England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west, the Irish Sea lies northwest of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east, the country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain in its centre and south, and includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Wight. England became a state in the 10th century, and since the Age of Discovery. The Industrial Revolution began in 18th-century England, transforming its society into the worlds first industrialised nation, Englands terrain mostly comprises low hills and plains, especially in central and southern England. However, there are uplands in the north and in the southwest, the capital is London, which is the largest metropolitan area in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. In 1801, Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland through another Act of Union to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1922 the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom, leading to the latter being renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the name England is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means land of the Angles. The Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages, the Angles came from the Angeln peninsula in the Bay of Kiel area of the Baltic Sea. The earliest recorded use of the term, as Engla londe, is in the ninth century translation into Old English of Bedes Ecclesiastical History of the English People. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, its spelling was first used in 1538. The earliest attested reference to the Angles occurs in the 1st-century work by Tacitus, Germania, the etymology of the tribal name itself is disputed by scholars, it has been suggested that it derives from the shape of the Angeln peninsula, an angular shape. An alternative name for England is Albion, the name Albion originally referred to the entire island of Great Britain. The nominally earliest record of the name appears in the Aristotelian Corpus, specifically the 4th century BC De Mundo, in it are two very large islands called Britannia, these are Albion and Ierne. But modern scholarly consensus ascribes De Mundo not to Aristotle but to Pseudo-Aristotle, the word Albion or insula Albionum has two possible origins. Albion is now applied to England in a poetic capacity. Another romantic name for England is Loegria, related to the Welsh word for England, Lloegr, the earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessor, dating to approximately 780,000 years ago. The oldest proto-human bones discovered in England date from 500,000 years ago, Modern humans are known to have inhabited the area during the Upper Paleolithic period, though permanent settlements were only established within the last 6,000 years
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and it had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2. Wales has over 1,680 miles of coastline and is mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon. The country lies within the temperate zone and has a changeable. Welsh national identity emerged among the Celtic Britons after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, Llywelyn ap Gruffudds death in 1282 marked the completion of Edward I of Englands conquest of Wales, though Owain Glyndŵr briefly restored independence to Wales in the early 15th century. The whole of Wales was annexed by England and incorporated within the English legal system under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542, distinctive Welsh politics developed in the 19th century. Welsh Liberalism, exemplified in the early 20th century by Lloyd George, was displaced by the growth of socialism, Welsh national feeling grew over the century, Plaid Cymru was formed in 1925 and the Welsh Language Society in 1962. Established under the Government of Wales Act 1998, the National Assembly for Wales holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, two-thirds of the population live in south Wales, mainly in and around Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, and in the nearby valleys. Now that the countrys traditional extractive and heavy industries have gone or are in decline, Wales economy depends on the sector, light and service industries. Wales 2010 gross value added was £45.5 billion, over 560,000 Welsh language speakers live in Wales, and the language is spoken by a majority of the population in parts of the north and west. From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as the land of song, Rugby union is seen as a symbol of Welsh identity and an expression of national consciousness. The Old English-speaking Anglo-Saxons came to use the term Wælisc when referring to the Celtic Britons in particular, the modern names for some Continental European lands and peoples have a similar etymology. The modern Welsh name for themselves is Cymry, and Cymru is the Welsh name for Wales and these words are descended from the Brythonic word combrogi, meaning fellow-countrymen. The use of the word Cymry as a self-designation derives from the location in the post-Roman Era of the Welsh people in modern Wales as well as in northern England and southern Scotland. It emphasised that the Welsh in modern Wales and in the Hen Ogledd were one people, in particular, the term was not applied to the Cornish or the Breton peoples, who are of similar heritage, culture, and language to the Welsh. The word came into use as a self-description probably before the 7th century and it is attested in a praise poem to Cadwallon ap Cadfan c. 633. Thereafter Cymry prevailed as a reference to the Welsh, until c.1560 the word was spelt Kymry or Cymry, regardless of whether it referred to the people or their homeland. The Latinised forms of names, Cambrian, Cambric and Cambria, survive as lesser-used alternative names for Wales, Welsh
The FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout association football competition in mens domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest association football competition in the world and it is organised by and named after The Football Association. For sponsorship reasons, from 2015 through to 2018 it is known as The Emirates FA Cup. A concurrent womens tournament is held, the FA Womens Cup. A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12, the tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final. The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper, in the modern era, only one non-league team has ever reached the quarter finals, and teams below Level 2 have never reached the final. As a result, as well as who wins, significant focus is given to those minnows who progress furthest, especially if they achieve an unlikely giant-killing victory. Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have two designs and five actual cups, the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design. Winners also qualify for European football and a place in the FA Community Shield match, in 1863, the newly founded Football Association published the Laws of the Game of Association Football, unifying the various different rules in use before then. On 20 July 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, the inaugural FA Cup tournament kicked off in November 1871. After thirteen games in all, Wanderers were crowned the winners in the final, Wanderers retained the trophy the following year. The modern cup was beginning to be established by the 1888–89 season, following the 1914–15 edition, the competition was suspended due to the First World War, and did not resume until 1919–20. The 1922–23 competition saw the first final to be played in the newly opened Wembley Stadium, due to the outbreak of World War II, the competition was not played between the 1938–39 and 1945–46 editions. Having previously featured replays, the modern day practice of ensuring the semi-final and final matches finish on the day, was introduced from 2000 onwards. Redevelopment of Wembley saw the final played outside of England for the first time, the final returned to Wembley in 2007, followed by the semi-finals from 2008. The competition is open to any club down to Level 10 of the English football league system which meets the eligibility criteria, all clubs in the top four levels are automatically eligible. Clubs in the six levels are also eligible provided they have played in either the FA Cup. Newly formed clubs, such as F. C. United of Manchester in 2005–06 and also 2006–07, all clubs entering the competition must also have a suitable stadium
