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Sunderland RCA 3-1 Durham City

Sunderland RCA 3-1 Durham City

It’s back. It had kind of been back for a bit, then went away again, then came back, but now it is properly back. Football. Competitive football. 178 days after Sunderland RCA won away at Whitley Bay and Durham City lost at Birtley, the two 

Durham City WILL go to the ball

Durham City WILL go to the ball

A bank holiday weekend is a long time in football, to paraphrase a few, and the last few days have been tumultutious for Durham City. On Thursday evening Mark Carruthers reported in the Sunderland Echo that one of the City players had returned a postive 

Brandon United 0-0 Whickham

Brandon United 0-0 Whickham

For this correspondent, the successful #LetFansIn campaign was a second return to watching football, having been lucky enough to take in Durham United and Durham FC friendlies before the FA put a stop to things. With a multitude of options, a late decision was made to take in Brandon United against Whickham once the home side announced fans would be welcome back.

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FA Cup draws

FA Cup draws

Despite the uncertainty that prevails around the return of fans to non-league grounds, the FA have today published the first two rounds of fixtures for the revamped 2020/21 FA Cup. The extra preliminary round is due to be played 1 September 2020 and the preliminary 

Preseason roundup 15/08/2020

Preseason roundup 15/08/2020

Another weekend in August and another round of fixtures for our Footy in Durham clubs. Whilst fans are still not permitted, there is hope that guidance coming this week might at least show some light at the end of the tunnel.

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 of which later.

Scheduled for a 18:30 start, the clock ticked past half past with echoes of Scotland v Estonia as only Darlington Town lined up on the pitch. The ref suggested to the Durham FC sideline that they might want to get their players in situ.

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Preseason round up

Preseason round up

As well as the Durham United victory over Shotton Colliery, a number of other friendlies took place around County Durham. Esh Winning took on South Moor AFC at West Terrace in a close game. Esh took the win with a first half penalty won and 

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 Colliery Welfare, Eppleton Colliery Welfare and Shotton Comrades. Over the years these clubs dwindled in number, financial struggles leading to clubs folding, leaving grand old grounds vacant throughout East Durham.

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Pools release season ticket information

Pools release season ticket information

With the National League set to start in the first two weeks of September, Hartlepool United have today released updated information about how fans can get their hands on season tickets. Pools sold over 3,000 season tickets for the 2019/20 season with a variety of