Ground Guide: Jarrow FC

Established in 1980, Jarrow FC’s senior team have played in the Wearside League since the 1991-92 season, winning the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup a decade later. After finishing runners-up behind New Marske in 2007-08, Davy Bell’s side have finished fifth in two of the last three Wearside League seasons. Among those who’ve graduated from the club’s youth teams are Mansfield Town’s Stephen Istead – once the youngest player to turn out for Hartlepool United before moves to Gateshead, Consett and Peterhead – ex-Falkirk striker Carl Finnigan and brothers Steven and Phil Turnbull, who have since played for York City, Gateshead and Hartlepool United.

Admission to games is £2 (£1 concessions) with free parking available next to the entrance. There are no stands or seating and the only cover is provided by the perspex tunnel which links the two community centre buildings and serves as a makeshift turnstile. There’s no food or drink at the ground itself but there are shops nearby and you can find real ales from the award winning Jarrow Brewery at the Robin Hood pub, a ten-minute walk away. Perth Green is easily reached by public transport with Brockley Whins Metro Station within a few minutes of the ground. If you’re coming from Newcastle, turn left on the bridge over the tracks, take your first left through the pedestrian cut and then take another left on Inverness Road, following it round until you see the Perth Green sign. The post code is NE32 4AQ. Stagecoach bus services link the ground to South Shields.

Nearby visitor attractions include the Anglo-Saxon St Paul’s Church and Bede’s World. There’s an excellent history of football in Jarrow (including an FA Cup defeat at Goodison Park) here.

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