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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’s been talk of the 

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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