Where more than two competitors can play in each match, such as in a shootout poker tournament, players are removed when they can no longer play until one player remains from the group. This player moves on to the next round, some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a final stage called playoffs. The round before the quarterfinals is sometimes called the round of sixteen, Last Sixteen, or pre-quarterfinals, earlier rounds are typically numbered counting forwards from the first round, or by the number of remaining competitors. If some competitors get a bye, the round at which they enter may be named the first round, with the matches called a preliminary round. Many Olympic single-elimination tournaments feature the bronze medal if they do not award bronze medals to both losing semifinalists. The FIFA World Cup has long featured the third place match, the number of distinct ways of arranging a single-elimination tournament is given by the Wedderburn–Etherington numbers. Brackets are set up so that the top two seeds could not possibly meet until the round, none of the top four can meet prior to the semifinals. If no seeding is used, the tournament is called a random knockout tournament. One version of seeding is where brackets are set up so that the quarterfinal pairings would be the 1 seed vs. the 8 seed,2 vs.7,3 vs.6 and 4 vs. This may be done after each round, or only at selected intervals, in American team sports, for example, the MLS, NFL and WNBA employ this tactic, but the NBA does not. MLB does not have teams in its playoff tournament where re-seeding would make a large difference in the matchups. In international fencing competitions, it is common to have a group stage, participants are divided in groups of 6–7 fencers who play a round-robin tournament, and a ranking is calculated from the consolidated group results. Single elimination is seeded from this ranking, the single-elimination format enables a relatively large number of competitors to participate. There are no dead matches, and no matches where one competitor has more to play for than the other, the format is less suited to games where draws are frequent. In chess, each fixture in a single-elimination tournament must be played multiple matches, because draws are common. In association football, games ending in a draw may be settled in extra time, another perceived disadvantage is that most competitors are eliminated after relatively few games. Variations such as the tournament allow competitors a single loss while remaining eligible for overall victory
English football league system
There are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions. As there are no definitions of any level below 11, any references to the structure at level 12. The pyramid for womens football in England runs separately to nine tiers, the Football League was created in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor. It was dominated by clubs who had supported professionalism. The twelve founding members consisted of six from Lancashire and six from the Midlands, no sides from the South including London initially participated. The system consists of a pyramid of leagues, bound together by the principle of promotion and relegation. A certain number of the most successful clubs in each league can rise to a higher league, in addition to sporting performance, promotion is usually contingent on meeting criteria set by the higher league, especially concerning appropriate facilities and finances. In theory it is possible for a local amateur club to rise to the pinnacle of the English game and become champions of the Premier League. While this may be unlikely in practice, there certainly is significant movement within the pyramid, the top five levels contain one division each and are nationwide in scope. Below this, the levels have progressively more leagues, with each covering progressively smaller geographic areas. Many leagues have more than one division, at the lower levels the existence of leagues becomes intermittent, although in some of the more densely populated areas there are leagues more than twenty layers below the Premier League. Clubs from these leagues may, if they feel they meet the standard of play and have suitable facilities. The seven levels immediately below the Premier League and English Football League are known as the National League System, in May 2014 The Football Association announced provisional plans for a new division between the English Football League and the National League which would include B teams of higher level clubs. The English football league system does not include the version of the game often called Sunday league football. These leagues are independent entities with no promotion or relegation involving the football pyramid, however, some Sunday League clubs have been known to join pyramid leagues if they desire to progress higher. There are also some Saturday leagues such as the Lincolnshire League which are not officially part of the pyramid, at the top is the single division of the Premier League, containing 20 clubs, all of which, up to the 2010–11 season, were based in England. Below the Premier League is the English Football League, which is divided into three divisions of 24 clubs each, The Championship, League One and League Two, the 92 clubs in the Premier League and English Football League are all full-time professional clubs. They are often referred to as League clubs because, before the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, clubs outside this group are referred to as non-League clubs, although they too play most of their football in league-type competitions
Non-League football describes football leagues played outside of the top leagues in that country. Generally it describes leagues which are not fully professional, the term is primarily used in football in England, where it describes football played at a level below that of the Premier League and the three divisions of The Football League. The term can be confusing as the vast majority of football clubs in England play in a league. The League of non-League football refers to the Football League, rather than leagues in general – non-League clubs play most of their football in league competitions. There are many leagues below the level of The Football League, the most senior of these leagues are loosely organised by The Football Association, the sports governing body in England, into a National League System. The NLS has seven levels or steps, and includes over 50 separate leagues, prior to 1987, there was no automatic promotion and relegation between The Football League and the leagues of non-League football. The bottom clubs of The Football League were required to apply for re-election to the League at the end of the season, the system ensured that Football League membership remained relatively static, with non-League clubs having little chance of joining. Scarborough