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
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
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
The Football Association
The Football Association, also known simply as the FA, is the governing body of association football in England, and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur, the FA sanctions all competitive football matches within its remit at national level, and indirectly at local level through the County Football Associations. It runs numerous competitions, the most famous of which is the FA Cup, the FA is a member of both UEFA and FIFA and holds a permanent seat on the International Football Association Board which is responsible for the laws of the game. As the first football association, it not use the national name English in its title. The FA is based at Wembley Stadium, London, the FA is a member of the British Olympic Association, meaning that the FA has control over the mens and womens Great Britain Olympic football team. All of Englands professional football teams are members of the Football Association, although it does not run the day-to-day operations of the Premier League, it has veto power over the appointment of the League Chairman and Chief Executive and over any changes to league rules. The English Football League, made up of the three professional divisions below the Premier League, is self-governing, subject to the FAs sanctions. Another set of rules, the Sheffield Rules, was used by a number of clubs in the North of England from the 1850s, eleven London football clubs and schools representatives met on 26 October 1863 to agree on common rules. The founding clubs present at the first meeting were Barnes, Civil Service, Crusaders, Forest of Leytonstone, many of these clubs are now defunct or play rugby union. Civil Service FC, who now plays in the Southern Amateur League, is the one of the original eleven football clubs still in existence. There are only three institutions which have been members of the F. A. since 1863, those being Civil Service, Forest School and Kings College. Central to the creation of the Football Association and modern football was Ebenezer Cobb Morley and he was a founding member of the Football Association in 1863. In 1862, as captain of Barnes, he wrote to Bells Life newspaper proposing a governing body for the sport led to the first meeting at The Freemasons Tavern that created the FA. He was the FAs first secretary and its president and drafted the Laws of the Game generally called the London Rules at his home in Barnes. As a player, he played in the first ever match in 1863, the first version of the rules for the modern game was drawn up over a series of six meetings held in The Freemasons Tavern from October till December. Of the clubs at the first meeting, Crusaders, Surbiton and Charterhouse did not attend the subsequent meetings, replaced instead by the Royal Navy School, Wimbledon School, at the final meeting, F. M. Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA, the term soccer dates back to this split to refer to football played under the association rules. The Richmond side were obviously unimpressed by the new rules in practice because they helped form the Rugby Football Union in 1871
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
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
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
Marske United F.C.
Marske United Football Club is an English football club based in Marske-by-the-Sea, near Redcar in North Yorkshire. The club are members of Division One of the Northern League and play at Mount Pleasant. The club was established in 1956 and initially played in local leagues until joining the Teesside League in 1976 and they won the league in 1980–81 and 1983–84 and in 1985 were promoted to Wearside League in 1985, which they won in 1994–95. The following season finished second and were promoted to Division Two of the Northern League. During that time, they came within seconds of reaching the semi-finals of the FA Vase. After several near misses, they returned to Division One after finishing third in 2010–11, after maintaining their Division One status in 2011–12, manager Paul Burton left the club and was replaced by Craig Gibbon. However, the 2012–13 season started off poorly and results did not come the way the new management team were hoping and this resulted in club chairman, Peter Collinson, making a swift managerial replacement, appointing Ted Watts in October 2012. The team consolidated their status in the Northern League Division One as well as reaching the North Riding Senior Cup Final, the run came to an end with a 6–2 defeat at Conference Premier side Southport. The clubs form dipped after the cup exit and they eventually finished 16th in the league, on the 12th of May, six days after the League Cup victory, the club announced the departure of manager Ted Watts. For the 2014–15 season, former Billingham Town boss Carl Jarrett was appointed manager, the campaign began with low key expectations, though the squad was bolstered with the signing of prolific strikers Jamie Owens and Fred Woodhouse. Despite losing 6–2 to league champions Spennymoor Town in the JR Cleator Cup, the team lost just three league games before Christmas, putting them in contention for the league title and also reached the third round of the FA Vase for the first time in five seasons. That meant Shildon had to win their two games to deny Marske the title. They won the first 3–1 at home to Durham City but were held to a surprise 1–1 draw at Bedlington Terriers four days later, the current squad, as of February 2017, Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Stokesley Sports Club F.C.
