Football teams have been around in Bedlington since the early 1900’s. The present club was formed in 1949 under the name of Bedlington Mechanics joining the Northern Combination League. The first honour of the new era was the Northumberland Minor Cup in season 1953/54 and they followed this up with their only Northern Combination title in 1954/55. During these years they changed their name from Mechanics to Colliery Town and then as Bedlington Colliery Welfare they joined the Northern Alliance League in 1955/56.
They spent 8 seasons in this league before disbanding at the end of the 1962/63 season. During this spell they won their first Northern Alliance League Cup. During this period they played their home games at West Sleekburn ‘A’ Pit. In 1965 the club re-formed as Bedlington Colliery Welfare and moved to Milnes Park staying there three seasons before moving to the present location of Dr. Pit Welfare Park. In the 2013/14 season the club did the “double” in the Northern Alliance League and in 2014/15 won their third League Cup final. It was these accomplishments that led to them landing their first sponsor, the online training courses provider Discovery Learning. Other sponsors followed before the end of 2015.
At the end of the 1970/71 season they had to leave the Northern Alliance and played in a number of minor local leagues until season 1979/80. For this season they joined the Tyneside Amateur League under the name of Bedlington United and in 1980/81 were re-admitted to the Northern Alliance League.
The football club has a five-thousand seat stadium that does not have air-conditioning but does have under-soil heating. It has restaurant, lavatory and baby-changing facilities. There is parking for one-hundred cars including ten disabled parking spaces outside the main entrance.
Largely due to tough competition with Steve McLaren’s first game as England Manager, it was a reduced gathering that congregated for the Bedlington Terriers Extraordinary General Meeting at the Community Centre on Wednesday night. The following is a summary (not necessarily in the order raised in the meeting) of the…
After the tremendous 3-1 victory at Billingham Synthonia on Saturday, Bedlington Terriers’ new manager described his feelings at the result, at a ground few teams find joy: “Not surprisingly I’m absolutely delighted with the scoreline – and I thought we fully deserved the victory. I always knew the opening weeks…