History of Gateshead Fell RFC

Originally formed as Bensham RFC in the 1870s.

Bensham RFC was one of the seven clubs that founded the Durham County Rugby Football Union (DCRFU) on 10 October 1876.

The other clubs were

  • Darlington
  • Durham University
  • Houghton
  • Stockton
  • Sunderland
  • Westoe

Unfortunately records of the original Bensham club have been lost. However on 25 May 1907 a General Meeting was held, the minutes of the meeting are reproduced here:-



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