Stokesley Sports Club Football Club is a football club based in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Wearside League and play at the Stokesley Sports Club, formed in 1920, the club spent most of the 20th century participating in local leagues before joining the Teesside League in 1994 before progressing to the Wearside League in 1999. Seven years later the club was accepted into the Northern League, in each of their first two seasons at the higher level, Stokesley finished near the middle of the table. In the summer of 2009 the club changed their name to Stokesley Football Club, in 2009–10 the club became champions of the Northern League Second Division and gained promotion to the First Division for the first time in the clubs history. They scored in every game and had the leagues top scorer in Andrew Jennings. In 2009 the clubs under-13 team won the national Tesco Cup, renamed Stokesley Sports Club FC, in 2011, a new team was appointed under the leadership of manager Monty Alexander. In the 2011–12 season Stokesley were relegated back to Division Two after finishing the season with 4 points, in the 2015-16 season, Stokesley were relegated into the Wearside League. Despite ending the season on a high, winning two of their three games, Stokesley finished on 14 points, collecting just a single point away from home. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Newcastle Benfield F.C.
Newcastle Benfield Football Club is a football club based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. For the 2015–15 season, they are members of the Northern League Division One, the roots of the club can be traced back to Brunswick Village Football Club, which was founded in 1988 and entered into the Northern Alliance Division Two. After only one season the name was changed to Heaton Corner House Football Club. Heaton Corner were champions of the Northern Alliance Division Two during the 1989–90 season, at the end of their first season, the club moved to their current home, Sam Smiths Park and changed their name to Newcastle Benfield Park a further year later. By the early 1990s, they had finished runners-up in the Northern Alliance Division One and were competing in the Premier Division of that league system. During the first year of being promoted into the league, Benfield were crowned champions, in fact they did the league and cup double, capturing the Northern Alliance League Cup. Despite lifting the championship, the club were not promoted to a higher league, in 1999 Benfield Park merged with North Shields side St. Columbas and changed their name to Newcastle Benfield Saints. They regained the Premier Division title in 2003 and with it promotion to the Northern League Division Two, another promotion followed the next season, to Northern League Division One. Their first season at higher level, 2004–05, saw them finish in a creditable fourth place. In 2005 they changed their name again, this time to Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics, the 2005–06 season started badly, but fortunes changed after the appointment of the former York City, Carlisle United and Torquay United player Paul Baker as manager in September 2005. They reached the round of the FA Vase and finished 9th in the league. For the 2007–08 season Bay Plastics was dropped from the teams title, despite the disappointment of the loss, a new club attendance record of 926 was set. At the end of the season the club was again renamed Newcastle Benfield. In the final game of the 2006–07 season, the won the Northern League Cup by beating Sunderland Nissan 1–0 at Federation Park. The goal was a long distance free-kick scored by club captain Alusene Bangura, in the 2008–09 season Benfield won the league cup and championship double with the championship running to the very last game of the season. After a rotation of managerial staff over the past year Paul Baker returned as manager with Alu Bangura as assistant manager, during the 2011–12 season former Newcastle United player and Peruvian international, Nolberto Solano joined the club as first team coach. In 2013–14 the club reached the final of the FA Vase beating holders Spennymoor Town along the way before losing narrowly to St Andrews. The club finished 14th in the Northern League. newcastlebenfield. wordpress. com
Penrith Football Club is a football club based in Penrith, Cumbria, England. They play in the Northern Football League Division One and they originally joined the North Eastern League in 1907–08, and are currently members of the Northern League Division One. The club joined the Northern League in 1947, spending 35 years in competition until moving to the North West Counties League in 1982. A five-season spell in that league saw them in a position to join the Northern Premier League when they expanded to form a division in 1987. In 1981–82, they had their best ever FA Cup run, reaching the second round, in 2007, they changed their name to Penrith Town, but a merger a year later with Northern Football Alliance club Penrith United saw the old name resurrected for the merged club
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
Northallerton Town F.C.
