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Railroad to Wembley starts at Waterhouses From The Northern Echo

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

BRADSHAW’S 1922 railway timetable, which no home should be without, records that there were nine trains a day in each direction on the five-and-half-mile line between Durham and Waterhouses, calling at Ushaw Moor only.

On Saturdays, in an attempt to ensure that the lads got home all right, an additional train left Durham at 10.25pm. Whatever the gradient as the old Think-ICan laboured up the Deerness Valley, thereafter it was downhill all the way.

Just one daily service steamed soporifically in each direction when finally the line closed to passengers – save for an annual outing to the Big Meeting – in October 1951. The goods service, pitmatic mostly, continued until 1964.

The relevance of all this, of course, is that Saturday marked the first qualifying round of the FA Vase, the traditional starting station for the Backtrack column’s ever-optimistic Railroad to Wembley.

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Ushaw Moor Football Club To Be Revived

April 1, 2010 1 comment

I understand that talks with the Council are at an advanced stage and a team could be up and running in the Wearside League by season 2011/12. There is much talk that Norman Ferguson will be invited to coach the side: he has much experience of football and seems the ideal man for the job. A more contentious proposal is that Norman Gleghorn will act as the club’s unpaid football consultant: Albert Rothwell has remarked that Norman will not like the ‘unpaid’ tag.

Keith Wardman has been asked to run the line if the appointed personnel do not turn up. I understand that he has reached broad agreement concerning that. He is involved with Esh Winning Football club at the moment but might be able to fit both clubs in most of the time.

The mention of of Esh Winning FC still bridles with some Moor folk. Norman Tett from Temperance Terrace feels that the strawberries or Pineapples, or whatever Esh Winning are called these days, have had it made for too long. He can recall many a good game between the Moor and Esh Winning and is game for the reopening of rivalry once again. I pointed out to him that the Winning are in the Northern League and he replied that the Moor are ambitious.

Certainly Ushaw Moor could have a decent fan base in the years to come. Many people smirked when they first heard that the colliery would reopen but now that it is to do so, in 2012 – albeit in a modified smaller form,  a fan base will be there for the football team. They could even deduct money from miners’ pay packets as a subscription.

Clearly exciting times are ahead for those that love their village sport. I will try and keep you informed of developments.

WB

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Alcohol Free Football Team 1906-07

January 6, 2010 2 comments

My my – you wait ages for a bus and two turn up at once er… I meant football teams. It is interesting to note that two of the players are wearing ties and one is sporting a cap – all of that would be curious to see in modern teams. One of the supporters is smoking so … a ban on drink but not on fags! Does anyone recognise a long lost relative? Do you reckon the picture was taken at Broadgate?

I wish to thank that splendid chap Keith Belton, of the Durham Amateur Football Trust, for this photograph – it formed page three of the Christmas card he sent me. And what an interesting page 3!
If there are any other appropriate acknowledgements to make in respect of the photograph I will gladly arrange it: please contact me if that applies.
WB

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Durham Boys v Crook – Ferrens Park circa 1959

January 6, 2010 12 comments

Here we have a photograph of the Durham Boys football team with their captain Norman Ferguson of Ushaw Moor, his best friend the late Les Gleghorn to his right ( both Johnstonians ) and then Vic Meredith of Pittington School.

On the top row we have identified Brian Crampton, Ian Pattison ( South Hetton ) and Robert Hancock. Can W.B. identify himself please and anyone else he is able to.

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