The grounds

2015/2016 (New grounds only)

Alnwick Town

A ground with 3 bits of cover. One of the near side where the teams are written up on the wall and a small cover behind one of the goals. On the dugout side is a rather unique seated stand capable of sitting maybe 100.

Annan Athletic

Galabank is a three-sided ground with a 3G pitch. There’s 2 pieces of cover, the main stand which seats around 500 and the terrace behind the goal. Behind the other goal is hard standing with a few steps of terracing. I like the ground.

Annfield Plain

Annfield Plain’s Derwent Park is a nice albeit old ground. There’s one main stand which has a few seats at the back and steps of terracing. Next to this is an extended uncovered terrace and on the far side and behind one of the goals, there’s a bit of cover. Hard standing goes round half the ground and you can sense the better days that Annfield Plain have had in the past.

Biddick Academy 3G pitch

The 3G pitch at Biddick Academy is very similar to that of East Durham College. It’s a main pitch with no cover and floodlights. And, there’s smaller 6-a-side pitches which go horizontally across the full size pitch.

Blackhill & Ebchester

Blackhill & Ebchester play at the Belle Vue Sports Centre at Consett Leisure Centre. It is right next to the former home of Consett AFC in the Northern League and Consett Academy is attached. It’s a basic floodlit 3G pitch which has no cover. But, the floodlights mean it is better than most grounds at this level!

Bobby Robson Centre 3G pitch

The 3G pitch at the Bobby Robson Centre is nothing more than an enclosed pitch. Outside, there is a grass bank with a few benches on and it is floodlit but other than that, there’s nothing.

Boldon CA

It’s a tidy ground at Boldon CA. There’s two pieces of cover and unlike many other Wearside League grounds, there’s hard standing right the way around the pitch. There’s a couple of benches behind one of the goals and it is under lights meaning Wednesday night matches are played throughout the season.

Darlington RA

Darlington RA’s Brinkburn Road is set to the north-west of Darlington. It is made up of two stands, one as you enter behind the goal which has probably around 150 seats and one behind the other goal which offers cover for a decent number. Hard standing is round the pitch and the changing rooms are behind the far goal while the clubhouse is behind the other.

East Durham College grass pitch

Just a pitch with steep banks on two sides. There’s a few wooden steps which you can sit on.

Edinburgh City

Edinburgh City play at Meadowbank. It is primarily made up one one big stand (kind of like Gateshead) which seats 7,500. The rest of the ground is uncovered with benched terracing.

Edinburgh University

Edinburgh University play at East Peffermill. There is one stand – a rather new pre-fab stand that has three sides. The dugout side is inaccessible but the ground has a very pleasant feel.

Esh Winning

Esh Winning’s West Terrace is set towards the back of Waterhouses. It’s a pleasant ground with cover on 3 sides. On the far side as you enter, is the seated stand offering cover for around 100 and two other bits of cover alongside the dugouts. Behind one goal is a raised bank which has cover in the shape of wooden bus stops and on the other side, there’s 3 or 4 what I think used to be Tesco trolley bays.

Farsley Celtic

Farsley’s Throstle’s Nest has two stands. One is an all seater stand running down the near side which probably seats 300-500 and there’s a full length stand behind the goal too. That has some seats in at one part too. The rest of the ground is hard standing with steps of terracing next to the main stand. It’s a very pleasant ground.

Gateshead Leam Rangers

Leam Rangers’ ground is quite basic. It’s railed off with hard standing down 2 sides. On the dugout side is quite steep banking which offers a good view of the match. It’s not really enclosed.

Gretna 2008

Gretna play at Raydale Park, a former Scottish Football League venue. The main stand is on the near side with around 100 seats and behind the goal there is a big modern all-seated stand which sits maybe 700.

Harrogate RA

Harrogate’s Station View has most of its cover behind the bottom goal. There are around 200 seats and covered terracing means it has full length cover. On the dugout side, there is a small seated stand which could seat probably around 30-40. The rest of the ground is hard standing.

Harton & Westoe CW

Situated alongside the cricket pitch, it has one stand which runs quite a length down the dugout side. There’s hard standing round three sides and the other is inaccessible due to the cricket pitch. It’s floodlit and it looks as though they’re maybe looking to build another stand behind the bottom goal.

