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Founded in 1889 for a number of the premier clubs in the North-East, the Northern League was for many years a ‘small’ competition, which developed into one of the leading amateur leagues in the country and provided many of the sides successful in the F.A. Amateur Cup. 

 

One of the more interesting things about the competition in its early period concerns a couple of its members – Middlesbrough Ironopolis and Sunderland Albion.  The ‘Nops’ were Teesside’s top club and provided the area with its first Football League club in 1893, by which time the team was, sadly, past its best.  Like their Wearside neighbours, Sunderland Albion, folded within a few years, never to resurface.  For Albion, this was perhaps even worse as the club never got its chance in the Football League and had to watch its chief rivals Sunderland AFC, with whom Albion were on a par, take all the glory.

 

For the first Northern League campaign there were 10 clubs involved – a number above which the league did not have in its opening 8 seasons.

 

1889-1890

 

  1. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     18  12   2   4  39  17  26

  2. NEWCASTLE WEST END             18  12   2   4  44  24  26

  3. STOCKTON                       18  10   4   4  41  18  24

  4. NEWCASTLE EAST END             18   9   3   6  32  28  21

  5. DARLINGTON                     18   7   6   5  46  20  20

  6. MIDDLESBROUGH                  18   8   3   7  42  37  19

  7. SOUTH BANK                     18   6   2   10  33  60  14

  8. AUCKLAND TOWN                  18   4   4  10  41  49  12

  9. BIRTLEY                        18   3   3  12  28  48   9

 10. ELSWICK RANGERS                18   2   5  11  21  66   9

  (180 73 34 73 367 367 180)

 

1890-1891

 

  1. MIDDLESBROUGH IRONOPOLIS       14   9   2   3  37  24  20

  2. MIDDLESBROUGH                  14   8   3   3  33  17  19

  3. SUNDERLAND ALBION              14   7   3   4  33  16  17

  4. STOCKTON                       14   8   1   5  38  19  17

  5. DARLINGTON                     14   7   0   7  25  29  14

  6. NEWCASTLE EAST END             14   5   2   7  25  39  12

  7. NEWCASTLE WEST END             14   3   4   7  21  38  10

  8. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     14   0   3  11  14  44   3

  (112 47 18 47 226 226 112)

 

1891-1892

 

  1. MIDDLESBROUGH IRONOPOLIS       16  14   1   1  49  13  29

  2. MIDDLESBROUGH                  16  13   0   3  33  13  26

  3. SHEFFIELD UNITED               16  10   2   4  49  21  22

  4. NEWCASTLE EAST END             16   9   2   5  37  20  20

  5. STOCKTON                       16   6   2   8  31  34  14

  6. SUNDERLAND ALBION              16   5   0  11  36  38  10

  7. SOUTH BANK                     16   3   2  11  21  50   8

  8. NEWCASTLE WEST END             16   4   0  12  21  56   8

  9. DARLINGTON                     16   2   3  11  17  49   7

  (144 66 12 66 294 294 144)

 

1892-1893

 

  1. MIDDLESBROUGH IRONOPOLIS       10   9   1   0  22   6  19

  2. NEWCASTLE UNITED*              10   5   1   4  30  19  11

  3. SHEFFIELD UNITED               10   4   2   4  18  16  10

  4. MIDDLESBROUGH                  10   4   0   6  17  17   8

  5. STOCKTON                       10   3   1   6  24  27   7

  6. DARLINGTON                     10   2   1   7  11  37   5

  (60 27 6 27 122 122 60)

 

*Newcastle East End became Newcastle United on December 9th, 1892.

Middlesbrough Ironopolis and Newcastle United joined the Football League Division 2 at the end of the season.  Sheffield United were already in the League, had won promotion to Division 1 through the Test Match system and also left the competition.  The Northern League survived, however, becoming a purely amateur  league.

