Archive for December, 2008

Alison Wilson (nee Turner)

December 14, 2008 2 comments

Hi, my name is Alison Wilson (nee Turner). I was born in Ushaw Moor in 1964 at 68 Broom Crescent. My father has very recently died and I am eager to learn/know more about my Fathers life in the communitty.I know that my Father hailed from 9 Cochrane Terrace, Ushaw Moor. My mother I think was from New Brancepath(nee Deighton). Can anybody please help me? Thank-you, Alison.

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Coggins/Bee and the 1905 School Football Team

December 11, 2008 1 comment


Hi Ushaw Moor!

My great uncle Richard L. Coggins married (Annie) Laura Bee in the late autumn of 1910. Laura was born in Ushaw Moor the late autumn of 1885, the niece of Elizabeth Stephenson.  In1901, she was 15, and a general domestic servant, living at Esh, St Michael, Ushaw Moor. Richard was a school master and his first assignment was probably in Ushaw Moor. The attached photo shows the Ushaw Moor C. School Football Team of 1905 with I believe my great Uncle Robert seated in the centre. I hope others in Ushaw Moor will recognize their ancestors and relatives in the picture and if anybody can  tell me what the C. means before School ( is it County?) and has any information on my Great Uncle or the relatives of Annie Laura Bee, I would love to hear from them. Thanks very much from a snowy Canada.

Bryan Cook

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December 11, 2008 6 comments


Top left brian maughan—alan briggs—aiden keenan —peter heatley–micheal mahony—micheal martin. middle row left mr murray—andrew henderson–elizabeth jennings–lorretta mc quillan–barbara alderton (me)–kathleen ward–billy davis–mrs joyce. bottom row left beryl stewert–brenda hirst–millie quigley–brenda ackley–pauline gillon–anne halpin–pauline ryans taken about 1957.

Barbara Dowson

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Soccer Gleghorn’s Finest Day?

December 10, 2008 16 comments

Back in 1949 and 1950 Ushaw Moor’s football team was both professional and highly successful. According to the 1950 Durham Benevolent Bowl Final’s official programme the right winger for Ushaw Moor was called Gleghorn – surely it has to be our ‘Soccer’ and no less! Answers on a post card or more realistically the comment button.

The game was played at the Brewery Ground Spennymoor, kick off 3.15 pm – but no date given – presumably April or May. Ushaw Moor’s opponents were the mighty Bishop Auckland.

Teams: Ushaw Moor: Smith, Ross, Sharp, Wood, Waterson, Caine, Gleghorn, Finlay, McKenzie, Blacklock, Richmond.  Bishop Auckland: Storey, Coxon, Farrer, Harburn, Davison, Nimmins,Major, Hardisty, McIlvenny, Taylor, Riley. Referee Mr J Rand of Easington.

The programme notes are very interesting – as follows- unedited:

Once again Spennymoor United Ground is honoured by being allowed the Benevolent Bowl Final Tie. A new Bowl finalist takes the field to-day and who knows what new history may be added to the Competition. Ushaw Moor deserve the honour of being in the final. They have defeated Murton [home] Harlepools United Reserves and Eppleton C.W. [away] to reach the final stage and to defeat three North Eastern League sides is no mean achievement. Ushaw Moor is in the hands of a very capable Secretary, Mr G. Winter and much credit goes to him and his hard working Committee. Here is the power of Ushaw Moor. They have lost only 8 games out of 117  played during the last two seasons. They have lost one Cup-tie this past season, to Stockton in the County Challenge Cup. Four trophies adorn their Headquarters, the Central League Cup, The County Hospital Cup, The Sacriston Aged Miners’ Cup and the Ushaw Moor Aged Miners’ Cup. The latter they have won four years in succession. They tie at the head of the Durham Central League with Trimdon Grange and altogether we can appreciate what a successful season they have had. Should they win to-day it would be a fitting end to a glorious season. It will be noted that a number of ex-Spennymoor United players are in the Ushaw Moor side and this may depict a happy association and understanding between the two clubs. Ex-Moorites in the formation of this powerful minor professional side are Smith, Wood, Caine and Gleghorn.

We need not dwell upon the history of the Bishop Auckland Club. The fame of this year’s Amateur Cup Finalists is known to almost every football fan throughout the land and Durham County is rightly proud to have sent to Wembley two teams whose display in this last final of the Amateur Cup will rank as one of the best ever.

Bishop Auckland Pen Pictures:

W J Storey – Durham County player and has two Amateur International Trials. Previously with Sunderland. J Coxon– Represented Northumberland in County matches and previously assisted Darlington. LT Farrer Played for England against Luxenbourg in 1947. A native of Barnet he joined Bishop Auckland whilst stationed North in the services. A member of the side against Barnet in the 1947 Amateur Cup Final at Chelsea. W N Harburn- Joined the Club from South Bank last season. Developed by Bishop Auckland as a wing half and is playing at the top of his form. R Davison- The only miner in the side and the only player without representative honours. Previously with Crook and Shildon. J Nimmins- Previously with Spennymoor. Gained his Cap this season. J L Major– Represents East Riding in the Northern Counties Championship. Gained an International cap against France. J R E Hardisty– Has gained every possible honour in amateur football, except an FA Amateur Cup winner’s medal. Has captained England many times and was the Captain of the British Olympic Soccer side in 1948.  H J McIlveney– Son of a former Newcastle player. Formed a firm friendship with Hardisty during representative and Olympic matches. Has played regularly in Bradford’s league side. J W R Taylor Capped for County Durham. Assisted Leytonstone last season and has been a member of the Crystal Palace side. JR Riley– A regular soldier stationed at Catterick, he has assisted Darlington’s Third Division side this season. Plays regularly for Northern Command and Army representative sides.

Result – Bishop Auckland 3 Ushaw Moor 1

You can see from the pen pictures that Ushaw Moor were playing a fine side but they were not a bad side themselves!

I must thank Mr Keith Belton of the Durham Amateur Football Trust for supplying me with the information – thank you Keith.

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