The Bishops are back in town

The new football museum and shop at No.44 Market Place
The new football museum and shop at No.44 Market Place will be officially opened on Friday 26 November.

The Bishops Football Museum is set to open at 44 Market Place in Bishop Auckland, celebrating the history of Bishop Auckland FC and, with the assistance of the Durham Amateur Football Trust, other local amateur football clubs from the local area.

Two Blues legend, Bob Thursby is set to cut the ribbon on Friday 26th November at 2pm.

Bob is a surviving member of the 1956-57 FA Amateur Cup-winning side which beat Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 in front of a 90,000 crowd at Wembley to claim the trophy for an unprecedented third season in a row.

Just 19 years old at the time, Bob would go on to captain the side and become an England amateur international, winning 17 caps, six of which also came as captain.

Newspaper clipping of Stanley Matthews with Bob Thursby.
A newspaper clipping showing Stanley Matthews and Bob Thursby before a friendly match between Bishop Auckland FC and Port Vale.

Bishop Auckland FC Chairman, Steve Coulthard, the man behind the new venture said: “After three months of hard work, with the help of the Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone, it’s really fantastic news that we are in a position to open this great new football museum and shop in a prime position looking on to both Market Place and Newgate Street. 

“We are happy to accept any old memorabilia and photos of the Bishops,” said Steve.

The Bishop Auckland public welcome home the FA Amateur Cup winners.
A vast crowd in the Market Place, outside the new museum, to welcome home the FA Amateur Cup winners.

“We will also be celebrating other local teams from the area, such as Willington, Crook, West Auckland, Shildon, Evenwood and the great Coundon sides.

“We hope to keep alive the fantastic history of the Bishops ten cup final wins as well as the stories and successes of other teams that have done so well over the years. 

“We also hope to display any Auckland & District league  photos as well as the old CIU league. 

“We are also looking for any volunteers to help come in for a couple of hours a day to help run it.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating can contact Steve on 07968 426817.

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