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Two Local Football Players called Norman Wright Plus Local Railways

Norman Wright number one  was born in Ushaw Moor in late December 1908 and played for Ushaw Moor Council School, Esh Winning Juniors, Grimsby Town, Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City, and Watford. At one time he was an amateur on the books of Newcastle United. He was a prolific goal scorer, especially for Crewe, Accrington Stanley and Watford. I wonder whether he played for the Ushaw Moor school team that won a trophy in the very early 1920s [I believe that team is pictured on this site] or whether he had already left school.

The second Norman Wright is mentioned by Elizabeth Emery. She informs us that he was a lorry driver [much of it for Deerness Railways] and at one time played for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Elizabeth Emery gives an interesting account of the local railways during the period 1943 -1947. You can google it as follows:

Deerness Valley Railways Elizabeth Emery.


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  1. April 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I will look up the account of the deerness railway. I heard a lady speaking on Radio Newcastle about the time she worked at the station in Esh Winning but that was a number of years ago. I wonder if it is the same lady.

  2. May 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    In 1911 there was a two year old Norman Wright living in Broom Lane Ushaw Moor. His parents were coal-hewer George Wright and Annie Wright. They occupied a property said, for Census purposes, to have one room. Additionally there might have been a bathroom but I would not bet on that.

  3. May 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

    The Broom Lane that I can remember was situated above the now demolished Aged Miners Homes and was opposite St.Josephs School. The toilet and coalhouse were across an unmade road and it was really bumpy. I am quite certain that the houses only had one door and if you wanted to go into the large garden that was at the front of the house then you climbed out of the window. The houses were owned by the National Coal Board and were maintained by the Cottages Staff who were
    based at one time in a house in Unthank Terrace at New Brancepeth just below Rowlands Garage. I would estimate there were about twenty houses in the street and the last thing they had were bathrooms. They were about as primitive as colliery houses went in those days. I can never fathom out which colliery owner would have built the properties ie. which colliery they belonged to when built new. My Grandfather and Grandmother Mc Loughlin lived in Broom Lane when first married.

    Brian Mc..


  4. May 3, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Thank you Brian. As usual you give very interesting details.

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