Heaton Stannington

I like the ground at Heaton Stannington. It’s surrounded by houses and some of their gardens are in the ground! There’s two stands, one identical to the seated stand at Ryhope CW and another which offers standing cover for around 100. Cars park behind the goal and the ground as a whole feels almost like it fits in perfectly with its surroundings. I like it!

Jarrow FC

Perth Green CA is simply a pitch with hard standing and a railing all the way round. The two dugouts are on opposite wings and the only cover so to speak is a tunnel sort of thing in the leisure centre.

Morpeth Town

Morpeth’s Craik Park is set to the west of Morpeth in some dense trees. There’s two stands, one on the near side which is all seated and there’s a bit of cover next to it and on the opposite side, there is a stand which offers some more cover.

Murton

Murton’s Welfare Park has one stand. You can see the good days of the past but now it is just one stand with hard standing. The stand has a couple of steps of terracing and will provide cover for probably around 150. There are no floodlights now and no seats.

Newcastle United

Saint James’ Park is an all-seater stadium which holds slightly over 52,000. Situated close to the city centre, it is relatively easy to get to and I think it is the third biggest stadium I’ve ever been in (After Wembley and Old Trafford).

Northallerton Town

Northallerton play at the Calvert Stadium. It’s a three-sided ground with two stands. One stand has around 100 seats and the other offers standing cover for a couple of hundred. Behind both goals are a few steps of terracing and I don’t think you can go on the dugout side.

Northfield School

It’s just a pitch. But, one of the biggest pitches I’ve ever seen!

Ossett Albion

Ossett Albion’s ground has plenty of cover. There are three stands, one is seated opposite the dugouts and then there are two other standing stands behind each goal. Mind, to be honest, the seated stand seemed to be a bit small for that level, I’m not sure if there was any other seats anywhere else. The ground felt quite tight, not as tight as the likes of Marske United but it did seem to be quite tight on the side of the dugouts.

Prudhoe Town

Prudhoe Town’s Kimberley Park is certainly one of the better grounds in the Wearside League. It has two stands, one as you enter and a rather big seated stand down the middle of the pitch which seats 200-300 I’d think. There are floodlights but I don’t think they work.

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion

Ryton’s Kingsley Park sits towards the back of Crawcrook and offers quite a bit of cover. The seats are behind the goal with a few more uncovered seats. On the far side are two reasonably small shelters and the side you enter on is dominated by numerous bus stops.

Seaham Harbour Cricket Club

It’s simply a pitch, down from the cricket club.

South Shields

Mariners Park is in good condition. There’s two stands, both one the same side, one of which seats around 100 and offers standing cover for probably another 100. The other stand provides cover for maybe 150. A new fence has been erected and new signs are up too. As you enter, you’ll notice the club initials engraved into the bricks.

Spartans

Spartans is a modern stadium with a 3G pitch. It has one stand with around 500 seats and I quite like it.

Spennymoor Town Reserves

Beechfield Park is a good ground for the Wearside League. There’s 3/4 pieces of cover. One as you first enter and two on the side of the dugouts, one of these is seated. And, there’s a covered bench behind one of the goals. Unlike many Wearside League grounds, there’s hard standing all the way round.

Stokesley Sports Club

Stokesley’s ground on Broughton Road has two stands. Both are as you enter. There is a seated stand which seats probably 150 in club colours next to the tea hut and behind the goal is another rather small piece of cover. The dugouts are on the other side.

Sunderland Hall Farm

They play at Leyburn Grove which has floodlights and it has dugouts and a railing around the pitch. But, it is a bit of a walk from the changing rooms and it has no cover. Saying that, there’s a lot of potential if they were wanting to develop it.

Sunderland Oddies

Sunderland Oddies play at the Billy Hardy Complex. For the Durham Alliance Combination League, it is a good ground. It is railed off and there are dugouts (identical to Silksworth CW) and it is enclosed. All it lacks really is floodlights.

Tranent Juniors

Tranent Juniors play at Foresters Park which has one bit of cover providing standing accommodation for a good few. Opposite this is the dugouts and the tea hut is behind the goal.

University of Stirling

The University of Stirling ground share with Stirling Albion meaning they play at Forthbank. It’s quite a nice little stadium with two all-seated stands on either end which have a combined seating capacity of 2,508. And, behind each goal is a small terrace which brings the overall capacity to 3,808.

