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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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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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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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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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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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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 – 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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