Northallerton Town Football Club is an English football club based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. They were established in 1895 and continue on to this day and they are currently playing in Northern League Division Two. Nobody knows the exact date of Northallerton Town Football Club, but The Elliott Bowl. Sir George Elliott, was contested for the first time in 1895 carries the name as its first winner. Joining the Northern League was a big step for the club as something like £150,000 had to be raised to upgrade the Ainderby Road Ground to Northern League standards. The Club’s first game in the Northern League was on August 28th 1982 when they were defeated 4-1 at Ryhope, a week later, Town gained revenge with a 2-0 home victory when Ryhope became the first Northern League visitors to Ainderby Road. Early years in the Northern League were difficult but they reached the final of the North Riding County Cup in the 1983-84 season, the appointment of former Burnley, Leeds United and Middlesbrough star Ray Hankin as manager in March 1989 saw an upturn in the club’s fortunes. Hankin guided them to promotion to the First Division in 1989-90 having finished runners-up in the Second Division behind champions Murton, Season 1990-91 saw the club consolidate itself in Division One, but at the end of that season Hankin resigned and his number two Geoff Cane was appointed manager. Major ground redevelopment was carried out while Cane was in charge - a new grandstand seating for 150 spectators was erected together with covered terracing for a further 400 spectators. The open ends behind both goals were also terraced, making the Ainderby Road ground the envy of many, off-field disagreements resulted in Cane leaving the club at the end of the 1992-93 season. He died in 1995, aged 46, Town were now a force to be reckoned with in the Northern League and they won the League Challenge Cup in 1993-94, when they beat Blyth Spartans 2-0 in the final at Brandon. But this was to be the last game that Northallerton Town Football Club was to play, disaster struck during the summer of 1994 when they were declared financially insolvent in the High Court and were ordered to close down. Had this happened during the season then there is not much doubt that the club would have folded. A new committee was formed and the club was able to kick off the 1994-95 season under the new name of Northallerton F. C.1994. Still in the First Division of the Northern League, the game was Northallerton, League Cup winners, against Durham City, League Champions. After playing a 1-1 draw after time, Durham won the cup on penalties. With no money available to reimburse players there was a mass exodus, although these players gave their all it was no surprise when they were relegated at the end of season 1994-95. For personal reasons both Sell and Woods resigned as joint managers at the end of 1996-97, although both remained at the club, Woods as assistant manager and Sell as an occasional player
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
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
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion F.C.
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion Football Club is an English non-league football club from Crawcrook, near Ryton, in Tyne and Wear, currently playing in the Northern League Division Two. The team, nicknamed Albion or the RACA, play their games at Kingsley Park. They were known as Ryton F. C. until 2011, the club was established in 1970 with a single adult team, operating from a local pub. The club joined the Northern Alliance Division Two in 1988, gaining promotion through winning Division One in 1996-7, during this time, they were also runners up in the Challenge Cup. This position was aided when, in the mid-1990s, the club was granted a Lottery grant to build a ground and they also have a Reserves side playing in Northern Football Alliance Division Two. This led to the departure of manager Barry Fleming and his assistant Paul Brown, former Ashington assistant manager Peter Craggs took over the managerial role. That season the club finished 22nd in Northern League Division One and was relegated to Northern League Division Two where it has remained ever since. The clubs ground, Kingsley Park Stadium has one full sized pitch, with one stand. Including girls teams, the club has two teams and twelve youth teams operating. The team is also operated, including the managerial committee. As of 31st December 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The Northern League does not use a numbering system |} The clubs first goal in the Northern League Division One was scored by Craig Marron against Bishop Auckland on 9 August 2008. The clubs best run in the FA Cup was reaching first round qualifying in the 2008–09 season, in the same season the club had their best performance in the FA Vase, reaching the second round. In April 2010, the narrowly lost out to Billingham Synthonia in the Durham Challenge Cup Final. official website
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
Celtic Nation F.C.
