Horatio Street, Football Ground
30 Jun 2022
Sunderland AFC (1883 - 1884)
NEHL - Horatio Street was SAFC's fourth home for a brief period between 1883 and 1884, and the first to be north of the Wear after leaving Groves Field and Blue House earlier.
It was known as the 'Dolly Field', and SAFC's first game here was an 8-1 victory against Castle Eden in September 1883. Only 11 matches were hosted here, with 8 of them being friendlies. It hosted 3 matches for the first Durham Challenge Cup which Sunderland went on to win.
Horatio Street was the last ground to be played on an open field. SAFC could not charge entrance fees for this reason. As a result we do not know how many spectators turned up to these games. As the game moved towards being a professional rules-based sport, SAFC sought to swim with the tide and move to Abbs Field where they had the ability to charge spectators.
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