 

1893-1894

 

  1. MIDDLESBROUGH                  14  11   1   2  51  16  23

  2. STOCKTON                       14  10   1   3  41  23  21

  3. SOUTH BANK                     14   8   0   6  36  34  16

  4. DARLINGTON                     14   7   1   6  30  25  15

  5. BISHOP AUCKLAND                14   6   0   8  41  39  12

  6. WHITBY                         14   5   2   7  45  43  12

  7. NORTH SKELTON ROVERS           14   3   1  10  25  52   7

  8. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     14   3   0  11  25  62   6

  (112 53 6 53 294 294 112)

 

1894-1895

 

  1. MIDDLESBROUGH                  18  12   5   1  58  17  29

  2. SOUTH BANK                     18  11   4   3  64  23  26

  3. TOW LAW                        18  10   3   5  59  30  23

  4. DARLINGTON                     18  11   0   7  56  30  22

  5. WHITBY                         18   8   2   8  43  45  18

  6. STOCKTON                       18   8   1   9  44  37  17

  7. BISHOP AUCKLAND                18   7   2   9  42  39  16

  8. HOWDEN RANGERS                 18   6   1  11  40  56  13

  9. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     18   5   3  10  38  66  13

 10. NORTH SKELTON ROVERS           18   1   1  16  16 117   3

  (180 79 22 79 460 460 180)

 

1895-1896

 

  1. DARLINGTON                     16  10   4   2  53  24  24

  2. SOUTH BANK                     16   9   2   5  44  20  20

  3. MIDDLESBROUGH                  16   8   4   4  28  22  20

  4. BISHOP AUCKLAND                16   7   3   6  42  32  17

  5. TOW LAW                        16   5   5   6  23  28  15

  6. WHITBY                         16   6   3   7  23  38  15

  7. STOCKTON                       16   5   3   8  26  30  13

  8. HOWDEN-LE-WEAR                 16   4   3   9  19  36  11

  9. SALTBURN SWIFTS                16   4   1  11  12  40   9

  (144 58 28 58 270 270 144)

 

1896-1897

 

  1. MIDDLESBROUGH                  16  11   4   1  36  15  26

  2. DARLINGTON                     16  10   2   4  54  35  22

  3. SOUTH BANK                     16  10   1   5  32  25  21

  4. STOCKTON                       16   7   3   6  37  24  17

  5. TOW LAW                        16   7   1   8  29  25  15

  6. BISHOP AUCKLAND                16   6   3   7  23  34  15

  7. CROOK TOWN                     16   4   2  10  35  42  10

  8. LEADGATE PARK                  16   4   1  11  27  25   9

  9. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S (-2)16   2   5   9  26  54   7

  (144 61 22 61 299 279 142)

 

Saltburn Swifts resigned from the competition, after playing 13 games, on April 3rd, 1897.  Their record at the time was 13-3-4-6-21-33-10 and the reasons for the withdrawal are unknown.  This departure may be part of the explanation as to why the goals for and goals against columns do not balance.

 

For the three seasons 1897-1898 to 1899-1900 the Northern League operated two divisions.

 

1897-1898

 

Division 1

 

The Division 1 programme was not completed until October 8th, 1898, when Middlesbrough played the last of their outstanding games, at Tow Law.  Three of Boro’s matches had had to be postponed because of a smallpox epidemic in the town during the 1897-98 season.

 

  1. STOCKTON                       16  11   2   3  37  20  24

  2. MIDDLESBROUGH                  16   9   4   3  42  22  22

  3. DARLINGTON                     16   8   2   6  41  31  18

  4. BISHOP AUCKLAND                16   6   4   6  33  35  16

  5. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     16   7   2   7  29  32  16

  6. LEADGATE PARK                  16   5   4   7  23  34  14

  7. SOUTH BANK                     16   5   3   8  34  38  13

  8. TOW LAW                        16   4   4   8  16  24  12

  9. CROOK TOWN                     16   3   3  10  17  36   9

  (144 58 28 58 272 272 144)

 

Division 2

 

  1. HOWDEN-LE-WEAR                 10   5   2   3  17  14  12

  2. DARLINGTON RISE CARR RANGERS   10   5   1   4  22  18  11

  3. LOFTUS                         10   5   1   4  18  17  11

  4. LEADGATE EXILES                10   5   0   5  17  17  10

  5. SHILDON UNITED                 10   4   1   5  15  17   9

  6. BROTTON                        10   3   1   6  14  20   7

  (60 27 6 27 103 103 60)

 

Britannia Rovers were apparently expelled from the league at the end of March.  They had taken one point from 6 games, scoring 6 goals against 25 by that stage.  Darlington Rise Carr Rangers and Leadgate Exiles left at the end of the season, but Scarborough, Stockton St. John’s, Stockton Vulcan, Thornaby, Thornaby Utopians and West Hartlepool were all admitted to Division 2.  There was no promotion or relegation.

