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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Chester-le-Street Town FC

Moor Park, Chester Moor, Chester-le-Street, County Durham
Telephone: 0191 388 3363
Northern League
Website: None

Note Chester-le-Street Town in its current form came into existence in 1972 following the name change of Garden Farm FC. Moor Park is in fact two miles south of Chester-le-Street itself, just off the A617 Durham road. It is accessed via a lane close to a large pub just before a roundabout.

Moor Park was first laid out in the 1920s and was originally the Chester Moor Colliery Welfare Ground. However, it had been long abandoned before its new tenants took up residence in 1980. At that time it was little more than a derelict barriered field with primitive dressing rooms but a considerable amount of work has been undertaken in the past 25 years or so.

There is a covered area behind the near goal, but there is not much I can say about the ground as I was limited to one shot over the wall on a later summerís evening. Moor Park was locked up very tightly and there are numerous warnings to would-be trespassers. Thus visitors are advised to check that they can gain access before making a long journey. DB