News: Vase holders Morpeth Town begin defence with Hallam trip

Vase holders Morpeth Town begin defence with Hallam trip

FA Vase holders Morpeth Town will kick off their defence of the trophy with a trip to Toolstation NCEL club Hallam on Saturday 12th November.

The draw for the Second Round of the competition was revealed by the Football Association on Monday lunchtime with several intriguing ties being thrown up.


News: FA Cup First Round draw made

FA Cup First Round draw made

Merstham will face Oxford United at home when they appear in the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time after the draw was made on Monday evening

The Surrey club play in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

Southern League Chesham, also from the seventh tier, face a trip to League One club Peterborough United.

Ninth-tier Westfields will face the winners of Monday’s replay between York City and Curzon Ashton, with ties to be played on the weekend of 5-6 November.


News: Former Black Cats defender named as Spartans number two

Former Black Cats defender named as Spartans number two


Former Sunderland, Wimbledon and Bradford City defender Darren Holloway has joined Alun Armstrong’s backroom staff – as he will work alongside Neal Hooks as joint assistant managers at Blyth Spartans.

The former defender played alongside the Blyth boss at Darlington towards the end of hollowayboth of their on-field careers during the 2006/07 season, before the pair were reunited in a coaching capacity at Middlesbrough.

Holloway was part of the Sunderland side that finished in seventh place in 2000, before leaving for fellow Premier league side Wimbledon that summer. With a wealth of playing experience to draw on – as well as his coaching skills – Armstrong hopes that the 39-year-old can help with the defensive aspect of Spartans’ training.

Armstrong said: “Not only did we play together at Darlington for a couple of seasons, he doesn’t live too far from me and he started the season at Middlesbrough as well. I got chatting to him about it once the job came about and asked if he would be interested.


East Thurrock United 5 Weston Super-Mare 1. (15/10/2016). (Malcolm Stephenson)

East Thurrock United 5 Weston Super-Mare 1. (15/10/2016).

Today’s trip completes yet again a visit to every ground in the Conference South. It was only a few years ago when I went to Thurrock FC who play about 10.5 miles away. That club used to be called Purfleet and play in the Town of Aveley. East Thurrock play in the Town of Corringham. There is no such place as Thurrock as it’s the name of the Borough. The clubs have traded spaces over the last few years in terms of football non league status. While East Thurrock are now in the Conference South, Thurrock used to be in that league but are now in the Isthmian league North division. (more…)

Brandon United 0-2 Heaton Stannington (Kevin Mochrie)

Brandon United 0-2 Heaton Stannington 

Saturday 15 October 2016


The Stan travelled south and uphill to picturesque but autumnal Welfare Park. There were 4 changes from Tuesday’s cup match as the Stan, although making heavy work of it, notched up their 3rd league win in a row. Brandon’s team featured ex-Stan player Dan Quine. The 1st 10 minutes was dominated by the Stan but without them getting as far as the home side’s penalty box due to some good defending. Imray did have a long shot easily caught by the keeper in the 8th minute and Brandon had a solitary shot a minute later which went wide. The Stan were not helped by the officials including when Robinson was flagged offside when he clearly was not. In the 11th minute a cross to the advancing Blackett saw him beat a defender and hit the post with his good effort. 4 minutes later there was a lovely ball from Stoddart across the pitch to Blackett who did a 1-2 with Walton but then shot wide across the goal. (more…)

 Heaton Stannington 3-0 Willington (Tom Bennet)

 Heaton Stannington 3-0 Willington

Saturday 8 October 2016



Coming off the back of an impressive away win at Whickham, the Stan welcomed Willington to Grounsell Park. Kevin Leighton and Lee Johnson came into the starting side, replacing Graham Williams and Paul Blackett, as the home side looked to get their first win of the season at home at the fourth attempt. (more…)

West Auckland Town 2-1 Heaton Stannington (Kevin Mochrie)

West Auckland Town 2-1 Heaton Stannington 

League Cup 1st Round, Tuesday 11 October 2016


On a wet and dark night, the Stan made their 1st trip to the home of the original world cup winners since the 1951-52 season. The match was even closer than the FA cup tie in August and the Stan were unlucky to not at least have still been in the tie after 90 minutes. In fact, a neutral would not have known that the 2 teams were in different divisions. The Stan also matched their opponents for fitness this time. There were 6 changes from Saturday’s league win as the management team took the opportunity to give a debut to the 3 new signings: Ryan Doyle, Lewis O’Brien (both from the Under 21 team) and Daniel Sherliker from the ‘A’ team. There was also a rare start for Billy Walker who gave a 100% and had a good game. Fulcher and Leighton both gave good performances and were the core of the team. (more…)

News: Northern League to hold AGM to discuss alcohol consumption rule

Northern League to hold AGM to discuss alcohol consumption rule

A general meeting of Northern League clubs is to be held later this month to discuss rules for the consumption of alcohol at league grounds.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, October 23 starting at 11am. It will be held at Esh Winning FC’s clubhouse.

The meeting will consider possible changes to the Alcohol on Grounds rule in Additional Matters based on new advice and guidance received from the FA and County FAs.

Source: Northern League

News: New five year deal for Quakers boss

New five year deal for Quakers boss

The Board of Directors of Darlington have announced that manager Martin Gray has signed a new five-year contract with the Vanarama National League North club.

The club is absolutely delighted that Gray has agreed a new deal, as he has achieved a magnificent amount since he took charge in the summer of 2012, guiding the club to three promotions in four years, establishing it as a force to be reckoned with in national non-League football, and enhancing its reputation as a community club.