Football teams have been around in Bedlington since the early 1900`s. The present club was formed in 1949 under the name of Bedlington Mechanics joining the Northern Combination league.
The first honour for the new era was the Northumberland Minor Cup in season 1953/54 and they followed this up with their only Northern Combination title in 1954/55. During these years they changed their name from Mechanics to Colliery Town and then as Bedlington Colliery Welfare they joined the Northern Alliance League in 1955/56.
They spent 8 seasons in this league before disbanding at the end of the 1962/63 season. During this spell they won their first Northern Alliance League Cup and played their home games at West Sleekburn `A` Pit. In 1965 the club reformed as Bedlington Colliery Welfare and moved to Milnes Park, staying there three seasons before moving to their present location at Dr. Pit Welfare Park. In the 1966/67 season the club did the “double” in the Northern Alliance League and in 1969/70 won their third League Cup final.
At the end of the 1970/71 season the Terriers had to leave the Northern Alliance and played in a number of minor local leagues until 1979/80. They joined the Tyneside Amateur League under the name of Bedlington United and in 1980/81 were re-admitted to the Northern Alliance League.
They won their fourth Northern Alliance League Cup in 1981/82 and in the next season were elected as founder members of the Northern League Second Division, winning promotion to the First Division in 1984/85 as runners-up. They finished runners-up in their first year, but were soon relegated in the next.
The club spluttered along in the next few seasons and early in 1993 faced the real prospect of going out of business, bottom of the division and having their fixtures suspended for a month. Bedlington stalwart Billy Ward, with almost 40 years at the helm, approached local businessmen, Dave and Keith Perry, and asked them to mount a rescue operation.
With extinction ruled out, the renamed Terriers stormed back, winning the 2nd Division title the very next season. Sadly, Billy Ward had departed this worldand missed this renaissance, although his memory still burns bright at the club.
Consolidation followed and gradually the tide turned. In 1996/97 the club marched to St. James` Park and picked up the NFA Senior Cup beating Morpeth Town 2 – 0 in the final. The same season saw them win the Northern League Cup by defeating Billingham Synthonia 3 – 0.
By 1997/98 it got even better as the Terriers ran away with the First Division title by a clear 12 points scoring 120 goals in only 38 games. They completed the season by retaining the NFA Senior Cup, defeating Blyth Spartans 2 – 1 in the final, at St. James` Park.
The 1998/99 was Bedlingtons 50th year since the club was formed and what a season it was. It started with a Cleator Cup win over Dunston Fed and continued with a march to the second round proper of the F.A. Cup after defeating Colchester United of the Football League Division two 4 -1 in round one before finally falling away at Scunthorpe, where the “Woof Woof Terriers” chant was born.. The league title was retained with ease, with 26 points to spare, 128 goals and 101 points.
The other story of the season was the march of the Terriers to Wembley Stadium for the final of the F.A. Carlsberg Vase, a day in the clubs history never to be forgotten. The Terriers took on Tiverton Town in the F.A. Vase final, only to succumb to a last minute defeat, but with an open top bus ride to follow, on their return, 1998/99 was definitely the year that the Terriers put themselves firmly on the footballing map.
The coming seasons were still successful, but a return trip to the F.A. Vase final was just that little too far out of reach with Quarter Final and Semi Final appearances still ensuring they were one of the top sides at that level in the country.
Meanwhile, the Northern League title , in total, was won for five consecutive seasons, equalling the run of Blyth Spartans long before them. Along with Northern League titles, Bedlington also won the League Cup in 2001 and the Northumberland Senior Cup in 2002 and 2004.
Bedlington then entered a very dark few months which almost saw the club disappear completely towards the end of the 2005/06 season, there was a mass exodus – including the successful management duo of Keith Perry and Tony Lowery. The club had Chairman, David Holmes, and local businessman Graeme Redpath to thank for steadying the ship in 2006/07 when circumstances looked bleak at the Northumberland club but still saw the Terriers plummet down the table. Under the guidance of manager Tom Wade, their teens somehow staved off relegation in 2007, a late surge ensuring that they finished just outside the bottom two. However, by November, things had not progressed as hoped and Tom Wade left the club. A week later it was announced that the management duo of Perry and Lowery were back to help the Terriers climb the table once again.
Their fortunes were thought to be improved considerably in 2010 by the sponsorship of Robert Rich, a wealthy American tycoon who had discovered ancestral roots in the town.
Relative safety , on and off the field, was the minimum achieved in recent years, the highest finish being a relatively lofty seventh in both 2009/10 and 2011/12.
After finishing 7th in Division 1 of the Northern League at the end of season 2011/12 and after a few years of consolidation, Holmes, stepped down , with local businessman and current Chairman Ronan Liddane – a former player at Blyth Spartans and Blue Star and manager at Crook Town – taking the reins in the boardroom.
However, with the club flirting with relegation, and Perry and Lowery having left, the Terriers only avoided the drop by just six points in 2013/14, and by seven points one year later in 2014/15. The club parted company with manager Gary Innes who was replaced by Andy Ferrell, an ex-pro with the likes of Newcastle United, Watford and Gateshead
The Terriers finally succumbed to relegation at the end of season 2015/16 under the management of Andy and at the same time, Rich Products also stopped their sponsorship of the club. A “Double Whammy”
After a poor start to this season, 2016/17, Andy was replaced by the experienced Paddy Atkinson who, with the help of Keith Brown and Jason Jones have revitalised performances with the introduction of a host of new players, whilst retaining some important members of the existing squad, and new playing and training systems, which have resulted in an improvement in results and a greater interest off the field from local supporters, a number of whom have now joined the Committee for what we hope will be the start of a new successful future for the Terriers both on and off the field.