Northern Football League
The Northern League is a mens football league in north east England for semi-professional and amateur teams. Having been founded in 1889, it is the oldest surviving football league in the world after the Football League and it contains two divisions, Division One and Division Two. Division One sits on the tier of the English football league system. These leagues cover County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, northern Cumbria, One of the top three teams of Division One may be eligible for promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League, subject to certain criteria. The Northern League ran as one of two major competitions in tandem with the professional Football League, Southern League and, since 1968. In 1974, amateur status was abandoned by the Football Association, ultimately, the Northern League remained out of the football pyramid until 1991, a decision that proved very costly to its status. The league declined throughout the 1980s as its leading clubs defected to other leagues within the football pyramid, Northern League clubs now compete for the FA Vase. The League had a sponsorship deal put in place by Brooks Mileson, owner of the Albany Group. In that year, Mileson announced that he had created a trust which would continue to sponsor the league throughout his lifetime, in 2008, however, the league announced that this sponsorship had come to an end, and it held a raffle to determine its next sponsor. Interested parties were invited to buy a stake in the raffle for £250, the winning stake was held by a local training company and the league was known as the skilltrainingltd Northern League from the 2008–09 season until the 2011–12 season. The league is sponsored by dehumidifier manufacturer Ebac. Level 11 clubs from the Northern Football Alliance, Teesside Football League, originally the league comprised a single division. The champions were as follows, In 1897, the league split into two divisions. In 1900, the league reverted to a single division, in 1905 the league split into two sections, one for professionals and one for amateurs. This lasted for a single season, in 1906 the league reverted to a single division, a format retained until 1982. In 1982 the league added a second division
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Northern England or the North of England, also known as the North Country or simply the North, is the northern part of England, when considered as a single cultural area. The area roughly spans from the River Trent and River Dee to the Scottish border in the north, Northern England roughly comprises three statistical regions, the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber. These have a population of around 14.9 million as of the 2011 Census. The region has been controlled by groups from the Brigantes. After the Norman conquest in 1066, the Harrying of the North brought destruction, a Council of the North was in place during the Late Middle Ages until the Commonwealth after the Civil War. The area experienced Anglo–Scottish border fighting until the unification of Britain under the Stuarts, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the economy of the North was dominated by heavy industry such as weaving, shipbuilding, steelmaking and mining. The deindustrialisation that followed in the half of the 20th century hit Northern England hard. For government and statistical purposes, Northern England is defined as the covered by the three statistical regions of North East England, North West England and Yorkshire and the Humber. This definition will be used in article, except when otherwise stated. Using historic county boundaries, the North is generally taken to comprise Cumberland, Northumberland, Westmorland, County Durham, Lancashire and Yorkshire, the Isle of Man is occasionally included in definitions of the North, although it is politically and culturally distinct from England. Additionally, some areas of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have been associated with the North. The geographer Danny Dorling includes most of the West Midlands and part of the East Midlands in his definition of the North, conversely, more restrictive definitions also exist, typically based on the extent of the historical Northumbria, which exclude Cheshire and Lincolnshire. Personal definitions of the North vary greatly and are sometimes passionately debated, when asked to draw a dividing line between North and South, Southerners tend to draw this line further south than Northerners do. Various towns have been described as or promoted themselves as the gateway to the North, including Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, through the North of England run the Pennines, an upland chain often referred to as the backbone of England. This stretches from the Cheviot Hills on the border with Scotland to the Peak District, the geography of the North has been heavily shaped by the ice sheets of the Pleistocene era, which often reached as far south as the Midlands. On the other side of the Pennines, a glacial lake forms the Humberhead Levels, a large area of fenland which drains into the Humber. This has left the North a region of contrasts, the Lake District includes Englands highest peak, Scafell Pike, which rises to 978 m, its largest lake, Windermere, and its deepest lake, Wastwater. However, dense areas have emerged along the coasts and rivers
Middlesbrough Football Club is a professional association football club based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. Formed in 1876, they have played at the Riverside Stadium since 1995 and they played at the Linthorpe Road ground from 1882 to 1903 and at Ayresome Park for 92 years, from 1903 to 1995. They were one of the members of the Premier League in 1992. The clubs main rivals are Sunderland and Newcastle United, there is also a rivalry with fellow Yorkshire club Leeds United. The clubs highest league finish to date was third in the 1913–14 season, the club came close to folding in 1986 after experiencing severe financial difficulties before it was saved by a consortium led by then board member and later chairman Steve Gibson. Middlesbrough were deducted three points for failing to fulfil a fixture against Blackburn Rovers in the 1996–97 Premier League season and they were promoted the following season and spent 11 seasons in the top division before being relegated again in 2009. Middlesbrough won the League Cup in 2004, the clubs first and they reached the 2006 UEFA Cup Final, but were beaten by Spanish side Sevilla. After seven years in the Championship, Middlesbrough secured promotion to the Premier League in 2016 after finishing in second place, the clubs traditional kit is red with white detailing. The various crests throughout the history, the most recent of which was adopted in 2007. They won the FA Amateur Cup in 1895 and again in 1898, the club turned professional in 1889, but reverted to amateur status in 1892. They turned professional permanently in 1899, after three seasons, they won promotion to the First Division, where they would remain for the next 22 years. In 1903, the moved to Ayresome Park, their home for the next 92 years. In 1905, the club sanctioned the transfer of Alf Common for £1,000, over the next few years, their form fluctuated greatly, rising to sixth in 1907–08 before dropping to 17th two seasons later. The club rose to their highest league finish to date, third, World War I soon intervened and football was suspended. Before league football resumed, Middlesbrough won the Northern Victory League and they remained in the First Division for the next few seasons, but were relegated in 1923–24 after finishing bottom, ten points adrift of their nearest rivals. Three seasons later, they won the Division Two title, during that season, debutant George Camsell, who had signed from Third Division North side Durham City the previous season, finished with a record 59 league goals, which included nine hat-tricks. He would continue as top scorer for each of the ten seasons. Their tenure back in the top flight lasted one season
Darlington 1883 is an English football club that plays at Blackwell Meadows, Darlington. This policy had previously applied to other collapsing clubs, such as Chester City FC. Darlington applied to join the Northern League as a new club, a deadline imposed by the FA meant the board was unable to wait for the results of a poll of supporters, so the name Darlington 1883 was chosen. The company Darlington 1883 Limited was incorporated on 18 Jan 2012 by owners of Darlington Football Club and this company then went on to purchase the assets of Darlington F. C. on 3 May 2012 when a CVA could not be agreed with creditors. Darlington Football Club itself was founded in 1883, and became a football club in 1908. The club became a member of the Football League in 1920, in which it competed until 1989, in the 1989–90 season and from 2010 to 2012, Darlington played in the Football Conference. The club was taken over by Darlington1883, a group of local fans. Darlington1883 failed to arrange a CVA, and as such on 21 June 2012 Darlington F. C. ceased to exist, an appeal against the FA decision was inevitably rejected, confirming that the new club would not be able to play as Darlington F. C. On 25 June 2012 the new registration of a new club. In March 2013 it was confirmed that the Darlington Football Club Community Interest Company and this made the club 100% fan and community owned, with 26% owned by the Darlington 1883 Supporters Club and 22% by 22 individual fans. Following a successful first season in the Northern League Division One, Darlington 1883 were crowned champions with a haul of 122 points. As a result, Darlington 1883 were promoted to the Northern Premier League Division One North, even though Darlington 1883 are a new club, they are committed to paying the former clubs debt including a recent payment of £53,000 to HMRC. Darlington played in the Northern Premier League Division One North for the 2013–14 season, in the 2013–14 season, Darlington finished 2nd and qualified for the playoffs, where they were beaten in the semifinal by Ramsbottom United. Ramsbottom went on to win the final and achieve promotion, in the 2014–15 season, Darlington again finished 2nd and on 2 May 2015 they won the playoff final 2–0 against Bamber Bridge to win promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division. In the 2015–16 season, Darlington clinched the Northern Premier League Premier Division title on 21 April 2016 after beating Whitby Town 7–1 to seal promotion to the National League North. Norman Stephens and some of the staff were retained by Darlington who took Hordens place in the Wearside League. They played their first game under the new name on 6 October in a 1–0 away defeat to Boldon C. A, plans had originally been laid down to move to Shildon Football Club, but Heritage Park was eventually chosen as Darlingtons first official home. Heritage Park is south-west of Bishop Auckland, the attendance was exactly 3,000 at Blackwell Meadows
Bishop Auckland F.C.
