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5 a side

A well-established competition, which has been an important part of the season's programme of football, is the Indoor 5 a Side. The first competition was played in season 1978-79, with Birtley East crowned as the first winners of the trophy

Played in January/February, the competition offers schools a chance to get back into football following the winter break. For most of the time, the competition was played at Park View Sports Hall but, latterly, has been held at Birtley Leisure Centre

As an added incentive, the winning school represent Chester-le-Street Association in the Durham County semi finals and, hopefully, the county final. Teams from our association have often achieved success in the county finals as seen below

Durham County Winners from Chester-le-Street Association

1981-82      Birtley East

1991-92      Pelton Roseberry

1996-97     Sacriston

1998-99     Bullion Lane

1999-00    Finchale

2001-02    Cestria

2004-05   Lumley

2011-12       St Margarets

2017-18      Red Rose

2018-19     St Margaret's

Competition 2024:
Played at Park View Sports Hall on Thursday February 1st

Final 2023

Bulllion Lane's highly successful team in 1998-99 won a range of trophies including the 5 a side. Here they are with their enthusiastic teacher at the time, Mr Edwin Seeley

Competition History

The table below shows the past winners of the competition, who went on to be Chester le Street representatives at County level.

5 a Side winners in 2000-01 



5 a Side winners in 2018-19

St Margarets

and winning the County final below.

5 a Side winners in 2011-12

St Margarets

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