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Football teams in Houghton-le-Spring

Football was a favourite pastime amongst Houghton's many miners and several teams and leagues existed across the coalfields. The photographs in this section of the Houghton Heritage website show a selection of the teams, including: Houghton Rovers Association Football Club, Houghton Juniors, Houghton Wednesday, and Houghton Colliery Mechanics teams.

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A view of a Houghton football team in the late 1800s.

Identified people include: C.Scott (1st row, second from left) and R.Dawson (1st row, second from right). Copyright © Books of the North 2000 - 2011.

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Houghton Rovers Association Football Club sitting for a photograph during the 1904 - 1905 season.

Pictured are, from left to right: FIRST ROW - R.D.MArshall; Dr Langenberg; R.Marshall; W.Brandford; J.Beston; C.Scott; S.Coxon (Sec & Vice Captain); T.Shields (Vice President); and R.Dawson (Treasurer).

MIDDLE ROW - Fred Scott; R.Roxby; D.Linden (Trainer); W.Wardle; J.Miller; R.Fenton; R.Delap (Trainer); W.Vickers; and J.Lowrif (Chairman).

BACK ROW - T.Atkinson; M.Kimmite; J.Ferris; R.J.Roxby; and R.Stoves.Copyright © Books of the North 2000 - 2011.

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Thought to be an early view of Houghton Rovers Association Football. Copyright © Books of the North 2000 - 2011.

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Houghton Rovers Association Football Club during the 1911-1912 season. Copyright © Books of the North 2000 - 2011.

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A footballer from Houghton Juniors poses during the 1913-1914 season.

Notice the magnesian limestone rocks in the background - was the photo taken near Houghton's Hillside? Copyright © Books of the North 2000 - 2011.

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A footie team at Newbottle School in August 1945. This was one of the first school football teams to be formed in the Houghton area after the War.

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This is a school-time photograph of Paul Lanagan's Granddad Geordie (back row, fourth from left). It was taken at Newbottle County Boys School, 1948-49.

He was the team's goal keeper for many years. Copyright © Books of the North 2000 - 2011.

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Houghton Colliery Mechanics Football team in the early 1950s. This team played Sunderland AFC in the final of the Houghton Aged Miners’ Cup and won 3-1.

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Houghton Wednesday Football Team outside the Welfare Hall's sports pavillion in 1951. The team was so called because the league took place on a Wednesday afternoon when many businesses and shops in the Houghton district were closed.

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Article and research by Paul Lanagan, local historian

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Paul Lanagan wishes to place on record his thanks to the following:

:: Thanks to everyone who shared photographs, including: my grandfather, George Davison; Charles Scott of Dallas, Texas, for sharing football team photos of his grandfather; Frank Forester; and Joe Snowball. Copyright © Books of the North 2000 - 2011.

 

 

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