Bishop Auckland Football Club is a football club based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England. They are one of the most successful sides, having won the FA Amateur Cup ten times. Nicknamed The Bishops or The Two Blues, they are rivals with West Auckland Town, the club are currently members of the Northern League Division One and play at Heritage Park. The founding students chose Cambridge and Oxford Blue as the colours to reflect the origins of the new team. A later dispute caused a breakaway team called Auckland Town in 1886, in 1889 Auckland Town were one of the 10 founding members of the Worlds second-oldest football league – the Northern League. The inaugural season was uneventful with the team finishing 8th with the leagues first winners being St. Augustines. Between the years of 1891 and 1893 the team never participated in league football, the team name was changed in 1893 to Bishop Auckland and it was under this name that the football club rejoined the Northern League. The following two seasons under the new name were again uneventful as the finished third bottom on both occasions. During the 1895–96 season Bishop Auckland won their first silverware on a national scale – the Amateur Cup – defeating Royal Artillery Portsmouth 8–0 in the final. Over the following few seasons the team improved their league position. It was also during 1899 that Bishop Auckland picked up their second Durham County Challenge Cup, after the war, Bishop Auckland picked up where they left off finishing as league runners-up to South Bank in 1919–20, winning the following season and runners-up again the following two seasons. During this time the Amateur Cup was added twice more with wins over Swindon Victoria, the next honour was won nearly a decade later when the league championship was added in 1931 along the Durham County Challenge Cup. In 1935 the Amateur Cup final was reached again with Wimbledon being defeated 2–1 in a replay after the tie finished goalless after extra time. The Bishops had perhaps their best-ever season in 1938–39 when they completed a treble, future Liverpool player and manager Bob Paisley played at right-back in the team which won the Northern League title, the Durham County Challenge Cup and the FA Amateur Cup. The Amateur Cup final was played in Durham at Roker Park where the Bishops defeated Wellington 3–0 after extra time, following WWII, Bishop Auckland reached the Amateur Cup final for the eleventh time but went down 3–2 against Barnet. The following season, 1946–47, another Northern League title was added with Crook Colliery Welfare runners-up, the team were runners-up the following two seasons, to Ferryhill Athletic and Evenwood Town respectively. The 1950s were to be Bishop Aucklands best with the Northern League title won in the first three seasons with Billingham Synthonia being the runners-up on each occasion. Bishop and Willington both reached the final of the Amateur Cup in 1950, Willington producing a shock to triumph 4–0 over their more glamorous neighbours, the following season the Amateur Cup final was reached again
South Bank F.C.
South Bank F. C. were a football club based near Middlesbrough, England. The club claimed to have founded in 1868, which would have made them one of the oldest football clubs in England. South Banks claim to have founded in 1868 would make them the oldest club in the North-East. While the date is recognised by most football historians, there is contemporary evidence to support it. The club initially played matches with other clubs in the Middlesbrough area. In 1885 they amalgamated with South Bank Eribus and South Bank Excelsior, the Bankers remained at Paradise field for a period of three years during which time they entered the FA Cup for the first time. Their first game in the competition came on 30 October 1886 when they lost 0–4 to Gainsborough Trinity in the First Round, the following year they entertained Newcastle East End and triumphed 3–2 following extra time. They then succumbed to Middlesbrough in the Second Round, the club became founder members of the Northern League in 1889–90 and moved to a new ground at Normanby Road. They left the Northern League after this season, returning for another season in 1891–92 before applying to join the Teesside League in 1892–93 becoming champions. Switching again back to the Northern League in 1893–94, they competed in the first FA Amateur Cup. They then lost a title play-off the following season against Bishop Auckland and they also achieved the largest win ever recorded in the Northern League on 29 April 1895 when they hammered North Skelton Rovers 21–0. The following years leading up to the start of World War I were one the club’s most successful periods, a new grandstand, luxurious at the time, was also built in 1909. The structure remained unchanged until demolished in 1993 after fire damage. A second Northern League title, which had eluded the club before hostilities, was secured in 1919–20 after a three way play-off with Crook Town and Bishop Auckland, the 1921–22 season proved to be one of the most eventful. Leading 2–1 in the FA Amateur Cup Final against local rivals Bishop Auckland with one two remaining, the Bankers conceded a late equaliser and then had a last minutes penalty saved. Bishops went on to win 5–2, consolation came for South Bank in securing their third Northern League title in the same season. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Amateur Cup in 1926–27, the Northern League resumed operation in 1945–46 with South Bank finishing runners-up. They then won the Northern League Cup for the first time in 1947–48, the following decades were a lean period for the club
Tow Law Town F.C.
The team, nicknamed The Lawyers, play their home games at Ironworks Road. The clubs fans are known as The Misfits, the club was founded in 1890 as Tow Law F. C. Tow Law reached the final of the FA Vase in 1998, having progressed all the way from the first round, there was a football team operating in Tow Law as early as 1881, when a vicar captained the team. However, the still playing today was founded as Tow Law in 1890. The club became one of the teams of the Auckland and District League in 1892. They then joined the Northern League in 1894, in 1896 they won the Durham Challenge Cup. They left the Northern League, and played in the South Durham Alliance from 1900 to 1905, in 1905 the club changed its name to Tow Law Town which they have stuck with ever since. The club played in the Crook and District League from 1912 until 1914, after the end of World War I in 1918, the club again played in the Auckland and District League until 1920, when they returned to the Northern League where they have played ever since. The club were league winners two seasons in a row, in 1923–24 and 1924–25 and they were runners up in 1928–29. In the Second World War they resigned from the Northern League on 20 March 1940 and they rejoined the league in 1945 on its resumption after the War. In the 1967–68 season, the club had their best ever run in the FA Cup, after reaching the first round proper, they beat Mansfield Town 5–1 at Ironworks Road, and took Shrewsbury Town to a second round replay after a 1–1 draw at home. The team went into the third round draw and were drawn against Arsenal at home, however this never happened because they were beaten 6–2 by Shrewsbury in the replay. Arsenal were said to be saved from a worse than death – a trip to Tow Law in January. In 1974, they won the Northern League Cup, beating Ashington 2–1 in the final at Crook, in the summer of 1978, Chris Waddle started playing for the club. In the summer of 1980, while Waddle was working in a sausage factory, Tow Law Town were runners-up in the 1988–89 season, before finally winning the league again in 1994–95, sitting 14 points clear at the end of the season. They missed out on the runners up spot the following year on goal difference, Harry Hodgson had long served as Chairman of the club, but stood down at the end of 1995–96, but as of 2011 he still remains a member of the committee. John Flynn took over as Chairman, at the end of 1996–97, Harry Dixon, another long standing official at the club, stood down as treasurer, but stayed on as the clubs president. Kevin McCormick took over as treasurer, the club made their first and so far only visit to Wembley Stadium on 9 May 1998, by winning through to the final of the FA Vase, under the management of Peter Quigley and his assistant Tony Heslop
Crook Town A.F.C.