became the first non-League club to win promotion to The Football League. Since 2003, two clubs from the Conference have been promoted at the end of each season, the entire English football league system includes the Premier League, The Football League, the NLS leagues, and any local leagues that have feeder relationships with an NLS league. Since the end of the Second World War, nine non-league clubs have reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, the Football Association Challenge Trophy was formed in 1970 by the FA to offer non-League football clubs a realistic chance of winning a cup competition. Now in its 43rd season, it is becoming more and more popular for fans around the country. There is also the FA Vase for clubs further down the league ladder, in womens football, the non-League term is used for those clubs in the divisions below the FA Womens Premier Leagues two regional second divisions. In Scotland, football outside the top four divisions consists of the Junior leagues together with a number of regional Senior Leagues, until 1974, it was the second tier of the league system before being disbanded. The Regionalliga was then re-introduced as the tier of the system in 1994. National Game XI Non League UK
English Football League
The English Football League is a league competition featuring professional football clubs from England and Wales. Founded in 1888 as the Football League, the league is the oldest such competition in world football and it was the top-level football league in England from its foundation in the 19th century until 1992, when the top 22 clubs split away to form the Premier League. The league has 72 clubs evenly divided into three divisions, which are known as the Championship, League One and League Two, with 24 clubs in each division, the Football League has been associated with a title sponsor between 1983 and 2016. As this sponsor changed over the years the league too has been known by various names, the English Football League is also the name of the governing body of the league competition, and this body also organises two knock-out cup competitions, the EFL Cup and the EFL Trophy. The operations centre of the Football League is in Preston, while its commercial office is in London, the commercial office was formerly based in Lytham St Annes, after its original spell in Preston. The Football League consists of 70 professional association football clubs in England and 2 in Wales and it runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. It also organises two knockout cup competitions, the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy, the Football League was founded in 1888 by then Aston Villa director William McGregor, originally with 12 member clubs. Steady growth and the addition of more divisions meant that by 1950 the League had 92 clubs, the Football League therefore no longer includes the top 20 clubs who belong to this group, although promotion and relegation between the Football League and the Premier League continues. In total,136 teams have played in the Football League up to 2013, the Football Leagues 72 member clubs are grouped into three divisions, the Football League Championship, Football League One, and Football League Two. Each division has 24 clubs, and in any season a club plays each of the others in the same division twice, once at their home stadium. This makes for a total of 46 games played each season, clubs gain three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a defeat. At the end of the season, clubs at the top of their division may win promotion to the higher division. At the top end of the competition, three Championship clubs win promotion from the Football League to the Premier League, with the bottom three Premier League clubs taking their places, reserve teams of Football League clubs usually play in the Central League or the Football Combination. Since the 2004–05 season, penalties have existed for clubs entering financial administration during the season and it is also required that a club exiting administration agree a Creditors Voluntary Agreement, and pay in full any other footballing creditors. Failure to do either of these result in a second. The other main situation in which is a club may lose points is by fielding an improperly registered or otherwise ineligible player. If a club is found to have done this, then any points earned from any match that player participated in will be deducted, the EFL organises two knock-out cup competitions, the EFL Cup and the EFL Trophy. The EFL Cup was established in 1960 and is open to all EFL and Premier League clubs, the EFL Trophy is for clubs belonging to EFL League One and EFL League Two
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
Norton & Stockton Ancients F.C.
Norton & Stockton Ancients Football Club were an English football club based in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, England. They were members of the Northern League Division Two until their resignation in December, the club was established in 1959 as Norton Cricket Club Trust by members of Norton Cricket Club seeking a winter pastime, and joined the Teesside League. They won the Durham Minor Cup in 1967–68, and went on to win the North Riding Amateur Cup three times and the Teesside League Cup once, in 1980 Stockton were wound up. As their remaining assets were transferred to Norton, the two merged, taking their current name. They joined Division Two of the Northern League in 1982 when the division was re-established and they remained in Division Two until 2008–09, when they finished as runners-up and were promoted to Division One. In 2010, the club achieved its record attendance when a crowd of 1,526 watched them take on F. C. United of Manchester in the qualifying round of the FA Cup
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
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
Eccleshill United F.C.
For the club in Staffordshire, see Eccleshall F. C. Eccleshill United Football Club is a football club based in Wrose, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Counties East League Division One, the club was established prior to World War II but was disbanded due to the war. It was re-established in 1948 and were members of the Bradford Amateur League in the 1950s. The club won the Bradford Amateur League Cup in 1961–62, and later moved up to the West Riding County Amateur League, reaching the Premier Division in 1972, in 1982 the club applied to join the Northern Counties East League, but were rejected. The following season saw the club retain the Bradford & District Senior Cup, at the end of the 1985–86 season Division Three was abolished and Eccleshill were moved up to Division Two. They finished as runners-up in 1986–87 and were promoted to Division One, despite only finishing fifth in 1990–91, they were promoted to the Premier Division. The club spent three seasons in the Premier Division before being relegated at the end of the 1993–94 season, after winning Division One in 1996–97, the club were promoted back to the Premier Division. In 2008–09 they finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated back to Division One, in 2013–14 the club won the West Riding County Challenge Cup. The club initially played at the Recreation Ground, before moving to Acre Fields in the 1950s, in 1963 land was purchased at a former quarry at Plumpton Park, which was developed into two football pitches. A clubhouse was built in 1974 and terracing installed in the early 1980s as the club looked to move up to the Northern Counties East League, the ground currently has a capacity of 2,225, of which 225 is seated and 415 covered. C. Players Eccleshill United F. C. managers Official website
Winterton Rangers F.C.