 

1898-1899

 

Division 1

 

  1. BISHOP AUCKLAND                16   9   7   0  35  16  25

  2. DARLINGTON                     16  10   3   3  50  29  23

  3. MIDDLESBROUGH                  16   7   4   5  29  27  18

  4. SOUTH BANK                     16   6   6   4  20  21  18

  5. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     16   5   5   6  19  23  15

  6. LEADGATE PARK                  16   4   4   8  25  30  12

  7. STOCKTON                       16   4   4   8  25  31  12

  8. TOW LAW                        16   3   6   7  18  25  12

  9. CROOK TOWN                     16   4   1  11  25  44   9

  (144 52 40 52 246 246 144)

 

Leadgate Park and Middlesbrough left the competition at the end of the season.  Their places in Division 1 were taken by Stockton St. John’s and Thornaby Utopians – the top two sides in Division 2.

 

Division 2

 

  1. STOCKTON ST. JOHN’S***         18  11   5   2  38  11  27

  2. THORNABY UTOPIANS              18  10   4   4  45  21  24

  3. THORNABY                       18  10   1   7  42  28  21

  4. BROTTON*                       17   9   2   6  33  22  20

  5. STOCKTON VULCAN*               17  10   0   7  29  30  20

  6. SHILDON UNITED**               18   7   3   8  21  20  17

  7. WEST HARTLEPOOL                18   6   1  11  23  48  13

  8. SCARBOROUGH**                  18   5   3  10  21  37  13

  9. LOFTUS*                        17   4   3  10  18  41  11

 10. HOWDEN-LE-WEAR*                17   4   2  11  21  33  10

  (176 76 24 76 291 291 176)

 

*Matches definitely not played were Howden-le-Wear v. Brotton and Stockton Vulcan v. Loftus.  **Records include two 0-0 draws for fixtures between Scarborough and Shildon United, but there is extreme doubt as to whether these games actually took place.

***The Final League Table shown in newspapers from the time incorrectly gave Stockton St. John’s record as follows: 18-10-6-2-39-13-26.  This was corrected by the Northern League at the A.G.M..

 

It seems that five games had to be replayed during the season following protests.  There is no record of which games these were or which results counted towards the Final Table shown above.  Howden-le-Wear left the league at the end of the season, but Dorman, Long & Co., Grangetown Athletic and Whitby joined Division 2 to maintain its number of clubs at 10.

 

1899-1900

 

Division 1

 

  1. DARLINGTON                     16  12   3   1  42  16  27

  2. STOCKTON ST. JOHN’S            16  10   3   3  32  17  23

  3. BISHOP AUCKLAND                16   9   2   5  41  21  20

  4. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     16   7   4   5  34  27  18

  5. SOUTH BANK                     16   7   3   6  18  26  17

  6. CROOK TOWN                     16   3   7   6  14  24  13

  7. THORNABY UTOPIANS              16   3   6   7  14  25  12

  8. TOW LAW                        16   3   3  10  23  43   9

  9. STOCKTON                       16   2   1  13  25  44   5

  (144 56 32 56 243 243 144)

 

Division 2

 

  1. WHITBY                         14   9   3   2  49  23  21

  2. THORNABY                       14   8   3   3  29  15  19

  3. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC            14   7   5   2  36  24  19

  4. LOFTUS                         14   6   2   6  23  24  14

  5. WEST HARTLEPOOL                14   6   0   8  28  28  12

  6. SCARBOROUGH                    14   4   3   7  27  34  11

  7. STOCKTON VULCAN                14   4   2   8  20  36  10

  8. BROTTON                        14   3   0  11  20  48   6

  (112 47 18 47 232 232 112)

 

Two clubs withdrew from the Northern League 2nd Division during the season and their records were deleted.  Dorman, Long & Co. Pulled out on November 15th and were followed by Shildon United on January 13th.

 

At the end of the season Brotton, Grangetown Athletic, Loftus, Stockton Vulcan, Thornaby and Tow Law all left the Northern League, leaving membership at 11 clubs.  It was therefore decided to form a single, combined division.

