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The deep affection and rich memories of families for the Jesmond Ground has led to many forms of memorials: ashes are scattered on the wicket, graves are requested in the adjoining cemetery as close to the ground as possible, and there are also dozens of Memorial Benches, many of which have been providing a comfortable view of the Ground for decades.
The stories are now being gathered and will be shared here from the 14 July – the 125th anniversary of the first match at the Jesmond Ground. In addition the pupils of West Jesmond Primary school are recording the stories, with the assistance of Jesmond Local reporters. You can listen to them in audio – either from your computer or on an audio player as you sit on the benches around the Ground. The recordings are available here, by clicking:
Some of the oldest benches are dedicated to F.G.H. Clayton. There are six around the ground, their inscriptions so old that at first they can be hard to spot. These mark the contribution of the first captain when the County team became based at what was then a very new Ground. He went on to serve the club for more than fifty years.
If you know any background, or even better, know any relatives, please do get in touch. Inscriptions are so old that at first they can be hard to spot. These mark the contribution of the first captain when the County team became based at what was then a very new Ground. He went on to serve the club for more than fifty years.
This is the full list of the memorial benches.
You can send your stories, pictures or information to firstname.lastname@example.org.