Tag Archives: Blyth Spartans AFC

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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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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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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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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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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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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Classic Matches – Stoke City FA Cup 1977/1978

Stoke City 2 Blyth Spartans 3 Monday 6th February 1978 FA Cup 4th Round, Victoria Ground, Stoke. Attendance: 18,765 Stoke City: Roger Jones, Jackie Marsh, Alec Lindsay, Howard Kendall, Alan Dodd, Alan Bloor, Steve Waddington, Geoff Scott, Viv Busby, Terry … 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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