Celtic Nation Football Club was an English association football club based in Carlisle, Cumbria. The club were members of Division One of the Northern League, the club was established in 2004 and was originally known as Gillford Park Spartans and joined Division Two of the Northern Alliance in 2005. They finished second in the first season in the division, and were promoted to Division One, in 2006 the club changed its name to Gillford Park, winning Division One of the Northern Alliance at the first attempt, earning promotion to the Premier Division. After finishing third in the Premier Division in 2007–08, the finished second the following season. In 2009–10 and 2010–11 the club finished eleventh in Division Two, before finishing second in 2011–12, in 2012 the club adopted the name Celtic Nation, and also attracted sponsorship from Frank Lynch, a Scottish millionaire based in America. The extra money allowed the club to sign several players, including Paul Arnison, Adam Boyd. Wadsworth resigned after 10 matches in charge, and was succeeded as manager by Willie McStay, after financial support for the club was withdrawn, Wille McStay and the majority of the playing staff left the club. At one point in the summer of 2014 the club had four registered players. Former Newcastle United, Barrow and Carlisle United midfielder Mark Boyd took on the role of player/manager of Celtic Nation appointing Nation forward, Jonny Allan, three days later Celtic Nation played their last ever match against North Shields, which ended in a 1–0 defeat. Celtic Nation played in green and white shirts, white shorts and green and their away strip was yellow shirts, black shorts and yellow and black socks. Northern Alliance Division One champions 2006–07 Challenge Cup winners 2008–09 Combination Cup winners 2006–07 Cumberland Senior Cup Winners 2014 Official website
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
Newton Aycliffe F.C.
Newton Aycliffe Football Club is an English football club based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The clubs ground is the Moore Lane Sports Club Ground and they play in the Northern League Division One. The club joined the Wearside League in 1984–85 and spent just under a decade in that league and they folded in March of the 1993–94 season after picking up two points from their opening 20 games. The team competed in the FA Vase in every season, their best run being in 1991–92 when they got to the third round, the club reformed and played in local football before joining the Durham Alliance. They won that league in 2007–08 and joined the Wearside League, the club was elected into the Northern League for the 2009–10 season, after finishing first in their previous season in the Wearside Football League. Finishing in ninth place in their first season in the division of the Northern League. Having anticipated the possibility months before, the team were required to make improvements to the home ground to be eligible to play in the First Division of the Northern League. Upon ensuring their place in the top division, they finished in ninth place and participated in the FA Cup for the first time
Billingham Synthonia F.C.
Billingham Synthonia Football Club is a football club based in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division Two and play at the Stadium, nicknamed the Synners, their local rivals are Billingham Town. The club was established in 1923 and was named after an agricultural fertiliser, Synthonia being a contraction of synthetic ammonia and they initially played in the South Bank & District League, later joining the Teesside League. They won the Teesside League Cup in 1934–35, the title in 1936–37. In 1945 the club joined the Northern League and they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in 1948–49, losing 5–0 to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. The following season saw them finish as Northern League runners-up and reach the first round of the FA Cup again, this time losing 3–0 at Stockport County. They won the Northern League for the first time in 1956–57, the following season they reached the first round again, losing 5–2 at Boston United. In 1985–86 the club were relegated to Division Two after finishing second-from-bottom of Division One, however, they made an immediate return to Division One by winning Division Two at the first attempt. A fourth Northern League title was won in 1995–96, in 2006–07 Billingham reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase, after beating AFC Totton 2–1 away from home, they lost the home leg 2–1, with Totton winning the penalty shootout 5–4. At the end of the 2014–15 season they were relegated to Division Two after finishing in the Division One relegation zone, the club play at the Stadium on Central Avenue in Billingham, which is also used by the Billingham Athletics club and hosted Middlesbrough reserve matches until 2011. The ground was opened on 6 September 1958 by Lord Derby, with the first game ending in a 2–2 draw against Bishop Auckland, the crowd of 4,200 remains the clubs record attendance. In the same year, the stadium was used for an England B international athletics meeting, prior to moving to the Stadium, Billingham played at Belasis Lane, which was part of the ICI sports complex. The first ground was on the side of the road. The Belasis Lane ground saw the first floodlit game in northern England on 11 November 1952 when Billingham defeated an RAF team 8–4 in front of a crowd of 3,000. C, players Billingham Synthonia F. C. managers Official website
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
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
Chester-le-Street Town F.C.
