Northumberland Football Association

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Northumberland Football Association
Northumberland FA.png
Formation 1883
Purpose Football association
Headquarters Whitley Park
Whitley Road
John Ackerley

The Northumberland Football Association is the governing body of football in the county of Northumberland, England. The Association was formed in 1883 and is responsible for the governance and development of football at all levels in the county.


In 1879 the joint Durham and Northumberland Football Association was founded and they stayed that way until 1883 when increasing numbers and travel problems necessitated a change. On 11 May 1883, 40 clubs met in the Alexandra Hotel in Newcastle and voted to form an independent body known as the Northumberland Football Association with the brief of 'using their influence to encourage new clubs to take up the game in their area'. At a subsequent meeting in September of the same year, Mr Robinson reported that he had managed to get the accounts in order and a loss of some four pounds would be divided between the two Counties. It was also agreed to pay Durham £15 for the existing Challenge Cup.

The first secretary of Northumberland Football Association was Aleck Peters and the Lord Bishop of Newcastle was the County FA’s first President. Prominent clubs in the late 1800s were Tyne Association, Newcastle Rangers, Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End.

The development of Northumberland FA continued to grow apace over the last century. As the new Millennium arrived Northumberland FA became a Limited Company and in 2002–03 there was a long-awaited and momentous move into their own impressive new premises at Whitley Park with a County Ground included.

Under the leadership of the President, Alan Wright, there is now a dedicated and forward-looking team in the county boardroom. There is a very experienced Board of Directors as well as a hard-working Council representing all Divisions of Northumberland. A progressive Football Development team is now in place along with a capable and most helpful team of administrative staff in the County Office. The County FA is well equipped to face future challenges. It is hoped that everyone connected with the game across the county will continue to play their part in the continued promotion of football in Northumberland.[1]


Northumberland Football Association aims to establish safe and structured football opportunities for the benefit of all concerned irrespective of age, colour, gender and disability.

The Association also provides the appropriate structures and systems to enable the organisation to control, manage, regulate and promote the game within the County. This enables them to assist with the development of the game at all levels, ensuring they are able to increase the quality and quantity of participation across the various sections of participation.[2]

The Football Development Team assist in all aspects of football development ranging from support for Charter Standard Clubs to assistance with funding applications to further club/school development.[3]

Affiliated Leagues[edit]

Disbanded or Amalgamated Leagues[edit]

Leagues that were affiliated to the Northumberland FA but have disbanded or amalgamated with other leagues include:

  • Ashington & District League
  • Blyth and District League
  • Coast Colts Junior Football League
  • Coquetdale League
  • East and West Tyne League
  • East Northumberland League
  • Hexham and District League
  • Mid-Tyne Amateur League
  • NEL-Tyneside Combination
  • Newcastle and District Trader league (later known as the Newcastle Business Houses League)
  • Newcastle and District United League
  • Northern Combination
  • North Eastern Amateur league (founded in 1923 and now amalgamated with Tyneside Amateur League)
  • South East Northumberland League (founded in 1921 and eventually incorporated in Tyneside Amateur League)
  • Tyneside League
  • Tyneside Munition Workers League (also known as the Tyneside Munitioneers' League)
  • Tyneside Works League
  • United Free Churches League[5]

Affiliated Member Clubs[edit]

Among the notable clubs that are (or at one time were) affiliated to the Northumberland FA are:

County Cup Competitions[edit]

The Northumberland FA run the following Cup Competitions:


Senior Cup[edit]

The Northumberland Senior Cup is a county cup competition involving teams within the Northumberland Football Association.

List of recent Northumberland Cup Winners[edit]

Season Northumberland Senior Cup Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl Northumberland Minor Cup Northumberland Junior Cup Northumberland Women's Cup
2006–07 Morpeth Town Wallsend Amble United Newcastle United Women Reserves
2007–08 Newcastle United Reserves Blyth Town Shilbottle Colliery Welfare New Hartley Juniors U18 Newcastle United Women
2008–09 Newcastle United Reserves Blyth Town Blakelaw New Hartley Juniors U18 Blyth Spartans Ladies
2009–10 Whitley Bay Alnwick Town Morpeth Sporting Club New Hartley Juniors U18 Whitley Bay Women
2010–11 Newcastle United Reserves Percy Main Amateurs Whitley Bay 'A' New Hartley Juniors U18 Whitley Bay Women


Members of Council and Officials[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Northumberland FA – Far Corner Magazine – Issue 2 – August 2008 (125th Celebration Edition)" (PDF). Northumberland FA. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Northumberland FA – About Us". Northumberland FA. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Northumberland FA – Development". Northumberland FA. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Donmouth – Local History – Football on Tyneside 1914–1919". Patrick Brennan. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Northumberland FA – Fixtures & Results – County Cups". Northumberland FA. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Northumberland FA – Fixtures & Results – County Cups". Northumberland FA. Retrieved 17 June 2011.