How it all started
The club was founded in 1972 when a group of enthusiasts got together in a local public house and formed a football club. This was called Chester-le-Street Garden Farm, after the pub in which the idea germinated. The club entered the Newcastle City Amateur League that same year, and played on a pitch in Low Fell, Gateshead, because no grounds were available in Chester-le-Street. However, after one season they were allotted a pitch at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street. This was to be their home until 1977.
In 1975 the Cestrians joined the Washington League, winning the Championship, the Durham Minor Cup and the Washington A.M. Cup. By then flourishing, Garden Farm moved to the Sacriston C.W. ground, were admitted to the Wearside League in 1977, and changed their name to Chester-le-Street Town F.C. the following year. Over the next few years they won the Championship and the Monkwearmouth Cup on two occasions. In 1980 the club moved to its present home at Moor Park. The club was admitted into the Northern League in 1983 and won the Championship of the Second Division at the first attempt and gained promotion to the First Division.
Welcome to Moor Park
When the club first moved to this ground in 1978 it had only dressing rooms located away from the playing area and a perimeter fence around the pitch. Up to date over £200k and many man hours has been spent bringing the ground up to the Northern League standards, so that now there is a 200 seater stand, covered terracing for 500, uncovered terrace, hard standing all round and floodlights to the minimum 120 lux requirement.
New dressing rooms and spectator toilets, including disabled facilities, were built in the summer of 2000.
There are facilities for spectator refreshments and a clubhouse, with plans Approved for a new clubhouse development, funding is to be sought for this project in the near future.
The club now boasts a new 3G Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) allowing players of all ages to train in a safe and floodlit environment. The MUGA pitch is also available for hire to outside organisations and individuals.
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- Wearside League Champions 1980/81
- Runners-up 1982/83
- Monkwearmouth Cup Winners 1980/81 & 1981/82
- Northern League Division 2 Winners 1983/84 & 1997/98
- Durham Challenge Cup Runners-up 2006-07
- Ernest Armstrong Cup Runners-up 2009-10