Winterton Rangers F. C. are a football club based in Winterton, England. They play in the Northern Counties East Football League Division One, the club was established in 1934. They were originally a side before becoming members of the Scunthorpe & District League in 1935. Winterton have used just two grounds in their history and they were situated at Watery Lane until 1950 when a piece of land was purchased at West Street. In 1965 they joined the Lincolnshire County League until 1970 when they accepted an invitation to the Yorkshire Football League, over the next decade they won the Yorkshire Football League on three occasions. They reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup in 1971–72 and 1976–77, in 1978 they won the Philips six-a-side floodlight cup, beating Newcastle Blue Star in the Final. In 1982–83 they became members of the Northern Counties East League. Just 2 seasons later the club disbanded due to financial difficulties, in 1986 Rangers then re-entered the NCEL Division 2 winning he title in 1989–90 and were promoted directly to the NCEL Division. After 4 seasons they were relegated to the NCEL Division 1, since November 2004 they have been managed by former Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers player Peter Daniel. Rangers have an agreement with Hull City for the use of the pitch by the Football League clubs reserve team, Rangers also have a Ladies team and junior sides, run by Wayne Turtle. Also there are three sides that play under the Rangers banner. 1971/72, 1976/77 Best in FA Vase, Quarter Final 1976/77 Club website
Armthorpe Welfare F.C.
Armthorpe Welfare Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Armthorpe, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, the club was established in 1926, and initially competed only in local leagues, including the Doncaster Red Triangle League. In 1935 they turned semi-professional and joined the Sheffield Association League and they first entered the FA Cup in the following season, and competed in the FA Amateur Cup for a few years after World War II. They left the Sheffield League in 1950 to join Division Two of the Doncaster & District Senior League and their first season in the new league saw them promoted to Division One. Although they were relegated two seasons later, Armthorpe won Division Two at the first attempt to earn promotion back to Division One. In just their second season in Division One they won the league title and they added further title wins in 1960–61, 1961–62 and 1964–65. However the club was relegated from the renamed Premier Division at the end of the 1966–67 season and they were relegated again in 1969–70, and sunk into Division Three after another relegation in 1972–73. Two years later the reformed and rejoined the Doncaster & District Senior League. They began in Division Three, which won in 1978–79. The following season they won Division Two and the League Cup in 1979–80, following their Premier Division title, the club moved up Division Two North of the Northern Counties East League. They finished as runners-up in their first season, earning promotion to Division One Central and they went on to win the division at the first attempt and were promoted to the Premier Division, where they have remained since, becoming the divisions longest serving club. In 1987–88 the club finished as runners-up, losing the title to Emley on goal difference, in 2000–01 they finished in the relegation zone, but were reprieved from relegation after Ossett Albion were promoted to the Northern Premier League and no club was relegated in their place. The club plays at the Welfare Ground on Church Street and it has a capacity of 2,500, of which 250 is seated and 400 covered. C. Players Armthorpe Welfare F. C. managers Official website
Glasshoughton Welfare A.F.C.
Glasshoughton Welfare Association Football Club is a football club based in Glasshoughton near Castleford, West Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Counties East League Division One, the club was established in 1964 as a Sunday league works team under the name Anson Sports. They initially played in the Castleford Sunday League, and adopted their current name in 1974 after moving to the ground of Glasshoughton Colliery on Leeds Road. The new ground enabled them to switch to Saturday football, with the joining the West Yorkshire League. In 1985 they were admitted to Division Three of the Northern Counties East League, the division was abolished at the end of the 1985–86 season, with the club moved up to Division Two. After a sixth-place finish in 1989–90, Glasshoughton were promoted to Division One, in 1993–94 they won the West Riding County Cup, beating Selby Town 4–0 in the final. In 1997–98 they won the leagues President Cup, beating Ossett Albion 7–2 on aggregate in a two-legged final, in 2014–15 the club finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated back to Division One. F. C
Liversedge F. C. is a football club based in Cleckheaton, England, on the border with Hightown in Liversedge. For the 2013–14 season, they play in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division, prior to the 2004–05 season the ground had a large slope from the north to the south. The pitch was dug up in closed season of 2005, Liversedge had to play their first few games away for the 2005–06 season while the turf bedded in. Liversedge have been close to promotion into a league, including the 2005–06 season. However, there were not sufficient facilities for promotion to the Northern Premier League, Sedge have an under-19s team who play in the Northern U19 Alliance League West Division. The draw saw them in the draw for the first round proper of the Cup. Coalville won the replay 2–0 to face Wycombe Wanderers and that season saw Sedge finish the highest they have ever finished in the NCEL, finishing second behind high paying Buxton. Promotion wasnt to be as the ground was not up to the standard at that time. Several teams tried to sign him and he left for Garforth Town in early December. Despite leaving for a Northern Premier League team so early in the season Walker still finished top scorer in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division at the end of the season. On Sunday 25 July 2010 Sedge played a match to mark the clubs centenary against a Legends XI including Peter Beagrie. The Legends won 2–1 with both their goals being scored by Chris Freestone and it was Sean Regan and his assistant Billy Millers last game in charge before Regan left to join Scunthorpe United to work with their junior sides. His replacement as manager, Stuart Waddington, left after a start to the season and was replaced by the returning Billy Miller together with Player/Assistant Manager Cory Larkin. As of 20 July 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Horden Colliery Welfare A.F.C.