Crook Town Association Football Club is a football club based in Crook, County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at the Sir Tom Cowie Millfield, the club won the FA Amateur Cup five times. Crook Town Football Club was formed in 1889 by a merger of Crook and Crook Excelsior and they initially only played friendly and cup matches until Crook Cricket Club took over the club in 1894. A successful application was made to join the Bishop Auckland and District League, with the clubs first league match plaued on 15 August 1894. They were league runners-up in 1895–96, and at the end of the season they joined the Northern League, in 1897–98 the league gained a second division, with Crook becoming members of Division One. They finished bottom of the division and were due to part in promotion/relegation play-off matches. However, an outbreak of smallpox in the Middlesbrough area had prevented the club finishing their league fixtures and they finished bottom of Division One the following season, but there was no relegation. In 1900–01 the club won the FA Amateur Cup, defeating Kings Lynn 3–0 in a replay at Ipswich after a 1–1 draw at Dovercourt in Essex, in 1908 Crook successfully applied to join the North Eastern League. However, shortly before the start of the 1908–09 season the club decided to remain in the Northern League, in 1913 the club made the first of three tours to Spain where games were played against Barcelona. Subsequent tours were undertaken in 1921 and 1922, in all Crook played Barcelona ten times, winning two, drawing four and losing four. Jack Greenwell, a native of Crook who played on the first tour, jack went on to manage Barcelona and the Spanish national team before coaching all over the world during the 1930s. In 1914–15 Crook won their first Northern League title, in 1926–27 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. After beating Workington 2–1, they lost 2–0 at Third Division North Southport in the second round and they had also reached the first round of the FA Cup, losing 8–2 at Third Division North Rochdale. Crook were re-constituted in the summer of 1928 and after being refused entry to the Northern League and they were accepted back into the Northern League in 1929, but a year later decided to turn professional and joined the North Eastern League under the name Crook. In 1931–32 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup again, the club struggled on until World War II and the Northern League closed down in 1940. In 1943 Hole in the Wall Colliery and Peases West Welfare merged to form Crook Colliery Welfare, when the Northern League resumed in 1945, the new club took the place of Crook Town, whose name they adopted in 1949. In 1952–53 they won the Northern League, and the season they won the FA Amateur Cup again. In 1958–59 they won the league and reached the FA Amateur Cup for the third time and they won the Cup again in 1961–62 with a 4–0 win over Hounslow Town in a replay, and the following season won the Northern League title
Ashington Association Football Club is a football club based in Ashington, Northumberland, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division One and play at Woodhorn Lane and they were a founding member of the Football League Third Division North in 1921 and are the northernmost team to have played in the Football League. The club were founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968 and have been in the Northern League since 1970. The club was established in 1883 and began entering the FA Cup in 1887 and they joined the Northern Alliance at the start of the 1892–93 season when the league was expanded to twelve clubs. However, the league was reduced to ten club the following season, the club then ceased activities, but were brought back following a large meeting, joining the East Northumberland League in 1895. They went on to win the title in 1897–98. Ashington applied to rejoin the Northern Alliance in 1901, but were rejected, however, the following season they were elected back into the league, finishing second in the vote to admit three clubs. They won the league in 1913–14 and moved up to the North Eastern League, when football resumed after World War I the club rejoined the North Eastern League, where they remained until being elected into the new Third Division North of the Football League in 1921. After all the applications had been considered by the League, Ashington were one of fourteen clubs marked out for admission in a single bloc, which they duly were. In 1926–27 the club recorded its best performance in the FA Cup, reaching the third round, after finishing bottom of the division in 1928–29 the club lost their bid for re-election, receiving only 14 votes to the 24 received by non-League York City. Ashington subsequently dropped into Division Two of the North Eastern League as Division One had no spaces, with only two clubs eligible for promotion, Ashington appeared to have missed out after finishing third. However, runners-up White-le-Head declined the opportunity of promotion, allowing Ashington to move up to Division One, alongside several other former North Eastern League clubs, Ashington switched to the Midland League. In 1960 they were members of the Northern Counties League. The North Eastern League was re-established in 1962, but lasted two seasons. Ashington spent the 1964–65 season in the Wearside League before joining the North Regional League and they remained in the league for three seasons, before becoming founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968. In the first season of the league, the club finished third-from-bottom and they spent a single season back in the Northern Alliance, before joining the Northern League in 1970. In 1973–74 they reached the semi-finals of the last-ever FA Amateur Cup, in 1981 a second division was added to the league, with Ashington remaining in Division One. However, after finishing second-from-bottom in 1983–84 they were relegated to Division Two, in 2000–01 they won Division Two, earning promotion to Division One
Consett Association Football Club is a football club based in Consett in County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division One and play at Belle View Stadium, the club was established in 1899 as Consett Celtic. They joined the Northern Alliance in 1919, and were renamed Consett in 1922 and they finished bottom of the league in 1922–23, but were runners-up in 1925–26. At the end of the all the clubs in the league joined the North Eastern League as members of the new Division Two. They were the first Division Two champions in 1926–27, earning promotion to Division One, however, after finishing second-from-bottom of Division One in 1930–31, they were relegated back to Division Two. In 1932–33 Consett were Division Two runners-up and were promoted to Division One, after finishing second-from-bottom of Division One in 1934–35, they left to return the Northern Alliance, which had been re-established. However, after two seasons in the Northern Alliance, they rejoined the North Easter League, which was now running with a single division. When the league was suspended in 1939 following the outbreak of World War II, a competition was run with ten clubs, in 1946–47 they finished seventh in the league and subsequently applied for election to the Football League. However, no vote took place and the four clubs up for re-election retained their places in the Football League, the club went on to win the League Cup in 1950–51 and 1953–54. In 1960 they were members of the Northern Counties League, the club were champions in 1961–62. They finished bottom of the league in 1963–64, with the league disbanded at the end of the season, the club subsequently joined the Wearside League, They were runners-up in 1968–69 and 1969–70, after which the club joined the Northern League. In 1976–77 they finished joint top of the table with Spennymoor United and they were later relegated to Division Two after finishing bottom of Division One in 1987–88. The 1988–89 season saw Consett win Division Two at the first attempt, earning an immediate return to Division One. They won the League Cup in 1994–95 with a 2–0 win over Whitby Town in the final, and in 1996–97 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for a second time, losing 4–0 at Mansfield Town. The early 2000s saw the club yo-yo between the divisions, as they were relegated in 2002–03, promoted in 2003–04, relegated again in 2004–05 and they went on to finish as Division One runners-up in 2007–08, 2008–09 and again in 2010–11. The club originally played at Vicarage Field, which was owned by the Consett Iron Company, spectator facilities were restricted to a small stand, with a army hut used for changing rooms. However, in 1948 the site was needed for expansion of the steelworks and they spent two seasons at Eden Colliery Welfares Leadgate ground before returning to Consett to play at the new Belle Vue Park ground on Ashdale Road. The first match at Belle Vue Park was played in August 1950, One of the stands was later closed, although the steel structure was left in place
Dunston UTS F.C.
Dunston UTS Football Club is a football club based in the Dunston area of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division One and play at the UTS Stadium, the club was established as a works team by John Thompson and other HMSO employees in 1975 and were originally known as Whickham Sports. They initially played in the Newcastle City Amateur League, before moving up to the Northern Amateur League, in 1980 they joined the Northern Combination and in 1982 the club was renamed Dunston Mechanics. They went on to win the League Cup in 1983–84 and the league and League Cup double in 1986–87, at the end of the season they were renamed Dunston Federation Brewery and moved up to the Wearside League. Dunston won back-to-back Wearside League titles in 1988–89 and 1989–90, after finishing as runners-up and winning the League Cup in 1990–91, the club were promoted to Division Two of the Northern League. In the clubs season in Division Two, they won the title. After winning three successive League Cups in 1997–98, 1998–99 and 1999–2000, the finished as Division One runners-up in 2000–01. They went on to win back-to-back doubles of the Division One title, in 2007 the club was renamed Dunston Federation after the brewery withdrew its sponsorship, before becoming Dunston UTS in 2009 as part of a sponsorship deal. In 2011–12 the club reached the final of the FA Vase, after success in the Newcastle City Amateur League, the club leased land from Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, which was to become the Wellington Road ground. It was renamed the UTS Stadium as part of the deal that saw the club renamed in 2009. The ground currently has a capacity of 2,500, of which 150 is seated and 400 covered. C, players Dunston UTS F. C. managers Club website
Guisborough Town F.C.