Wolviston

Wolviston’s ground is set out of the village in a peaceful setting surrounded by many trees. There is one stand which can seat in excess of 100 people I’d think and the whole feel of the ground is quite nice.

2014/2015

Ashington

Ashington’s Woodhorn Lane is a new-ish ground with currently one stand. That stand is made up of 3 parts – standing, seating, standing and in total, hold 495. Opposite the stand, construction is under way building a new stand which also looks to have a players tunnel. That, when built, will probably hold quite a few.

Barnsley

Barnsley’s Oakwell is a stadium which hosts 23,000. There’s 4 stands which are all all-seater and the one on the dugout side is quite traditional. Two newer stands are behind each goal and the side we were on was a double tier stand.

Bathgate Thistle

Bathgate’s Creamery Park is quite an impressive junior ground. There’s one stand which provides a lengthy amount of cover. There’s 3 platforms in the stand and it can probably hold around 300. The rest of the ground is grass banks and it’s floodlit. The stand sort of looked like that of Hebburn Town, and I’m not sure how that was.

Bedlington Terriers

The Doctor Pit Welfare Park is made up of one stand. It’s quite a lengthly stand with seating at both ends and standing in the middle. One thing I did notice was that they have 10 floodlights. Not too many teams have that many. You enter behind the goal and that’s where the changing rooms are with the tea hut a bit round the corner.

Billingham Synthonia

Very big stand . This stand alone can hold around 3,000. Seats in the middle of it and standing to the sides of the seats, great view from the back of the stand. Shame about the running track round the pitch.

Billingham Synthonia Reserves

Just a pitch with bus shelters as dugouts and a little rope down the length of the pitch.

Billingham Town

A ground with 2 stands, a pretty big all seater main stand, and a covered terrace opposite this. Hard standing round the rest of the pitch with steps on the side. It’s in the middle of 2 train tracks. Nice ground.

Bishop Auckland

Heritage Park is a newly built ground. There’s a main stand which seats around 150-200 and a full length cover behind the goal. Behind the other goal is uncovered seats which have been installed by Darlington 1883 who also play at Heritage Park.

Bishop Auckland Hogans

Bishop Auckland Hogans play at Cockton Hill Rec but it isn’t much of a ground. Like you’d expect for this level, it’s just a pitch. There is a path running parallel with the touch-line around 10 meters away and this has a couple of park benches. Also, there’s a little park behind one of the goals.

Blyth Spartans

A very nice ground. It has 4 stands, one main stand with around seats and a nice old stand opposite with 2 covered terraces behind the goals. Very traditional and in club colours.

Brandon United

The ground is set towards the back of Brandon, with one stand and uncovered benches behind both goals. The stand is of a decent size, probably sitting around 120. The thing that impressed me most though was the view. From the stand, you could see for miles.

Celtic Nation

Gilford Park is an impressive ground, definitely up to Evo-Stik standards. There’s a main stand on one side with probably around 200 seats and another all-seater stand behind the goal, holding around 150. That stand sort of reminds me of the one behind the goal at Stevenage. Opposite the main stand is covered terracing which covers around two-thirds of the far side.

Civil Service Strollers

It’s a pretty basic ground which has recently been enclosed. There’s a new stand which has been built and that offers cover for around 100 but has no seats. The pitch is railed off on all sides but behind one goal. One of the best things about this ground is its location. It’s only a couple of miles from Edinburgh Airport and so you get some decent pictures from the dugout side. No floodlights.

Chester-Le-Street Town

Chester-Le-Street’s Moor Park has cover on all 4 stands. Set just off the A167, there’s a main stand which seats around 150, a full length stand behind one goal with steep terracing and hard standing and bits of cover round the rest of the ground. It’s surrounded by trees and is a ground which I quite like.

Consett

It’s made up of 2 stands, both all seated, put together I’d think they’d hold around 250 and they’re on opposite sides of the pitch. There is also a bit of cover from the over-hanging roof on the club building. The rest of the ground is hard standing and there are nets behind the goals.

Cleator Moor Celtic

The ground, McGrath Park, is set in a central location to the back of the main street. There’s one stand. It’s a small bit of cover which can probably hold about 40. Next to this is the one and only dugout which is given to the away side and there’s hard standing down both sides and behind one goal. It’s a floodlit ground with decent views but there’s no such place to pay admission.