 

1900-1901

 

  1. BISHOP AUCKLAND                20  12   5   3  61  22  29

  2. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     20  10   5   5  37  25  25

  3. DARLINGTON                     20  11   2   7  55  37  24

  4. STOCKTON                       20   8   5   7  34  25  21

  5. CROOK TOWN                     20   7   7   6  38  30  21

  6. SCARBOROUGH                    20   9   3   8  25  28  21

  7. SOUTH BANK                     20   9   3   8  35  45  21

  8. THORNABY UTOPIANS              20   8   2  10  30  37  18

  9. STOCKTON ST. JOHN’S            20   7   3  10  23  35  17

 10. WEST HARTLEPOOL                20   5   5  10  31  37  15

 11. WHITBY                         20   2   4  14  17  65   8

  (220 88 44 88 386 386 220)

 

Thornaby Utopians and Whitby left the competition, but Grangetown Athletic returned after a one season absence.

 

1901-1902

 

  1. BISHOP AUCKLAND                18  12   3   3  48  22  27

  2. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC            18   9   8   1  34  14  26

  3. DARLINGTON                     18   9   4   5  37  22  22

  4. SOUTH BANK                     18   7   6   5  32  23  20

  5. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     18   7   5   6  31  22  19

  6. STOCKTON                       18   6   7   5  25  25  19

  7. CROOK TOWN                     18   5   3  10  29  41  13

  8. WEST HARTLEPOOL                18   5   3  10  24  48  13

  9. SCARBOROUGH                    18   5   3  10  20  35  13

 10. STOCKTON ST. JOHN’S            18   2   4  12  13  41   8

  (180 67 46 67 293 293 180)

 

The ‘A’ teams of Football League clubs Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Sunderland were admitted to the Northern League.  It is believed that in these times, ‘A’ teams were in fact ‘Reserve XIs’ for the 1st team, so there were some high quality professional players plying their trade in the competition.

 

1902-1903

 

  1. NEWCASTLE UNITED ‘A’ (-2)      24  22   0   2 100  14  42

  2. SUNDERLAND ‘A’                 24  18   4   2  93  22  40

  3. MIDDLESBROUGH ‘A’              24  13   7   4  66  30  33

  4. BISHOP AUCKLAND                24  13   3   8  57  35  29

  5. STOCKTON                       24   9   5  10  35  38  23

  6. DARLINGTON                     24  10   3  11  34  50  23

  7. SOUTH BANK                     24   8   6  10  30  44  22

  8. CROOK TOWN                     24   9   4  11  27  41  22

  9. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC            24   8   4  12  34  47  20

 10. STOCKTON ST. JOHN’S (-2)       24   6   5  13  24  52  15

 11. SCARBOROUGH                    24   5   4  15  23  69  14

 12. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     24   4   5  15  21  58  13

 13. WEST HARTLEPOOL                24   3   6  15  27  71  12

  (312 128 56 128 571 571 308)

1903-1904

 

  1. NEWCASTLE UNITED ‘A’           24  19   1   4  97  23  39

  2. BISHOP AUCKLAND                24  17   2   5  55  27  36

  3. SUNDERLAND ‘A’                 24  14   6   4  66  32  34

  4. MIDDLESBROUGH ‘A’              24  12   5   7  56  32  29

  5. STOCKTON                       24  13   2   9  36  34  28

  6. DARLINGTON                     24  11   3  10  48  49  25

  7. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC            24  10   3  11  50  49  23

  8. SOUTH BANK                     24   9   1  14  42  56  19

  9. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     24   8   2  14  30  58  18

 10. SHILDON ATHLETIC*              24   8   2  14  28  54  18

 11. SCARBOROUGH                    24   7   2  15  36  70  16

 12. CROOK TOWN                     24   5   4  15  33  62  14

 13. WEST HARTLEPOOL                24   5   3  16  31  62  13

  (312 138 36 138 608 608 312)

 

*Shildon Athletic’s record includes three losses by Stockton St. John’s.  The ‘Saints’ resigned from the Northern League on October 8th and Athletic stepped in to take over their fixtures.

 

1904-1905

 

  1. NEWCASTLE UNITED ‘A’           24  22   0   2  83  12  44

  2. SUNDERLAND ‘A’ (-2)            24  16   3   5  59  29  33

  3. MIDDLESBROUGH ‘A’              24  13   6   5  69  35  32

  4. DARLINGTON                     24   9   6   9  38  38  24

  5. SHILDON ATHLETIC               24   8   7   9  48  48  23

  6. SOUTH BANK                     24   9   5  10  42  44  23

  7. WEST HARTLEPOOL                24  10   3  11  35  44  23

  8. BISHOP AUCKLAND                24  10   2  12  51  49  22

  9. STOCKTON                       24   8   6  10  32  37  22

 10. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     24   9   4  11  34  43  22

