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Dunston UTS FC Legend Andrew Bulford announces his retirement from the game.

We look back on what has been an outstanding career in North East Non-League Football.

After an outstanding career in North East non-league football, Andrew “Bully” Bulford has decided to hang up his boots.

Bully will be best remembered for his time at Dunston UTS FC, where he established himself as one of the most feared strikers in The Northern League.

Having joined the club in June 2008 from Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, the forward would go on to amass a staggering 221 goals in all competitions for the club across an 8 season spell. He finished as the clubs leading scorer 5 seasons running and won Player’s Player of the Season in the 2010/11 season.

To this day he remains as the clubs all-time highest goal-scorer and will best remembered for his FA Vase goal-scoring heroics during the 2011/12 season.

During Dunston’s FA Vase winning season he scored in every game of every round, the highlight of which came at Wembley Stadium, with Bully scoring both goals in a man of the match performance, as Dunston overcame Northern League rivals West Auckland Town in a famous and unforgettable 2-0 win.

Bully would eventually leave The UTS Stadium to join South Shields in September 2015, from there he would go on to join Ashington, before eventually moving to Whickham FC where his goal-scoring prowess was key to “The Lang Jacks” promotion to The Northern League 1st Division in the 2017/18 season.

He would later enjoy spells at Newcastle Blue Star and Burradon and New Fordley in The Northern Alliance.

Everyone at Dunston UTS FC would like to wish Bully a happy retirement, as he draws a halt to his playing days knowing that he will forever be regarded as a genuine Dunston UTS FC Legend.

2012 FA Vase Final goals

FA Vase Final match report

Published Thursday 3rd February 2022