Crook Town

The ground just shows history, in my opinion it’s the nicest ground in the North East of England. They have one old seated stand which seats between 200 and 300 and a stand which really stands out next to it. This stand has around 15 steps of terracing and the roof is very high. Behind the goal is quite a few steps of terracing and the other 2 sides are just hard standing with grass banks. A proper old-fashioned ground that would look great with the terraces full like they used to be.

Dalbeattie Star

They play at the Islecroft Stadium. It has one stand which is unique and there is seating in this stand as well as the clubhouse. The changing rooms are underneath with the dugouts on the other side and there are grass banks round the pitch in a quite scenic setting.

Dunston UTS

The UTS Stadium is set towards the Metro Centre not far from the river Tyne. There’s 2 stands, one of which is seated and it’s surrounded by trees. Food, changing rooms etc are all behind the goal.

Durham City / Durham Women

A ground with one stand. This stand includes 300 seats and 700 standing spaces. A modern ground with a 3G pitch. There is also a raised platform behind one of the goals.

Easington Colliery

The ground has one stand which at the back has benched seating and in front is a few standing steps. The rest of that side of the ground has steps to stand on and there’s some old steep steps going round the corner with a big container blocking your view from part of these steps. The rest of the ground is hard standing.

East Kilbride

K-Park is a one-sided ground with a single stand capable of seating over 400. There’s a bit of standing room at either side of the stand and the surface is 3G.

Eppleton CW / Hetton Centre

A nice ground with one stand. The stand has around 300 seats with standing room behind it. Hard standing round the rest of the ground, home of Sunderland Ladies.

Gala Fairydean Rovers

A ground with one huge stand – a bit like Billingham Synthonia. And it’s a 3G pitch. From outside, the ground looks like something you’d expect in Ukraine or Russia.

Gateshead

An all-seater multi-use stadium to the east of Gateshead. Two big covered stands each side and uncovered seating behind each goal. There’s an athletics track around the pitch and it holds around 11,000.

Gateshead Rutherford

Their ground is near Team Valley. It is a pitch with dugouts and has a high railing round the pitch. Behind the goal and to the side of the clubhouse are steep embankments which people were on watching the match from an elevated view.

Hartlepool FC
A basic ground what you would expect from a Wearside League club. Just a pitch with a railing around and dugouts. No cover, no floodlights or no hard standing.

Hartlepool United

An old Football League ground. Stands on all 4 sides. A new modern 1,500 seater stand on the east side with a terrace behind the goal. Behind the other goal is a 1,00 all seater stand which is normally the away end and the other side is a 2 tiered stand with uncovered standing and seats behind.

Hebburn Town

A 3 sided ground as it is right next to the cricket pitch. Has one main stand which holds maybe 200 and a small stand behind the goal. The food hut is a bit of a walk from the main stand.

Hebburn Reyrolle

Just a pitch with dugouts and a railing round 3 sides, right next to Hebburn Town, sometimes they use Hebburn Town’s ground.

Horden CW

A very nice old ground, one stand which seats around 100 with the changing rooms below it. There is terracing down the side of the stand and behind the goal. And hard standing everywhere else. Best ground in the Wearside League in my opinion.

Jarrow Roofing

A unique ground. You either love it or hate it. There’s a main stand that seats about 100 and a full length low stand opposite with seats at one end of it. Behind the goal is a small one row, about 20 seater stand with ‘How’ay the Roofers’ written one. I like it.

Kilmarnock

I quite impressive all-seater stadium with a 3G pitch.

Maiden Castle 3G pitch

Not bad for a pitch not used by a team throughout the season. It’s 3G. It has dugouts and floodlights and benches holding around 100 down one side with a railing infront of them.

Middlesbrough

It’s just like a smaller version of Sunderland really. Decent size modern stadium which wouldn’t look out of place in the Premiership.

Newcastle Benfield

One of very few grounds in the Northern League that have 2 seated stands, there’s 2 decent sized seated stands on each side of the ground, next to one of them is a covered stand and there is netting behind one of the goals.