Guisborough Town Football Club are an English football club based in Guisborough, North Yorkshire. They were founded in 1973 and currently play in the Northern League Division One and their home ground is the King George V Ground in Guisborough. Guisborough Town Football Club formed in 1973 and after winning the Middlesbrough & District League, Guisborough finished top of the Northern Alliance in the 1979–80 season, and reached the final of the FA Vase tournament that same season, losing 2–0 to Stamford FC at the original Wembley Stadium. In 1985, Guisborough joined Division Two of the Northern League, after spending just two seasons in the league they were promoted to Division One, having finished second in Division Two in the 1986–87 season. The club completed an excellent season in 2010–11 where they only lost 6 League games, the captain of the club David Onions achieved the very rare feat of scoring a hat trick of hat tricks in 3 consecutive matches. He also captained the side to victory in the North Riding Senior Cup final defeating Marske United 1–0, during the 1988–89 season, Guisborough made their sole appearance in the FA Cup First Round, narrowly losing 1–0 to professional side Bury at Middlesbroughs Ayresome Park. Guisborough Town are managed by Gary Forster, previous manager Stephen Dowling resigned in December 2016 with Guisborough in bottom place in the league. Prior to Dowlings tenure Teessider Chris Hardy managed Town from February 2008 to December 2015 guiding them to promotion to Division One in 2011, the club crest contains a graphic of Gisborough Priory, a notable Guisborough landmark. Guisborough Town were formed in 1973 and play in red and white stripes, black shorts and they wear these colours because of Sunderlands FA Cup triumph that season. The 2013–14 season sees the home kit sponsored by Taylor Wimpey with away kit being all purple sponsored by Cleveland Land Services for the season running. The following players have signed on for the 2016–17 season, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Hebburn Town F.C.
Hebburn Town Football Club is an English football club based in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear. The club are members of Division Two of the Northern League. The clubs is affiliated with the Hebburn Argyle youth team, the club was founded as Reyrolles in 1912 and joined the Jarrow and District Junior League. After World War I they joined the South Shields Combination League and they joined the Tyneside League in 1927, and won it in 1938–39. During World War II they played in the Northern Combination League and they remained in the former after the war until rejoining the North Eastern League in 1959. In 1960 they joined the Wearside League, in 1986 they were renamed Hebburn Reyrolles, before changing their name to Hebburn in 1988. In 1989 they moved up to Division Two of the Northern League, after finishing fourth in 1991–92 they were promoted to Division One. Despite finishing eleventh in 1994–95 they were relegated back to Division Two due to issues with their ground and they were promoted again after finishing third in 1999–00 and then adopted their current name. However, they finished in the two in their first season back in Division One and were relegated again. They remained in Division Two until winning promotion at the end of the 2011–12 season, in the same season the club achieved their best performance in the FA Cup when they reached the fourth qualifying round, losing out to local rivals Gateshead
Newcastle Benfield F.C.
Newcastle Benfield Football Club is a football club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. For the 2015–15 season, they are members of the Northern League Division One, the roots of the club can be traced back to Brunswick Village Football Club, which was founded in 1988 and entered into the Northern Alliance Division Two. After only one season the name was changed to Heaton Corner House Football Club. Heaton Corner were champions of the Northern Alliance Division Two during the 1989–90 season, at the end of their first season, the club moved to their current home, Sam Smiths Park and changed their name to Newcastle Benfield Park a further year later. By the early 1990s, they had finished runners-up in the Northern Alliance Division One and were competing in the Premier Division of that league system. During the first year of being promoted into the league, Benfield were crowned champions, in fact they did the league and cup double, capturing the Northern Alliance League Cup. Despite lifting the championship, the club were not promoted to a higher league, in 1999 Benfield Park merged with North Shields side St. Columbas and changed their name to Newcastle Benfield Saints. They regained the Premier Division title in 2003 and with it promotion to the Northern League Division Two, another promotion followed the next season, to Northern League Division One. Their first season at higher level, 2004–05, saw them finish in a creditable fourth place. In 2005 they changed their name again, this time to Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics, the 2005–06 season started badly, but fortunes changed after the appointment of the former York City, Carlisle United and Torquay United player Paul Baker as manager in September 2005. They reached the round of the FA Vase and finished 9th in the league. For the 2007–08 season Bay Plastics was dropped from the teams title, despite the disappointment of the loss, a new club attendance record of 926 was set. At the end of the season the club was again renamed Newcastle Benfield. In the final game of the 2006–07 season, the won the Northern League Cup by beating Sunderland Nissan 1–0 at Federation Park. The goal was a long distance free-kick scored by club captain Alusene Bangura, in the 2008–09 season Benfield won the league cup and championship double with the championship running to the very last game of the season. After a rotation of managerial staff over the past year Paul Baker returned as manager with Alu Bangura as assistant manager, during the 2011–12 season former Newcastle United player and Peruvian international, Nolberto Solano joined the club as first team coach. In 2013–14 the club reached the final of the FA Vase beating holders Spennymoor Town along the way before losing narrowly to St Andrews. The club finished 14th in the Northern League. newcastlebenfield. wordpress. com
Newton Aycliffe F.C.
Newton Aycliffe Football Club is an English football club based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The clubs ground is the Moore Lane Sports Club Ground and they play in the Northern League Division One. The club joined the Wearside League in 1984–85 and spent just under a decade in that league and they folded in March of the 1993–94 season after picking up two points from their opening 20 games. The team competed in the FA Vase in every season, their best run being in 1991–92 when they got to the third round, the club reformed and played in local football before joining the Durham Alliance. They won that league in 2007–08 and joined the Wearside League, the club was elected into the Northern League for the 2009–10 season, after finishing first in their previous season in the Wearside Football League. Finishing in ninth place in their first season in the division of the Northern League. Having anticipated the possibility months before, the team were required to make improvements to the home ground to be eligible to play in the First Division of the Northern League. Upon ensuring their place in the top division, they finished in ninth place and participated in the FA Cup for the first time
North Shields F.C.
North Shields Football Club is a football club based in North Shields, England. They have reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup twice in their history – in 1933–34, following their promotion from Northern League Division Two, they currently compete in Northern League Division One. They also won the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley in 1969, in the 2014–15 season, North Shields repeated their 1969 success by defeating Glossop North End at Wembley in the final of the FA Vase. The club was formed in 1896 as North Shields Athletic playing initially in the South Shields and they subsequently became members of the Northern Combination and were runners-up of this league in the 1900–01 season. The club moved to the Appleby Park ground at Hawkeys Lane, after eight seasons as a Northern Combination club, in 1904 North Shields Athletic joined the Northern Alliance. They soon were successful, winning the league for two seasons in 1906–07 and 1907–08. Following this the team were admitted to the North Eastern League, at least two players, Alan Grenyer and Harry Chambers went on to play for the full England team after starting their careers with North Shields Athletic. After the First World War the club emerged as Preston Colliery, the following season they competed in the Northern Alliance and from 1921 they were re-admitted to the North Eastern League. Success proved elusive for the Preston Colliery team and after a next to finish to the 1927–28 campaign they were relegated to Division 2. North Shields achieved their best to date performance in the FA Cup in reaching the second round proper in 1933–34, in the first round Shields defeated Midland League Scarborough 3–0 at Appleby Park. They were drawn away in the round to local rivals Football League Third Division North club Gateshead who won the tie 1–0. A few years prior to the cessation, in 1936 the club saw their record attendance at Appleby Park of 12,800 in a local derby match against South Shields. In 1944–45 following the post war resumption of the league Shields won the league cup, shortly afterwards in 1949–50 the team won the North Eastern League championship, achieved a second-placed finish in 1951–52 and took the League Cup winners crown again five years later. That season, 1956–57, was to be temporarily their penultimate as members of the North Eastern League as that league disbanded after the 1957–58 campaign, the disbandment was caused by the withdrawal of Football League clubs reserve teams - a fate that also befell the Midland League. The remaining teams from both leagues combined into a single Midland League, North Shields were runners-up of this grouping in 1959–60. This league arrangement was short-lived and from 1960 the north-eastern teams organised themselves into a ten team Northern Counties League, North Shields were champions of this league in its inaugural 1960–61 season. The league was renamed the North Eastern League in 1962 but only survived a further two seasons, upon the folding of that league, North Shields joined the Northern League from the 1964–65 campaign and shortly thereafter achieved success. Shields were a goal down after four minutes but won 2–1 with second half strikes from Richie Hall and Brian Joicey
Penrith Football Club is a football club based in Penrith, Cumbria, England. They play in the Northern Football League Division One and they originally joined the North Eastern League in 1907–08, and are currently members of the Northern League Division One. The club joined the Northern League in 1947, spending 35 years in competition until moving to the North West Counties League in 1982. A five-season spell in that league saw them in a position to join the Northern Premier League when they expanded to form a division in 1987. In 1981–82, they had their best ever FA Cup run, reaching the second round, in 2007, they changed their name to Penrith Town, but a merger a year later with Northern Football Alliance club Penrith United saw the old name resurrected for the merged club
Ryhope Colliery Welfare F.C.
