Our River Stories: Barbara Roper
“Our River Stories: My grandad, Peter Mackin, was born in 1878 and was a shipyard labourer in Hebburn, Wallsend and Blyth. Despite working long and exhausting hours in the shipyard he found time to become a well known local football player.
“He went on to play for Wallsend Villa, Bedlington United Terriers,Willington Athletic, Ashington, Newburn and most famously at Blyth Spartans. Then he captained Bedlington and Blyth and won the Tynemouth Infirmary Cup in 3 successive seasons 1909-1911.
“The Morpeth Herald 18th May 1917 reported: ‘Official news has been received at Blyth that Peter Mackin of Tyneside Irish has been killed in action at Vimy Ridge. Private Mackin was for several years the doyen of local football followers.’