Newton Aycliffe

There is 2 stands inside the ground, one of which is all seated with probably 150 seats and one odd-looking standing cover. To me, it looked like a cow pen suitable for maybe 10 cows. Take a look at this stand in my pictures at the bottom of this report. Behind the goal was the changing rooms, catering cabin and toilets with hard standing round the rest of the ground.

Norton & Stockton Ancients

The ground is at the north of Norton, next to the train tracks. As you enter you see the main stand which seats about 100 and as you walk round you see the covered stand hidden next to the clubhouse. The clubhouse, changing rooms and cafe are all behind the goal.

Penrith

Frenchfield Park is a newly built ground outside the town. I’ve seen it on several occasions from the A66. It has one seated stand and a covered stand round the other end. A nice tidy ground.

Richmond Town

The ground is probably the most scenic I’ve been to. It’s called Earls Orchard and for the actual ground, there’s not much to it. It’s simply a railed off pitch with two dugouts on one side, no hard standing and no floodlights. But, what makes this ground something special is the view you get of Richmond Castle. Standing opposite the dugouts is the perfect place to watch football and take in the scenes at the same time.

Rothes

Rothes play at Mackessock Park. There’s one stand which is all-seated. It’s in club colours and seats between 150 and 200 I think. The rest of the ground is just grass and standing opposite of the main stand you can see the distillery in the background.

Ryhope CW

A ground with 2 stands. A pre-fab stand with 50 seats and a one which holds around 100 standing on the same side. Hard standing round half of the pitch and the tea hut is outside the ground.

Seaham Red Star

A ground with 2 stands. A main stand with around 100 seats and a covered stand on the other side. Steps of terracing behind one goal. The ground is in club colours and has hard standing right round the pitch. Next to Seaham school.

Seaton Carew

Seaton Carew

A very basic ground which is just a pitch with a railing round, 2 dugouts and a fence around it all with a couple of advertising boards. The clubhouse and changing rooms are a walk from the pitch. No stand or floodlights.

Selkirk

Yarrow Park really surprised me. As you enter there’s a sort of wooden balcony sort of thing which offers and elevated view and the main building is a bit further up with a few tables and chairs outside. Opposite is the main stand which is a new modern all-seated stand with room for about 100.

Sherburn Village WMC

Just a pitch with a railing round. There is no dugouts or floodlights and no stand as such. There is a little playground cover thing which you could count as a stand. Only over cover is from the tree’s. Path up one side, one part of the far side cannot be accessed because of a hedge.

Shildon

Shildon play at Dean Street. There’s one seated stand which offers an elevated view for around 300 spectators and a long stand on the opposite side which can cover probably 400. Hard standing is round the rest of the ground and several Shildon flags are positioned behind one goal. It’s probably up to Evo-Stik standards.

Silksworth CW

Silksworth’s Welfare Park is set amongst the houses of Silksworth. There’s no cover except trees but the pitch is fully railed off and it’s floodlit. The changing rooms are behind the goal as is the little tea hut and the whole ground is fully enclosed. The dug-outs are quite unique. They’re closable to form a sort of mini porta-cabin.

South Shields

They’re currently playing at Eden Lane, Peterlee. 25 miles from home. The ground has 2 stands, one which seats around 100 and one which 50 people can stand in. Hard standing round the rest of the ground and a few steps of terracing behind the dugouts.

Spennymoor Town

A ground on a steep hill. The top end must be 3-4 metres higher than the bottom. Hard standing on steps behind on goal and to the west side. On the east side is the main 300 seater stand and behind the goal is a Covered terrace. Been recently renovated. Plans are in place for a clubhouse.

Stockton Town

A basic pitch with a railing and dugouts. No cover or floodlights and the changing rooms are a long walk away. At a sixth form centre and a lot of work needed for it to be up to Northern League standard.

Sunderland AFC

A big modern 49,000 seater stadium that does look impressive, mind I don’t like the floodlights.

Sunderland RCA

At the back of a housing estate. 2 stands both on one side of the pitch. A seated stand that can hold around 150 and standing in a stand next to this. Pitch is on a hill and I’ve only ever visited for mid-week games.

Team Northumbria

Team Northumbria play at Coach Lane. It’s fair to say that it wouldn’t be classed as paradise for groundhoppers. There’s 2 stands, both on the same side. One rather large one which seats 149 and another tiny one next to it. Ground grading means they need cover for 150 (I think) and with their 149 seater stand, they needed room for one more and this is why the tiny stand was built.

