A Tribute to Reverend James Errington
Newcastle United Foundation is saddened to hear that Reverend James Errington, a former minister at Denton Burn Methodist Church who featured in our 2013/14 Annual Review, has passed away at the age of 102.
A lifelong Newcastle United supporter, who had a season ticket until last year, James was involved with the Foundation’s Toon Times project which showcased the history of the Club and the North East community’s passion for football and it’s impact over the generations.
James went to school in Annfield Plain and was first introduced to Newcastle United when his head teacher arranged a special treat for the football team – a visit to St. James’ Park that ignited a real passion for the Club.
He grew up watching his favourite player, Hughie Gallagher, who absolutely got him hooked on football and Newcastle United.
In 2015, aged 100, Reverend Errington represented Newcastle United in the FA Fans Choir, singing Abide With Me alongside Alfie Boe at the Wembley Final.
Gavin Ferry, Project Co-ordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “On behalf of all of the staff at Newcastle United Foundation I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Reverend Errington’s family and friends.
“James was hugely enthusiastic about Newcastle United and his involvement in our project was a huge asset. He was able to share so much about his experiences supporting the Club over the years which we were able to feature in our Toon Times exhibition, that was visited by over 350,000 people. Without the support of people in the community, like James, we wouldn’t have been able to create such a detailed reflection of the history of the Club he loved so much”
James’ son, Chris Errington, adds: My Dad was a massive Newcastle United supporter. He gave up his season ticket only last year and always appreciated that the people that sat around him almost created a human shield around him on the way in and out of the stadium to protect him from getting accidentally bumped!
“Dad was a huge advocate of Newcastle United Foundation – he felt they were an extension of what he believed in, helping and supporting the most disadvantaged in our community. He couldn’t speak highly enough of the work they do and really felt that they were the unsung heroes of Newcastle United. Dad was proud to be part of Toon Times and the Annual Review. His love of Newcastle United gave him great joy and to share that with others was something he truly enjoyed.”