An old newspaper clipping and text courtesy of Mr Ron Healey in Australia. The Pride of League Champs was certainly a proud day for this group of men from Stockton Football Club when they came along to the ground during the 1907 close season to have this photograph taken. For not only were they celebrating the opening of the clubs new pavilion in June 1907, the club had also won the previous seasons Northern League Championship. And the opening of the new pavilion was such a big occasion for the whole town that Civic and other dignitaries were all invited along to pose for the camera.
The men pictured are:- Back Row, left to right; Budget, Mr Burrell, Mr J. Harrison, R Shaw (trainer), Mr. Gowland, Alderman Mawlam, Alderman Green (secretary), Mr. Green Junior. Second Row; W Grainger, F Bowron, E Bowron, J Bowron, Tom Wheatley, Mr H Grey, Mr Rodgers, Mr Riley, Mr Cartright, Superintendent Hildreth, Mr Alderson, Mr Farrington (Star), Mr Bowron, Mr Newton (Gazette). Third Row; Chapman, Grey, Waller, Mr Mackie, Mr T Dowling, Alderman Harrison (Mayor), Mr H Walker, Mr Gaunt, Mr Burn, Mr Hornsby, Mr Kilvington, Mr Davis, Mr T Clark (Echo). Front Row; Dunn, Walton, Freeland, Guest, Chambers, Bell, Hassett (Captain), Bramall, Charlton, Williamson, Marwood, Prosser. Inset on the photograph are Featherstone (left) and Mr B Riley (President).