Thornaby

A ground which I really like. Set in amongst the trees, it consists of 3 stands. The main stand is nice and sits around 100 while there’s a covered stand behind the top goal. Behind the other goal is my favourite part of the ground. It’s an all-seater un-covered stand. Half of it is red and half blue. Very unique and I imagine it’s very nice to sit in when there’s dry weather. Next to this stand is the food hut, toilets, turnstile and a little garden.

Threave Rovers

There’s one stand, a white all seated stand which has a few uncovered seats. Behind the goal is where everything else is and they have hard standing right round the pitch – a rarity at non-league grounds in Scotland.

Washington

The old home of Sunderland Nissan. It’s at Nissan. Vast amount of car parking spaces. One stand with seats and standing infront. Hard standing round the rest of the ground. View of a load of wind turbines and a decent view of Penshaw Monument.

West Allotment Celtic

Whitley Park is set only only a few hundred metres from Team Northumbria. Everything is at the clsoe side of the ground. As you enter there’s a stand to your right which provides cover for probably 100 and further down is the decent size seated stand. Both stands are up on a mini hill and offer decent views of the pitch. The clubhouse and food is between the two stands. I stood down on pitch level next to the dugouts.

West Auckland Town

A ground round the back of the village, raised standing behind the goal and 2 stands, one of which is seated, hard standing round the rest of the pitch. On a noticeable hill.

Wheatley Hill WMC

There’s not much to say about it. It’s just a pitch with another pitch next to it. Situated at the back of Wheatley Hill with views of a few wind turbines.

Whickham

The ground is a rather strange one. It is 3 sided with a cricket pitch on one side and just about everything except the dugouts is behind the bottom goal. There is a stand behind the goal which seats around 100, a café, the changing rooms and the toilets. The side with the dugout is just a railing and a path and it’s the same behind the goal. It’s the sort of ground you either like or dislike.

Whitehill Welfare

Whitehill Welfare’s Ferguson Park is set on the outskirts of the village and contains one stand. This is an all-seated stand with room for around 100. Just down from the stand is a decent amount of terracing and behind one goal is a few seats. The rest of the ground is grass banks and it’s set in a nice peaceful setting with tree’s surrounding the ground.

Whitley Bay

The ground is a very nice ground, in my opinion one of the nicest in the Northern League. They have a main stand which seats probably between 300 and 400, a small cover next to this stand and a cover for a few hundred on the other side.

Willington

A nice ground for Northern League Division 2. Cover on all 4 sides. A main stand with seating for around 150 and it has “Willington AFC” wrote in big letters across the top. Opposite is a small covered stand with a long bench infront of the dugouts and behind each goal is a small stand which can each hold around 70.

Vale of Leithen

My first Scottish Lowland League ground. It’s a nice ground which is very scenic on a summers day. There is a stand which used to have seating with the 2 dugouts infront. There is railing round the whole pitch but no floodlights.

Chester-Le-Street Riverside

Just a pitch, with a grass embankment.

Chester-Le-Street Riverside 3G

Just like most 3G pitches. A bit of standing for the spectators and it’s floodlit.

Hartlepool Power Station

It’s a pitch, that’s about it. There is power lines going over the top and dead grass still on the pitch. Right next to Hartlepool Power Station. No dugouts or stands.

King George I Academy 3G Pitch

It’s just a 3G pitch at a school which can be hired out. Floodlit.

East Durham College

A basic pitch with dugouts and a railing. No floodlights.

Wheatley Hill Community Centre

A temporary home for Wheatley Hill WMC while their normal “Old Fire Station” ground is being re-turfed. It’s just like that ground really, just a pitch with 2 what look disused cabins behind one goal. There’s a hill on one side.


2013/2014

Wembley

A huge 90,000 seater stadium. Parts of it are uncovered. My longest trip of the season. Where the England National Team play.

Premier League

Sunderland AFC

A big modern 49,000 seater stadium that does look impressive, mind I don’t like the floodlights.

League 2

Hartlepool United

An old ground with a mix of terracing and seating. A capacity of just short of 8,000 and some brilliant old floodlights. On the east side of the ground is a new all seater stand.

York City

Great old ground,  uncovered terrace for away fans and everything old. Fits in great with the lovely city. Capacity is similar to Hartlepool.

