Miners Show Support

by Scott Thornberry - 28th June 2012

miners show support

The Durham Miners Association has put its support behind a play that portrays a team of pitmen footballers from West Auckland in County Durham, who won the first world cup in 1909.

Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather, which runs the Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday, July 24, until Friday, 27, will be staged to raise money for Darlington 1883, the new football club representing the town.  All profits will go to Darlington 1883.

The play is about a team of miners, who played football in the Northern League, being invited to participate in the inaugural world cup in Turin, Italy. For most of them it was their first time outside the region, they had to sell their family belongings to get there and they didn’t even know if they had jobs to return to after the tournament.

The comedy drama initially played to sell-out crowds at Durham Gala theatre in 2009 to celebrate the centenary of that historic victory before transferring to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal in 2010, where it received standing ovations.

David Hopper, secretary of Durham Miners Association, said: “I saw it at Durham and it’s excellent. It’s about the men and women of a community standing together. We have produced eight advertising banners that will be displayed in Darlington and at the Durham Miners Gala on July 14 and we will be fully supporting the show.”

The Durham Miners Association will also be bringing a mining exhibition to the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, on THIS Friday and Saturday (June 29th & 30) The event is free and will be held in Dolphin Centre foyer.

Having won the cup for the first time in 1909, West Auckland returned to Turin in 1911 to defend their title and beat the mighty Juventus 6-1 in the final.

Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather will run at Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday, July 24, until Friday 27 (including a Thursday matinee). Tickets cost £20 and £15 (concessions/under 16s). All tickets for the Thursday All tickets for the Thursday matinee cost £10. Contact the box office on 01325 486555.

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fozzovmurton - 28th June 2012 09:07:57

Is this the stage version of the tv programme A Captains Tale that starred Dennis Waterman???

Tori_Gill - 28th June 2012 09:24:57

They are so canny the guys from the Miners Association too. Their help is hugely appreciated and they are so enthusiastic. I'm away this Friday and Saturday so I can't go but I'm taking some things down today.

jacka1960 - 28th June 2012 10:54:14

fozzovmurton wrote:Is this the stage version of the tv programme A Captains Tale that starred Dennis Waterman???
Been a fan of that programe since I first watched it on TV and have a betamax (yes!!) and dvd version.....
" a kick aboot??? you kna' my theory on that!!!"

...now if WAFC can beat Turin, surely Darlington 1883 can beat adversity :)

Mr_Tibbs - 28th June 2012 12:34:48

It's on YouTube now. I watched it not too long ago - great stuff.

Fatty eats roadkill - 28th June 2012 14:51:39

Durham miners gala next month.

For the benefit of darlo George it's in DURHAM!

Get yourselves along people and show your support!

fozzovmurton - 28th June 2012 16:25:10

Fatty eats roadkill wrote:Durham miners gala next month.

For the benefit of darlo George it's in DURHAM!

Get yourselves along people and show your support!
I am heading to the Miners Gala for the first time in a few years, got my auntie heading over from Belfast, when is it anyway is it next weekend(7th July) or the 14th???

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Fatty eats roadkill - 28th June 2012 17:09:00

14th!

Unfortunately I will be in Marrakech however our branch have made a donation to it out of our meagre funds and we shall have a presence there!

Up the workers!

Tori_Gill - 28th June 2012 21:49:22

Tomorrow and Saturday some of the volunteers will be in the dolphin centre and will be bringing with them a mini miners exhibition. They have been exceptional and have also donated banners to us and are desperate for the alf Ramsay play to really be a success.

If anyone is in town tomorrow, can we make an effort to go in and see it, situated just near the main staircase and the volunteers from the association will be thrilled!

Talking about mining, the Durham gala is on 14th July and we have banners to promote our okay, any slight chance we could have some volunteers to go there and hold the banners. It's about 4 people needed per banner.

I'm in my iPhone, excuse the mistakes.

uncovered - 28th June 2012 21:55:37

Tori_Gill wrote:I'm in my iPhone, excuse the mistakes.

you're excused, must be a tight squeeze in there, bet you can hardly move your arms to type!

fozzovmurton - 28th June 2012 23:02:01

Tori_Gill wrote:Tomorrow and Saturday some of the volunteers will be in the dolphin centre and will be bringing with them a mini miners exhibition. They have been exceptional and have also donated banners to us and are desperate for the alf Ramsay play to really be a success.

If anyone is in town tomorrow, can we make an effort to go in and see it, situated just near the main staircase and the volunteers from the association will be thrilled!

Talking about mining, the Durham gala is on 14th July and we have banners to promote our okay, any slight chance we could have some volunteers to go there and hold the banners. It's about 4 people needed per banner.

I'm in my iPhone, excuse the mistakes.
I am going to the Miners Gala will keep a look out for any banners we have out

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fozzovmurton - 29th June 2012 17:42:14

Tori_Gill wrote:Tomorrow and Saturday some of the volunteers will be in the dolphin centre and will be bringing with them a mini miners exhibition. They have been exceptional and have also donated banners to us and are desperate for the alf Ramsay play to really be a success.

If anyone is in town tomorrow, can we make an effort to go in and see it, situated just near the main staircase and the volunteers from the association will be thrilled!

Talking about mining, the Durham gala is on 14th July and we have banners to promote our okay, any slight chance we could have some volunteers to go there and hold the banners. It's about 4 people needed per banner.

I'm in my iPhone, excuse the mistakes.
Are the banners going to be carried through Durham, with the rest of the the pit banners or are we setting up a stall on The Racecourse

A66 - 29th June 2012 20:21:49

When Darlington north Road railway works was put up for closure in the late 60's. Darlo' railwaymen asked the Durham Miners to come out in support. They would not. it cost Darlington around 6,000 direct and indirect jobs !!!
Stupid pit villagers did not comprehend that the finish of steam train building in Darlo and the move to diesel traction would mean less demand for uk coal. At the start of the seventies Labour started to close the pits, until the Tories completed the job. The miners asked the railwaymen and many other industries to come out in support of them many times during this decade.
I'm sure many true Darlo folk & families with railway history will join me is saying the Miners support is not welcome in this town and that they can go to HELL!
The sooner Darlington 1883 are back in this market / railway town the better. I am sure many will come around to this way of thinking once we see the vitriol that will be aimed in our direction when we visit these backward locations who regard us as posh & unfreindly Darlington ( Note - i have pit village relations ) !!!.

Christophano - 29th June 2012 21:04:49

A66 wrote:I'm sure many true Darlo folk & families with railway history will join me is saying the Miners support is not welcome in this town and that they can go to HELL!
Erm, no, I'll welcome their support.

Anonymous - 30th June 2012 00:01:03

I welcome their support, I`m from pit mining stock, Durham born and bred, all of my male relatives from the generation above me were pit miners and I know full well the hell they were put through, please note that the opinion of A66 is his alone. We are all entitled to our own opinions so do not attempt to speak on behalf of all of us thankyou.

fozzovmurton - 30th June 2012 00:19:48

charlie wrote:I welcome their support, I`m from pit mining stock, Durham born and bred, all of my male relatives from the generation above me were pit miners and I know full well the hell they were put through, please note that the opinion of A66 is his alone. We are all entitled to our own opinions so do not attempt to speak on behalf of all of us thankyou.
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