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Bishop Auckland

Currently Playing In:

Northern League Division One


Bishop Auckland were one of the most famous names in Amateur Football when football resumed after the Second World War. The club regularly supplied their stars for the England Amateur International squad and of course won The FA Amateur Cup a record ten times in eighteen finals, including three successive victories in four consecutive Wembley Finals between 1953 and 1957.

‘The Bishops’ were the team to beat, they led the North East challenge for all honours until the abolishment of the amateurs and of course their famous national cup competition. Bishop Auckland did move forward into the new league structure by qualifying for the Northern Premier League in 1988 and just two years later were competing in the NPL Premier Division.

Long serving and well respected managers Harry Dunn and Tony Lee guided the club through an enjoyable stay at this level.  Runners-Up in 1997 was their best position achieved, but five years later the Bishops were relegated after their unlucky thirteenth NPL premier campaign.

The Bishop Auckland Kingsway Ground, shared with the local cricket club had become a famous sporting venue , but with no ground of their own, the club had to share with West Auckland, Shildon and Spennymoor and sadly, inconsistency on the field and insecurity off it, saw the club return to The Northern League Division One in 2006.

Now, having settled into Heritage Park, supporters will be hoping their famous club will be rebuilding and preparing to return for another spell as a leading North Eastern non-league club.


Club Factfile

Previous Name(s):
Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland, Co.Durham DL14 9AE
01388 604 605
Record Attendance:
17,000 v Coventry City FA Cup 2nd Rd 1952
Most Recent Senior Honour:
1985-1986 Northern Champions ( Total of Eighteen Northern League Championship).

Club History

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1977-1978Northern League4thBob Elwell
1978-1979Northern League10thBob Elwell
1979-1980Northern League6thBob Elwell
1980-1981Northern League3rdBrian Newton
1981-1982Northern League7thBrian Newton
1982-1983Northern League4thBrian Newton
1983-1984Northern League5thBrian Newton
 1984-1985Northern League1stBrian Newton
 1985-1986Northern League1stBrian Newton
1986-1987Northern League2ndBrian Newton
1987-1988Northern League6thBrian Newton
1988-1989Northern Premier League Division One2ndBrian Newton
1989-1990Northern Premier League Premier Division11thHarry Dunn
1990-1991Northern Premier League Premier Division7thHarry Dunn
1991-1992Northern Premier League Premier Division11thHarry Dunn
1992-1993Northern Premier League Premier Division10thHarry Dunn
1993-1994Northern Premier League Premier Division4thHarry Dunn
1994-1995Northern Premier League Premier Division9thTony Lee
1995-1996Northern Premier League Premier Division11thTony Lee
1996-1997Northern Premier League Premier Division2ndTony Lee
1997-1998Northern Premier League Premier Division10thTony Lee
1998-1999Northern Premier League Premier Division20thTony Lee
1999-2000Northern Premier League Premier Division8thTony Lee
2000-2001Northern Premier League Premier Division3rdTony Lee
2001-2002Northern Premier League Premier Division21stTony Lee
2002-2003Northern Premier League Division One15thBrian Honour
2003-2004Northern Premier League Division One13thBrian Honour
2004-2005Northern Premier League Division One19thBrian Honour
2005-2006Northern Premier League Division One22ndBrian Honour
2006-2007Northern League Division One16thBrian Healy
2007-2008Northern League Division One20thColin Myers
2008-2009Northern League Division One18thColin Myers
2009-2010Northern League Division One13thColin Myers
2010-2011Northern League Division One14thColin Myers
2011-2012Northern League Division One8thColin Myers
2012-2013Northern League Division One7thTony Lee
2013-2014Northern League Division One8thDavid Bayles + Steve Riley

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