In 1884 a group of men at Minmi, a small coalmining village west of Newcastle, read a Scottish newspaper article about the non playing of the 1884 Scottish Cup Final between Queens Park and the Vale of Leven.
They concluded that a Minmi team would have played if given the chance and that day it was resolved to clear a paddock, “Kelly’s Paddock”, so a team could be formed and they could start training.
This led to the start of the Northern District British Football Association on 9/9/1884 and the birth of football in the north.
In mid 2009 a group of not so old former footballers gathered at the Azzurri club in Highfields, Newcastle to reunite and to catch up with former friends and foes and share their love for the game. They shared drinks, anecdotes, fond memories and much laughter but also reflected on the passing of mates and some who were experiencing hard times.
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