"They've rounded up a load o' kids to make on they were playing footy in front of the pit heaps."

North East pit heap
Creative Commons AttributionNorth East pit heap - Credit: Sunderland Public Libraries
Until the Aberfan disaster of 1966, most mining villages had huge spoil heaps overlooking them like dark hills - waste pulled out from underground and piled up until they dominated the landscape. Children would often play on them, and in Ashington there was indeed a football field near the foot of the pit heap at the Recreation ground.