Seaham Red Star Football Club

Since Seaham Red Star’s formation in 1973, the club have progressed into its current position as not only the towns leading nonleague team but East Durham’s and currently play at step 5 of the national nonleague system.

Much of the credit for the Club’s early development belongs to Ralph Pigg, the initial Secretary, and Larry Phillips, the Club’s first Manager. The pair, supported by a small committee, entered a side in the Houghton and District League and, after a promising first season, made a successful application to join the Northern Alliance League in 1974. After a further five successful seasons, the Club felt sufficiently confident to join the then highly competitive Wearside League in 1979. This confidence was soon justified, the Club winning the Durham Challenge Cup in 1980 and the League and League Cup “double” in 1981-82. In 1983, they were elected to the Northern League Second Division and, after some near misses, eventually gained promotion to the First Division in the 1987-88 season. The Club enjoyed First Division status for an unbroken fourteen seasons. Notable successes during this period, included finishing third in 1993-4, winning the League Cup in 1992-3 and, after leading the table for most of the season, finishing second in 1999/2000.

Just two years after finishing runners-up in the First Division, the Club suffered its first ever relegation in its near thirty years history. Promotion back into the First Division was achieved in 2007 but only lasted for two seasons. In 2012 the club appointed Mark Collingwood and Simon Johnson, who achieved great success in the Northern Alliance League with Hebburn Reyrolle. They brought the nucleolus of the side from their previous club and have added experience and quality into what may well be a team that would challenge for honours. Steady improvement over the next four seasons produced a 10th place finish in 2012/13 and 4th place in 2013/14, missing out on promotion by 1 point. The 2nd division championship was won in 2014/15 and the following season we finished a creditable 9th place in a very tough First Division. The club have now consolidated their place at this level and the latter part of last season, saw a marked improvement in results and an increase in match attendances, we now feel the time is right to try and take Seaham Red Star to the next level. However, to do this we will need the help of the people of Seaham, the local authority and the business community.

Manager, Mark Collingwood, rightly said in his recent programme notes, that we have had a tough start to the season at Seaham Red Star Football Club, but the club are already looking ahead to new challenges.

The Football Association are looking to introduce a new league into the non-league structure at Step 4 in the season 2021/22. This may well give up to six teams from our league the opportunity to gain promotion at the end of this season. Club Secretary, Dave Copeland said “This will probably be a one-off chance offered by the FA and we at Seaham Red Star would love to be in a position and grasp that chance. We would obviously need the help of the Seaham public, Seaham Town Council and local business’s, as upgrades to our facilities at Seaham Town Park would be necessary, but the benefits to the Seaham Community would be significant.”

A club at this level cannot survive without partnerships with the local business community and we have been very fortunate over the years to have joined forces with the likes Eilbeck Chemists, Downeys Fish Shops, Kimmitt Management, Kenneth Barrow, The Alexandra Steakhouse, Prima Cheese Ltd and far too many more to mention, we look forward to their continuing support and hopefully add some new partners.

Our Club operate with a small number of volunteers; however, we are always on the lookout for extra bodies and would welcome anyone who feels they have something to offer and help the club move forward. If you feel you could help, please contact Dave Copeland (07834 473001).

Anyone wishing to join our regular weekly fundraisers such as our letter draw can do so by contacting Dave, the Red Star have also opened a Ground Development Fund where donations can be made directly into our bank account at Seaham Red Star FC. 77-29-08 Acc no 30402060.

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Article from Seaham Today Autumn 2020 Newsletter, view the full magazine on our website.