Out of adversity comes a football revival

Out of adversity comes a football revival

It is a delight to welcome Andy Potts to Footy in Durham as our first guest contributor. Andy is the man behind the excellent Groundhoppers blog as well as other projects detailed at the end of the piece. For years, there‚Äôs been talk of the 

Midweek roundup

Midweek roundup

Competitive football made a welcome return to County Durham this week with FA Cup Extra Preliminary games taking place as well as the Wearside League getting underway. Footy in Durham covered the Sunderland RCA v Durham City FA Cup tie on Tuesday, more of which 

Durham FC 3-6 Darlington Town

Durham FC 3-6 Darlington Town

A Tuesday night in Framwellgate Moor saw Durham FC host fellow Wearside League outfit Darlington Town in front of a healthy crowd of over 70. Sadly, during the course of the game, an FA announcement means this could be the last for a while, more 

Durham United 3-0 Shotton Colliery

Durham United 3-0 Shotton Colliery

To borrow a number from another sport, it had been 147 days since this correspondant last watched a game of football in County Durham. A stuffy August afternoon couldn’t be more different from the cold March evening that saw Durham City face defeat against Birtley 

Filling the black hole

Filling the black hole

Over the years, football in East Durham has been described as a black hole or even a Bermuda Triangle, with many clubs disappearing, unable to find a place in their post-industrial home towns. In the 1990s the Northern League was home to Peterlee Newtown, Horden 

A City, a United, an FC and an AFC – football in the City of Durham

A City, a United, an FC and an AFC – football in the City of Durham

A perennial argument amongst football trivia fans is which city can lay claim to being the largest without a football league club. Maidstone, Wakefield and Croydon all lay claim to this dubious honour depending on the qualifying criteria utilised. With a population of 65,000 the 

The chance of a lifetime

The chance of a lifetime

To say 2020 has been a strange year would perhaps qualify as one of the biggest understatements of all time. News reports of a pneumonia-type disease spreading in Wuhan in early January barely registered on most people’s radars, yet six months down the line Coronavirus 

United in the City

United in the City

Durham may not have a great deal in common with Manchester, but as of 2018 they have had football clubs by the name of City and United. Durham City can trace their roots back over a century, where as Durham United only began life as 

New kids (and seniors) on the block

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