Darlington 1883 Reserves formerly known as Horden Colliery Welfare Association Football Club is a football club based in Darlington, in County Durham, England. The club was formed in 1908 and joined the North Eastern League in 1935, Horden finished second in the Northern League Division One in 1980 and 1983 and in 1984 beat Blyth Spartans in the League Cup final under former Middlesbrough coach John Coddington. There is a great FA cup tradition at Welfare Park, a run to the round in 1938–1939 when they lost 3–2 at home to Newport County. All brought narrow defeats against Southport F. C. Accrington Stanley, Wrexham F. C. Scunthorpe United, in 1985 Horden CW faced the biggest challenge of their history when the club was relegated and around the same time Horden Colliery closed. Famous players with Horden connections include Bolton Wanderers striker Bob Taylor, Stan Anderson, colin Bell, Tommy Garrett, Ritchie Norman and Mick Fento. On 21 July 2010, Martin Wilson, a 24-year-old businessman and he is believed to be the youngest Chairman in the Football Pyramid. Under the new direction of Wilson, the aims to re-brand itself in an attempt to make the club more appealing to younger supporters. The club have played at Welfare Park ever since they were formed, The Ground has 1 Stand, Which consists of Mainly seating, in 2016, Horden Parish Council demanded that the club vacate their ground at Horden Welfare Park for unknown reasons. On January 29 of that year, a court upheld the councils decision. Horden Chairman Norman Stephens said If the move had not have happened, Norman Stephens and some of the playing have been retained by Darlington who took Hordens place in the Wearside League. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any equivalent to this level. Players that hold a record or have captained the club. Tom Baker John Hodgson Horden Colliery Welfare Supporters Club
Thackley F. C. are a football club based in Thackley, north Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The club plays in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division, Thackley FC was formed in 1930, spending much of their early years in local football before joining the West Riding County Amateur League in 1939. The club then moved into county-wide leagues, spending 25 years in the West Riding County Amateur League, the club has never been relegated from that division throughout the Leagues 30-year history. Thackleys best efforts in national cup competitions have been in the FA Vase, the club has never progressed beyond the second qualifying round of either the FA Cup or the FA Trophy
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
Darlington Railway Athletic F.C.
Darlington Railway Athletic Football Club is a football club based in Darlington, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at Brinkburn Road, the club was formed after World War I and initially played in the Darlington & District League. They joined the Northern League in 1919, but left at the end of the 1924–25 season after finishing second-from-bottom and they were league champions in 1932–33 and 1963–64, and League Cup winners in 1950–51. They did the double of league and League Cup in 1967–68, the club subsequently joined the Teesside Football League. In 1969–70 the club won the North Riding Cup and they finished bottom of the Teesside League in 1986–87, but were runners-up in 1988–89. In 1990 the club joined Division Two of the Wearside League, a third-place finish in their first season saw them promoted to Division One, but they folded at the end of the 1991–92 season. After reforming, the club rejoined the Darlington & District League and they subsequently transferred to the Auckland & District League, which they won in 2000–01. The club were promoted to the Wearside League, which was now operating with a single division. They won the League Cup in 2002–03, and were champions in 2004–05. Their first season in Division Two saw them finish third, earning promotion to Division One, however, they finished bottom of Division One in 2006–07 and were relegated back to Division Two. C. Players Darlington Railway Athletic F. C. managers Official website
Yorkshire Amateur A.F.C.
Yorkshire Amateur Association Football Club are a football club based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. They were formed in 1918, and two later became founding members of the Yorkshire Football League. For the 2015–16 season, Yorkshire Amateur are members of the Northern Counties East League Division One, the club was founded as Yorkshire Amateur A. F. C. by a local man called Kolin Robertson in Leeds during November 1918. The club became one of the founding members of the Yorkshire Football League in 1920–21. For the second time in their history, the reached the FA 1st Round. Yorkshire Amateur pulled off a 1–0 victory at against their Football League opposition, Yorkshire Amateur became a founder member of the Northern Counties East League in 1982, where they still remain. Graham stood down in 2010 after taking over as the Barkston Ash Rep Side manager, capacity,1550, Covered walkway,160, covered Seats,200 Attendance,4,000 v Wimbledon, FA Amateur Cup QF,1932
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
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
Hall Road Rangers F.C.
Hall Road Rangers Football Club is an English football club, formed in 1959, in Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Formerly based at Dene Park in Dunswell, in 2015 their home ground became Haworth Park in Hull, the club was formed in 1959 by a local man named Ted Richardson, Hall Road Rangers was originally set-up as a youth club for young teenagers and played Sunday league football. The club became a team and stepped up into the Yorkshire Football League Division Two in 1968. In 1970, they were placed in the newly formed Division 3, Hall Road won the Division 3 title in 1973. They were relegated back to Division 3 in 1976, Division 3 champions again in 1980. Hall Road Rangers were founding members of the Northern Counties East League in 1982 and they were placed in Division 1 North, but finished bottom that first season. They spent the 1983–84 season in Division 2 North, but a league reshuffle saw Hall Road return to Division 1 North for 1984–85. Further league reshuffles saw Hall Road in division 3 in 1985–86 and Division 2 in 1986–87, the NCEL scrapped Division 2 that year so the entire division moved up to Division 1. For the 2007–08 season, they were members of Northern Counties East League Division One and they finished the season as runners up, thereby gaining promotion to the Premier Division. Hall Road won the East Riding Senior Cup in 1973 and 1994 and they also won the Northern Counties East League Cup in 2004. In 2015 Hall Road Rangers moved to a new ground Haworth Park under the current chairman Darren Sunley, all youth teams were moved from other grounds to play from the new home. Floodlights for the ground were installed at the ground in 2015 along with new advertising boards, former Coventry City, Cambridge United and Wigan Athletic forward, Jamie Barnwell, took over as chairman of the club in August 2012. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Tadcaster Albion A.F.C.
