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Football

Hall Lane Football Ground

54.708635, -1.690570

Willington

Opened:

1906

Closed:

Open

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

11 Jun 2024

Willington AFC

HER Description

NEHL - Hall Lane has been the home ground of Willington AFC since 1906, when the club formed. For five years the club were leagueless, participating in local friendlies with neighbouring settlements until joining the Northern League from the 1911-12 season. From there, they were runners up the year after and actually won another two times in the 1920s.

The club went defunct in 1940, perhaps due to the war but officially it was costs which bust them, having to use reserve funds to keep going in 1939. After the war they rejoined the Northern League and success started rolling from the 1949-50 season, when they were FA Amateur Cup winners. Celebrations dwindled into the 80s when they were relegated to the Northern League Division II, later gaining points deductions due to finances and ended up joining the Wearside League. Such affairs continue today, and are currently in the Wearside League after a recent 6 point deduction in the 22-23 season.

Hall Lane itself claimed a patch of open ground in the 1900s, and by 1915 they had a small shed on the east side and a longer stand on the west. The ground is shown on aerial imagery from the 40s with the same facilities intact. By the end of the war the ground was enveloped by new housing developed, no longer retaining its status as a ground on the peripheries of the village.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1920

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

Hall Lane in 1942, source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) raf_1cu_ah_o_ah513 flown 27 May 1942

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

Hall Lane in 1948, surrounded by post war housing developments. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) raf_58_b_36_v_5105 flown 17 May 1948

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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