Bishop Auckland FC is a non-league football club from the County Durham town of the same name with a rich and proud history since their formation in 1886 as Auckland Town FC.
Auckland Town were a breakaway club from a team called Bishop Auckland Church Institute who had been formed in 1882 by students from Oxford and Cambridge University’s who were studying at Auckland Castle, the home of the Bishop of Durham.
The club was founder members of the Northern League in 1889-90 before the club left to join the Northern Alliance after just one season; before returning in 1893 as Bishop Auckland FC. Success was just around the corner at Kingsway; which was shared with the cricket club.
|The old Main Stand at Kingsway as scanned from a book|
The 1899-00 season saw a second Amateur Cup win. This time Lowestoft Town were defeated 5-1 at Leicester. The following season saw a second Northern League crown arrive at Kingsway. The title was retained in 1901-02 as the team finished runners-up in the Amateur Cup after going down 5-1 to Old Malvernians at Headingley.
|Kingsway. Image scanned from a book|
|The old terrace at Kingsway. Image scanned from a book|
|Kingsway in 2017. Now purely a cricket ground|
|Kingsway in 2017. Huge crowds once cheered on the Two Blues|
where the modern housing now stands
Sadly, there was very little to show that 17,000 fans once packed in, or that this was the home of one of the great non-league clubs of all time. At least the cricket ground remained and looked nice.