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  1. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    You are right about the Welfare playing in the Miners Welfare League in the 1930s onwards. I thought that they had joined a Junior league first but I may be wrong. Will check.
  2. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    The original ground was at Hollymount, not Millfield. He is also wrong about United moving in 1922 (it was 1920) and about them folding in 1930 (it was 1938). I will see if I can post some newspaper cuttings confirming this. The book is right about Welfare Park as the football team appeared for the 1926/7 season.
  3. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    I have seen the old maps. I am not that familiar with the Hollymount area but.... When the club moved to Church Lane in 1920 the press article mentioned the area where the ground was at Hollymount being part of a building scheme. The article said: "this has been taken for the building scheme". So if someone knows whereabouts houses were built at Hollymount around 1920, you can locate the old ground.
  4. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    They moved from Hollymount to Church Lane in 1920. A "grandstand" was built at Church Lane when they moved. The stand at Hollymount was only built in 1913 so they only used it for playing purposes given the intervention of the First World War. The last time they won the league was the 1907/8 season when they won the East Northumberland League and were promoted to the Northern Alliance. No trophies were won between 1913 and 1920 when the stand was there at Hollymount. It is difficult to tell from a photo but the stand doesn't look brand spanking new so I think 1928 as the Senior Cup was won in 1923 and 1928. The two shields probably symbolise the two Senior Cup victories. So I think 1928/9 ish.
  5. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    The shirt style is 1920s. The stand behind is too grand for either Millne Park or Welfare Park. So I think it is Bedlington United and is probably the Senior Cup win in 1928. By that time the cup would be 45 years old and it looks quite battered.
  6. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    Perish the thought but could it be Ashington?
  7. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    Is it possible that the two plaques relate to the same competition? And so it had been won 20+ times in all? Bedlington United won the Senior Cup twice in the 1920s. The last time they won a league was 1908. One of the local tournaments was the Tynemouth Dispensary Cup. That started in the 1900s. So by the late 1920s there would have been 20+ winners. If this is a Bedlington team then it has to be United.
  8. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    The cup and shields make have some relevance. In the 1920s United won the Northumberland Senior Cup twice. My guess is that the Cup relates to that tournament. The shields are likely to be from the endless tournaments played in those days.
  9. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    The grandstand at Hollymount was officially opened in March 1914. Millne Park was little more than a field. Welfare Park is never shown on the grand scale depicted in the background. In 1920 a new ground was built at Church Lane known as Burdon Park with a stand costing £1,000. It has to be United.
  10. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    Not sure what colours United played in. It looks like a "proper" ground which I am not sure that Millne Park was. United built a covered stand at Holly Mount in about 1912 and then had a ground at Church Lane suitable to host professional club reserve teams. I would put money on Bedlington United.
  11. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    There were a few before the War as well. Bedlington Royal Oak springs to mind and I am sure Bedlington YMCA was pre war. I have the Welfare back to about 1926/7 and thought that they had left the Miners Welfare League at the end of 1951/2 to go to the East Northumberland League but will recheck that. It is a sad indictment of modern day youth that they appear to have little interest in actually playing football which is why so many teams have folded.
  12. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    That is incredible and amazingly helpful. This is all the sort of material that needs recording. Anyone who was 10 emwhen the club started will now be 80 so it needs capturing. Over the course of the season I have researched football in Bedlington. The first ever competitive game was on 1 December 1883 when Bedlington Burdon FC beat Rothbury in the first ever round of the first ever Northumberland Senior Cup. Burdon never progressed further than the Blyth & District League and folded in about 1909. The most successful team was Bedlington United who joined the East Northumberland League in 1898 before progressing to the Northern Alliance and the North Eastern League before dropping back to the Alliance and then going bust in 1938. United played at Hollymount until 1920 when they moved to Church Lane. There is 135 years of football there. Even if it is limited to a page and a half per season with the league table and a small commentary about the season it gives a 200+ page history of our local towns clubs.
  13. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    Thanks for your responses. It has been a great help. I began to research the club history in the programme and found a lot needed correcting, especially the early years. The club was founded in 1949 (May I believe). It started on the Northern Section of the Northumberland Aged Miners League (not the Northern Combination as the programme said). That league was won in 1951/2 and the club promoted to the Northern Combination. There were three cups along the way which did not feature in the programme. Home games were played at Millne Park until the end of the 1960/61 season (there is a press cutting confirming that date) when the club appears to have moved to Bedlington Station Welfare. Can anyone confirm this? The club appears to have moved to Welfare Park in 1967. Again can anyone confirm this? We are aware that there a lot of people who can contribute to the early history of the club but we need to get a move on.
  14. Richard Bloomfield

    3 Generations Of Miners

    2019 is the 70th anniversary of the founding of Bedlington Mechanics. I am editing the programme and would like to use the photograph of the first ever team (as shown above) on the programme cover. Can anyone confirm who the image belongs to and if it is ok to use it? We are trying to capture memories of the club. If you are willing to spare an hour to talk, please could you email terriersprogramme@gmail.com. Thanks.
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