The Jarrow Branch S.A.F.C.S.A. was formed at the start of the 1980 / 81 season with Steve and
Paul Dean at the helm, based at the Neon Social Club Jarrow. The Jarrow Branch have been
one of the strongest branches ever since. You will always see some of the ‘Jarra lads ’
at the away games, for more than 14 years we travelled with Martindale’s coaches and more
recently with Fairley’s coaches, many of our members rarely miss a match, we have a strong
contingent of young supporters who have been seen cheering the lads on their travels who
started as junior members and are now full adult members.
Steve and Paul Dean have been Jarrow Branch Secretary and Chairman throughout the 20 years the
branch has been in existence as well as being past Secretary and Chairman of the once very
successful Branch Liaison Council, which amongst other things arranged Inter- Branch Tournaments
such as football quiz, pool, darts, dominoes and 5- a side matches. Steve and Paul also served
on the Roker liaison Group under the leadership of Rogan Taylor and Steve is a current member
of the SAFC Liaison Group, which holds regular meetings with the Directors, and officials of
The Jarrow Branch have a player and young player of the year award, past winners have included
Stan Cummins, Rob Hindmarch, Paul Bracewell, Nick Pickering, Chris Turner, Barry Venison,
Gary Bennett, Marco Gabbiadini and more recently Kevin Phillips.
Chris Turner has been the Branch President since the early 80’s the branch helped Chris when he
was at Roker raise in excess of £2,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation (C.H.U.F.).
Craig Russell a “Jarra lad” himself along with his brother and his parents have travelled
with us in the past and since leaving the club still keeps in touch sponsoring a local
football team which many of our members play for The Red Hackle.
New members are always made welcome see contacts on how to get in touch.