning the league in 1992 and the Durham trophy , merging with Wingate FC in the Wearside league the following season.

His next step into club management was at Wearside league Wingate Mall, finalists in the Monkwearmouth cup in 1993 and he then played for Hartlepool then Wynyard over 40's. Management of the Norton and Stockton ancients over 40 came next in 1998 winning the Sunderland and district Premier league four times and gaining Manager of the year in 2002 . In 2003 he became assistant at Northern league Norton and Stockton Ancients to ex Sunderland and Middlesbrough player Stan Cummins who left and Ray became manager. The following season 2004 Norton featured on Match of the day defeating Yorkshire amateurs 1-0 in front of the BBC cameras in the FA cup prelim round .

For the next three seasons Norton finished 6th and were finalists in the Ernest Armstrong cup . In Early 2007 Ray took the role of Chairman at Norton , but returned to management as Assistant at Easington CW in September 2007 for the season . In May 2008 he was appointed Manager at Thornaby FC and finished 20th narrowly avoiding relegation

The following season 2009/10 they reached the final of the Ernest Armstrong trophy for the first time losing to Whitehaven . Ray retired from the police in 2010 and returned to teaching in Special schools .

In 2011 Ray obtained a Lottery grant of £50,000 to refurbish the Thornaby FC Teesdale Park ground and also introduced use of the facilities as a Forest School for local disadvantaged children.

He was awarded the Stockton Council Community Group Award in 2012 for his work for the charity Friends of Teesdale park Thornaby which he still continues as secretary using the facilities for Northfield school children . He assisted Thornaby FC to become a Community Amateur sports club .

In 2012 /13 he continued  as Assistant manager at Thornaby and then in Autumn 2013 joined Esh Winning as Assistant Manager till the end of season keeping them in the Northern league .

He returned to Thornaby in 2014 on the committee and performed several roles including Secretary, Treasurer and Commercial manager receiving the Northern league Arthur Clark Award for service to the league and also the Durham FA long service admin award and served on the Northern League committee .

In August 2017 he joined newly promoted NL team Jarrow FC as website manager and committee member where his son played .

He has lived in Billingham since 1982 and in 2012-14 ran the Billingham Catholic Club as secretary. He is a lover of real ale and Sunderland FC .

He has three children. Darren is a teacher who lives on Tyneside and played for Jarrow and his two girls work as a Police officer and security supervisor. He is grandad to a girl and a boy aged 4 and 2 .

Ray currently works one day doing Forest School with children from Northfield school where he has been teaching Humanities for the last three years , and works occasional days throughout the NE with hard to reach children and non attenders . He tried to retire in July last year but failed!


Next Game

Saturday 20th April



Heaton Stannington

KO. 3.00pm

Ebac Northern League