Match Report: Hebburn Town – Heaton Stannington (Kevin Mochrie)

Hebburn Town 3-4 Heaton Stannington


Saturday 18 April 2015

A large and good spirited contingent of the Stan Army travelled to Hebburn to watch the Stan’s last match of the season. With a top ten place guaranteed, the team were aiming to take their unbeaten run to eleven matches. Hebburn needed to win to keep their outside chance of promotion alive. The script of the match against Hebburn was therefore likely to be unpredictable, unlike that of the sitcom of the same name. The team was unchanged from last Saturday as they took to the pitch at the very pleasant setting at Victoria Road West.  (more…)

Groundhopper : Workington – Blyth (Malcolm Stephenson)

Workington 1 Blyth Spartans 1 

Easter Monday is always a good day to watch football. I left my wife cooking dinner for everyone while I was out for most of the day. Watching football yet again but she never complains.

Blyth had played Workington back on Boxing day and they were a good side. The Reds are in a play off place and Spartans are just outside now, only three points behind Curzon Ashton.  (more…)

Supporters Direct: Supporter Ownership Week 2015

Supporters Direct

Press Release: 27th March 2015 –  10 am

Supporter Ownership Week 2015 – Crowdfunder campaign kicks off

Supporters Direct has begun its Crowdfunder campaign, in advance of the official launch of Supporter Ownership Week on the 11th April. The crowdfund will look to raise in excess of £20,000 to assist with the work that Supporters Direct does to convert clubs into supporter ownership. (more…)

Match Report: Thornaby – RACA (Stevie Carter)

Another shortage of fit & available players meant another re-shuffle in the Albion line up which featured Sunderland academy signing Greg Purvis making his debut in goal.

On a chilly night on Teesside the opening exchanges set the trend for the whole of the first half, both sides playing clever passing football but with no real end product. Purvis was called into action as early as the 2nd minute following a shot from Richard Walker, but it was a very comfortable gather for the debutant. Thornaby’s Daniel Lofts put an effort wide on 8 minutes, but a move from the visitors five minutes later carried more threat. Josh Holland playing in an unfamiliar centre forward role, took the ball wide & fired in a dangerous looking cross which was a fraction too high for Phil Hodges’ head with just Thornaby keeper Michael Duff to beat. (more…)

Heaton Stannington 3-0 South Shields (Kevin Mochrie)


Having previously beaten South Shields 4-2 in the reverse fixture, Heaton Stannington entertained a rejuvenated South Shields side who had won their last three games, having beaten high flying promotion candidates Washington in the process. There was only one change for the Stan from the Stokesley win. Lee Johnson is also now not available for the rest of the season as he has broken his foot. (more…)

Groundhopper: Willington – Darlington RA (Malcolm Stephenson)

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Blyth Spartans were away again this weekend (Rushall Olympic) and was not able to travel. I have to have my football fix each Saturday and I chose to go watch Willington in the Northern league. Its not a new ground for me but it has been about a quarter of a Century ago since I was last there. (more…)

Paul positive on Penrith future (Craig McGlasson)

LONG-serving Penrith AFC player Will Paul has paid tribute to his in-form team-mates and believes this seasons crop of players is one of the best in his 14 years at the club.

Although the Blues last three games have fallen victim to the weather, they  have embarked upon an impressive run of four wins from four Northern League  Division I games, conceding just one goal in beating Marske United, Celtic  Nation, Whitley Bay and West Allotment Celtic.  Twelve points have moved boss Matt Henney¹s men away from the relegation
zone and towards mid-table. And they are also mounting an assault on the  Northern League and Cumberland cups with matches against Morpeth Town and  Cleator Moor Celtic to play, respectively, in the coming month. (more…)