AFC was formed in the 1918/19 season, when for that
year only, it operated in the old Victory League that
was formed in celebration of the end of the World War
The club had an eventful first few years leaping from
one league to another, starting with the North Eastern
League in 1919/20, where they played for two seasons
before being admitted to Division Three North.
Durham played in that league until 1928, when they failed
to gain re-election and were forced to rejoin the North
Eastern League. The club stayed in this division until
1938, when due to financial problems, it was force to
Other than a short period in the Wearside League in 1938, the club did not reform until 1950 but had successfully
gained admission to the Northern League by 1952.
Since its formation, the club has occupied five different
grounds; Garden House Park, Kepier Heughs, Holiday Park,
Ferens Park and their current ground, Archibalds Stadium
which is situated at Belmont on the outskirts of the city.
This stadium has been purpose built, and boasts a two-storey
clubhouse and a 300-seater stand along a covered area
for 600 standing spectators.
Over the years Durham City AFC has won numerous honours
including, D.F.A. Benevolent Bowl (1955/56), D.F.A. Challenge Cup (1971/72), Northern League
Championship (1993/94), Northern League Division
2 Championship (1998/99) and the Northern League