Tuesday 3rd October 2017 brought the sad news that legendary striker, Les Mutrie had lost his long battle with cancer.
Les scored 58 goals in 86 appearances for the club and was the idol of many Blyth fans.
His flamboyant goalscoring feats of the 70’s and early 80’s famously earned him transfer to Hull City in December 1980 after 3 epic FA Cup battles with them.
During his time with the club he won a Northern League title in 1979/80 and the Northern League Cup 1978/79.
In May 1979 he became the first Spartan to play for the England Semi Professional team and also the first Northern League player to represent his country at Semi Professional level.
Les finished top scorer in the entire 1980/81 FA Cup season with 7 goals, his prize from the FA ?……………………a magazine!
Les started his career with Northern League Ashington in 1972/73 season before joining Gateshead United in 1974.
The NPL club when they went bust at the end of the 76/77 season and Carlisle United stepped in to sign him, but injury curtailed a professional career and he was released he joined reformed Gateshead FC in 1978.
He joined Blyth from Gateshead United in March 1979, scoring on his debut on 31st March 1979 in a 1-1 draw with Bishop Auckland and on his final appearance on 22nd December 1980 in 1-2 FA cup defeat by Hull City at Elland Road.
Hull were so impressed they immediately signed him for £30,000 at the time it was record fee paid by a League club for a for a Non League player
Les was so popular with the Hull City fans they nickname him ‘Sir Les’, after he scored in 9 consecutive games to set a new club record, a record that still stands to this day!.
After 4 season in which he played 115 times scoring 49 goals he went on to play for Doncaster Rovers, Colchester United, Hartlepool United before injury forced him to retire.
A Spartan legend and idol to many.