Nevin, Ralph

Birth Date

6th June 1888


Consett, County Durham



Biographical Text

Ralph Nevin, from Lintz Colliery in County Durham, joined Exeter City from Gateshead and made seven Southern League appearances during 1912/1913. He died in a colliery accident at the age of fifty-one.

He came from a well-known footballing family of five brothers who all played football on a professional or semi-professional basis. As a schoolboy he played centre-forward and centre-half for Lintz Rovers as his local club won the Stanley and District League four years in succession. When the team broke up, he switched to Lintz Institute before joining Gateshead as a semi-professional whilst continuing to work as a miner. 

Developing into a well-built full-back, he joined Exeter City in the summer of 1912 and made his debut in the third game of the season against Merthyr Tydfil on 14 September 1912. Never establishing himself in the side he made just six more appearances before leaving St James’ Park at the end of the season. 

Moving back to the North East he returned to the mining industry as a goal hewer and was killed by falling rock in September 1939 at the age of fifty-one. 

His son George played in 26 league games for Burnley in addition to making a handful of appearances for each of Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United.





Phil Wright

Results of my research using 'find My past':

Grecian archive shows dob 13/11/1880, one of 5 brothers

However; record of baptism shows dob 6/6/1888 and baptised 15/7/1888 at Burnopfield, Co Durham. (Just north of Tanfield and close to Beamish museum)

Father (a butcher) also Ralph and mother Catherine

1901 census, residing;

Garibaldi Street, Lintz Colliery, Tanfield, Lanchester, Durham

Shows brothers William b1885, Fred, 1887, John 1891 & George 1893 plus sister Mary 1890.

1911 census of father shows there were 6 children in total and all still living at that time.

Ralph Jnr married Annie Nevins q/e Dec 1907 Gateshead district.

No trace of Ralph in 1911 census. On his way to St James Park?!

Newspaper article shows he was killed working in a coal mine in 1939.


Newcastle Journal 22 September 1939


The 1939 register which was taken later that month shows his widow Annie living at 16 Myrtle Grove Burnopfield. With her are probably daughter Doris Ellen Swinbank, sons Henry, Alexander and George.


George also became a footballer, ( entry from Sheffield Independent 1930.)






Janice Lynch

This is my grandfather whom I never met.

Roger Nevin

This is my grandfather Ralph whom i never met. He also became North West Durham Snooker Champion in 1923 and was presented with a beautifully engraved 9ct Gold medal.

Ralph had a brother called Octavious who was a bookmaker who lived at Chopwell and he was an exceptional Billiard player of local renown.I believe he played Joe Davis and Walter Lindrum (both World Champions)for money behind closed doors !

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