PICTURES of the old Darlington ground of Feethams are quite hard to come by, so we were delighted when at a recent meeting of Middleton St George History Society, Dorothy Watson kindly loaned us some pictures of her footballing family.

One features her brother, Ronald Ferguson, now 87, playing on the hallowed turf in the mid 1950s, with the rounded stand in the background. The match is a local league cup final, probably involving Nestfield.

And on a similar theme, at a recent meeting of Bondgate Methodist Wednesday Club in Darlington, Barbara Timmens brought along a great picture of her father, Joseph Wealand, featuring in the LNER (Darlington) Permanent Way Athletic Club team which in 1937 won the Darlington and District B Division.

This club, of course, is the well known Railway Athletic Club – known locally as “the RA” – at the Cockerton end of Brinkburn Road, and so Barbara’s picture gives us a glimpse of the club as it used to be.

If you recognise any of the names, or faces, on the pictures, please let us know.

The Northern Echo:

RAILWAYMEN’S TEAM: The LNER champions from 1937. Back row (left to right): AF Thompson and W Temple (both committeemen), M Nicholson (chairman), ST Hobson (hon sec), R Hill (hon treas), A Auckland, R Rushmere (both committee). Middle row: JS Campbell (trainer), JW Wealand, JR Mowatt, F Allan, G Gorringe, W Wennington, D Bramley, C Brown, TA Storey (trainer). Front row: R Parkinson (capt), JW Alderson, JW Irving, Mr JH McIlvenna (president), J Walker, R Brown, W Hanson.