Football for Everyone
Haydon Bridge United AFC
History of Football & Low Hall Park
The first description of a football match in England was written by William FitzStephen in about 1170. He records that while visiting London he noticed that "after dinner all the youths of the city goes out into the fields for the very popular game of ball." He points out that every trade had their own football team. "The elders, the fathers, and the men of wealth come on horseback to view the contests of their juniors, and in their fashion sport with the young men; and there seems to be aroused in these elders a stirring of natural heat by viewing so much activity and by participation in the joys of unrestrained youth."
A few centuries later another monk wrote that football was a game "in which young men... propel a huge ball not by throwing it into the air, but by striking and rolling it along the ground, and that not with their hands but with their feet." This chronicler strongly disapproved of the game claiming it was "undignified and worthless" and that it often resulted in "some loss, accident or disadvantage to the players themselves." There are other recorded cases during this period of footballers dying after falling on their daggers.
In 1881 Haydon Bridge United FC were one of the first football clubs to be registered, and affiliated, to the Football Association (FA), making us one of the oldest surviving clubs from that era. Haydon Bridge United FC are also extremely proud to be an FA Chartered Standard Football Club.
Having played at many, and varied, venues throughout the parish for almost 85 years the trustees of the club realised the opportunity to purchase Low Hall Park, putting the football club at the very heart of the village. During the last 47 years the committee members have continued to develop Low Hall Park into a venue that can help support the sporting aspirations of the wider community.
Success Through Fair Play
Haydon Bridge United Football Club offers training and teams from six years old up to seventeen years old in our junior section, plus senior and veterans teams in our adult section. The club has FA trained and qualified coaches together with a qualified Welfare Officer.
The football club works closely with the Haydon Bridge Schools and other community groups. The Junior section is for anyone to join in, and have fun, if a young person shows enthusiasm and enjoys playing football then we will do anything we can to help develop his or her talent no matter what their ability.
Located on the banks of the River South Tyne, Haydon Bridge United have a wealth of impressive facilities available to them at their home, Low Hall Park. The very well maintained grounds provide a 7-a-side pitch, a 9-a-side pitch, and an 11-a-side pitch, allowing us to accommodate teams from all age groups.
Haydon Bridge Utd hold Charter Standard Status awarded by the Northumberland FA, the kitemark for quality within football. Our management teams are all qualified coaches and hold weekly training sessions in 'almost' all weathers.
For the 2014/15 season we will run six junior/youth teams from under 9s to under 17s, all of which play league football.
For adults 'The Bridge' also boast a recently reformed Sunday League side.
Haydon Bridge Utd AFC is staffed by dedicated volunteers and parents, and offers a route into sport for people of all ages.