Spennymoor Town has joined forces with Durham Miners’ Association to celebrate the area’s mining heritage at the club’s forthcoming home game versus Alfreton Town.
Both towns have a strong mining history and this will be marked by a number of activities at the Vanarama National League North match on Saturday 23 March 2019.
Lady Elsie Robson, who has been a keen ambassador for the North East’s mining heritage, will be the guest of honour at the match, which is also being supported by some of the region’s business leaders including Ammar Mirza CBE and Great Annual Savings Group Chief Executive Brad Groves.
Admission prices for the game have been reduced and all supporters are being encouraged to come to the game wearing flat caps.
The club’s academy children will march on the pitch holding historical mining banners from Durham Miners’ Association, accompanied by a miners’ band, and there will also be a memorabilia display in the match day marquee, to which supporters are welcome to contribute.
Collections will be held at the match for “The Marras” Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala, which runs the famous annual celebration of community spirit.
Tony Wilson, Managing Director of Spennymoor Town FC, said: “There are many passionate former miners and relatives of miners in Spennymoor. We’re working with Durham Miners’ Association in a few different areas and Miners’ Day is going to be a great way to mark that publicly.
“The Alfreton game stood out as a great opportunity as they too are a former mining town.
“We look forward to the day and we hope both sets of supporters get behind the idea. It will make for some unique photos around the ground and evoke some nostalgia with a crowd full of flat caps.
“Lady Elsie has agreed to attend as our guest of honour, for her ties to Langley Park and, of course, North East sport. For 11 years, Lady Elsie has worked tirelessly to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to find more effective ways to treat and detect cancer. We’re thrilled to have someone so inspirational join us on the day.
“We’re going to engage our academy and other young people through Spennymoor schools to be a part of it and make it a day to remember.”
Ross Forbes, Programme Director at Durham Miners’ Association, said: “We’ve been speaking with Spennymoor Town for a while now and the club is looking to engage with new audiences across County Durham.
“Our mining heritage is something we’re inherently proud of in this area, so Miners’ Day will be a great way to widen the club’s appeal and we hope that it gets plenty of support from the club’s usual match attendees, but also from people who may not have been to a Spennymoor match before.”
Spennymoor Town play Alfreton on 23 March 2019 at The Brewery Field, Spennymoor, in the Vanarama National League North. Tickets are not required, attendees can pay on entry. It will cost £10 for adults, £8 for over 60s, £3 for under 18s and under 10s are free with a paying adult.