Chester-le-Street Town Football Club is a football club based in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division One and play at Moor Park, the original Chester-le-Street Town joined the North Eastern League in 1920. The league gained a second division in 1926, and the club were relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1926–27 season and they finished bottom of Division Two in 1929–30 and 1930–31, and again in 1932–33. After finishing bottom of Division Two for a time in 1934–35. However, they spent only one season in the Wearside League, the modern club was founded in 1972 as Chester-le-Street Garden Farm, named after the pub in which it was founded. They initially played in the Newcastle City Amateur League, before moving to the Washington League in 1974, in 1978 the club adopted its current name. They won the Wearside League in 1980–81, and after finishing as runners-up in 1982–83, the club won Division Two at the first attempt, earning promotion to Division One. Chester-le-Street were relegated back to Division Two at the end of the 1988–89 season, another relegation in 1996–97 was followed by winning the Division Two title, making an immediate return to Division One. They were relegated again at the end of the 2009–10, after finishing third in Division Two in 2015–16 the club were promoted back to Division One. The modern club initially played at Low Fell in nearby Gateshead as they were unable to find anywhere to play in Chester-le-Street. Between 1973 and 1977 they played at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street, before moving to the Sacriston Colliery Welfare ground, the ground includes a 200-seat stand and a 500-capacity covered terrace. C. Players Chester-le-Street Town F. C. managers Official website
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
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
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
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
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
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
Birtley Town F.C.
Birtley Town Football Club is a football club based in Birtley, Tyne and Wear, England. They are currently members of the Northern Alliance Premier Division, although a side from Birtley competed in the inaugural season of the Northern League in 1889–90, the current team were only founded in 1993, when they joined the Wearside League. The reformed side won their first major trophy in 1998 when they defeated Annfield Plain in the League Challenge Cup Final. In the same year they merged with Birtley St Josephs Juniors, expanding the club to junior sides from the ages of seven to eighteen while adding girls, ladies. This led to the award of FA Charter Standard Club status in 2004, following the addition of floodlights and changing facilities, they won the 2006–07 Wearside League, finally gaining promotion to Division Two of the Northern League. In their first season they finished eleventh and reached the quarter – final of the Northern League Cup, during the 2008–09 season Birtley Town made their first appearance in the FA Vase. Given a bye in the First Round, they were drawn at home to Scarborough Athletic and they consolidated their position in the Northern League, improving their final league position to eighth with 61 points from 38 matches. They were knocked out of the FA Cup by Billingham Synthonia, there have also been some footballers that have made it professionally from Birtley such as current Bolton Wanderers FC striker Gary Madine and former Chelsea Reserve Vice-Captain Carl Magnay
Shildon Association Football Club is a football club established in 1890 based in Shildon, County Durham, England. They compete in the Northern League Division One and play at Dean Street and they had a very successful history in the 1930s. In November 2003, Shildon reached the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in 42 years, however, they were beaten 7–2 on the day by Notts County. Shildons nickname is The Railwaymen after the works that was the major employer in the town for many years. They are sometimes called by the nickname The Shells, Shildon will also enter a Reserve team in the Durham Alliance League for the 2014–15 season Shildon play at Dean Street. Bishop Auckland also played at