Tag Archives: Northern League

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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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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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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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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Classic Team Photo’s – April 1975…The 1974/75 Invincibles !.

Back Row LtoR: Alan Cruddace (Assistant Manager), Ronnie Phillipson, Tony Smith, Gordon Smith, Mick Morgan, Eddie Alder, Ronnie Scott, Tommy Dixon. Alan O’Neill (Manager). Front Row LtoR: Pat Smith (trainer/physio), Mickey Lister, Gerry Donoghue, Brian Slane, Mick Dagless, Micky Pink. … 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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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 – 1993/1994

In this Classic Team Photo series we will look back at some old team photo’s, some rare and some more recent. The first in the series is from 1993/1994 Season, Blyth’s last season in the Northern League after 31 years … Continue reading

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