Our History

The Beginning


The current team were only founded in 1993 when they joined the Wearside League however the original Birtley Football Club were actually founding members of the Northern League in 1889 and played in its inaugural season.

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A Long & Bumpy Road


Birtley FC had many different spells in the Northern League & Northern Alliance throughout this time, some ending better than others. The team returned for their third spell in the league in 1909 an were runners up 1913-14. After World War 1, they champions from 1923-24.

In 1926 the Northern Alliance merged into the North Eastern League, with Birtley becoming members of Division Two. They remained in the North Eastern League until transferring to the Wearside League in 1935. Following World War II the club was renamed Birtley Town and went on to win the Wearside League in 1945–46. However, after finishing bottom of the league for a time, the club eventually dropped out of the league.

A street in Elizabethville, Birtley | 1916-1918

As You Know it


A new Birtley Town was established in the early 1990s and joined Division Two of the Wearside League in 1992. They were Division Two champions in 1994–95, earning promotion to Division One. In 1997–98 the club won the League Cup in their first major trophy victory, Defeating Annfield Plain in the League Challenge Cup Final.

In the green circle is current Assistant Manager Paul ‘Foss’ Foster when he played for Birtley in the 90’s

League Champions


In 2001–02 they won both The League Cup and The Monkwearmouth Charity Cup narrowly missing out on a clean sweep of the Wearside League’s three cup competitions with a loss in the Sunderland Ship Owners Cup Final to Jarrow FC. The following season saw the club win the Wearside League title. 

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The Club Grows


In the same year they merged with Birtley St Josephs Juniors, expanding the club to include junior sides from the ages of seven to eighteen while adding girls, ladies and reserve teams. The Juniors section led by Paul Magnay, David Stobbart and Ian Wadge guided the club to the award of FA Charter Standard Club status in 2004. 

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Division 2!


After finishing as runners-up in 2003–04 and 2004–05 and winning The League Cup for the third time in 2005–06, the team were champions again in 2006–07, resulting in promotion to Division Two of The Northern League.

In recent years the club has grown even more. The team competed in the first round of The FA Vase in 2010-11 as well as the preliminary round of The FA Cup 2012-13. We were also runners up for the George Dobbins League Cup in 2016-17 and Won it in the 2017-18 competition.

Division 2!


After finishing as runners-up in 2003–04 and 2004–05 and winning The League Cup for the third time in 2005–06, the team were champions again in 2006–07, resulting in promotion to Division Two of The Northern League.

In recent years the club has grown even more. The team competed in the first round of The FA Vase in 2010-11 as well as the preliminary round of The FA Cup 2012-13. We were also runners up for the George Dobbins League Cup in 2016-17 and Won it in the 2017-18 competition.