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RIP Ken Sproat, Blyth Spartans historian.

In September 2017 club historian Ken Sproat suddenly passed away. Ken was the oracle on the club’s history, he’d taken up the mantle of club historian having spent 8 years researching the club’s history for his superb book; ‘We’re the … Continue reading

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The 1977/78 FA Cup run – the complete record.

For the first time ever this is a compiled record of the 1977/78 FA Cup run. Match reports and details from every game. In depth player profiles and all the stats & facts from that famous cup run. The stats … Continue reading

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Classic Encounters – Blyth Spartans v Wrexham FA Cup 5th Round Replay 1977/78.

Monday 27th February 1978 FA Cup Fifth Round Replay Blyth Spartans v Wrexham St James’ Park, Newcastle. A week before the 1-1 draw at Wrexham the club met with council officials and Police to assess Croft Park’s ability to host … Continue reading

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Classic Encounters – Wrexham v Blyth Spartans, FA Cup 5th Round 1977/78.

Saturday 18th February 1978 FA Cup Fifth Round Wrexham v Blyth Spartans The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. After a fortnight of intense build up FA Cup 5th Round day finally arrived. Sixteen teams remained and the superb win at Second Division Stoke … Continue reading

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RIP Les Mutrie … one of the clubs truly legendary strikers.

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 … Continue reading

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RIP Jackie Marks – A Blyth Spartans legend.

Monday 3rd July 2017 brought the sad news that club legend Jackie Marks had passed away. Jackie had 2 spells as manager and was well known for being coach during the historic 1977/78 season which saw the club reach the FA … Continue reading

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The fallen Spartans of The Great War.

Blyth Spartans players who served their country were honoured by the club at the town’s Cenotaph during the 2014 Centenary Remembrance of the Great War, yet the name of one former player does not appear on it. This is the … Continue reading

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Home sweet home, the story of Croft Park.

Upon formation in 1899 Blyth Spartans may have had a remarkable future ahead but it took the fledgling club nearly 10 years to find a permanent home, using 5 other sites before settling at Croft Park. All bar one of the sites have … Continue reading

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RIP Bill Fenwick… a genuine Spartan great.

March 30th 2016 brought the sad news that the oldest known former Blyth player had sadly passed away. 95 year old Bill Fenwick was more than just a former player he was a genuine Spartan great. In 1937 Bill joined his … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – The Mutrie Brothers

From Andrew & Nixon Thompson and Davy & Billy Fairhurst of the early 1900’s to George & Josh Pyke and Jack & George Prior of the 1920’s right through to Rob & Steve Carney of the late 70’s and finally … Continue reading

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A tribute to the late great Tommy Orrick.

Friday 9th October 2015 brought the sad news that one of the most influential footballers of his generation, had passed away. Tommy Orrick’s goal scoring feats rivalled that of any of the famed strikers at the regions professional clubs, however … Continue reading

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10 titles 2,450 goals & 19 managers – the Northern League Years.

The story of Blyth Spartans 30 years in the second oldest football league in the world. The Northern League was the stable competition needed having spent the past 7 seasons’ playing in 4 different leagues!, however the club had to … Continue reading

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A novel tribute to a late great Spartan.

Writer & Newcastle United fan Howard Linskey has paid a ‘novel’ tribute to the late great Steve Carney, in his landmark new novel ‘No Name Lane’. Ferryhill born Howard had written 3 hugely successful crime thrillers about gangland Newcastle for … Continue reading

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The managerial history of Blyth Spartans AFC

Always a much sort after job the Croft Park ‘hot-seat’ has surprisingly seen less than 40 occupants in clubs history stretching back well over a century. The club’s longest-serving manager has been Jim Turney, taken charge in April 1957 he … Continue reading

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Classic Matches – Blackpool FA Cup 1997/1998

Blackpool 4 Blyth Spartans 3 Saturday 16th November 1997 Littlewoods FA Cup 1st Round Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. Attendance: 4,814 Goals: Preece 4th Henderson 11th Di Lella 44th Linighan 60th Clarkson 69th Atkinson 84th Clarkson 89th Referee: M.Dean. Linesmen: S.J Griffiths … Continue reading

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