Bishop Auckland are a football club who wear blue and sky blue chequered shirts with blue shorts and socks. The club have won the FA Amateur Cup on several occasions and the Northern League Division One over twenty times.
Bishop Auckland Football Club are based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England. They currently play in the Northern League Division One. Up until 2001, they played at one of the countries oldest football grounds, Kingsway, Bishop Auckland. The club moved out of Kingsway with plans to move into a 10,000 capacity stadium to be built at Tindale Crescent near Bishop Auckland, although this has been scaled down since the original plans. They currently play their football at Dean Street, Shildon, which is home of Shildon AFC while they wait for their new ground at Tinsdale to be built. The new ground will benefit from a set of floodlights donated by Manchester United, who are replacing the lighting at Old Trafford, in recognition of Bishop Auckland's loan of three players in 1958 following the Munich air disaster.
Football in Bishop Auckland can be traced back to 1882 when theological students from Cambridge and Oxford Universities studying at Auckland Castle, formed a team known as Bishop Auckland Church Institute. The founding students chose Cambridge and Oxford Blue as the club's colours to reflect the origins of the new team. A later dispute caused a breakaway team called Auckland Town in 1886 and it was from this dispute that Bishop Auckland Football Club was eventually born.
Soon after its formation, the club chose royal blue with white facings and subsequently changed to the more familiar light and dark blue colours of the original Church Institute, representing the colours of Oxford and Cambridge, and the origins of football in Bishop Auckland. They are one of the most successful amateur sides, having won the old FA Amateur Cup on 10 occasions from 1896 to 1957. They have won the Northern League Division One title 19 times and have won various other competitions throughout their history including reaching the 4th round of the FA cup in 1954 which is their best performance.