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Football

Leadgate, Football Ground

54.865080, -1.790074

Leadgate

Opened:

1880s

Closed:

1890s

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

1 Aug 2022

Leadgate Exiles

HER Description

Leadgate Exiles, a Roman Catholic team and one of two in the village of Leadgate (the others being Leadgate Park), played at a ground over the road from St. Mary & St. Joseph's Chapel in the 1880s and 90s. The facilities were extremely basic and was likely just a marked field (though even this came into disrepute - contemporary newspapers suggests there were often complaints at the lack of markings leading to relocated matches).

Much of the team consisted from a sizeable Irish population, likely thanks to the collieries that lay nearby. They played in the Northern Combination League in 1897 alongside a number of extensive population centres south of the Tyne. At the end of this season they left the Northern League and presumably disbanded.

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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