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Football, Rugby

Ushaw Moor, Football Ground

54.776318, -1.654981

Ushaw Moor

Opened:

c1890s

Closed:

c1930s

Reclaimed

Condition:

Home Teams/Clubs:

Last Updated:

2 May 2024

Ushaw Moor FC

HER Description

NEHL - A football ground was established here in the 1890s, likely the same time as the pit village was first bedded in when the colliery required further housing to accommodate its workers. A ground here first appears in 1910s OS maps, however newspapers show a football team had been playing by 1890. The team played in the Durham District Cup, before any local leagues. This however may be rugby football, as there was an Ushaw Moor rugby union club also. They played in the Junior Cup against Henderson's Creelers in 1893. There was certainly an association team in 1891 however, as they played Durham City at home in a friendly match.

This ground is referenced as the "Ushaw Moor enclosure" in 1916, in an association match that was called off due to a wintry storm. It's recorded in this decade they played in the Durham Central League against teams like Brandon United, Langley Moor Temperance and Kimblesworth.

The ground itself was modest, with little facility except a football leading straight from Cockhouse Farm between Ushaw Moor village and the colliery. It appears to have gone defunct by the late 1920s/1930s, when the club inevitably moved to a better location at the recreation ground (https://www.northeastheritagelibrary.co.uk/sports-archive/um01/ushaw-moor-recreation-ground).

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey, 1920s

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

The ground was in the centre of this image. The footpath to the field is very clear seen leading from the main road. This is around a decade after closure. Source: Google Earth, 1940s

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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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