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West Hartlepool & District v Sunderland & District - 1888

What we know about this image :

Another intriguing item from the Robert Wood Collection advertising a fund raiser for Mr J Cuthbert injured at Sunderland, presumably a player from West Hartlepool?

The West team is given and shows a Rev E F Every as playing, sporting clergymen were not uncommon in the sporting scene at this time, especially with the Church support for Muscular Christianity, this Reverend was the curate at St Pauls Church in Grange Road and down as centre-forward.

As to the date 21st April fell in 1888, and a tantilisingly brief reference in the "Mail" for this time, reveals that due to rain "the Association match at The Oval did not come off," neither did a Rovers v West Match also down for that day.

The site of the match is of interest, it shows it as “on the Oval, Grange Road” which means today the homes between Park and Grange Roads. The poster though states entrances as Bellerby Terrace (Hart Lane) and Grange Road! Could this Oval have been where in the Wilson Street/ Rosebery Road area?  Plus, as usual in Charity match days , an early kick between North Eastern and South Stockton Albion  to whet the appetite for the big game. North Eastern being presumably the N E R team that played on a ground in Belle Vue.

Unusually, this poster has F W Mason giving his name as Fred Mason!



Date (of image) : 21/4/1894

Donor : Hartlepool Museums Service

Creator : Fred W Mason

Part of the "Robert Wood" collection


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