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Seaham Harbour, Football Ground

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Last Updated:

5 Jun 2023

Seaham Harbour FC, Seaham Wednesday

HER Description

NEHL - The piece of land between the Londonderry Railway and the South Hetton Railway was utilised by Seaham Harbour FC from at least the 1900s, but likely from their inception in the mid 1880s. It was probably also used by a mixture of teams as there were many at that time - this includes Seaham Albion, Seaton Villa and Seaton Wednesday. Wednesday certainly utilised the ground midweek as per a piece in the Sunderland Echo in September 1900, when it notes they intended to procure it for the following season.

Seaham Harbour played in the Wearside League for much of their life and were modestly supported. A piece from 1929 notes the lack of public support in home games at that years AGM, and that the intention was to fold the team the next season. This was despite Seaham's growing population, and it had been assumed the growing support of Sunderland and the increased use of buses left them about £250 in debt. Lord Londonderry was a patron of the team.

The 1890s show the ground as bare, but enclosed, and is noted as being next to the "New Cottages" in a newspaper piece from the 1890s which is likely the Swine Lodge Bank Cottages which had just been constructed.

By the 1910s the ground is shown on the Ordnance Survey maps with at least 2 buildings. A pavilion was constructed on the south west corner between the railway lines.

The ground was closed in the mid 1930s, with Seaham Harbour advertisement for a new ground for the '36 season. By 1939, the ground was covered in allotments.

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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