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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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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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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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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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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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Green & White Cult Heroes – Billy Fenwick…. a living legend.

The term legend is bandied about rather too freely when supporters fondly recall their favourite player, but few actually truly deserve the accolade. William Randolph Fenwick, however is one such person who does. Born on Friday 13th August 1920 in … Continue reading

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Classic Team Photo’s – 1935/36

Back Row L to R:  C. Metcalf, J.Knox, T.Carnaby, G. Wolf, W.Dexter, T.Freeman (captain). Front Row L to R: G.Hickman, E Park, W.Redman, J.Kennedy, E.Sharpless. This 1935/36 team photo is extremely rare in that it comes from a 1936 cigarette … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – Arthur Sowden RIP

As 2012 drew to a close the sad news broke that one of Blyth Spartans AFC’s true greats had passed away. To many current Blyth fans the name Arthur Sowden is probably just that of a former player they may … Continue reading

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Classic Team Photo’s – April 1986

Back Row L to R – Phil Leaver, Tony Dawson, Ronan Liddane, Dave Clarke, Alan Walker, Kevin Berry, Jimmy Harmison, John Brownlie (pictured wearing tracksuit top). Front Row L to R – Steve Baxter, Dave Buchanan, Tony McFadden, Ray Blackhall, … Continue reading

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Classic Matches – Bury FA Cup 1995/1996

The 2nd in the ‘classic matches’ feature is one of the clubs famed FA Cup giant killings: Bury 0 Blyth Spartans 2. Goals: Bond 20th minute, Ditchburn 68th minute Saturday 11th November 1995 Littlewoods FA Cup 1st Round, Gigg Lane, … Continue reading

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Rare 1978 team photo

Rare and impromptu team photo, taken in February 1978. The photograph was taken at an even rarer Sunday training session and shows the undoubted high spirits within the team. Back Row L to R – Brian Slane, Greg Herron, Terry … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – Scott Bell

Blyth Spartans supporters have always had an affinity with local players, believing they better understand the club and its supporters. This proved to be the case in December 2004, when they took the club’s new forward to their hearts. That … Continue reading

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Classic Matches – Altrincham FA Trophy 1982/1983

This new feature looks back at ‘classic matches’  from Blyth’s history. The 1st is Blyth Spartans v. Altrincham in 1983. This was the first ever meeting of the 2 clubs and it proved to be a real classic. Blyth Spartans … 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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Classic Team Photo’s – 1999/2000

Back Row L to R Tony Kennedy (kit man), Glen Martin (physio) Steve Locker, Matty Hysen, Craig Melrose, Andy Grainger, Terry Burke, Chris Leighton, Andy Blower, Ross Lumsden, Derek Atwell, Nicky Evans, Lawrence Fox (fitness coach), Tony Harrison (assistant manager). … Continue reading

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