New kids (and seniors) on the block
When the Wearside League confirmed their revamped lineup of two divisions in mid June, the list of clubs was dominated by Durham. Durham City AFC Reserves and Durham United Reserves were joined in the expanded second division by two newly formed clubs; AFC Durham and Durham FC. It was almost five Durham clubs in the Wearside League, with the established Durham City AFC clinging to their Northern League spot due to the Covid induced expunging of last season.
Durham FC evolved from Durham City Juniors, a youth football club loosely affiliated to Durham City AFC. After Durham City announced they were investing in a youth academy in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, the committee at the Juniors decided to go their own way and formed a new club, Durham FC. The clubs colours are that of the City of Durham, red and black, with the first kit being those colours set in stripes. Think AC Milan.
In their statement they said “the Club have formed a good working relationship with both New College and Framwellgate Moor Parish Council so it was agreed that they would put down roots in this area and strive to make it their home.” During the formation of the club it was agreed that to continue a pathway for the youth teams, they would enter a senior team in to the Wearside League, and an agreement was reached with the Parish Council for the use of King George V field in Framwellgate Moor.
On 5th May 2020 Nathan Beadle was appointed as the new first team manager of the senior side.
Durham Football Club Chairman, Colin Soulsby said “We are delighted to have Nathan on board, he has many good ideas and plans to bring in some experienced players to go with the best of our youngsters. This is an exciting time for us as we will be making our first venture into senior football. This will be more of a marathon than a sprint and we have a 5 year plan to get the Club to the highest level that it can”.
Nathan commented; “I am thrilled to be joining Durham F.C. and look forward to working with the Board and I will build up a squad which will be a mixture of experience and youth. I can’t wait to see what the junior teams have to offer and they will all be welcome on match days to cheer the lads on’“.
King George V field is an enclosed pitch with a steep bank to one side which affords excellent viewing spots (although it is in need of a trim currently). With the return of crowds to professional football unlikely in the near future, this is a great time for a new club to harness the interest of those missing live action and grab some new fans. Linking the youth set-up to the seniors is a no brainer and encouraging the younger players along to watch the seniors is the kind of bond Durham FC are hoping to build.