Founded in 1889 the Northern League is the roots of Newcastle United as it was there that Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End plied their trade.
Following promotion in 1892, second to Middlesbrough Ironopolis, the newly formed "Newcastle United" entered the "Football League Division 2".
At one stage there were three teams from Newcastle in the league, East End and West End of course, but there was also Elswick Rangers.
The Northern League is still a thriving league and as such is the second oldest football league in the world. Currently it has two divisions and is open to semi-professional and amateur teams alike.
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