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New Friarage

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5 Jun 2023

Hartlepool Rovers, West Hartlepool

HER Description

NEHL - The New Friarage became the home ground of Hartlepool Rovers after being forced to leave the Friarage Field leased by Durham County Council. The club purchased the Low Warren Farm in 1948 while playing at the Greyhound Stadium post-war, where they won their first Senior Cup in 40 years.

Their first home ground victory at the ground is documented in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail of 16/09/1948 against the Old Boys. They had scored the first try, but the Rovers were eventually victorious. The dressing room and clubhouse was formed of the old farm buildings and were very much improvised, having to "walk the plank" across pools of water after torrential rain.

West Hartlepool had a spell of ground sharing the New Friarage after losing their Brierton Lane site in 1995.

The ground is still in use and continues to be the home ground for the Rovers.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1966

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

Hartlepool Rovers v Durham City at the New Friarage in 1954. Source: Hartlepool Museums

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

The New Friarage in 2023

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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