 11. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC            24   8   4  12  36  52  20

 12. SCARBOROUGH                    24   4   5  15  22  60  13

 13. CROOK TOWN                     24   4   1  19  23  81   9

  (312 130 52 130 572 572 310)

 

1905-1906

 

  1. SUNDERLAND ‘A’                 26  21   3   2  90  21  45

  2. NEWCASTLE UNITED ‘A’           26  19   4   3  92  14  42

  3. BISHOP AUCKLAND                26  15   3   8  45  39  33

  4. DARLINGTON                     26  12   7   7  47  47  31

  5. MIDDLESBROUGH ‘A’              26  12   5   9  59  30  29

  6. SOUTH BANK                     26  13   2  11  49  35  28

  7. SHILDON ATHLETIC               26  11   6   9  40  45  28

  8. SPENNYMOOR UNITED              26   8   6  12  34  34  22

  9. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC            26   9   2  15  37  43  20

 10. STOCKTON                       26   7   5  14  32  54  19

 11. CROOK TOWN                     26   7   5  14  33  57  19

 12. WEST HARTLEPOOL (-2)           26   7   5  14  49  65  17

 13. SCARBOROUGH                    26   7   2  17  24  93  16

 14. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S     26   3   7  16  16  70  13

  (364 151 62 151 647 647 362)

 

Middlesbrough ‘A’, Newcastle United ‘A’ and Sunderland ‘A’ all left to join the newly-formed North Eastern League. Leadgate Park joined the competition.

 

1906-1907

 

  1. STOCKTON                        22  17   2   3  44  16  36

  2. SOUTH BANK                      22  14   3   5  46  24  31

  3. CROOK TOWN                      22  12   1   9  41  33  25

  4. LEADGATE PARK                   22  11   2   9  40  34  24

  5. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 22  10   3   9  40  33  23

  6. SPENNYMOOR UNITED               22   9   5   8  28  30  23

  7. DARLINGTON                      22   9   2  11  30  37  20

  8. SHILDON ATHLETIC                22   8   3  11  30  38  19

  9. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC             22   8   1  13  24  39  17

 10. WEST HARTLEPOOL                 22   7   2  13  33  44  16

 11. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      22   6   3  13  32  44  15

 12. SCARBOROUGH                     22   7   1  14  34  50  15

  (264 118 28 118 422 422 264)

 

Shildon Athletic left to join the North Eastern League. Saltburn joined the competition.

 

1907-1908

 

  1. STOCKTON                        22  13   7   2  49  21  33

  2. SOUTH BANK                      22  15   3   4  53  26  33

  3. CROOK TOWN                      22  12   4   6  40  33  28

  4. WEST HARTLEPOOL                 22  10   4   8  40  32  24

  5. SPENNYMOOR UNITED               22  11   2   9  39  36  24

  6. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 22   9   4   9  40  36  22

  7. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      22   9   3  10  32  39  21

  8. SALTBURN                        22   9   2  11  46  47  20

  9. DARLINGTON                      22   9   2  11  39  41  20

 10. LEADGATE PARK                   22   6   4  12  33  43  16

 11. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC             22   3   7  12  21  52  13

 12. SCARBOROUGH                     22   5   0  17  44  70  10

  (264 111 42 111 476 476 264)

 

Darlington and Spennymoor United left to join the North Eastern League. West Auckland and York City joined.

 

1908-1909

 

  1. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 22  14   5   3  67  29  33

  2. SOUTH BANK                      22  15   3   4  61  34  33

  3. STOCKTON                        22  10   6   6  46  29  26

  4. CROOK TOWN                      22  10   6   6  49  40  26

  5. WEST HARTLEPOOL                 22  11   2   9  50  35  24

  6. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC             22   9   3  10  47  53  21

  7. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      22   8   4  10  48  52  20

  8. SCARBOROUGH                     22   9   1  12  45  56  19

  9. SALTBURN                        22   6   6  10  33  42  18

 10. WEST AUCKLAND                   22   6   4  12  32  46  16

 11. YORK CITY                       22   6   3  13  31  73  15

 12. LEADGATE PARK                   22   6   1  15  30  50  13

  (264 110 44 110 539 539 264)

 

Leadgate Park left the competition and were replaced by Knaresborough.

