Croxdale, Football Ground
13 Feb 2024
NEHL - A purpose built football ground was constructed here around the 1910s, likely for use for the Croxdale Amateur League. There were various teams in the 1910s - Croxdale Villa and Croxdale Old Boys are the two which crop up most, who spent time in the Spennymoor & District Charity Cup against other local teams. It is likely both teams used this ground.
Facilities were modest, with a small shed in the south west corner. Facilities were likely provided by a local pub or club - perhaps the Nicknack Bridge Hotel a few feet away or the club on Front Street.
The ground, like the cricket club, was repurposed by the 1930s into one large multi-purpose sports ground. Football and cricket likely continued there, but the days of separate distinct grounds were gone.
Ordnance Survey, 1920
Aerial view of Crosdale in the 1940s. The football and cricket grounds were situated in the enclosed field east of the terraces and Front Street. Source: Google Earth
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