Ryhope Colliery Welfare Football Club are a semi-professional association football club based in Ryhope, Sunderland, in England. They play in the Northern League, the club was founded by the Coal Miners of Ryhope in 1892. It was not until 1927–28 that it won its first league title, in the 1967–68 season, the team reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the only time in its history, losing 1–0 at home to then Football League Division 4 side Workington. However, in season 2011–12 Ryhope repeated the feat of the season winning all four competitions. It ended the season having only been defeated once in its last 70 Wearside League, however, due to off the field ground grading issues, rather than making the step up the club was relegated back to the Wearside League
Seaham Red Star F.C.
Seaham Red Star Football Club is a football club based in Seaham, England. They joined the Wearside League in 1979 as Seaham Colliery Welfare Red Star, in the 1978–79 season, they reached the 5th round of the FA Vase. In 1984, they changed to their present name, for the 2014–15 season, they are members of Northern League Division Two. Seaham were confirmed second division champions on 28 March 2015 and will return to Division One for the 2015–16 season, the Club has a focus on producing local players and providing a platform for talented local players to play Northern League football. As such the squad has a look but has potential. Seaham Red Star are named after the pub in which they were formed, a Sunday morning side in 1973, they are now widely regarded as one of the Northern League’s leading clubs. Much of the credit for the Club’s early development belongs to Ralph Pigg, the initial Secretary, and Larry Phillips, after a further five fairly successful seasons, the Club felt sufficiently confident to join the then highly competitive Wearside League in 1979. This confidence was justified, the Club winning the Durham Challenge Cup in 1980. In 1983, they were elected to the Northern League Second Division and, after some near misses, eventually gained promotion to the First Division in the 1987–88 season. Notable successes during this period, included finishing third in 1993–94, winning the League Cup in 1992–93 and, after leading the table for most of the season, finishing second in 1999–00. Mayhew was also a prime mover in getting the League to join the National Pyramid, just two years after finishing runners-up in the First Division, the Club suffered its first ever relegation in its near thirty years history. Even worse was to follow when, as a result of dwindling committee support, however, following a positive response from a number of local people keen to see the Club continue, a new committee was formed under the chairmanship of John Smith and the resignation was withdrawn. However, with experienced Northern League manager Peter Mulcaster steadying the ship, the following season Hixon & Herd moved to Sunderland RCA and Gooden took over the team which finished in a creditable 8th place in the table. The following season saw yet another change in management with former Darlington player Andy Toman taking over, another dip in club fortunes saw the side face relegation. 2014–15 was a season for The Star as they won the Division Two title. 2016-17 Chris McCabe replaced mark Collingwood as Manager, former players going on to join Football League clubs include Nigel Gleghorn, Bobby Davison and Stephen Harper. Tommy Henderson remains the Club’s leading goalscorer, netting 211 goals in 276 appearances including a record breaking 62 in 1978–79. R
Shildon Association Football Club is a football club established in 1890 based in Shildon, County Durham, England. They compete in the Northern League Division One and play at Dean Street and they had a very successful history in the 1930s. In November 2003, Shildon reached the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in 42 years, however, they were beaten 7–2 on the day by Notts County. Shildons nickname is The Railwaymen after the works that was the major employer in the town for many years. They are sometimes called by the nickname The Shells, Shildon will also enter a Reserve team in the Durham Alliance League for the 2014–15 season Shildon play at Dean Street. Bishop Auckland also played at Dean Street for a couple of years in a groundsharing agreement whilst building their new stadium, the Reserve Team will play home games at Shildon Leisure Centre Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Stockton Town F.C.
Stockton Town Football Club is an English football club based in Stockton-on-Tees, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at Bishopton Road West, Stockton Town F. C. was initially formed in 1979 as Hartburn Juniors and entered a 5-a-side league in Middlesbrough to give youngsters an opportunity to play organised football. The club changed to their name to Stockton Town F. C. in 2003, for the 2009-10 season a senior team was entered into the Teesside League Division Two and finished 4th in their first season. In the summer of 2010 the club applied for membership to the Wearside League and were accepted for the 2010-11 season where they finished 10th, in 2011-2012 the club finished 3rd in the league and lost in the final of the League Cup. The club won their first league title in the 2012-2013 season, for the end of the 2014-2015 season the club applied for promotion to Northern League Division Two. To qualify for promotion to the Northern League the club are undergoing work to develop the ground to a standard of Ground Grade H by 31 March 2015. This will include the construction of a 6 tier 120 person capacity stand, the development will also include installation of new changing room, hospitality and toilet facilities and floodlight installation in the close season
Sunderland Ryhope Community Association F.C.
Sunderland Ryhope Community Association Football Club are an English association football club, based in Ryhope, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, currently playing in the Northern League Division One. Sunderland RCA FC started its life as Ryhope Youth Club and its first season was in the Seaham & District League in 1963. The first game was against Seaham UDC at the Seaham CW ground, now home to Seaham Red Star, the first seeds had been sown three years earlier, in 1960, when the Ryhope Youth Club Centre opened in the Welfare Hall. In 1965 the club moved to the Colliery Welfare ground and in 1971 changed its name to Ryhope Community Association, competing in the Seaham, then Houghton & District Leagues, the club enjoyed success with eight cup wins and four league titles. Rejected by the Wearside League because a Ryhope team already played in it, re-formed three years later, the club joined the Northern Alliance in 1978 and won the League Challenge Cup at St James Park in Newcastle, in only their third season. Ryhope CA were also runners up that year, even though they were reduced to playing on a school field. After some persuasion, the club convinced the council to lease then some derelict land - Meadow Park was underway, financial help was obtained from Sunderland and Tyne and Wear Councils and the Sports Council to build a football ground. The club members and community joined together to carry out the building work, in 1982 the club was a founder member of the Northern League Second Division, achieving promotion as runner up in the 1983–84 season. Despite achieving a league placing of tenth the season, survival proved difficult. In 1999 a new era commenced with the amalgamation with Kennek Roker of the Wearside League to form Kennek Ryhope Community Association. The seasons from 2003 onwards were tough, but for the season 2006–07, the joined forces with Springboard Sunderland. Progress continued to be made both on and off the pitch and after finishing fourth in the two seasons Sunderland RCA FC were promoted as runners-up to Stokesley FC in season 2009–10
West Auckland Town F.C.
The club is most famous for being the winners of the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, one of the worlds first international footballing competitions, twice, in 1909 and 1911. The club was founded as West Auckland F. C. in 1893, in 1908 they joined the Northern League. The Trophy was initiated by businessman and sporting enthusiast Sir Thomas Lipton, the football associations of Italy, Germany and Switzerland duly complied, but the Football Association of England refused to nominate a club. West Auckland, an amateur side of coalminers from the Northern League were entered into the competition. One plausible explanation for West Aucklands entry was that an employee of Sir Thomas Liptons had contacts in the Northern League, indeed recent research clearly shows evidence that West Auckland were the expected team. West Auckland duly made the journey to Turin, where the first tournament was being held, many of the players paying out of their own pocket to do so. They beat Sportfreunde Stuttgart in the semi-finals 2–0, in the final, on 12 April 1909, West Auckland faced Swiss side FC Winterthur and beat them 2–0 as well to take the trophy. Two years later, West Auckland returned, and after beating FC Zürich 2–0, by the rules of competition, they were awarded the trophy to keep in perpetuity. Upon their return home, the club was forced to pawn the trophy to the landlady of the hotel because of financial problems. It remained with her family until 1960 when a village appeal raised money to return the cup to the club, the cup was then stolen in 1994 and despite the best efforts of local police and a £2,000 reward it was never found. An exact replica of the cup can now be found in a cabinet in the West Auckland Working Mens Club. The story of the clubs first success was turned into a movie in 1982 – A Captains Tale, produced by Tyne Tees Television. Debts forced the club to leave the Northern League in 1912 and fold and they still remain rivals with Bishop Auckland to this day. Having been founded in 1889, the Northern League is the oldest surviving league after The Football League, 1998–99 was a very exciting season in the Clubs history when they reached the 1st Round proper of the F. A. Cup for the time, with an away tie against Yeovil Town. After a 2–2 draw at Yeovil and a 1–1 draw at West Auckland, the Club also finished a credible 5th in the League that season as they did also in 1999–00 and 2005–06. David Bayles took charge in the summer of 2005 and led the side to 5th place in his first season and then 6th place in the following season. 2007–08 began with an FA Cup run that saw West within minutes of a place in the qualifying round of the FA Cup before defeat in a replay to Bamber Bridge
Whickham Football Club are an English football club based in Whickham, Tyne and Wear, playing in the Northern League Division Two in the English football league system. They won the FA Vase in 1981, the team plays its home matches at the Glebe Sports Ground, Rose Avenue, Whickham. Founded in 1944 as Axwell Park Colliery Welfare, the club first started playing in the Derwent Valley League, in 1974, they joined the Wearside League, and were league champions in two seasons, 1977–78 and 1987–88. The year 1981 was one of the most successful years in the clubs history, at the start of 1988–89, they moved up to the Northern League Division Two. The first season saw them finishing third in the league, 1991–92 saw them relegated back to Division Two. In 1995, they were promoted again, as league champions, as of 16th August 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Whitley Bay F.C.
