HORDEN COMMUNITY WELFARE FC - A BRIEF HISTORY
The current club was established in 2017 as an attempt to bring football back to the village that the original club left the previous year to become Darlington 1883 Reserves. The chairman of the original club had claimed that the club would have been dead by Christmas and the move was sanctioned mid-season. They started out in the Durham Alliance Combination but after one season, the league was swallowed up by the Wearside League. The club finished 8th in their first season but their performance was good enough over the two abandoned seasons to see them admitted to the Northern League D2 for this season. So far they are in a mid-table placing of 10th.
The original club, Horden Colliery Welfare were established in 1908. They played in local leagues at first, before joining the North Eastern League in 1935. They were champions here in 1938 and aside from four seasons in the late 1950s and early 1960s where they played in the Midland League and Northern Counties League. They would win the North Eastern League again in 1964 but would leave to return to local football after this latest success. They would resurface in the Wearside League in 1972, winning the title in their first season. The club would make the step up to the Northern League in 1975. Their best finish here was 3rd in 1980 and 1983. By the time of the second finish, the league had expanded to two divisions but this proved to be their undoing in 1985 when they were relegated to the second tier after a second-bottom finish. The first half of the 90s was a tricky time for the club and they finished bottom of the league twice and rarely finished outside of the bottom places. By 2003, they had recovered sufficiently to get back up to Division 1 after finishing as runners-up to Penrith. Horden Colliery Welfare would last here until 2007 when they were relegated back and aside from one season, would remain in the second tier until they were relegated to the Wearside League in 2013. After three mediocre seasons, the local parish council served notice of eviction from the ground for unknown reasons and despite a court appeal, the decision was upheld. With no firm home, the club shared at Hartlepool FC's Grayfields Enclosure. They eventually upped sticks and moved to Darlington to become the National League North side's reserve team. Horden Colliery Welfare reached the FA Cup 2nd Round in 1938, losing 3-2 to Newport County. They would also reach the 1st Round five more times, the latest in 1981 when they narrowly lost 1-0 to Blackpool.
It's now 5-1 to Carlisle City. Another penalty. I don't appear to be bringing much luck to the teams I'm visiting this weekend pic.twitter.com/4LV4Wc3dpV— ⚽Russell Cox💙 (@RussWWFC) October 16, 2021