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Football

Thompson Road, Football Ground

54.922549, -1.398244

Southwick, Sunderland

Opened:

1886

Closed:

20th c

Redeveloped

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

22 Aug 2023

Southwick FC (1886-1931), Southwick Board, Southwick Wesleyans

HER Description

NEHL - On what is now Thompson Road stood the home field of Southwick AFC. Contemporary newspapers show the establishment of the club in the late 1880s and their ambitions to make a first class facility in the area. They had previously been named Pride of the Wear AFC, though they had played at an unknown ground. The football field is still in use in the 1890s, and was also used by the Southwick Board football team in the late 1890s as well as the Southwick Wesleyans in the Sunderland and District League Division II.

Facilities were limited - there was no clubhouse or buildings on the 1890s map, so it is likely changing rooms were provided at the Methodist Chapel over the road.

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1897

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

Site of the ground facing north west in 2023.

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

Historic England Photograph: raf_cpe_uk_2352_rs_4317 flown 04/10/1947

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

HER information as described above is reproduced under the basis the resource is free of charge for education use. It is not altered unless there are grammatical errors. 

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