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Football, Cricket, Bowls, Tennis

Shotton Miners Welfare Ground

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Shotton Colliery






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Last Updated:

15 Aug 2023

Shotton CW FC (1930), Shotton CW CC, Shotton Colliery FC

HER Description

NEHL - Though it was expanded in the years following, the first iteration of the welfare grounds were opened in 1925 by Mr George Thompson in the presence of a large crowd. At first, only a childrens playground and 4 acre grounds were included.

The formal Shotton Colliery Welfare Grounds were opened in June of 1927 again by Councillor George Thompson. Overall ten acres of land were acquired, with the development altogether costing £6,000. From the outset there were four tennis courts, bowling and putting greens, football and cricket pitches and a childrens playground. This is less than the previously expected six tennis courts, quoits pitches and bandstand which was added later.

A football pavilion and bandstand, costing £1000 and £300 respectively, were opened at the welfare ground in 1931 by W. W. Carr, one of the oldest inhabitants of Shotton.

It was around 1930 when the Shotton CW FC was formed. Their AGM of 1931 provides a good insight into their team at that point. The club had apparently done "so badly...they had to seek re-election to the Wearside League". Team changes, injuries, leaving players and poor support had all been cited, as well as the fact it was costing them £2,000 to make use of the new welfare ground in the coming year.

The cricket club were formed around the same time. A team photo can be seen below, and generally ended up playing other colliery teams in the region such as Hazard Colliery in the North East Durham League Division II. Washington, Sherburn Colliery and Brandon Colliery also played in this league.

The cricket ground has now been repurposed as a casual football pitch, while Shotton Colliery FC play at the ground. They play in the Wearside League Premier Division.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1946

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

Shotton CW CC in 1931, from the Hartlepool North Daily Mail 08/08/1931

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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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