Tag Archives: Croft Park

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

For the first time ever 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 – 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 – Steve Carney RIP

Saturday 16th February 2013 marked the 35th Anniversary of Blyth Spartans playing in the FA Cup 5th Round, however the memory of that famous day was overshadowed by the news that one of the members of that great 1977/78 side … Continue reading

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