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Football

Mitchell Street, Football Ground

54.898010, -1.582847

Birtley

Opened:

1900s

Closed:

c1930s

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

18 Apr 2023

Birtley Football Club

HER Description

NEHL - A football ground stood here from circa 1900s until around the 1930s, when British Cables and the Zinc Oxide Company expanded into the boundaries of the ground. The Ordnance Survey map surveyed in 1915 shows an enclosed football ground with no facilities except a pitch on Mitchell Street.

The ground was most likely home to Birtley Football Club. The club had been in existence since the 1889 as founding members of the Northern League. They also had spells in the Northern Alliance. They came runners up in the Northern League in the 1913-14 season, and were champions in 23-24. The club may have played here from this point, however the Ordnance Survey maps and newspapers cannot prove this.

The ground was enveloped and swallowed up by neighbouring industrial expansion around the 1930s.

Ordnance Survey

'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

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'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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