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Photo from Hellen Millar  - Facebook group Bygone Bedlington. Not sure where this 1950's team played but the most reckon it would have been the  Dr Pit Welfare ground as this team was mainly made up of mates from the Dr Pitt. The Matty Hall in the photo is the farther of Matty Hall the Whitley memorial school teacher.

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When the photo was posted on Facebook - @Ovalteeny posted this comment and image :- Jack Kidd Looking at the attachment below, which is taken from the information I have gathered from local newspapers, this team line-up never played together for any one club, in any one season. My conclusion is therefore it is a scratch side, most probably to participate in the annual Good Friday “Top Club” versus “Bottom Club” fixture.
It would be brilliant if someone could confirm the year the photo was taken.
In the 1940’s and 1950’s players could sign for more than one club, provided those clubs were in different leagues.
Some of the men who played in the higher class of football (i.e Northern Alliance) were regarded as almost semi-pro as they received match expenses. So, they were prone to moving around, especially if the clubs made it worth their while.
I still have a lot more research to do with local football from this era, my data is certainly incomplete, but I have enough information on all the teams in Bedlingtonshire to be able to make a calculated stab and say that this a scratch side, gathered together for some sort of friendly.


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