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FOOTBALL


The club was established in 1993 as Teesside Athletic and initially played in the Teesside League. In 2005, they joined the Wearside League and, in 2010, the club’s name was changed to Redcar Athletic. They finished as Wearside League runners-up on three occasions before finally clinching their first championship in 2018, thereby enabling them to win promotion to the Northern League. Lee Williams met up with their Head Groundsman, Paul Wilson


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aul Wilson is responsible for looking after fifteen acres of land, which includes the main match pitch, three full-size pitches and four development pitches for the juniors which he mainly does by himself. Paul explains, “I do get a few helpers now and again if I’m struggling, but not very often. I cut the pitches and mark them out, but my responsibilities also include the management of the clubhouse; looking after the cleaning and maintenance. My wife, Linda helps out a lot with the cleaning and the café - which I’m the manager of at the weekend, as we are open Saturdays and Sundays for football. You name it I do it.” Paul is a former fisherman who had his own boat fishing off the coast of Redcar. But he has always had a love for football and first got into groundsmanship ten years ago after doing his football coaching badges. “I got involved running a junior and senior team here at Redcar; I used to help the groundsman out who was getting too old to carry on and had a lot of health issues. When he packed in, the club had no one to


take over his role and they depended on volunteers to prep the pitches. At this time, I still had my own business as I owned a fish and chip shop, which I purchased after I retired from being a fisherman. Then, in 2009, I sold my chip shop and took up the full-time role here, to pursue my passion for football and groundsmanship. I have not looked back.”


Since Paul took on the role ten years ago, he tells me how, at the beginning, it was a real struggle, and he had to be ‘creative’ with the limited funds available to him. “I used to cut all the pitches with a Saxon Baroness triple mower; that is all I had, alongside a fork and a rake! I needed a brush, so I built my own for the back of the triple, which I used to groom the pitches in winter. Since the early days, the club has progressed and invested in more machinery and equipment.”


Paul controls the budget for the playing surfaces, and he does his best to get the most out of what he is given. “I get a budget from the senior section. I was fortunate to get £4,000 a year, but that has just gone


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