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Football

Abbs Field, Football Ground

54.926540, -1.382267

Fulwell, Sunderland

Opened:

1884

Closed:

1886

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

30 Jun 2022

Sunderland AFC (1884 - 1886)

HER Description

NEHL - Abbs Field was the fifth ground to host SAFC, after Horatio Street and before Newcastle Road. The first game played there was a 2-1 friendly against Birtley. It was the first professional ground where spectators were charged a fee to watch the team, and is also where Sunderland first played with red & white stripes.

Some 6 months after their first match, around 1,500 paying supporters watched Sunderland beat Birtley once again in the semi final of the Durham Challenge Cup, a competition that continues today. This was the second to be held, and Darlington won in the final. SAFC only lost 3 matches here, each time from a Scottish side. They lost 11-1 against Port Glasgow Rangers in 1885.

SAFC moved to Newcastle Road in 1886 after the landlord attempted to increase rent by 500%. The site is now occupied by housing.

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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