With the humour, absurdity and endurance of the Non-League experience described alongside stirring tales of Spartans’ ability to shake the football establishment, this is no mere football book.
This is a social history, containing tales of terrible individual tragedy, remarkable collective triumphs, supporters’ loyalty in the face of adversity and of players reaching heights beyond their wildest dreams.
From floundering then thriving in the chaotic conditions of Edwardian football, being a vital hotbed of player development and emerging from despair to become
“The most famous Non-League football club in the world” –
as well as the unforgettable resurgence of the Blyth Spirit, which saw Premiership opposition at Croft Park – We’re the Famous Blyth Spartans brings to life the characters and events that have shaped the club throughout history.
This is an essential purchase not only for Blyth Spartans supporters, but for everyone curious about the development of the game in the North East.
Those interested in the long-standing rivalries with Ashington, Bedlington, Whitley Bay, North Shields, South Shields, Gateshead and many other clubs will get a lot from the history of the game in those towns and how it has produced countless memorable clashes with Spartans over the decades.
The blog has been quieter than planned or hoped for of late but that is partly due to having been asked to help with the book and the final push to ‘put it to bed’.
I have to say from what I’ve seen and read the research that has gone into the book is simply astounding and it doesn’t surprise me that it has taken so many years to produce.
The work and especially the time put in by author Ken Sproat deserves high praise especially for his dedication to create the clubs first official history and what he has produced is a must read for everybody from Blyth.
The team is an integral part of the town’s history and will rightly sit alongside the other books about the town’s history, Spartans fans both young and old will be enthralled it will bring back some specially memories for all.
- The cover we have produced is being kept under wraps until the books release but is one that encompasses the clubs long & proud history, the above image & text is from the advert currently running in the official matchday programme.