Tag Archives: Non League Football

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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