Wilf’s World Cup Football Trail

In the Summer of 2010 Durham Amateur Football Trust held a Football Tournament and World Cup Exhibition at Beamish Museum. Five local schools fielded teams in the tournament, with Escomb, Witton le Wear, Oxclose, Peases West and Oakley Cross Primary schools kitted out in the famous colours of some of the north-east’s historic sides – including Crook Town and West Auckland.

At the bottom of the page you can download a copy of Wilf’s World Cup Footy Trail that accompanied the exhibition at the museum.

Amateur Football and the Railways

One of the last projects that the Trust undertook through the first Heritage Lottery Fund grant was to conduct a research project chronicling the region’s rich amateur football and railway heritage from 1889, and the formation of the Northern League, to 1974 and the last ever Amateur Cup final.

You can download a copy of a pamphlet chronicling this era at the bottom of the page.

Using funds available through the Durham in Time project’s Community Pot, the Trust has also been able to turn this research project into an exhibition.

Working alongside Durham in Time and Durham County Council’s Create Services, the exhibition toured a selection of the region’s sheltered housing and extra-care homes, before heading off to the National Railway Museum.