 

1909-1910

 

  1. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 22  15   3   4  67  37  33

  2. SOUTH BANK                      22  13   4   5  50  26  30

  3. STOCKTON                        22  13   3   6  68  34  29

  4. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      22  12   2   8  41  35  26

  5. WEST AUCKLAND                   22   9   4   9  35  35  22

  6. CROOK TOWN                      22   8   4  10  45  43  20

  7. SCARBOROUGH                     22   8   4  10  43  49  20

  8. WEST HARTLEPOOL                 22   8   4  10  32  40  20

  9. KNARESBOROUGH                   22   8   4  10  43  58  20

 10. SALTBURN                        22   7   4  11  28  46  18

 11. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC             22   6   2  14  30  44  14

 12. YORK CITY                       22   4   4  14  36  71  12

  (264 111 42 111 518 518 264)

 

Scarborough and York City left to join the Yorkshire Combination. West Hartlepool also withdrew. Eston United, Leadgate Park and Stanley United joined.

 

1910-1911

 

  1. ESTON UNITED                    22  15   4   3  56  24  34

  2. SOUTH BANK                      22  14   4   4  50  23  32

  3. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 22  13   5   4  67  30  31

  4. STOCKTON                        22  10   6   6  43  27  26

  5. WEST AUCKLAND                   22  10   6   6  39  27  26

  6. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      22   9   4   9  40  41  22

  7. CROOK TOWN                      22   8   4  10  40  48  20

  8. LEADGATE PARK                   22   8   3  11  38  43  19

  9. STANLEY UNITED                  22   6   6  10  29  41  18

 10. SALTBURN                        22   5   5  12  35  51  15

 11. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC             22   4   7  11  13  33  15

 12. KNARESBOROUGH                   22   2   2  18  27  89   6

  (264 104 56 104 477 477 264)

 

Knaresborough left to join the Yorkshire Combination. Willington joined the Northern League.

 

1911-1912

 

  1. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 22  14   6   2  60  28  34

  2. SOUTH BANK                      22  12   5   5  33  18  29

  3. CROOK TOWN                      22  13   3   6  37  24  29

  4. LEADGATE PARK                   22  11   3   8  36  32  25

  5. WILLINGTON                      22  10   3   9  42  36  23

  6. STOCKTON                        22   8   5   9  46  34  21

  7. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      22   8   5   9  44  36  21

  8. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC             22   7   6   9  25  32  20

  9. STANLEY UNITED                  22   8   3  11  27  35  19

 10. ESTON UNITED                    22   7   3  12  33  40  17

 11. WEST AUCKLAND                   22   6   2  14  29  52  14

 12. SALTBURN                        22   4   4  14  20  65  12

  (264 108 48 108 432 432 264)

 

Saltburn and West Auckland left the competition, being replaced by Craghead United and Esh Winning Rangers.

 

1912-1913

 

  1. ESH WINNING RANGERS             22  13   6   3  40  22  32

  2. WILLINGTON                      22  12   4   6  43  26  28

  3. SOUTH BANK                      22  12   4   6  36  23  28

  4. CROOK TOWN                      22  11   5   6  33  23  27

  5. CRAGHEAD UNITED                 22  11   3   8  51  26  25

  6. STOCKTON                        22  10   4   8  34  27  24

  7. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      22   9   5   8  33  28  23

  8. ESTON UNITED                    22   9   5   8  44  43  23

  9. STANLEY UNITED                  22   6   4  12  29  54  16

 10. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 22   5   5  12  37  52  15

 11. GRANGETWON ATHLETIC             22   5   2  15  29  57  12

 12. LEADGATE PARK                   22   3   5  14  32  60  11

  (264 106 52 106 441 441 264)

 

Esh Winning Rangers became Esh Winning. Redcar joined the Northern League.

 

1913-1914

 

  1. WILLINGTON                      24  20   2   2  52  17  42

  2. SOUTH BANK                      24  16   4   4  47  22  36

  3. CROOK TOWN                      24  11   5   8  41  27  27

  4. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      24  11   5   8  35  29  27

  5. CRAGHEAD UNITED                 24  11   3  10  42  36  25

  6. STOCKTON                        24   8   8   8  41  35  24

  7. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 24   9   4  11  38  35  22

  8. STANLEY UNITED                  24   7   7  10  33  36  21

  9. ESTON UNITED                    24   8   5  11  31  38  21

 10. LEADGATE PARK                   24   6   7  11  30  46  19

 11. ESH WINNING                     24   5   8  11  27  42  18

 12. GRANGETOWN ATHLETIC             24   5   7  12  26  52  17

 13. REDCAR                          24   4   5  15  30  58  13

  (312 121 70 121 473 473 312

 

Craghead United and Redcar both left the Northern League at the end of the season. Scarborough re-joined the competition from the Yorkshire Combination.

