This new section gives snippets of reports taken from the Sports Despatch (“Pinks”) newspapers which are available from the “Newspaper” section of this website. The papers cover the years 1946-68. This page will be updated from time to time and it is likely to take some time to get to the end of 1968! Watch out for a blog when new material is added.
Sept. 7th. Bishop Auckland with the signing of Wynn (Auckland Park) brings the total of goalkeepers on the books to 12.
120 clothing coupons were subscribed by supporters to re-outfit the Crook Town players, presented by Ramar’s.
Sept.21st. Players are standing firm on higher wage demands for a £12 maximum winter wage and a £10 wage in summer. Deadlock reached between the Player’s Union and the Football League.
Shildon entertained Easington C.W. in the preliminary round of the F.A.Cup before 3,000 spectators.
Sept.28th. Brilliant weather and a record crowd of 5,000 for the first round of the Durham Benevolent Bowl between Crook T. and Bishop Auckland.
Oct.5th. South Bank kicked off with 10 men in their home game against Shildon.
Oct.19th. Interest was so keen in the F. A. Cup game at Crook C.W. that of the 5,000 spectators present 1,000 were from Consett.
Oct.26th. The Bishop Auckland number of goalkeepers now exceeds 20 (see Oct.19th.)
It was chiefly left to Consett to entertain the 4,000 spectators (see Oct.19th.)
Seven busloads of supporters came with Shildon to South Bank (see Oct.5th.)
Nov.30th. A crowd of approx. 7,000 watched the F. A. Cup game at Stockton v Lincoln City.
Dec.7th. Tow Law 0 West Auckland 1 match abandoned owing to darkness.
Dec.14th. West Auckland and Penrith make a 5th. attempt to settle their F. A. Amateur Cup tie when they meet at Feethams (Darlington) after games at West Auckland, Penrith, Carlisle, and North Shields.
Dec.28th. The Football League Management Committee recommended that wages be increased immediately by £1 a week for those on a basic wage of £5 or over,and by 10 shillings (50p.) a week for those earning under £5 and also proposing that the maximum wage be raised from £10 to £11 in the winter and from £7.10s. to £9 during the close season.
Jan.4th. A crowd of close on 3,000 gathered for the South Bank v Middlesbrough Reserves North Riding Senior Cup-tie at South Bank.
Jan.11th. Players go on strike. Cup- tie ends at interval. There was a sensation in the Consett v Eppleton C.W. Durham County Cup-tie today when the Eppleton team refused to take the field for the second half. After half time Consett ran out in jerseys and mufflers,but Eppleton refused to leave the dressing room, one player had collapsed. The referee recalled the Consett team from the field and told the Sports Despatch that he would have to report the matter to the Durham authorities.