Tadcaster Albion Association Football Club are an English football club based in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, formed in 1892. Their ground is situated behind the John Smiths brewery in Tadcaster, currently, they are members of the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division. They are managed by Billy Miller who was appointed on 20 May 2014, the club was formed in 1892 as John Smiths Football Club, the founders took this name as the location of their ground in Tadcaster is situated behind the John Smiths brewery. They have very old roots in the York Football League, records show that played in it prior to 1909. The club came into problems in the early 1920s, but in 1923 came back under the new name of Tadcaster Albion, the league committee placed them in the second-level division of the York League, which they won that season and were promoted. It is thought that this was in one club went into trouble. They both merged because of World War II and kept the Tadcaster Albion name, along with the nickname the Brewers, Albion won the York Football League in 1947–48, beating out a competitive pack which included York Railway Institute. Despite winning the league, Tadcaster were not promoted and continued on through the 1950s, Tadcaster joined the Yorkshire League Division Three in 1973–74. During their second season in the league, they were promoted to the Yorkshire League Division two, narrowly missing out on the spot on goal average. The goal difference tables would be turned in favour of Albion during the 1976–77 season and they had a very good cup run during the 1977–78 season, they reached the 5th round of the FA Vase. Relegations followed in 1979 and again in 1980, in 1982–83 they became a founding member of the Northern Counties East League, they remained in Northern Counties East Football League Division One for fifteen seasons. In 2009–10 they won the Northern Counties East Football League Division One League title, in 2010–11, they finished 4th in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division and won the NCEL Presidents Cup beating Farsley AFC 5–1 in the final. In 2011–12 the club finished 8th and in 2012–13 finished 6th, in the autumn 2013–14, they lead the NCEL Premier for the first time in their history, eventually finishing 3rd after having 4 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player. They achieved their then highest number of points in the NCEL with 93 points from 44 games and they also scored a record number of league goals for a season. At the start of 2015, Tadcaster Albion were top of the NCEL Premier and they were also still in the FA Vase, West Riding FA County Cup & the NCEL League Cup competitions. Towns chairman and goalkeeper were injured in the melee, the season petered out towards the end, with a final league position of 3rd & being knocked out in two semi final. Paul Marshall contract was not renewed and his reign ended after a very successful 7 years. Billy Miller was appointed the new manager on 20 May 2015, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules
Spennymoor Town F.C.
Spennymoor Town Football Club is an English football club based in Spennymoor, England and are currently playing in the Northern Premier League Premier Division in the English football league system. The club began playing in the Northern League in 1931–32 as Evenwood Town, in 2005, the club merged with Spennymoor United, who earlier that year folded and collectively changed their name to Spennymoor Town. Spennymoor United had a lot of success over the years and that year, Spennymoor United also won the Northern League for the fifth time in the space of 10 years. The following year, Spennymoor only reached the 2nd Round of The FA Trophy, during the 1990–1991 season, Spennymoor joined the Northern Counties East League Premier Division and in the 1992–1993 season were champions, only on goal difference. The following season, they were runners up of the Northern Premier League Division One and were promoted to the Premier Division. However, in the turn of the new millennium, with financial troubles resulting in losing 35 out of their 44 fixtures, in the 2002–2003 season, they were promoted back to the Premier Division as runners up after losing the title on goal difference. The following season, the clubhouse was burnt down on Christmas Day 2003 from an arson attack, things only went from bad to worse from then on. In the 2004–2005 season, they were deducted 24 points after failing to fulfil the fixture list due to not being able to field a side. During that season, manager Graeme Clarke resigned after losing 5–1 to Gateshead on 25 March 2005, the club resigned from the league after 33 games that season and later folded, which caused controversy over the unfulfilled fixtures. Spennymoor United was reborn under the name of Spennymoor Town, after a merger with Evenwood, out of the gloom, people were working hard and managed to get the club together for the start of 2005–06. Headed by Alan Murray the fans rallied round and formed an independent supporters group, both groups submitted their bids with the local council, but after a meeting held at the Penny Gill pub in Spennymoor, it was agreed to stand down and let Alan Murray’s plan go ahead. The application proceeded with the change to Spennymoor Town, the club were accepted into the Northern League Division Two. On Saturday 13 August 2005, the first league game as Spennymoor Town was to be played at home against Darlington R. A, the official attendance for that first game was 511 people, in which the newly formed Spennymoor Town were victorious with a 3–2 win. The following Tuesday, The Moors carried on their winning ways, in the first four home games under the new name, one of those including The F. A Cup Preliminary Round, the club attracted over 1300 people to The Brewery Field. In their first season, the club got off to a good start under then manager Ken Houlahan, in January 2006, Houlahan left his post as manager to become Director of Football and Justin Perry was appointed Player-Manager, finishing the season in a respectable 8th position. But things behind the scenes were not good, a rift between the club and the fans grew, as did the rift between the committee and the chairman, business man Alan Murray was replaced as Chairman in his absence during a board meeting. During the summer of 2006 the situation came to a head and resulted in the committee resigning their posts, taking all. The club was taken over by Chairman Alan Murray, with Alan Courtney returning as Vice Chairman, the club also tried to change its name back to Spennymoor United before the 2006–07 season
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
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
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
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
Morpeth Town A.F.C.
