|Location||Victoria Embankment, Darlington, England|
Feethams was the home of the Darlington town cricket club, Darlington C.C. From the 1860s, amateur football had been played on the site, but it was only in 1883 that Darlington F.C., a professional side made Feethams their home - and so it was for 120 years.
Unfortunately, times moved on and Feethams and Darlington were in a state of flux. It was decided to build a new stadium and the end of the Feethams era came on 3 May 2003, when the final match was played. A capacity crowd saw Darlington come back from two goals down to draw 2–2 with Leyton Orient.
With the move to a new stadium at The Darlington Arena, Feethams fell into disrepair. It was finally demolished in February 2006 shortly after an arson attack. Plans to redevelop Feethams into a housing development were passed in November 2009. It is believed that any housing developments on this site would go against the conditions in which Darlington Cricket Club came about the land. The land in question was handed to the care of the Cricket Club on the condition that it would always be used for sporting purposes for the towns people, however it would appear that the Cricket Club's board headed by a local solicitor are trying to get this development passed before any official objections are placed.
The ground itself was a typical lower-league affair with terraces and benches providing the majority of accommodation for the spectators. There were four sections: the West Stand, the all-seated East Stand, Polam Lane (South) End and the Tin Shed home terrace (the Cricket Ground End). The most modern stand, the East Stand was built in 1997 and was the major cause of the club's financial difficulties, culminating in the infamous Reynolds era.
Feethams was unusual in that after entering the turnstiles through the Twin Towers (not related to those at Wembley), spectators had to walk around a cricket pitch in order to enter the ground. For many years the layout of Feethams also gave supporters the opportunity to change ends at half time, with home supporters often seen trooping from one end to the other in order to mass behind the goal Darlington were attacking.
Feethams has been the venue for many Durham County Cricket Club matches. The ground was home to Durham's first ever home victory in the County Championship, in June 1992. That match also saw the ground obtain the distinction of having the largest sightscreen in first-class cricket – the back of the Tin Shed was painted a light blue to help batsmen see the ball more easily.