Category Archives: Blyth Spartans AFC

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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A tribute to Nigel Walker, 1959-2014.

Sunday 2nd February 2014 brought the shock news that former Blyth Spartans player & manager Nigel Walker had sadly passed away. Nigel had battled cancer for 25 years, his wife Nicki responding to the flood of tributes: “He died after … Continue reading

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The hat trick heroes

At 3.16pm on Saturday 11th January 2014 the Blyth fans stood in awe as young striker Dan Maguire was mobbed by his teammates having just rifled home his 1st hat trick for the club, the sheer quickness of the hat … Continue reading

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Brief encounter – The FA Amateur Cup

The collapse of the North Eastern League for a 2nd and last time at the end of the 1963/64 season left Blyth Spartans needing to find a new league. With the lack of a suitable Semi Professional league the club … Continue reading

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First ever history book launched…

After almost 8 years in its creation  Thursday 14th November saw the official launch of Ken Sproat’s long-awaited “We’re the Famous Blyth Spartans”. The hours, days, weeks, months & years of painstaking research and then the writing & rewriting finally … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – Jackie Marks

Jackie Marks may be described by some as ‘a real character of the game’ but that would be doing him a great disservice. Jackie is known as being forthright and certainly not shy of voicing his opinion, but his opinion … Continue reading

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RIP Scott Bell

Sunday 6th October brought the terrible news that former player Scott Bell had tragically lost his fight against Motor Neurone Disease that morning. The news came as a shock to everyone who knew Scott, at the young age of 35 … Continue reading

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Act now to be part of Blyth Spartans history…

Pre-sale orders are now being taken for Blyth Spartans 1st ever history book: We’re the Famous Blyth Spartans… Supporters have offered a unique chance to be part of the book by placing a personalised message within the publication. Spaces are … Continue reading

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We’re the Famous Blyth Spartans…

After many years of pain-staking research, author Ken Sproat has produced the authoritative official history of Blyth Spartans AFC. With the humour, absurdity and endurance of the Non-League experience described alongside stirring tales of Spartans’ ability to shake the football … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – Dave Clarke

The phrase ‘right move at the right time’ could have been invented for Dave Clarke. The hugely popular ‘keeper signed for Spartans from Gateshead United in the summer of 1977 and his heroics during the cup run and league that … Continue reading

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Fred Stoker – from naming fame to RHS acclaim.

Fred Stoker, surely it’s a name that should be well-known to all Blyth Spartans fans. It’s a name that is embedded into the clubs history as much as those of Harry Mills, Arthur Sowden, Jim Turney, Eddie Alder, Billy Fenwick, … Continue reading

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Peter Guthrie – The Spartan who earned his Spurs

Blyth Spartans have a long history of producing players who have gone on to a career as a full-time professional but no one had such a meteoric rise to the full-time game as goalkeeper Peter Guthrie. Back on October 1986, … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – Tony Kennedy

The initial idea of the Green & White Cult Heroes series that started in the official matchday programme a couple of years ago was to honour those players who fans loved and had an affinity with, hence the lead in … Continue reading

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What’s in a name ?

What’s in a name, well to many football fans the club name is everything ultimately its their identity, the recent arguments between MK Dons & AFC Wimbledon over whom owned the nickname ‘Dons’ and it’s associated history proving the point. … Continue reading

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Finally relegated after 113 years !

Blyth Spartans AFC’s proud record of never having been relegated in its 113 years was finally brought to an end on Saturday 9th June when a meeting brought to an end to our time in a conference! Having played in … Continue reading

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