Whitley Bay Football Club are an English football club based in the North-East of England. The present Whitley Bay Football Club was formed in 1950 and was known as Whitley Bay Athletic, Whitley Bay play their home matches at Hillheads Park, which is adjacent to the Whitley Bay ice rink and has a maximum capacity of 4,500. The club spent most of the 1990s playing in the Northern Premier League, since then and they now play in the Northern League Division One. There has been a club in Whitley Bay since 1896 when it was founded by Liam Patrick Mattimore. The first team was known as Whitley and Monkseaton F. C, it was renamed to Monkseaton FC and then again renamed to Whitley Bay Athletic in 1950. From 1950 until 1955, Whitley Bay Athletic were members of the Northern Alliance League, in 1955 the club decided to join the powerful North-Eastern League which was wholly made up of professional sides and for three seasons Whitley Bay struggled at the foot of the table. In 1958 a limited company was formed, the Athletic dropped from the title, during the 1960s Whitley Bay became one of the best amateur clubs in the country. They won the Northern League title in 1964–65 and 1965–66, as well as the Northern League Cup in 1964–65, Whitley Bay also won the Northumberland Senior Cup six times in 10 years, and they were also runners-up on another occasion. It was in the Amateur cup, the predecessor of the FA Trophy, march 18,1968 saw the birth of the floodlights at Hillheads Park, Whitley Bays first fixture to be played under them was a friendly match against Newcastle United. The early 1970s saw Whitley Bays success continue with even more silverware, winning the League Cup in 1970–71, with the decline of amateur football, the clubs fortunes took a nosedive, culminating in them having to re-apply to the League in 1979–80. During the beginning of the 1980s, the club began to turn their troubles around. After this appointment the teams performances gradually started to improve, during Grahams first season in charge he achieved Whitley Bays highest league position in 15 years, finishing 5th. The club also enjoyed their best ever FA Trophy run, as they reached the last sixteen, finally, to finish a memorable season in charge, Whitley Bay also won the Northumberland Senior Cup, beating Newcastle Blue Star 2–1 at Hillheads Park. With the clubs progress and success increasing rapidly, an agreement was made, during the 1989–90 season, Whitley Bay recorded their best ever FA Challenge Cup run, when they reached the Third Round, beating Scarborough and Preston North End, only to lose 1–0 to Rochdale. They became champions of the Northern Premier League First Division in the 1990–91 season, three seasons after gaining promotion they achieved their highest ever final league position of 11th in the 1993–94 season. In 1994–95, the club was relegated from the Northern Premier League Premier Division to the Northern Premier League First Division, five years later the club was relegated again, this time to the Northern Football League in 1999–2000. They went on to win the FA Vase in the 2001–02, 2008–09, 2009–10 and they are the only team to have won the FA Vase four times. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Bedlington Terriers F.C.
Bedlington Terriers Football Club is a football club based in Bedlington, England. The club are members of the Northern League Division Two. The club was established in 1949 as Bedlington Mechanics and joined the Northern Combination and they won the Northumberland Minor Cup in 1953–54, and were Northern Combination champions the following season. They joined the Northern Alliance in 1955, and entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1959, the club disbanded in 1963, but were reformed as Bedlington Colliery Welfare in 1965, and rejoined the Northern Alliance. They were league champions and League Cup winners in 1966–67, and were runners-up the following season and again in 1969–70 and 1971–72, in 1982 they were founder members of the new Division Two of the Northern League. They finished as runners-up in 1984–85, earning promotion to Division One, after finishing as runners-up in their first season in Division One, the following season saw them finish bottom of the table, resulting in relegation back to Division Two. Bedlington won Division Two in 1993–94, earning promotion to Division One and this started the most successful era in the clubs history, as they finished as runners-up in 1995–96, also winning the League Cup and Northumberland Senior Cup. They then won five league titles between 1997–98 and 2001–02. The same season saw them reach the final of the FA Vase and they reached the FA Vase semi-finals again in 2000–01 and 2004–05, but were beaten by Berkhamsted Town and AFC Sudbury respectively. During this period the club won the Northumberland Senior Cup again in 1997–98, 2001–02 and 2003–04. In 2010 the club received sponsorship from American billionaire Robert E, Rich Jr. after his wife discovered ancestral links to the town and purchased the title Lord Bedlington. This led to the BBC broadcasting a programme about the story in 2012 under the title Mr Rich, in 2015–16 the club finished bottom of Division One and were relegated to Division Two. C. Players Bedlington Terriers F. C. managers Official website
Billingham Town F.C.
Billingham Town Football Club is a football club based in Billingham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at Bedford Terrace, the club was established by Tom Donnelly and Robbie Cushley in 1967 as Billingham Social. They joined Division Two of the Stockton & District League in 1968, after promotion to Division A, they went on win the league title three seasons in a row and win the League Cup twice. In 1974 Billingham joined the Teesside League, which won in 1978–79. Following a fourth-place finish in 1987–88, Billingham were promoted back to Division One, despite finishing fifth in their first season in the new division, they were relegated back to Division Two in 1989–90 after finishing second-from-bottom. They remained in Division Two until promotion back to Division One at the end of the 1996–97 season, in 2003–04 they won the Durham Challenge Cup, beating Bishop Auckland 3–1 in the final. The 2006–07 season saw them finish as Division One runners-up, with Whitley Bay winning the title on goal difference, the following season they won the League Cup, beating Shildon 2–1 in the final. In 2013–14 the club finished bottom of Division One and were relegated to Division Two, the club initially played at Mill Lane, which had sloped to the extent that the crossbar was level with the top of one of the corner flags. They moved to Bedford Terrace in 1981, with floodlights installed in 1992–93, hartlepool United funded the laying of a new pitch in 2007 in order to play their reserve matches at the ground. The ground has a capacity of 3,000, of which 176 is seated and 600 covered, the record attendance of 1,500 was set for an FA Youth Cup Manchester City match in 1985. C. Players Billingham Town F. C. managers Official website
Billingham Synthonia F.C.
Billingham Synthonia Football Club is a football club based in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at the Stadium, nicknamed the Synners, their local rivals are Billingham Town. The club was established in 1923 and was named after an agricultural fertiliser, Synthonia being a contraction of synthetic ammonia and they initially played in the South Bank & District League, later joining the Teesside League. They won the Teesside League Cup in 1934–35, the title in 1936–37. In 1945 the club joined the Northern League and they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in 1948–49, losing 5–0 to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. The following season saw them finish as Northern League runners-up and reach the first round of the FA Cup again, this time losing 3–0 at Stockport County. They won the Northern League for the first time in 1956–57, the following season they reached the first round again, losing 5–2 at Boston United. In 1985–86 the club were relegated to Division Two after finishing second-from-bottom of Division One, however, they made an immediate return to Division One by winning Division Two at the first attempt. A fourth Northern League title was won in 1995–96, in 2006–07 Billingham reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase, after beating AFC Totton 2–1 away from home, they lost the home leg 2–1, with Totton winning the penalty shootout 5–4. At the end of the 2014–15 season they were relegated to Division Two after finishing in the Division One relegation zone, the club play at the Stadium on Central Avenue in Billingham, which is also used by the Billingham Athletics club and hosted Middlesbrough reserve matches until 2011. The ground was opened on 6 September 1958 by Lord Derby, with the first game ending in a 2–2 draw against Bishop Auckland, the crowd of 4,200 remains the clubs record attendance. In the same year, the stadium was used for an England B international athletics meeting, prior to moving to the Stadium, Billingham played at Belasis Lane, which was part of the ICI sports complex. The first ground was on the side of the road. The Belasis Lane ground saw the first floodlit game in northern England on 11 November 1952 when Billingham defeated an RAF team 8–4 in front of a crowd of 3,000. C, players Billingham Synthonia F. C. managers Official website
Birtley Town F.C.
