Bowls, Football, Tennis
Coxlodge Welfare Ground
29 Dec 2022
Gosforth Empire Bowls Club, Coxlodge Welfare FC, Gosforth and Coxlodge FC
What may have been known as Kennedy Park was a multi use sports ground near Coxlodge Colliery from the 1930s and is still open in an altered state. Upon opening a tennis court, bowling green and large pitch featured as well as a childrens playground. A football ground was previously located in part of the site which was demolished.
Comtemporary newspapers state both Coxlodge Welfare FC and Gosforth and Coxlodge FC played here in the 1930s. Coxlodge Welfare played in the Northern Combination League against teams such as Throckley Welfare and Wallsend St Lukes.
Like most teams, Gosforth and Coxlodge had disbanded over the wartime period, and a Chronicle article from 1945 reports on requests from supporters and players to reform after the war. A meeting was held at the club pavilion on Jubilee Road to furnish a team. Before the war though, it appears they played in the Tyneside League, and were looking for players from 1935.
Gosforth Empire Bowls Club were present at the site from 1972.
Ordnance Survey, 1947
Aerial photograph from 1956 of the area. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_540_1792_f21_0050 flown 13/03/1956
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