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Dr Pit Colliery Welfare FC

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Photo posted by John Davidson on the Bygone Bedlington Facebook group and he thought it was possibly bedlington Mechanics.

@Ovalteeny has identified it as the Dr Pit Colliery Welfare FC that played in the Miners Welfare League throughout the 1940's & 50's.

Original photo :- 

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Is this of interest to you @Richard Bloomfield ?

With some names added :- 

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Edited by Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

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All these old photos are fabulous pieces of the history of football in Bedlington. 

 

I have recently seen a couple of old photos. Bedlington United in the 1920s appear to have worn all white shirts, while the early Mechanics shirts look to he slightly darker, perhaps red. It's the difficulty with black and white photos!! 

 

The Welfare started playing football competitively in about 1927 and ceased around 1968 when the Mechanics moved to Welfare Park. 

 

The only Bedlington team in stripes was the Welfare. 

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10 minutes ago, Richard Bloomfield said:

Anyone got thoughts on where the photo was taken? There is clearly some sort of stand in the background. 

Unfortunately no one has any idea:( where in Bedlington, or if it even was in Bedlington,  it was taken.

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On ‎29‎/‎01‎/‎2019 at 07:31, Richard Bloomfield said:

All these old photos are fabulous pieces of the history of football in Bedlington. 

 

I have recently seen a couple of old photos. Bedlington United in the 1920s appear to have worn all white shirts, while the early Mechanics shirts look to he slightly darker, perhaps red. It's the difficulty with black and white photos!! 

 

The Welfare started playing football competitively in about 1927 and ceased around 1968 when the Mechanics moved to Welfare Park. 

 

The only Bedlington team in stripes was the Welfare. 

When I returned to Bedlington from 65-67 the Welfare were not playing at Welfare Park.A team called "Bedlington East End" existed for a brief period as well as "Bedlington Juniors". Millne Park was overgrown and the Mechanics were also gone. The Terriers were formed after I returned to Australia in mid 67.

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12 minutes ago, Joe McNally said:

When I returned to Bedlington from 65-67 the Welfare were not playing at Welfare Park.A team called "Bedlington East End" existed for a brief period as well as "Bedlington Juniors". Millne Park was overgrown and the Mechanics were also gone. The Terriers were formed after I returned to Australia in mid 67.

Cheers @Joe McNally - @Ovalteeny is the one that has researched the history of the Bedlington football teams and I am sure he will use your info. @Richard Bloomfield will also be interested.

Update from the Facebook Past Times members - Graham Usher commented -'Can tell you the photo was taken at Croft Park, Blyth.' & Malcolm Speirs commented -'I'm sure no.2 is Geordie Mack, my uncle that was on the committee at the Welfare, he used to bring the strips to get washed at wor hoose.after the games.remember going to Dalbeatie near Dumfries, with the team for a friendly around 1954.'

 

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The Morpeth Herald reported at the end of the 1960-61 season that the Mechanics had been turned off Millne Park and that Mr. Millne wished to build a road through it giving access to his business.

From 1965-66 season the club played as Bedlington Colliery Welfare and did not adopt the name Bedlington Terriers until the 1980-81 season. The Welfare team disappeared in the mid 60s and the best evidence I have seen is that the Mechanics moved to Welfare Park for the 1968-69 season. From 1961-68 the Mechanics played at Bedlington Station Welfare.

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