Category Archives: Players

Players from the past – Frank King 1933.

Players from the Past profiles and tells the stories of former Spartans from the clubs birth right up to WWII. Second in the series is… Frank King 1933 Francis Oliver King was born on 13th April 1917 in Radcliffe, Northumberland. The eldest … Continue reading

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Players from the past – Edward Ward 1914 > 1920.

This new series will feature profiles and stories of former Blyth Spartans players that many may not have heard of and that time has forgotten. Former Spartans from the clubs birth right up to WWII. First in the series is… … Continue reading

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The Alan Shoulder story.

Alan made a name for himself in the legendary 1977/78 FA Cup run which ultimately earned him his move to Newcastle United. Goal scoring exploits aside, given he was a coal miner playing for a town so steeped in mining … Continue reading

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Spartans super fan is still counting.

Being a lifelong supporter of a football club can often mean its becomes part of your family. Events are arranged, even rescheduled to fit in with matches. For some fans certain games can be missed however others wouldn’t ever think … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – Brian Slane

Some footballers are synonymous with certain clubs and some are even legends of their clubs. However, a select few transcend even that. Brian Slane is one of those elite people, he was irrevocably involved in a decade that defined Blyth … Continue reading

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

For the first time 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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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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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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