News: In-From Spartans giving Armstrong a headache


Despite Saturday’s 2-1 win over Evo-Stik Premier League promotion rivals Stourbridge making it ten wins from ten games in 2017, Blyth Spartans manager Alun Armstrong isn’t enjoying the selection headaches caused by his side’s fine form.

Robert Dale’s broke the deadlock with a near 30-yard free kick 24 minutes in, before Daniel Maguire found the net for the seventh consecutive game just before the break to give Spartans a commanding lead.


News: Hebburn Town launch plea for support as threat of closure grows

Hebburn Town launch plea for support as threat of closure grows

EBAC Northern League Division Two club Hebburn Town have made a passionate plea for the local community to get behind them as falling attendances threaten the immediate future of the club.

The resurgance of South Shields seems to have had a negative impact on their South Tyneside neighbours, with one recent fixture having only sixteen people in attendance.


News:Former Boro and Ipswich Town star Armstrong relishing life in the Spartans dugout

Former Boro and Ipswich Town star Armstrong relishing life in the Spartans dugout

Following in the footsteps of a manager that has helped a club achieve great things is an unenviable task for any person willing to take on the challenge.

Throw in the fact that the manager taking on the challenge is in his first managerial role in senior football, then the task appears even more daunting.


Heaton Stannington 4-0 Bedlington Terriers (Kevin Mochrie)

Heaton Stannington 4-0 Bedlington Terriers 

Saturday 4 February 2017



With a strong looking team, the Stan were out to build on their 4 successive home victories and gain revenge for their last home defeat which was against the Terriers in the Ernest Armstrong Cup. There were no changes from the last match 2 weeks ago although Kye Waters made his debut from the bench on his return to the club from Walker Central. Jon Jon Wright was facing the team he started the season with, and received a few taunts from the Terriers’ fans as a result, and he had been playing for them when the Stan won 3-1 at Bedlington in August. (more…)

Groundhopper: Edinburgh City 0 Clyde 0. (4/2/17). 


When is a visit to a new ground not a visit to a new ground? That is the question. I was actually here at the Meadowbank Stadium about 36 years ago. Then a team called Meadowbank Thistle was in existence but the club moved and changed their name to Livingston. I had not seen Edinburgh City play or have a home programme in my collection, so in my own mind I had to go back. Maybe a bit hair splitting, but there you go. I still do not think I am like a few anorak ground hoppers who do not include a visit to a new ground unless a goal is scored! At least I am not that bad.  (more…)

News: National League sides to face Army teams

National League sides to face Army teams

The National League and The British Army are pleased to jointly announce that they will field three representative sides to play each other simultaneously on Wednesday 29th March with the matches being staged at Harrogate Town, Tamworth and Eastbourne Borough respectively.

All three matches will be supported in partnership by Vanarama and S&C Slatter Ltd.


News: Turnbull to leave Blyth Spartans

Turnbull to leave Blyth Spartans

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League leaders Blyth Spartans have announced that influential midfielder Stephen Turnbull is to leave the club.

The former Hartlepool United midfielder is in his fourth spell with the Northumberland club, but that will come to an end as he takes up a position as an officer on a cruise ship.


News: South Shields management duo target Vase and League success

South Shields management duo target Vase and League success

Ahead of their FA Vase trip to Team Solent, NLD Editor Mark Carruthers had a chance with South Shields management team Graham Fenton(GF) and Lee Picton(LP) at their Mariners Park home.

Here is what they had to say.

NLD: The draw has given you a long journey down to Team Solent, that must be far from ideal logistically? (more…)

Heaton Stannington 2-0 Northallerton Town (Simon Lansley)

Heaton Stannington 2-0 Northallerton Town 

Saturday 21January 2017


The Stan Army’s post mortem into the 95th minute defeat at Team North in our last game concluded that it was the strength of the respective bench’s which was the difference between the 2 teams. The Stan had brought on Johnson, who lasted 5 minutes, and 2 promising 17 year olds whilst the students bench was full of experience. On Saturday, the Stan bench was equally experienced and was key to turning a drab draw into 3 valuable points. The pre-match buzz was all about the return of goal scoring Jonathan Wright from Bishop Auckland and Jordan Ray from long term injury and loan at Walker Central. There were 4 changes in total from Team North with Robinson and Deagle returning from injury, replacing  Yates and Jones, and Errington and Riley moving to Blyth Town.  (more…)