Birth of the Blues

22 May 2015 – 28 Sep 2015

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Admission prices are Adults, £6; Concessions, £5; Under-16s, free.

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Football is a faith for many who follow the sport, but a landmark new exhibition charts how it was religion that gave rise to one of the most astonishing true stories in the history of the Beautiful Game.


Birth of the Blues is the first public exhibition devoted to the remarkable story of the most successful amateur side in British football

Founded in 1882 by Reverend George Eden, the Bishop Auckland Football Club was formed from theological students training for the priesthood under Joseph Lightfoot, Bishop of Durham

‘The Bishops’ went on to make footballing history, playing in every year of the Amateur Cup competition, winning it ten times and touring throughout the world

The largest exhibition ever to be devoted to amateur football, ‘Birth of the Blues’ has been developed in collaboration with the Durham Amateur Football Trust and the National Football Museum, Manchester

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