Morpeth Town Association Football Club is a football club in Morpeth, Northumberland, England, which plays in the Northern League Division One. Their home ground is Craik Park, the clubs traditional colours are amber and black stripes. Morpeth Town were founded in 1893 following the amalgamation of Morpeth United and they played their home matches at Stobhill Cricket Field. They joined the Northern Football Alliance in the 1936–37 season, the club moved to Storey Park in 1954. In the 1983–84 season they were the Northern Football Alliance champions and they won the Northern Alliance Challenge Cup in 1986 as well as the Benevolent Bowl. In 1994 the club moved to Craik Park and again won the Northern Alliance title, the following season they were promoted to Division One as champions. In the clubs first season in Division One they finished in place and were runners-up in the Northumberland Senior Cup. In 2007 Morpeth beat Blyth Spartans to win the Northumberland Senior Cup at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and they beat Hereford 4–1 in the 2016 FA Vase final. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Chairman, Ken Beattie Club & Match Secretary, Andrew McDonnell Commercial Manager, John Richardson Morpeth play at Craik Park and it has 100 seats in a small stand and is surrounded by a 400-metre cinder track. The track was built in 1972 and is used for training by Morpeth Harriers Athletics Club. Morpeth Town moved to the stadium in 1994 and named the stadium Craik Park after father, since then the club has built a covered stand, a new clubhouse, installed floodlights and erected a high fence around the ground
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
Pontefract Collieries F.C.
Pontefract Collieries Football Club are a football club based in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. The team plays in the Northern Counties East League Division One, Pontefract Collieries is affiliated to the West Riding County Football Association and Castleford & District Football Association. They have historic rivalries with neighbours Glasshoughton Welfare and Selby Town. In recent times, a rivalry with Hemsworth Miners Welfare also developed when the played in the same division. Pontefract is known to have had a club as far back as the 1890s when a side, presumably composed mainly of soldiers. Much of the history of the game in the town is still in need of further research and they failed to finish the 1929–30 season, though. But by 1935, a club called Tanshelf Gems managed to acquire a ground on Ackworth Road, moved there, and became Pontefract United. But in 1960 the old Collieries club became extinct, only for the name to return a couple of years later when United merged with a youth side. The new club gained in stature and found considerable success in the West Yorkshire League. Progress on the continued, culminating in a Yorkshire League Division Three Championship win in 1982. This was the last season of the old Yorkshire and Midland Leagues, the Colls were founder members of the new league, and have remained there to this day. Successive promotions were gained in the first two seasons, the Runners-Up spot in Division Two being followed rapidly by the Division One Championship and this meteoric rise saw the Colls into the top flight of the NCEL, a position they held for a decade. Progress on the field was matched by ground improvements, as floodlights, a new clubhouse, stands, seats, much of the work was done during the miners strike, cementing further, literally, the club’s relationship with the mining industry and local community. The floodlight opening in 1987 saw the Collieries take on Hull City in a friendly, more honours came the club’s way as the NCEL Floodlit Cup was won twice, and two West Riding County Cup Finals were reached. Another near miss was the appearance in the NCEL Presidents Cup Final in 1994, managers Paul Cooper, John Brown, and Ged Elliott had been the main inspirations behind the footballing rise of the club during this sustained period of progress. But when the last of this line, Ged Elliott, left the club during 1994–95, a sudden decline could not be halted and the first relegation for many a year came about. The appointment of new boss, Jim Kenyon, soon halted the slide, however, and the Colls bounced straight back, taking the Runners-Up spot, and winning the Wilkinson Sword Trophy along the way. The following season saw Pontefract in yet another cup final, when they lost out by 3–1 to Hucknall Town at Millmoor in the NCEL League Cup Final
Selby Town F.C.
Selby Town Football Club is an English football club based in Selby, North Yorkshire, founded in 1919. They play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, the clubs traditional rivals are Goole and Tadcaster Albion. Soon after the formation, in 1920 they were entered into the Yorkshire Football League as a founding member. During the 1930s Selby were one of the most successful clubs in the league, after the war the club managed to win two more Yorkshire League championships in 1952–53 and 1953–54 where they also reached the FA Cup 1st Round. During the 1954–55 season, they reached the Second Round of the FA Cup, the clubs record goalscorer is Graham Shepherd who notched up 158 goals between 1963 and 1982. They stayed in the Yorkshire League through its entirety, in 1982 the League became part of the new Northern Counties East Football League, which the Robins were drafted into. Selby became champions of the Northern Counties East League Division One in 1995–96 and until 2012 remained in the league they were promoted to, Northern Counties East League Premier Division. In recent seasons the club flourished under the guidance of former Player Bob Lyon, winning the Presidents Cup, Barkston Ash Cup, the 2011–12 season proved turbulent for Selby Town, with poor results resulting in a series of managerial changes. Leon Sewell was appointed as manager in July 2011 and he was replaced in September 2011, after only nine games, by Dave Heard. Heards tenure also proved to be short, with new manager Graham Hodder taking over in January 2012, at this point the club lay in bottom place in the league. The Robins moved from the Bowling Green across town to the current Flaxley Road ground on Richard Street which was built in the early 1950s. They hope to be moving soon to a brand new Conference-standard stadium on East Common Lane next to Selby College, the clubs highest attendance of 7,000 was in 1954 when they played Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Cup 1st Round. As a result of a deal the Flaxley Road ground was renamed the Selby Times Stadium. In August 2010 a new three season sponsorship deal with Rigid Group led to the stadium being renamed the Rigid Group Stadium, from 2012 the stadium is now known as the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. FPH being a local business which supports the Robins. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. President, A. Carter Chairman, Ralph Pearse Secretary, Thomas Arkley Treasurer, Mrs. R
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
South Shields F.C.
