Ashington

Hirst Welfare Ground Track

Hirst Welfare Ground
Alexandra Road
ASHINGTON

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Type: Cinder (no longer exists - grassed over), 440y, lanes, lane straight

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NUTS Name: Ashington

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OS National Grid Reference: NZ 285877
National Grid Reference: 428500, 587700

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This was the venue of the 1954 All England Schools Championships. The welfare ground and buildings were paid for by local miners through a levy taken each week from their wages, and the sporting and recreational facilities they provided were the envy of many other communities. Jackie & Bobby Charlton both played football here in their youth. In addition to the track, there was also a gym, boxing ring, badminton club and a hall used for dances and social functions. However as the local pits closed during the rundown of the mining industry, the welfare fell into dilapidation and eventually had to be demolished in the mid 1990s. Until about 2003, the ground had become rather derelict and the track had long since been grassed over. However as part of a 2 million transformation, the Hirst Welfare Centre on the site is set to become a one-stop-shop resource centre bringing together a host of new amenities and facilities, as part of the regeneration of the town. In keeping with its past links, a new football training and playing complex is also to be developed on the site including an all-weather floodlit pitch as well as mini-pitches. The construction work is thought to be done during 2004.

Last update: 15/09/2004

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