Ryhope Colliery Welfare v Penrith FC
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Ryhope Recreation Park
The club was founded by the Coal Miners of Ryhope in 1892. It was not until 1927–28 that it won its first league title. However the club enjoyed most of its success in the 1960s, winning the Wearside Football League on four occasions, the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup twice as well as the Sunderland Ship-owners Cup and League Challenge Cup during the decade. In the 1967–68 season, the team reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the only time in its history, losing 1–0 at home to then Football League Division 4 side Workington. The club's next successful season was 1977–78, finishing 3rd in the league, winning the League Cup with the season culminating in winning the Durham Challenge Cup for the only time in the club's history. Between the 1988–89 and 1991–92 seasons, the club was known as Vaux Ryhope after a merger with Sporting Club Vaux (previously South Hetton FC)
Season 2010–11 however was the most successful in the club's history, winning all four competitions the Wearside League Title, Sunderland Shipowners Cup, Monkwearmouth Charity Cup and League Cup.This was only the third time in the history of the League that this has been achieved by a club.However they were unable to gain promotion due to Ground Grading Regulations, In the season 2011–12 Ryhope repeated the feat of the previous season winning all four competitions and gained promotion to the Northern League for the first time in its history. It ended the season having only been defeated once in its last 70 Wearside League and Cup games. The team continued its success in season 2012–13 finishing runners up to Crook Town and gaining promotion to the Northern League 1st Division at its first attempt,losing only three games and scoring 147 league goals. However, due to off the field ground grading issues, rather than making the step up the club was relegated back to the Wearside League. It was a decision taken by the Northern League Management Committee and endorsed by the FA. Season 2013–14 saw the team back in the Wearside League and finish runners up to Stockton Town and with the ground issues solved the team again was promoted to the Northern League 2nd division for the season 2014–15. After finishing 6th in season 2014–15 the club finished runners up to South Shields in season 2015–16 thus gaining promotion to the Northern League Division 1 under the guidance of managerial duo Gary Pearson and Stuart Gooden.
- Wearside Football League: 1927–28, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Monkwearmouth Charity Cup: 1965–66, 1966–67, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
- Sunderland Ship-owners Cup: 1961–62, 2010–11, 2011–12
- League Challenge Cup: 1963–64, 1977–78,2010–11, 2011–12
- Durham Challenge Cup: 1977–78
The ground is nothing spectacular a ring fenced pitch with changing rooms and a small seated stand with another shelter for standing
After leaving Carlisle around 1810 I arrived at Ryhope for around 1935 you have to park up by the Cricket ground and walk through the cricket ground (in the dark I may add) to get to the Football Ground. Admission is £5 with Programmes £1
Ryhope Raced into a 2 goal lead with J Ellis Scoring after 14 Minutes and then again in the 35th Minute but I have no idea who scored the second as it was a goalmouth scrabble with ended up with the ball being cleared off the line by Penrith but the linesman decided it had crossed the line and gave the goal, not quite sure myself if it had crossed the line but the Penrith players closest to the goal line didn’t seam too impressed with the lino (No goal line technology in the Northern League Yet !!!) .
In the second half Penrith came out fighting and Kev Connolly Grabbed a goal in the 48th Minute and then Penrith were awarded a Penalty in the 67th Minute from which Martyn Coleman put it away to make it 2-2. Both teams had chances after that to clinch the win but both keepers stood firm and they had to share the points