Dean Street for a couple of years in a groundsharing agreement whilst building their new stadium, the Reserve Team will play home games at Shildon Leisure Centre Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Consett Association Football Club is a football club based in Consett in County Durham, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division One and play at Belle View Stadium, the club was established in 1899 as Consett Celtic. They joined the Northern Alliance in 1919, and were renamed Consett in 1922 and they finished bottom of the league in 1922–23, but were runners-up in 1925–26. At the end of the all the clubs in the league joined the North Eastern League as members of the new Division Two. They were the first Division Two champions in 1926–27, earning promotion to Division One, however, after finishing second-from-bottom of Division One in 1930–31, they were relegated back to Division Two. In 1932–33 Consett were Division Two runners-up and were promoted to Division One, after finishing second-from-bottom of Division One in 1934–35, they left to return the Northern Alliance, which had been re-established. However, after two seasons in the Northern Alliance, they rejoined the North Easter League, which was now running with a single division. When the league was suspended in 1939 following the outbreak of World War II, a competition was run with ten clubs, in 1946–47 they finished seventh in the league and subsequently applied for election to the Football League. However, no vote took place and the four clubs up for re-election retained their places in the Football League, the club went on to win the League Cup in 1950–51 and 1953–54. In 1960 they were members of the Northern Counties League, the club were champions in 1961–62. They finished bottom of the league in 1963–64, with the league disbanded at the end of the season, the club subsequently joined the Wearside League, They were runners-up in 1968–69 and 1969–70, after which the club joined the Northern League. In 1976–77 they finished joint top of the table with Spennymoor United and they were later relegated to Division Two after finishing bottom of Division One in 1987–88. The 1988–89 season saw Consett win Division Two at the first attempt, earning an immediate return to Division One. They won the League Cup in 1994–95 with a 2–0 win over Whitby Town in the final, and in 1996–97 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for a second time, losing 4–0 at Mansfield Town. The early 2000s saw the club yo-yo between the divisions, as they were relegated in 2002–03, promoted in 2003–04, relegated again in 2004–05 and they went on to finish as Division One runners-up in 2007–08, 2008–09 and again in 2010–11. The club originally played at Vicarage Field, which was owned by the Consett Iron Company, spectator facilities were restricted to a small stand, with a army hut used for changing rooms. However, in 1948 the site was needed for expansion of the steelworks and they spent two seasons at Eden Colliery Welfares Leadgate ground before returning to Consett to play at the new Belle Vue Park ground on Ashdale Road. The first match at Belle Vue Park was played in August 1950, One of the stands was later closed, although the steel structure was left in place
Whitehaven Amateur Football Club is a football club in Whitehaven, Cumbria. The club are members of the West Lancashire League Premier Division. The club was formed in 1994 from the ashes of Marchon A. F. C. other honours include the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup in the 2006–07 season and runners-up places in the Wearside League Cup and twice in the Shipowners Cup. In 2014 the club hosted Whitley Bay Football Club in the final of the Northern League League Cup. Unfortunately, having taken the lead, Whitehaven were beaten 3-2 on the night, the club has moved from football club to social enterprise and is now a company limited by guarantee. A new ground for the club has been in the stages for some time. It was envisaged that a £6 million sports stadium would be designed with an 8, 000-capacity and this is now mothballed, and upgraded individual facilities will instead be installed, including new clubhouse
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
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
Bishop Auckland F.C.
