Derbyshire Record Office

Colliery companies offered many activities to their workers in an attempt to promote the health and welfare of their workers. Sports were a popular way of doing this, ranging from the more usual football and cricket, to more unusual ones such as hockey, tennis and fishing. Welfare grounds were a common feature in pit villages, including space for sports to be played not just by the employees, but also by their families.

Today, football is probably the most famous activity that miners were known to take part in, other than the brass bands that often still keep their colliery title, long after the closure of the collieries they once played for. The football played by miners paved the way to the professional leagues and teams we know today. Many miners who played football went onto have a successful career, not just for their own colliery’s non-professional teams, but for the…

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