Category Archives: Blyth Spartans AFC

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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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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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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For club and country

2014 saw the 125th Anniversary of the world’s second oldest football league: The Northern League. A commemorative book was launched there was exhibitions, a celebratory dinner, but to mark 125 years to the exact day that the league was formed in the … Continue reading

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Ladies doing it for themselves…

For many years this well known photograph of a Blyth Spartans team has exisited but few knew the intriguing story behind it: Even fewer knew the name of one of the town most famous footballers; Bella Reay. The remarkable story … Continue reading

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