Small Club Spotlight: Bedlington Terriers

  • By Jonathan Molik – TFN Columnist and writer of “A View From The States” @italianmolik

Bedlington, England. A small town located in the South East of Northumberland, UK. Founded as a mining town, Bedlington has flourished into a town with a population of 18,470 as of 2011. Bedlington is not only home to retired miners but its also home to a football team! The Bedlington Terriers are currently in the Northern Football League Division One. If you know your football history you’ll know the Terriers have made it to Wembley before, having reached the FA Vase final in 1999 but unfortunately losing 1-0 to Tiverton Town in the showpiece. The Terriers also pulled off a memorable 4-1 victory against Colchester United in the first round of the FA Cup in the same season.

The Terriers celebrate victory in the 1999 FA Vase semi-final.

Currently the Terriers have fallen on some hard times both on and off the field. Financially somewhat secure but could always use more money. On the field they haven’t gotten off to the greatest start. At the time of writing this they currently sit 18th in the league well off the promotion places. The Terriers are looking for answers, lead by manager Andy Ferrell and captain Steven Little. They will look to spark some life into this fairly unlucky team and get them some more points, perhaps leading to bigger and better things.

Bedlington Terriers’ home ground – Dr. Pit Welfare Park – on match day.

If you live in this area I encourage you to attend a match, small town football clubs can always use the support and attention. Isn’t this what football really about? If any questions why you’re there, tell them Jonathan sent you, it will go a long way. While you’re there pick up a program and check out my “A View From The States” in every match day programme.

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