News: Skipper Moore takes over as Shildon manager

Skipper Moore takes over as Shildon manager

EBAC Northern League champions Shildon AFC have confirmed that their Management Team have resigned.

Chairman David Dent stated “Whilst the circumstances could have been better Gary (Forrest) and Stuart (Niven) have made an enormous contribution to Shildon AFC over the last few years and we wish them every success in the future”



News: Quakers hope to complete move for former Blackpool skipper


Quakers hope to complete move for former Blackpool skipper

Darlington are hoping to complete the signing of David Ferguson from Ebac Northern League champions Shildon.

During his time in Sunderland’s U21s he spent a short spell on loan at Boston United, before signing an eighteen-month deal with Blackpool in January 2015. (more…)

News: Moors launch girls academy courses

Moors launch girls academy courses

The successful youth academy at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Spennymoor Town has launched its first ever training programme exclusively for girls.

Developed from scratch over the last three years by the EVO-STIK NPL Premier Division club, coaches at the academy are hoping to create their first girls side within the next two months.spennymoor

The academy, which already has 20 teams playing in age groups from U7s to Under 18s, is set to continue its growth following the surge in the popularity of the women’s game and increasing numbers of calls from the community for them to act.

Kicking off on Wednesday 25 January at the Spennymoor Leisure Centre, the sessions will be free for at least the first two months and the Moors say their DBS-checked staff are keen to see as many girls as possible from all age groups from four upwards attending. (more…)

News: Fundraiser announced in memory of former Northern League player

Fundraiser announced in memory of former Northern League player

A fundraising evening is to be held in March in memory of a former Northern League footballer who died recently.

David “Kid” Curry recently passed away following a heart attack at the age of 58.  He captained Spennymoor United FC in the 70s and 80s and also had a brief spell at Bishop Auckland.  He represented the Northern League Select XI on numerous northern leagueoccasions and toured with Middlesex Wanderers.


News : Former Quakers star Wright delighted to see former club back home

Former Quakers star Wright delighted to see former club back home

He made himself a hero during his two spells at Darlington, so Nuneaton Town boss Tommy Wright hopes there were no hard feeling when his side secured a dramatic win over the Quakers on Saturday.

Wright’s side inflicted a first defeat on the Quakers at their new Blackwell Meadows home, as Jordan Nicholson’s injury time winner sealed Town’s seventh win in a row.

A Joe Ironside penalty had given them the lead just before the hour mark, only for David Syers to head the Quakers level as the game went into injury time.


News: Harrogate Town to go full-time from next season

Harrogate Town to go full-time from next season

Harrogate Town will operate on a full-time basis from the start of the 2017-2018 season

Simon Weaver’s men narrowly missed out on a place in the final of The National League North play-off’s in 2015-16, and as such, the decision has been made that going full-time will help the club achieve its ambitions going forward.harrogate-town43-192509

Boss Weaver believes the decision gives his side the best opportunity of progressing, regardless of what division we are in next season.

“We are moving into a new era for the club and we strongly believe that now is the right moment to announce our intention to go full-time. We have spoken about if for a while, but now we have the infrastructure in place to make this step up”

“We already have a professional mindset here, and I want every player to also have that mentality of being a full-time footballer”

“As a club we have been preparing for this transition for a while, and as such it is important for us to be honest and open with everyone involved as early as we possibly can. Making our intentions known now gives our players, staff and supporters the best possible opportunity to adapt and prepare for the exciting change that is ahead of us”


News: Quakers shed years of hurt as return home draws closer

Quakers shed years of hurt as return home draws closer

It was once of symbol of deep-running passion, it became a symbol of shattered dreams, but now Darlington’s Tin Shed has become symbol of celebration as the club prepares to return to its hometown for the first time in over four years.

Saturday 12th April 2012 was the last time the Quakers played a competitive match in Darlington.


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: 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.