Birtley Town Football Club is a football club based in Birtley, Tyne and Wear, England. They are currently members of the Northern Alliance Premier Division, although a side from Birtley competed in the inaugural season of the Northern League in 1889–90, the current team were only founded in 1993, when they joined the Wearside League. The reformed side won their first major trophy in 1998 when they defeated Annfield Plain in the League Challenge Cup Final. In the same year they merged with Birtley St Josephs Juniors, expanding the club to junior sides from the ages of seven to eighteen while adding girls, ladies. This led to the award of FA Charter Standard Club status in 2004, following the addition of floodlights and changing facilities, they won the 2006–07 Wearside League, finally gaining promotion to Division Two of the Northern League. In their first season they finished eleventh and reached the quarter – final of the Northern League Cup, during the 2008–09 season Birtley Town made their first appearance in the FA Vase. Given a bye in the First Round, they were drawn at home to Scarborough Athletic and they consolidated their position in the Northern League, improving their final league position to eighth with 61 points from 38 matches. They were knocked out of the FA Cup by Billingham Synthonia, there have also been some footballers that have made it professionally from Birtley such as current Bolton Wanderers FC striker Gary Madine and former Chelsea Reserve Vice-Captain Carl Magnay
Brandon United F.C.
Brandon United Football Club is a football club based in Brandon, County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at the Welfare Ground, the club was established in 1968 as the works team of a waste paper company, and were initially shared the name of the company Rostrons. They joined Division Three of the Durham & District Sunday League and they went on to win Division Two the following season, and were promoted to Division One. The mid-1970s saw Brandon win Division One four times in seasons between 1973–74 and 1976–77. They also won the Durham Sunday Cup in 1973–74, 1975–76 and 1976–77, in 1977 the club joined the Northern Alliance, winning back-to-back championships in their first two seasons in the league, also winning the League Cup in their first season. Although they only finished fourth in 1979–80, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time, drawn at home to Bradford City, the match was moved to Spennymoor Uniteds ground, with Bradford winning 3–0. The season also saw them win the League Cup for a second time, in the summer of 1980 Brandon left the Northern Alliance to join the Northern Amateur League, but after a single season, they were elected to the Wearside League. Two seasons later, they moved up to Division Two of the Northern League, after finishing fourth in 1983–84, they won the division the following season, and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1988–89 they reached the first round of the FA Cup again, after drawing 0–0 at Doncaster Rovers, Brandon were relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1993–94 season, but returned to Division One after winning Division Two in 1999–2000. The club were Division One champions in 2002–03, but finished bottom of Division One in 2005–06 and were relegated back to Division Two. C
Chester-le-Street Town F.C.
Chester-le-Street Town Football Club is a football club based in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division One and play at Moor Park, the original Chester-le-Street Town joined the North Eastern League in 1920. The league gained a second division in 1926, and the club were relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1926–27 season and they finished bottom of Division Two in 1929–30 and 1930–31, and again in 1932–33. After finishing bottom of Division Two for a time in 1934–35. However, they spent only one season in the Wearside League, the modern club was founded in 1972 as Chester-le-Street Garden Farm, named after the pub in which it was founded. They initially played in the Newcastle City Amateur League, before moving to the Washington League in 1974, in 1978 the club adopted its current name. They won the Wearside League in 1980–81, and after finishing as runners-up in 1982–83, the club won Division Two at the first attempt, earning promotion to Division One. Chester-le-Street were relegated back to Division Two at the end of the 1988–89 season, another relegation in 1996–97 was followed by winning the Division Two title, making an immediate return to Division One. They were relegated again at the end of the 2009–10, after finishing third in Division Two in 2015–16 the club were promoted back to Division One. The modern club initially played at Low Fell in nearby Gateshead as they were unable to find anywhere to play in Chester-le-Street. Between 1973 and 1977 they played at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street, before moving to the Sacriston Colliery Welfare ground, the ground includes a 200-seat stand and a 500-capacity covered terrace. C. Players Chester-le-Street Town F. C. managers Official website
Durham City A.F.C.
Durham City Association Football Club is a football club based in Durham, England. Members of the Football League from 1921 until 1928, they are members of the Northern League Division Two. The club was established in 1918 and initially competed in the Victory League, in 1919 they joined the North Eastern League, finishing fifth in their first season. Despite a mid-table finish in 1920–21, they were one of fourteen clubs automatically elected to the newly-formed Third Division North of the Football League in 1921 and they finished bottom of the division in 1922–23, but were re-elected. In 1925–26 the club reached the round of the FA Cup for the first time. After finishing second-from-bottom in 1927–28, the failed to win re-election. Durham dropped back into Division One of the North Eastern League and they finished bottom of Division One in 1928–29 and were relegated to Division Two. However, after finishing as Division Two runners-up in 1930–31, they were promoted back to Division One, in 1933 the club was renamed City of Durham. After three consecutive finishes in the bottom three between 1934–35 and 1936–37, they ended the 1937–38 season bottom of the league and they dropped into the Wearside League, but folded in November 1938, partly due the introduction of greyhound racing at their Holiday Park ground. The club was re-established in 1949, and joined the Wearside League for the 1950–51 season, after two seasons they were admitted to the Northern League. In 1957–58 they went one better, reaching the second round, the club finished bottom of the Northern League again in 1960–61, 1963–64 and 1965–66, but were runners-up in 1970–71. After the league gained a second division in 1982, they were relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1983–84 season, however, a third-place finish in 1987–88 saw them promoed back to Division One. After three seasons in Division One, Durham were relegated back to Division Two at the end of the 1990–91 season, however, they were runners-up in Division Two the following season, and were promoted back to Division One. They went on to win their first league title in 1993–94, although the club were relegated at the end of the 1997–98 season, they won Division Two the following season to make an immediate return to Division One. They won the League Cup and the Cleator Cup in 2001–02, after winning the league for a second time and the Cleator Cup for a third time in 2007–08, they were promoted to Division One North of the Northern Premier League. Durhams first season in the Northern Premier League saw them win Division One North, earning promotion to the Premier Division, however, their main sponsor withdrew in the summer of 2009 after the Football Conference ruled that they would not accept clubs with artificial pitches, which Durham had. As a result, the club lost most of its players and they finished bottom of the table with zero points after having six points deducted for playing a player under a false name, and were relegated back to Division One North. Although they managed to finish in mid-table in the two seasons, they resigned from the league at the end of the 2011–12 season and returned to Division One of the Northern League
Easington Colliery A.F.C.
Easington Colliery Association Football Club is a football club based in Easington Colliery, County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at Welfare Park The club was established in 1913, after finishing third in their first season, they withdrew from the league during the 1914–15 season. Although they rejoined for the 1915–16 season, they left again at the end of the 1916–17 season, following the end of World War I, the club entered the league again in 1919 under the name Easington Colliery Welfare. They were runners-up in 1928–29 and won the league the following season, although they dropped to fifth in 1930–31, they won back-to-back league titles in 1931–32 and 1932–33. However, after finishing bottom of the table in 1936–37, they left the league, in 1939 Easington rejoined the Wearside League again. The club disbanded in 1964, but were reformed in 1973 when they rejoined Wearside League and were runners-up in their first season back in the league, in 1976 they adopted their current name. They joined Division Two of the Northern League in 1985 and were runners-up in their first season in the league, earning promotion to Division One. They were relegated back to Division Two after finishing bottom of Division One in 1989–90, however, the club were relegated again two seasons later. In 1995–96 Easington finished third in Division Two, earning promotion back to Division One and they remained in Division One until being relegated at the end of the 2000–01 season. After finishing second-from-bottom of Division Two in 2004–05 the club were relegated to the Premier Division of the Northern Alliance, after two seasons in the Northern Alliance, they transferred to the Wearside League. A second-place finish in 2010–11 saw the club promoted to Division Two of the Northern League, in 2014–15 they were runners-up in the Wearside League again, resulting in promotion back to Division Two of the Northern League. F. C
Esh Winning F.C.
