Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Barcelona Comes to County Durham

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Barcelona Comes to County Durham

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AN amateur football club in County Durham is playing in colours inspired by one of the world's most famous teams, thanks to the two sides' historic links.

Crook Town FC, in the Arngrove Northern League second division, wore their new strip, based on the design of Barcelona, in Spain, for the first time at the weekend.

The County Durham club recently rekindled ties with the Catalan club, after officials visited the Nou Camp earlier this year.

In 1913, Crook played against Barcelona to help establish football in an area where the main sport was bullfighting, and toured the area again in 1921 and 1922.

Barca's first official coach was Jack Greenwell, a Crook man who remains the club's second longest-serving manager.

Crook Town chairman Steve Buddle was one of the club representatives who met Barcelona counterparts in February.

He said: "The new shirts are to celebrate the link-up with Barcelona. We thought it would be a nice idea as we are very proud of the history between the two teams. …

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