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Federations within the North of England Homing Union...
Author: Jan LombardTitle: Federations within the North of England Homing Union
Date: 2004-09-28 12:37:35Uploaded by: webmaster
Very few collectors pay much attention to the one, two or three letters found on NEHU rings. It is most probably disregard as just part of another alphanumerical numbering system. Nothing could be further from the truth, as this letter or letters indicate the different federations within the Union.

Prior to the use of plastic coated rings, rolled end aluminum rings with embossed letters were issued – typical to the period. One anodized aluminum ring with engraved letters, similar to a fancy pigeon ring, turned up so far – a blue ring with NEHU 64 S engraved onto it. The engraving is filled with white paint. Modern day NEHU rings are typical racing homer rings – clear plastic over aluminum inside with a coloured paper insert in between; or coloured plastic coating and a white paper insert. Sometimes it is rather difficult to distinguish which system was used. Prior and up to 1983 they used a different supplier, or the rings were made with different tooling. In 2002 they switched back to the pre-84 supplier/tooling again. This is evident from the difference in appearance of the plastic coatings on the rings.

I will now list all the different NEHU initials together with the federations’ names. I will also write down the years observed so far in my collection. As always, I am asking group members to let us know if you have other years. The NEHU used two digit years up until 1990. 1991 and 1992 seams to be the change over years during which some federations had two digit and others 4 digit dates. I have yet so see a 1993 or later dated NEHU ring with the year printed in two digits.

NEHU A unknown
NEHU AP Anfield Plain Federation
NEHU BOR Border Federation
NEHU BV Northcumberland Premier Federation
NEHU CC unknown
NEHU CD Coquetdale Federation
NEHU CF Cockfield Federation
NEHU CLS Chester-Le-Street Federation: 1994
NEHU CON Consett Federation: 1991
NEHU CR Crook & District Federation: 84;
HEHU DAR Darlington & District Federation: 88; 1992; 1999; 2000;
NEHU DC Durham County Federation; Durham Central Federation ; or Darlington Central Federation? : 84; 85; 1999;
NEHU DM unknown: 85; 87; 89;
NEHU DV Deerness Valley Federation
NEHU E unknown: 75 (aluminum);
NEHU EC East Cleveland Federation: 88; 89; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2002;
NEHU GF Gates Head Federation: 81; 88; 1992; 1995; 1996; 2000; 2001; 2002;
NEHU HAR Hartlepool Federation: 84; 86; 87; 88; 90; 1991; 1992; 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998;
NEHU HET Hetton Federation: 1991; 1994;
NEHU HOU Houghton Federation
NEHU MDS Mid. Durham South Federation: 90; 1993; 1995;
NEHU MT Mid. Tyne Federation
NENH N Newcastle Federation: 72; 73; 78; 87; 90; 1991; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002;
NEHU NEC North East Counties Federation: 82; 1994; 1999; 2000; 2002;
NEHU NOR Northcumberland Federation: 84; 85; 87; 88; 90; 1991; 1993; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1999;
NEHU NP New Castle West Progressive Federation: 90; 1991; 1994; 1995
NEHU NPA unknown; 84; 85;
NEHU NW unknown: 80; 83; 85; 86; 87; 89; 90; 1991; 1992; 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000;
NEHU NY North Yorks Federation: 85: 87; 88; 89; 90; 1991; 1992; 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000;
NEHU P unknown: 80;
NEHU S unknown: 64 (engraved blue anodized aluminum ring)
NEHU SAC Sacriston Federation: 82; 84; 1992; 1996;
NEHU SED South East Durham Federation: 1997; 2000;
NEHU SHOT Shotton Colliery Federation: 86; 91;
NEHU SP Sunderland Premier Federation: 84; 85; 86; 87; 89; 90; 1992; 1993; 1997; 1999;
NEHU SPGR Sunderland Premier Gold Ring Scheme
NEHU SS South Shields Federation: 83; 87; 88; 1991; 1992; 1996; 1997; 2000; 2001; 2002;
NEHU STF unknown; 92; 1994;
NEHU SUN Sunderland & District Federation
NEHU TD Tyne & Derwent Federation: 88; 1992; 1995; 1999;
NEHU TEE Teeside Federation: 87; 88; 89; 90; 91; 92; 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999; 2000; 2001; 2002;
NEHU TN Tynermouth North Federation: 87; 1991; 1992; 1993; 1994; 1995; 1997; 1998; 2000;
NEHU TR Trimdon & District Federation: 1999;
NEHU TW unknown: 86; 87; 88; 89; 90;
NEHU W unknown: 72; 75; 77;
NEHU WAN Wansbeck Federation: 87;
NEHU WD West Durham Federation: 90; 1995;
NEHU X West Durham Amal Ring Scheme
NEHU Y unknown: 69;
NEHU Z sold to independent clubs: 77; 79; 83; 88; 89; 1993; 1995; 1996; 1997; 1999;


Jan Lombard



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