Conference Premier

Gateshead

A ground which is pretty big for the conference. It holds 11,000. The main stand is for home fans and sometimes home stands. The opposite East Stand sometimes accommodates away fans unless they’re in one section of the main stand. behind the goals is uncovered seating which aren’t used. Shame about the running track. All seated.

Evo-Stick South

Lincoln United

The ground is quite nice, it has one main stand on the halfway line which has around 250 seats, a full length stand behind the goal and a seating stand on the opposite side holding around 100. The ground looks peaceful and is surrounded by big tree’s.

Northern League 1

Durham City

A ground with one stand. This stand includes 300 seats and 700 standing spaces. A modern ground with a 3G pitch.

Billingham Synthonia

Big stand but that is all. This stand alone can hold around 3,000. Seats in the middle of it and standing to the sides of the seats, great view from the back of the stand. Shame about the running track round the pitch.

Billingham Town

A ground with 2 stands, a pretty big all seater main stand, and a covered terrace opposite this. Hard standing round the rest of the pitch with steps on the side. It’s in the middle of 2 train tracks. Nice ground.

Bishop Auckland

A new ground with a quite big main stand and a full length stand behind the goal. Uncovered seats behind the other goal. A nice new ground.

Hebburn Town

A 3 sided ground as it is right next to the cricket pitch. Has one main stand which holds maybe 200 and a small stand behind the goal. The food hut is a bit of a walk from the main stand.

Guisborough Town

A ground a seated stand and a covered small terrace on the other side. Right next to the swimming pool and it feels enclosed. Large trees around most of the ground.

Marske United

A ground in a nice area with 3 stands. A tight all seated main stand on the left as you enter with around 150 seats, a quite long stand right next to the all seater and a very small stand at the corner flag. Clubhouse is outside the ground.

Spennymoor Town

A ground on a steep hill. The top end must be 3-4m higher than the bottom. Hard standing on steps behind on goal and to the west side. On the east side is the main 300 seater stand and behind the goal is a Covered terrace. Been recently renovated.

Sunderland RCA

An average ground for this league. 2 stands both on one side of the pitch. A seated stand that can hold around 130 and standing in a stand next to this. On a hill.

West Auckland

A ground round the back of the village, raised standing behind the goal and 2 stands, one of which is seated, hard standing round the rest of the pitch. On a noticeable hill.

Northern League 2

Birtley Town

A ground with 2 stands. One of which is seated, a walk from the car park. To one side of the ground is the East Coast mainline train tracks.

Chester-Le-Street

A ground which you could say has 4 stands. A all seater main stand, and a full length stand behind one goal. Small bits of cover on both the other sides. In a nice area and quite easy to get to.

Jarrow Roofing

A ground with 3/4 stands. A main stand with around 100 seats, a stand behind the goal with “Howa’y the roofers” wrote on which has around 20 seats and a full length stand split into 2 down the other side which has around 50 seats. Nice ground.

South Shields

Currently playing at Peterlee, decent ground with a seating stand and a covered standing stand. Hard standing round the rest of the pitch, average. Shame for them to be playing in Peterlee.

North Shields

A ground with 2 stands. A pretty small seated stand which is benches on one side with uncovered steps further down the side. On the opposite side is a standing stand. Hard standing round the rest of the pitch.

Seaham Red Star

A ground similar to North Shields, although the main stand is bigger. Another stand opposite this and it’s in club colours.

Washington

The old home of Sunderland Nissan. It’s at Nissan. Vast amount of car parking spaces. One stand with seats and standing infront. Hard standing round the rest of the ground. View of a load of wind turbines and a decent view of Penshaw Monument.

Wearside League

Easington Colliery

The ground has one stand which at the back has benched seating and in front is a few standing steps. The rest of that side of the ground has steps to stand on and there’s some old steep steps going round the corner with a big container blocking your view from part of these steps. The rest of the ground is hard standing.

Horden CW

A very good ground for the Wearside League. Very good main stand high up and terracing below this. Traditional steps behind one goal and hard standing round the rest.

Seaton Carew

A very basic ground which is just a pitch with a railing round, 2 dugouts and a fence around it all with a couple of advertising boards. The clubhouse and changing rooms are a walk from the pitch. No stand or floodlights.

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