Rothbury Football Club is based at Armstrong Park, a picturesque sports ground in the heart of Northumberland. It is the perfect setting for free flowing football.
Situated on the northern bank of the fabled river Coquet and overlooking the famous Cragside estate of Victorian industrial titan Baron William Armstrong, the pitch sits in a natural amphitheatre of hills and woodlands and offers stunning panoramic views of historic countryside.
It is arguably one of the finest places to play football – or spend a Saturday afternoon as a spectator – in north east England.
Having previously played at Union Park (today Rothbury Middle School sports fields), a pitch down by the Lady’s Bridge, and starting out at Brewery Field in the village (presumably at the back of Brewery Lane), the club moved to Armstrong Park in April 1949. The cost of removing the turf, levelling the ground and laying the pitch cost around £500, with Tommy Ballantyne securing most of this by holding weekly whist drives.
Newcastle United also donated £25 towards the cost. The pitch at Armstrong Park was used to host annual Coquetdale League v Newcastle United fixtures to raise League funds and was also used for Cup Finals for the competition.
England legend Sir Bobby Charlton played on the pitch for Northumberland County Juniors and a veteran Chris Waddle appeared on the turf for a visiting side in the North Northumberland League.
The current clubhouse and pavilion were opened in August 1979 by Lord Armstrong and, along with the pitch and its impressive playing surface, have been wonderfully maintained by dedicated volunteers ever since.
In 2019, exciting new development plans for Armstrong Park were unveiled by the Club.