Bishop Auckland Football Club is a football club based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England. They are one of the most successful sides, having won the FA Amateur Cup ten times. Nicknamed The Bishops or The Two Blues, they are rivals with West Auckland Town, the club are currently members of the Northern League Division One and play at Heritage Park. The founding students chose Cambridge and Oxford Blue as the colours to reflect the origins of the new team. A later dispute caused a breakaway team called Auckland Town in 1886, in 1889 Auckland Town were one of the 10 founding members of the Worlds second-oldest football league – the Northern League. The inaugural season was uneventful with the team finishing 8th with the leagues first winners being St. Augustines. Between the years of 1891 and 1893 the team never participated in league football, the team name was changed in 1893 to Bishop Auckland and it was under this name that the football club rejoined the Northern League. The following two seasons under the new name were again uneventful as the finished third bottom on both occasions. During the 1895–96 season Bishop Auckland won their first silverware on a national scale – the Amateur Cup – defeating Royal Artillery Portsmouth 8–0 in the final. Over the following few seasons the team improved their league position. It was also during 1899 that Bishop Auckland picked up their second Durham County Challenge Cup, after the war, Bishop Auckland picked up where they left off finishing as league runners-up to South Bank in 1919–20, winning the following season and runners-up again the following two seasons. During this time the Amateur Cup was added twice more with wins over Swindon Victoria, the next honour was won nearly a decade later when the league championship was added in 1931 along the Durham County Challenge Cup. In 1935 the Amateur Cup final was reached again with Wimbledon being defeated 2–1 in a replay after the tie finished goalless after extra time. The Bishops had perhaps their best-ever season in 1938–39 when they completed a treble, future Liverpool player and manager Bob Paisley played at right-back in the team which won the Northern League title, the Durham County Challenge Cup and the FA Amateur Cup. The Amateur Cup final was played in Durham at Roker Park where the Bishops defeated Wellington 3–0 after extra time, following WWII, Bishop Auckland reached the Amateur Cup final for the eleventh time but went down 3–2 against Barnet. The following season, 1946–47, another Northern League title was added with Crook Colliery Welfare runners-up, the team were runners-up the following two seasons, to Ferryhill Athletic and Evenwood Town respectively. The 1950s were to be Bishop Aucklands best with the Northern League title won in the first three seasons with Billingham Synthonia being the runners-up on each occasion. Bishop and Willington both reached the final of the Amateur Cup in 1950, Willington producing a shock to triumph 4–0 over their more glamorous neighbours, the following season the Amateur Cup final was reached again
Scarborough Athletic F.C.
Scarborough Athletic Football Club is an English association football club representing Scarborough, North Yorkshire but currently based in Bridlington. The club are playing the 2016–17 season in the Northern Premier League Division One North and they currently play at Queensgate, in Bridlington, a ground which is shared with Bridlington Town. The club will complete a permanent move to a new ground in Scarborough the summer of 2017, with the first game, the club was formed on 25 June 2007 following the winding up of Scarborough Football Club. A covenant existed on the McCain Stadium that restricted its use only to sporting activities, Scarborough were wound up in the High Court with debts of £2.5 million on 20 June 2007, ending its 128-year existence as a club. The Seadog Trust then formed Scarborough Athletic to carry forward the spirit of the former club, following the liquidation of Scarborough, Scarborough Athletic was founded as a continuation or rebirth of the previous club by a supporters trust named The Seadog Trust. They took on the red kit, nickname, motto. The Trust successfully applied for membership of the North Riding County Football Association, due to the unavailability of any suitable grounds in the town, a ground-sharing agreement was made with Bridlington Town. On 29 June the club appointed former North Ferriby United manager Brian France as their first manager, for their debut season the club entered the Northern Counties East League Division One. The clubs first ever game was a friendly against Edgehill FC on 15 July 2007, the game ended in a goalless draw and was played in Hunmanby, North Yorkshire. Three days later, 20-year-old Shaun Chadburn gained the distinction of scoring the first ever goal for the new club in a 2–2 draw at Northallerton Town and their first competitive game, a NCEL1 fixture, was away to Teversal on 11 August 2007. The game ended in a 2–1 defeat in front of 427 fans, the new club had mixed results early in the season, but on 24 October it was announced the club was to face a 6-point deduction and a £300 fine for fielding ineligible players earlier in the season. This decision was upheld by the FA and so despite a run of six wins in eight matches. A strong end to the saw the club finish with an unbeaten 12 