Wallsend F.C.

Wallsend F.C. was an English association football club based in the town of Wallsend, Northumberland.

Full nameWallsend Football Club
Founded1890 as Wallsend Park Villa
1932–33North-Eastern League Div.1, 20th


The club was founded in 1890 under the name Wallsend Park Villa.[1] The team won the Gateshead Cup in 1893–94 and again the following season when they combined it with victory in the Northumberland Junior League.[1] Until then, the team had played on open grounds, but an arrangement was made to rent the Wallsend Amateur Bicycle Club's enclosure.[1] The club was afforded senior status in 1895, and joined the Tyneside League. The team played in both the FA Cup and the FA Amateur Cup for the first time in 1896. They lost to Leadgate Exiles in the preliminary round of the FA Cup,[2] and in the Amateur Cup, received a bye in the first qualifying round and beat Rutherford College in the second before being eliminated by Shankhouse in the third.[3][4] They also reached the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup, losing to Willington Athletic; they were to win the trophy for the first and only time in 1901–02.[5]

Wallsend were admitted to the Northern Alliance when Southwick resigned just before the 1896–97 season was due to start.[6] They lost their first match 8–1,[7] but recovered to finish third.[8] They continued in the top half of the table, building up to a runners-up place in 1902–03 and winning the league title the following season.[8][9] After four more seasons, which included another runners-up finish, in 1906–07,[8] Wallsend joined the North Eastern League.[10][11] They began with three mid-table finishes, but then slumped to 18th of 19 in 1911–12. A change of name, to plain Wallsend F.C., preceded a return to mid-table, but they finished bottom of the league in the two seasons before competition was abandoned for the duration of the First World War.[11]

In the six seasons after the war, Wallsend's best placing was 15th of 20,[11] although they did reach the fifth qualifying round of the FA Cup on three occasions.[2] After finishing bottom in 1924–25, having conceded more than 100 goals in 38 matches, they left the North Eastern League and joined the Northern Alliance, only to return a season later, as the Alliance was absorbed into the North Eastern League as its second division.[11][12] Wallsend were promoted as runners-up to Washington Colliery in 1927–28.[11] After four seasons in mid-table at the higher level, they finished bottom in 1932–33 and were relegated,[11] at which point the shareholders decided that the club, which had a deficit of £732, should be voluntarily wound up.[13]

A successor club, formed shortly afterwards under the name of Wallsend Town A.F.C.,[14] also struggled financially.[15] The team spent two seasons in the North Eastern League Second Division,[16] then returned for one season to the re-formed Northern Alliance, in which they finished 10th of 12.[12]

League participationEdit

  • 1895–1897: Tyneside League
  • 1897–1908: Northern Football Alliance
  • 1908–1925: North-Eastern League
  • 1925–1926: Northern Football Alliance
  • 1926–1928: North-Eastern League Div 2
  • 1928–1933: North-Eastern League Div 1
  • 1933–1935: North-Eastern League Div 2
  • 1935–1936: Northern Football Alliance


FA Cup

  • Fifth Qualifying Round: 1903–04, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1923–24

FA Amateur Cup

  • Semi-finals: 1896–97


  1. ^ a b c "Athletic Notes". Shields Daily Gazette. 2 July 1895. p. 2. Few junior football clubs have such a record as the Wallsend Park Villa. Some five years have elapsed since the club was floated, and season after season its members have come to the front, until they now stand in the first rank.
  2. ^ a b "The Emirates FA Cup: past results". The Football Association. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ "English Amateur Challenge Cup". York Herald. 2 November 1896. p. 7.
  4. ^ "Amateur Cup Qualifying Competition. Third Round. First Division". North-Eastern Daily Gazette. Middlesbrough. 23 November 1896. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Northumberland Senior Cup". NUFC.com. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Northern Football Alliance". Donmouth. Patrick Brennan. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Football Notes. Association". Shields Daily Gazette. 21 September 1897. p. 2.
  8. ^ a b c "Northern Alliance 1890–1915". Non League Matters. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Handbook: Honours records". Northern Football Alliance. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  10. ^ Abbink, Dinant (6 December 2006). "England – North Eastern League". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "North Eastern League 1906–1933". Non League Matters. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Northern Alliance 1919–1960". Non League Matters. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Wallsend winding up". Shields Daily News. 31 May 1933. p. 8.
  14. ^ "New football team at Wallsend". Shields Daily News. 10 June 1933. p. 6.
  15. ^ "Football club crisis. Wallsend Town may have to disband". Shields Daily News. 16 January 1935. p. 1.
  16. ^ "North Eastern League 1933–1964". Non League Matters. Retrieved 18 April 2020.

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