South Shields Football Club is a football club based in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England. The third club of this name, it was formed in 1974 and plays its matches at Mariners Park. South Shields currently play in Northern League Division One, the club was formed in the same year as the previous club failed, after a second move to Gateshead by the previous club, and the sale of Simonside Hall, given to the club by supporters. The re-formed club under chairman Martin Ford was based at the councils Jack Clark Park, after two title winning seasons in the Northern Alliance, and an appearance in the quarter-finals of the FA Vase, Shields joined the Wearside League. Ultimately, chairman John Rundle and his family provided the long wished-for new ground at Filtrona Park, in 1994–95 the club won the Wearside League for the second time in three years, and were promoted to Northern League Division Two. It was promoted again to Northern League Division One the following season, chairman John Rundle publicly threatened to fold the club if they went down, though he did not follow the threat through. After several seasons in Division Two, John Rundle again threatened the club with closure in 2006, however, a new committee was formed, headed by chairman Gary Crutwell, and the club was saved. The clubs performance improved, and a fourth-place finish in 2007 was followed by promotion in 2008 back into Division One. In 2010, the won the Northern League Cup, beating Ashington 6–5 on penalties after a 2–2 draw. In the 2012–13 season, South Shields F. C. was relegated from Northern League Division One before being forced to move to Eden Lane, in Peterlee, after its lease on Filtrona Park expired. The club spent the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons in Division Two of the Northern League, however, they are back at Filtrona Park – now renamed Mariners Park – after being taken over by new chairman Geoff Thompson. Among their current players are the former Sunderland and Middlesbrough midfielder Julio Arca, Arca and Foley formed part of a Shields team which went on to win the 2015–16 Northern League Division Two title, in doing so securing promotion to Division One. In October 2016, South Shields appointed former Sunderland defender Martin Scott as assistant manager, in the 2016–17 season South Shields went on a 30-game unbeaten run and as of 5 April 2017 are 2nd in the league. The club is into the final of the Durham Challenge Cup and they beat Coleshill Town 1–2 in the away leg of their FA Vase semi-final tie and beat them 4–0 in the second leg advancing to the final at Wembley. The club played at Filtrona Park, in Shaftesbury Avenue, Jarrow, for the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons, South Shields played at Eden Lane, Peterlee after being evicted from Filtrona Park. In May 2015, the secured a return to Filtrona Park – which was renamed Mariners Park – after new chairman Geoff Thompson bought the facility. On 10 October 2015, the ground had its biggest attendance for over 20 years by gathering a crowd of 1,045 for the Mariners game against Ryton, the home side were victorious 4–0. Two weeks later that figure was again as a crowd of 1,115 attended Mariners Park to watch Shields defeat Thornaby 4–3
Jarrow Roofing Boldon Community Association F.C.
Jarrow Roofing Boldon Community Association Football Club is a football club based in Boldon Colliery, near Sunderland, England. They were established in 1987 and joined the Wearside Football League Division Two in 1991, in 1996, the club was promoted to the Northern Football League. They were FA Vase semi-finalists in 2005, currently, they are members of the Northern Football League Division One. The current manager, Richie McLoughlin, is also the founder, chairman, jarrow Roofing Boldon Community Association were formed in 1987 and started in the South Tyneside Senior League, winning it at the first attempt and moving to the Tyneside Amateur League. After three successive championships the club entered the Wearside League Division Two in 1991 and were promoted to Division One after finishing runners-up in their first season, in 1995–96, the club finished runners-up of Division One and were promoted to the Northern Football League Division Two. They were promoted to Division One in their season after finishing third. Roofing regained their Division One status two seasons later after another third-place finish, in 2011–12, the club finished 20th and were relegated back to Division Two. After finishing in 4th place in the 2012–13 season and missing out on promotion by goal difference, the Roofers also won the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup by defeating Washington 1–0
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
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
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
Pickering Town F.C.
Pickering Town Football Club is an English football club based in Pickering, North Yorkshire. The club was founded in 1888 and are currently in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, Pickering Town Football Club were first established in 1888, for many years the club competed in the local football leagues. One of the leagues they competed in was the York Football League which they joined Division Two. They were promoted to the top division after only one season. In the early 1950s, the York League was heavily contended between York Railway Institute, Market Weighton and Pickering Town, indeed, these were the teams in the top three when Pickering Town first won the York League in 1955–56. The club dropped in form for the rest of the decade in comparison, during the 1959–60 season, they finished as league runners-up to Dringhouses. Pickering eventually joining the Yorkshire Football League Division Three in 1972 and they started well in the league, and during their second season were promoted to Division Two as champions. Pickering Town finished as runners-up to Bridlington Town in the 1974–75 season and they dropped in form a couple of seasons later, getting relegated in two successive seasons. For the rest of the decade Pickering lingered around the mid parts of the Yorkshire League Division Three, in 1982 they became founding members of the Northern Counties East Football League and were in the NCE Premier Division from 1992. It was around this time that the club first entered the FA Challenge Cup, they knocked out Penrith before losing to North Yorkshire rivals, Northallerton Town in the next round. A few seasons later in 1996–97, they knocked out Pontefract Collieries 2–1 in the competition, but lost to Bishop Auckland in the next round. In terms of the draw, the club has had bad luck in the competition, as every time they reached the 1st Qualifying Round. In 1999 Pickering were relegated to the NCE First Division and this was to last only two seasons and promotion back to the Premier Division came in 2001. The club underwent a transformation with manager Jimmy Reid and his assistant Steve Brown in charge. Reid was a player with St Johnstone and York City and Brown a former Pikes player. At the end of 2001–02 season Jimmy Reid left the club, at the start of the 2002–03 season 5 first team regulars were lost for a variety of reasons which left the club struggling for much of the season. 2003–04 season was a one for the club as they were in the top half of the league table all season and for much of it, with games in hand. In the 2005–06 season the club reached the finals of the FA Vase the furthest in the clubs history
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
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