History of West Hartlepool A.F.C.

1881

West Hartlepool Amateur Football & Athletic Company Limited formed, the club plays their home games at Park Road. The club's colours are Amber and Black halved shirts, black shorts, black socks.

1881

The new club becomes members of the Northumberland & Durham Association. They play Houghton-le-Skerne, Sunderland and Bishop Middleham amonst others.

1883

The club become founder members of newly formed southern section of Durham Association. They play Stockton, Darlington, Ferryhill, Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland Church Institute amonst others.

1898

Joined the Northern League division two, final standings for the club's twelve year stay in the League can be found here.

1903

Bizarrely after finishing bottom in the league, the club decide to apply for election to the Football League. The League was interested in expansion into Rugby strongholds and with Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club being the dominant sporting team of the town this seemed like a good idea. The clubs of the Football League didn't agree and with only 7 votes the club fell short of achieving their ambition.

8th April 1905

West win the F.A. Amateur Cup, the biggest amateur competition in the country.
The club beat Clapton, who were the best Southern amateur team at that time, 3-2 at Shepherd's Bush.

1907-08

The club start the season with the following squad:
GK: Kelly.
FB: Larkin, Stokes, Sherwood, Ansell, Johnson.
HB: Black, Moore, Needham, Dickinson.
Fw: Wright, Ridsdale, Pailtor, Brown, Blumer, Dyer, Taylor, Hewston, Thompson.

The club has an average attendance of 1,500, the highest attendance is 4,000 for a game against the league leaders, Stockton.

1908-09

The club lose their Park Road ground. The newly formed Hartlepools United offer West the chance to groundshare at the Victoria Ground, local people see the offer as an appeasement between the proffesional and amateur sides of the game.
The Victoria Ground was built in 1886, by order of the officials of West Hartlepool Rugby club, the ground is named after Queen Victoria, as it was completed in her jubilee year.

3rd October 1908

First, and only competitive, meeting between West Hartlepool and Hartlepools United take place.
A crowd of 7,000 watch the amateurs fall to a 2-1 defeat in the first qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup.

27th April 1910

West play their final home game, the last of the Northern League season. Only 200 people pay to watch as Stockton leave the Vic' with a 3-1 victory. West goalkeeper, Bainbridge, saves a penalty, and West's consolation comes from a Trenholm penalty.
Team: Bainbridge, Franks, Edwards, Woodward, Booth, Herdman, Redmond, Baxter, Trenholm, Gilooly, Hogan.

30th April 1910

West play their final game, a 3-2 friendly victory at Wingate Albion. It was not known, at the time, that this would be the last outing for the Ambers.

June 1910

After 29 years, and only 5 years since the Amateur Cup victory, West Hartlepool Amateur Football & Athletic Company Limited fold.
All assets and liabilities taken over by The Hartlepools United Football and Athletic Club Company Limited.

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