 

1914-1915

 

  1. CROOK TOWN                      16  12   1   3  36  10  25

  2. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 16  10   4   2  42  13  24

  3. WILLINGTON                      16   8   2   6  37  23  18

  4. LEADGATE PARK                   16   7   4   5  33  22  18

  5. STANLEY UNITED                  16   7   2   7  31  25  16

  6. ESH WINNING                     15   6   2   7  25  30  14

  7. SCARBOROUGH                     16   6   1   9  23  49  13

  8. DARLINGTON ST. AUGUSTINE’S      16   3   1  12  22  51   7

  9. STOCKTON                        15   3   1  11  17  43   7

  (142 62 18 62 266 266 142)

 

Three clubs withdrew from the Northern League during the season - Eston United (December 12th), Grangetwon Athletic (December 12th) and South Bank (January 29th). Their records were deleted. One of the games between Esh Winning and Stockton was not played.

 

1919-1920

 

After the First World War ended the Northern League re-formed in 1919. Two clubs who finished the 1914-1915 season – Darlington St. Augustine’s and Leadgate Park, did not continue. Eston United, Redcar and South Bank re-joined the competition and there were four new entries – Auckland St. Helen’s United, Darlington Railway Athletic, Grangetown St. Mary’s and West Hartlepool St. Joseph’s.

 

  1. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 26  16   6   4  76  23  38

  2. SOUTH BANK                      26  16   6   4  78  27  38

  3. CROOK TOWN                      26  17   4   5  57  24  38

  4. STANLEY UNITED                  26  13   5   8  52  39  31

  5. GRANGETOWN ST. MARY’S           26  11   9   6  51  41  31

  6. WILLINGTON                      26  11   7   8  43  36  29

  7. ESH WINNING                     26  11   4  11  48  34  26

  8. ESTON UNITED                    26   9   6  11  48  51  24

  9. DARLINGTON RAILWAY ATHLETIC     26  10   4  12  45  58  24

 10. REDCAR                          26   9   4  13  38  55  22

 11. WEST HARTLEPOOL ST. JOSEPH’S    26   7   6  13  34  51  20

 12. STOCKTON                        26   5   5  16  44  70  15

 13. AUCKLAND ST. HELEN’S UNITED     26   5   5  16  26  67  15

 14. SCARBOROUGH                     26   5   3  18  30  94  13

  (364 145 74 145 670 670 364)

 

The championship was decided by holding a 3-way play-off between the teams who had finished the regular league season equal on 38 points. The games took place on successive Saturdays, 4th-18th September, 1920, on neutral grounds. Bishop Auckland defeated South Bank 4-2 in the first game, but lost to Crook Town 1-2 in the second match. When South Bank beat Crook 4-0 in the final encounter, the winners were declared champions.

 

1920-1921

 

  1. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 26  19   5   2  71  24  43

  2. STOCKTON                        26  18   3   5  57  43  39

  3. CROOK TOWN                      26  15   4   7  58  39  34

  4. SOUTH BANK                      26  14   6   6  48  38  34

  5. WILLINGTON                      26  14   3   9  52  43  31

  6. DARLINGTON RAILWAY ATHLETIC     26  13   2  11  43  39  28

  7. TOW LAW TOWN (-2)               26  11   7   8  50  32  27

  8. LANGLEY PARK                    26   8   7  11  53  48  23

  9. ESH WINNING                     26   9   5  12  39  39  23

 10. ESTON UNITED                    26   7   8  11  43  51  22

 11. STANLEY UNITED                  26   8   3  15  51  56  19

 12. GRANGETOWN ST. MARY’S           26   6   2  18  30  75  14

 13. REDCAR                          26   5   4  17  22  58  14

 14. SCARBOROUGH                     26   4   3  19  28  60  11

  (364 151 62 151 645 645 362)

 

Grangetown St. Mary’s left the competition at the end of the season. Their place was taken by Cockfield.

