History

 
General Information

West Auckland Town FC is a Northern Premier League 1st Division side from West Auckland in County Durham. Founded in 1893, “West” won the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, dubbed the first World Cup, in 1909 and retained the trophy in 1911. Almost ever present in the Northern League since its foundation the club has reached the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup on three occasions and reached the FA vase final in 2012 and 2014.
1909
The World Cup Story

 

image102West Auckland Town Football Club known as “West” have a unique history as they are double world cup winners. The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, dubbed football’s first World Cup, was initiated by businessman, tea merchant and sporting enthusiast Sir Thomas Lipton, who wished to see a competition between the leading football clubs of Europe. The football associations of Italy, Germany and Switzerland duly complied, the Football Association of England refused to nominate a club. A lowly amateur club from the Northern League called West Auckland were entered, although it has never been clear why. One plausible explanation is that Sir Lipton had a trusted employee with close links to the Northern league. But the explanation popular in the town is that Lipton wanted to send an invitation  to “Woolwich Arsenal” and the instruction to his secretary was to contact “WA” West Auckland were therefore contacted by mistake. Recent research has suggested, however, that West Auckland were the intended recipient of the invitation but it is still not known why. But nevertheless, “West” made the trip to Turin in the summer of 1909, with many players paying out of their own pocket to do so, they beat Stuttgarter Sportfreunde of Germany 2-0 on April 11th and then next day they beat FC Winterthur of Switzerland to take the trophy that still features on the club’s badge today. In 1911 “West” were invited back to the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy as holders; they played Swiss side FC Zürich winning 2-0 to set up a final with Italian giants Juventus, after they  had beat local rivals FC Torino. On April 17th 1911 “West” beat the future 32 time Serie A winners 6-1 to earn the second star we see on the badge today. For the 100 year anniversary of the first World Cup, in 2009, “West” once again travelled to Turin to play Juventus in a friendly match. Juventus Under 20’s won 7-1.

 

A Captain’s Tale DVD available from club shop staring Dennis Waterman and Tim Healy, the 90 minute drama tell the story how a group of miners from West Auckland won the cup.

Club History

1893: Formed as West Auckland
1889: Joined northern league
1909: Won first World Cup
1911: Won second World Cup
1912: Left Northern League and folded
1914: Reformed as West Auckland Town F.C.
1919: Played as St. Helens Utd for one season
1934: Rejoined Northern League, retained membership ever since
1959: Reached FA Cup 1st round proper
1960: Northern League winners
1960: Northern League cup winners
1961: Reached FA Cup 1st round proper
1961: FA Amateur Cup finalists
1963: Northern League cup winners
1964: Durham Challenge Cup winners
1999: Reached FA Cup 1st round proper
2009: Played a Juventus FC XI in friendly 100 years after first World Cup
2012: FA Vase Finalists
2014: FA Vase Finalists
2016: Durham Challenge Cup Finalists

 

Honours:

  • Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy (World Cup) Winners – 1909, 1911
  • Northern League Champions – 1959–60
  • Northern League Cup Winners – 1959–60, 1962–63
  • Durham Benevolent Bowl Winners – 1960–61, 1962–63
  • Durham Challenge Cup Winners −1963–64
  • FA Amateur Cup Finalists – 1960–61
  • FA Cup 1st Round Proper – 1959, 1961, 1999
  • FA Vase Finalists – 2011–12, 2013–14
  • Durham Challenge Cup Finalists −2015–16