Tag Archives: Jackie Marks

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 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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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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The managerial history of Blyth Spartans AFC

Always a much sort after job the Croft Park ‘hot-seat’ has surprisingly seen less than 40 occupants in clubs history stretching back well over a century. The club’s longest-serving manager has been Jim Turney, taken charge in April 1957 he … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – Mick Dagless

An extremely gifted footballer with the ability to produce the unexpected quickly made Mick Dagless a firm crowd favourite at Croft Park throughout the 70’s. Dago as he was known to his teammates, was a regular name on the score-sheet … 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 – 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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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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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 – Steve Pyle

The 2nd in our Green & White Cult Heroes series features arguably the greatest modern-day striker to wear the famous Green & White stripes…. oh ah Pyla…. aka Steve Pyle Natural born goal-scorers are a rare commodity in football and … Continue reading

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Green & White Cult Heroes – Eddie Adler

Many former players have been popular but few reach the iconic status of becoming cult heroes with the supporters. These players will always be remembered for their efforts & commitment while playing for the club. The first in the series … Continue reading

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