match league run. On 8 November 2008, Ryan Blott scored a record five goals in a league match at Yorkshire Amateur. Three days later the club were confirmed as champions after a 3–0 win at home to Brighouse Town, the NCEL1 trophy was presented to the team after the final home game of the season, against Leeds Carnegie, on 18 April 2008. A game which ensured they remained unbeaten at home in the league throughout the entire season, the club also reached the 2008–09 Northern Counties East League Presidents Cup final but lost 3–2 on aggregate to Nostell Miners Welfare after drawing the away leg 1–1 and losing the home leg 2–1. The 2008–09 season also saw Scarborough Athletic enter the FA Vase for the first time and they reached the 4th round before losing at Bideford. The club once again had a start to the season, but a long winning streak followed
Hallam Football Club is an English football club based in Crosspool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, at level 10 of the English football league system, founded in 1860, it is second only to local rivals Sheffield F. C. in the list of the oldest association football clubs in the world. Games between these two clubs are known as the Rules derby, in 1867 the club made history by winning the worlds first ever football tournament, the Youdan Cup. The club still possess this historic trophy, the club had in excess of 300 members by the 1850s, and in 1860 it decided to form a football club to oppose Sheffield F. C. formed three years earlier. On Boxing Day 1860 the two played each other on Sandygate Road for the first time. The match report for the game in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph states that the game was played between 16 of Sheffield and 16 of Hallam and Stumperlowe. Shaw was directly instrumental, with Charles Alcock of the London-based Football Association, shaw and Alcock were the respective captains in the first game between a Sheffield XI and a London XI, in 1871, in which the preferred rules were experimented. In 1867, Hallam won the first ever football competition, the Youdan Cup. The trophy was subsequently lost by the club, and didnt resurface again until 1997 when a Scottish antiques collector who had come into possession of the silver trophy sold it to the club for £2,000. In 2014 the trophy featured on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow, Club chairman Chris Taylor subsequently said the club had no plans to sell the trophy. Although professionalism began to creep into the game during the 1870s and 80s and they also reached the final of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup for the first time in 1904, but lost 1–6 to Barnsley reserves at Bramall Lane. In 1911 the club first competed in an FA cup competition, eventually, in 1917, Hallam decided they could no longer keep playing, and suspended playing operations, only re-joining the Sheffield Amateur League after hostilities had ended, in 1919. In 1924 Hallam pulled off one of their greatest ever results when they knocked out five-time Amateur Cup winners Bishop Auckland in front of over 2,000 at Sandygate Road, two years later the club entered the FA Cup for the first time. After winning the Sheffield Amateur League for the time in 1927. At the end of the 1932–33 season the landlord of the Plough Inn public house decided to lease the Sandygate Road ground to other teams as Hallam werent providing enough bar takings. Although the club retained its affiliation with the local FA, Hallams eviction from their ground saw them refrain from playing any football for a period of 15 years. A year later Hallam won the Sheffield Senior Cup for the first time when they beat Stocksbridge Works at Hillsborough in front of 7,240 spectators, and in 1952 they entered the Yorkshire League. That same season an Amateur Cup tie with Dulwich Hamlet was switched to Hillsborough stadium because of increased ticket demands – the attendance of over 13,000 proving to be a club record
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
Askern Football Club is a football club based in Askern, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Central Midlands League North Division, the club was established as Askern Welfare in 1924, playing in local Doncaster leagues for several decades. In 1967 Welfare won the Doncaster & District Senior League title for the time in the clubs history. In 1992 they finished as runners-up and chose to take promotion to the Central Midlands Football League and they won promotion to the Supreme Division in 2001, and in 2008 the club won the CMFL Supreme Division title. Winning the CMFL earned the promotion to the Northern Counties East League. In their first NCEL campaign Askern finished third in Division One and they made their FA Vase debut in 2010 and made their one and only appearance in the FA Cup a year later, losing to Thackley in the Extra Preliminary Round. In 2013 the club finished bottom of the NCEL Division One and they were relegated back to the Central Midlands League and changed their name again, this time to Askern. In their first season back in the CMFL, Askern finished second bottom of the North Division. Players that have played in the Football League either before or after playing for Askern – Morgan Hunt The club plays at the Welfare Ground, on Doncaster Road, Askern, Doncaster Rovers, pre-season friendly, 2010–11 Official website