 

1921-1922

 

  1. SOUTH BANK                      26  18   6   2  58  23  42

  2. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 26  15   8   3  53  22  38

  3. CROOK TOWN                      26  16   6   4  58  31  38

  4. STOCKTON                        26  13   4   9  59  41  30

  5. COCKFIELD                       26  12   6   8  52  37  30

  6. TOW LAW TOWN                    26  13   4   9  52  38  30

  7. ESH WINNING                     26  12   3  11  39  41  27

  8. WILLINGTON                      26   9   6  11  55  57  24

  9. ESTON UNITED                    26  10   3  13  40  52  23

 10. LANGLEY PARK                    26   8   5  13  34  52  21

 11. DARLINGTON RAILWAY ATHLETIC     26   7   6  13  45  58  20

 12. SCARBOROUGH                     26   4   8  14  39  71  16

 13. STANLEY UNITED                  26   5   3  18  36  64  13

 14. REDCAR                          26   3   6  17  20  53  12

  (364 145 74 145 640 640 364)

 

Redcar left the competition at the end of the season. Their place was taken by Loftus Albion.

 

1922-1923

 

  1. ESTON UNITED                    26  17   3   6  60  41  37

  2. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 26  16   4   6  54  35  36

  3. COCKFIELD                       26  13   4   9  56  40  30

  4. CROOK TOWN                      26  10   8   8  41  43  28

  5. ESH WINNING                     26  12   3  11  48  47  27

  6. LOFTUS ALBION                   26  10   7   9  41  41  27

  7. STOCKTON                        26  11   3  12  49  35  25

  8. TOW LAW TOWN                    26   8   8  10  36  39  24

  9. DARLINGTON RAILWAY ATHLETIC     26  10   3  13  35  40  23

 10. STANLEY UNITED                  26   8   7  11  44  57  23

 11. LANGLEY PARK                    26  11   0  15  45  60  22

 12. SCARBOROUGH                     26  10   1  15  51  52  21

 13. WILLINGTON                      26   9   3  14  37  47  21

 14. SOUTH BANK                      26   9   2  15  36  56  20

  (364 154 56 154 633 633 364)

 

Ferryhill Athletic joined the Northern League, increasing the size of the competition to 15 clubs.

 

1923-1924

 

  1. TOW LAW TOWN                    28  17   6   5  61  34  40

  2. FERRYHILL ATHLETIC              28  15   9   4  69  36  39

  3. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 28  17   3   8  53  33  37

  4. STOCKTON                        28  16   4   8  79  52  36

  5. CROOK TOWN                      28  14   8   6  66  50  36

  6. SOUTH BANK                      28  13   7   8  49  31  33

  7. COCKFIELD                       28  12   5  11  50  43  29

  8. LOFTUS ALBION                   28  11   4  13  42  47  26

  9. ESTON UNITED                    28   9   7  12  56  53  25

 10. SCARBOROUGH                     28   8   9  11  55  55  25

 11. STANLEY UNITED                  28   8   7  13  44  65  23

 12. DARLINGTON RAILWAY ATHLETIC     28   8   6  14  45  69  22

 13. ESH WINNING                     28   6   6  16  36  69  18

 14. LANGLEY PARK                    28   6   4  18  36  69  16

 15. WILLINGTON                      28   5   5  18  33  68  15

  (420 165 90 165 774 774 420)

 

1924-1925

 

  1. TOW LAW TOWN                    28  20   3   5  73  27  43

  2. CROOK TOWN                      28  19   4   5  70  29  42

  3. STOCKTON                        28  15   7   6  54  33  37

  4. BISHOP AUCKLAND                 28  14   4  10  58  37  32

  5. COCKFIELD                       28  10  11   7  50  42  31

  6. WILLINGTON                      28  12   3  13  67  57  27

  7. FERRYHILL ATHLETIC              28  12   3  13  70  60  27

  8. SOUTH BANK                      28  11   5  12  44  42  27

  9. LOFTUS ALBION                   28  12   3  13  50  72  27

 10. SCARBOROUGH                     28  11   2  15  50  45  24

 11. STANLEY UNITED                  28  10   4  14  33  60  24

 12. LANGLEY PARK                    28   9   5  14  31  49  23

 13. ESH WINNING                     28   8   5  15  42  63  21

 14. DARLINGTON RAILWAY ATHLETIC     28   7   6  15  32  71  20

 15. ESTON UNITED                    28   6   3  19  32  69  15

  (420 176 68 176 756 756 420)

 

Darlington Railway Athletic left the Northern League at the end of the season. The club was not replaced.