The Strange Case Of Barney Travers

Barney Travers, Sunderland AFC Born Sunderland 1894 Barney Travers started his footballing career with Sunderland Co-op, playing in the local Wednesday League. From there he moved to Oak Villa and Lambton Star, then Sunderland West End, before signing for Sunderland AFC in July 1919. He fought during WW1 and was taken prisoner, remaining a…

Legendary Sunderland Fans

For a football club with famed supporters it is hardly surprising that certain fans become deeply ingrained in the Sunderland AFC story. At Sunderland two fans became legendary because of the zeal with which they followed the Black Cats. John Tennick and Billy Simmons were both early and founding members of the Sunderland AFC Supporters Association. Both now deceased,…

Jack Grimwood – South Shields

Although Ryehill Football concentrates its efforts on chronicling the fortunes and history of Sunderland AFC we also, as our title implies, look at Vintage Football. With this in mind we are featuring here a Manchester United player from the 1920's, Jack Grimwood, who was also a local North East lad,…