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Football

Old Fold, Football Ground

54.957203, -1.584347

Gateshead

Opened:

1913

Closed:

1920s/30s

Reclaimed

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

10 Jan 2023

Felling FC, Gateshead AFC (1st)

HER Description

NEHL - A football ground stood on the edge of the North Eastern Railway between Gateshead and Felling between the 1910s and the 1920s/30s. It featured a stand on the western side next to the Victoria Works, meaning significant investment was made.

It was home to Gateshead AFC, a modestly successful club founded in 1913 (unrelated to the current team). They played in the North Eastern leagues against teams like Shildon and Houghton as well as NUFC and SAFC reserve teams. Newcastle United put up an amateur team called 'Newcastle United Swifts' during WWI, who played Felling at this ground in 1917.

Other teams also played here. County football matches between Northumberland and Durham were contested, with a match in June 1912 resulting in a 3-0 to Durham. An international player featured with the surname 'Holland'. This may be Peter Holland, who started with the New Herrington Swift and went on to play for Blackburn and Watford.

Aerial imagery shows the ground had disappeared by 1936

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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