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Shotton Colliery, Football Ground

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Shotton Colliery

Opened:

1906

Closed:

pre-1930s

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

15 Aug 2023

Shotton Albion (1906)

HER Description

NEHL - A football ground was developed next to the new Shotton Colliery terraces around 1906 to accomodate the Shotton Albion Football Club. Their first reference is in the November of this year, in the Haswell and District League against Hetton United.

The team were relatively successful, and partook in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup. We can imagine this to be similar to the Durham Challenge Cup today, though at this time most football clubs were much more localised and thus had a greater degree of significance.

References to Shotton Albion dissipate by the 1920s. It may have been used by other clubs for a short time, including Shotton Celtic, Shotton Shamrock or Shotton FC however none of these provide definitve information of their ground.

The ground itself was a modest affair, though it was fully enclosed on both sides. It had a small shed on the north side and a slightly larger building on the south end presumably for changing rooms and utility.

The ground had been demolished by the 1930s, though the land was still vacant as per aerial imagery from 1948. Not long after housing developments were constructed at the site.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1919

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

Site of the football ground at least a decade after closure. Source: Historic England Archive (RAF photography) Historic England Photograph: raf_58_b_26_v_5062 flown Unknown

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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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