Esh Winning Football Club is a football club based in Esh Winning, near Durham, in County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at West Terrace, the original Esh Winning club was established in 1889 as Esh Winning Rangers. After playing in local leagues, they joined the Northern League in 1912, winning it at the first attempt, at the end of the season they were renamed Esh Winning. The clubs second season in the league saw them finish eleventh, after World War I the club continued in the Northern League, finishing bottom of the table in 1926–27, 1931–32 and 1933–34. The modern club was established in 1967 as Esh Winning Pineapple and they joined Division Three of the Durham and District Sunday League, and were promoted to Division Two at the end of the 1970–71 season. The club won the Guards Cup in 1971–72 and the Division Two title in 1972–73, after winning the Stafferi Cup in 1974–75 and the Guards Cup again in 1975–76, they won successive league titles in 1978–79 and 1979–81. In 1981 the club joined the Northern Alliance, after a sixth-place finish in their first season in the league, they were promoted to Division Two of the Northern League, dropping Pineapple from their name. Esh Winning remained in Division Two of the Northern League for twenty seasons, finishing bottom of the division in 1985–86, in 2001–02 they finished third and were promoted to Division One, where they remained until being relegated back to Division Two at the end of the 2005–06 season. In 2007–08 the club won the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup, in 2008–09 another third-place finish in Division Two saw them promoted to Division One for a second time. However, they were relegated back to Division Two at the end of the 2010–11 season and they finished bottom of Division Two for a third time in 2013–14. The original Esh Winning played at the Stags Head Recreation Ground, the modern club bought the welfare grounds in Waterhouses from the National Coal Board when the mine was about to be closed down. The West Terrace ground was developed, including a stand with five rows of seating. Players Official website Esh Winning F. C. on Twitter
Northallerton Town F.C.
Northallerton Town Football Club is an English football club based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. They were established in 1895 and continue on to this day and they are currently playing in Northern League Division Two. Nobody knows the exact date of Northallerton Town Football Club, but The Elliott Bowl. Sir George Elliott, was contested for the first time in 1895 carries the name as its first winner. Joining the Northern League was a big step for the club as something like £150,000 had to be raised to upgrade the Ainderby Road Ground to Northern League standards. The Club’s first game in the Northern League was on August 28th 1982 when they were defeated 4-1 at Ryhope, a week later, Town gained revenge with a 2-0 home victory when Ryhope became the first Northern League visitors to Ainderby Road. Early years in the Northern League were difficult but they reached the final of the North Riding County Cup in the 1983-84 season, the appointment of former Burnley, Leeds United and Middlesbrough star Ray Hankin as manager in March 1989 saw an upturn in the club’s fortunes. Hankin guided them to promotion to the First Division in 1989-90 having finished runners-up in the Second Division behind champions Murton, Season 1990-91 saw the club consolidate itself in Division One, but at the end of that season Hankin resigned and his number two Geoff Cane was appointed manager. Major ground redevelopment was carried out while Cane was in charge - a new grandstand seating for 150 spectators was erected together with covered terracing for a further 400 spectators. The open ends behind both goals were also terraced, making the Ainderby Road ground the envy of many, off-field disagreements resulted in Cane leaving the club at the end of the 1992-93 season. He died in 1995, aged 46, Town were now a force to be reckoned with in the Northern League and they won the League Challenge Cup in 1993-94, when they beat Blyth Spartans 2-0 in the final at Brandon. But this was to be the last game that Northallerton Town Football Club was to play, disaster struck during the summer of 1994 when they were declared financially insolvent in the High Court and were ordered to close down. Had this happened during the season then there is not much doubt that the club would have folded. A new committee was formed and the club was able to kick off the 1994-95 season under the new name of Northallerton F. C.1994. Still in the First Division of the Northern League, the game was Northallerton, League Cup winners, against Durham City, League Champions. After playing a 1-1 draw after time, Durham won the cup on penalties. With no money available to reimburse players there was a mass exodus, although these players gave their all it was no surprise when they were relegated at the end of season 1994-95. For personal reasons both Sell and Woods resigned as joint managers at the end of 1996-97, although both remained at the club, Woods as assistant manager and Sell as an occasional player
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion F.C.
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Football Club is an English non-league football club from Crawcrook, near Ryton, in Tyne and Wear, currently playing in the Northern League Division Two. The team, nicknamed Albion or the RACA, play their games at Kingsley Park. They were known as Ryton F. C. until 2011, the club was established in 1970 with a single adult team, operating from a local pub. The club joined the Northern Alliance Division Two in 1988, gaining promotion through winning Division One in 1996-7, during this time, they were also runners up in the Challenge Cup. This position was aided when, in the mid-1990s, the club was granted a Lottery grant to build a ground and they also have a Reserves side playing in Northern Football Alliance Division Two. This led to the departure of manager Barry Fleming and his assistant Paul Brown, former Ashington assistant manager Peter Craggs took over the managerial role. That season the club finished 22nd in Northern League Division One and was relegated to Northern League Division Two where it has remained ever since. The clubs ground, Kingsley Park Stadium has one full sized pitch, with one stand. Including girls teams, the club has two teams and twelve youth teams operating. The team is also operated, including the managerial committee. As of 31st December 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The Northern League does not use a numbering system |} The clubs first goal in the Northern League Division One was scored by Craig Marron against Bishop Auckland on 9 August 2008. The clubs best run in the FA Cup was reaching first round qualifying in the 2008–09 season, in the same season the club had their best performance in the FA Vase, reaching the second round. In April 2010, the narrowly lost out to Billingham Synthonia in the Durham Challenge Cup Final. official website
Thornaby Football Club are a football club based in Thornaby-on-Tees, England. They play in the Northern League Division Two, the club was established in 1980 when Stockton Cricket Clubs football team joined the Wearside Football League. The club were known as Stockton until 2000, in 2005–06, they finished 17th out of 21 in the Northern League Division One, but were demoted to Northern League Division Two due to the poor quality of their ground. Thornaby continue to play in the second division, manager Ray Morton was appointed in season 2008–09. They finished 20th in season 2008–09 and reached the finals of the Ernest Armstrong Second Division Cup being beaten by eventual finalists Sunderland RCA. C. The ground has hosted a forest school on the Park for local schools and groups, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Washington Football Club is a football club based in Washington, Tyne and Wear, England. The club was formed by the miners at the local F-Pit Colliery in the early 20th century as Washington Colliery F. C. The modern club was established in 1947 and joined the Wearside League in 1968, in the 1977–78 season, they reached the third round of the FA Vase. The club won promotion to the Northern Football League Division One after winning their last seven games of the 2014–15 season and it was their highest league standing since the 2003–04 season. Little is known of the prior to 1926–27 when the club became a founder member in division 2 of the North Eastern League. Prior to this it was known the club did exist but mainly in playing friendlies against other local pits such as Usworth Colliery. A notable player from the era was Ronnie Starling, who went on to captain Sheffield Wednesday to the FA Cup. The club won the Division 2 title in the 1927–28 season and were promoted to division one and this period however did produce their most famous son, Jimmy Hagan, who went on to represent England. He later managed the famous Benfica team that won three successive Portuguese championships between 1971 and 1973 and he was also briefly manager of Sporting Lisbon during the 1976-77 season. The Colliery stayed in the league until 1964 when they moved to the Northern Alliance League and their tenure in that league lasted only one year where then club secretary Billy Benson was successful in applying to become a member of the Wearside league under the name Washington F. C. Their greatest moment was in 1970/71 reaching the FA Cup 4th qualifying round where they were defeated 3–0 by professional league team Bradford Park Avenue, currently Washington play in the Northern league and are semi-professional with paid players. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any equivalent to this level. Players that hold a club record, alfred Douglas Washington FC Club website Durham Alliance Football League Winners The History of the Wearside Football League History