By Anth Elliott
Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Fenton as the club’s new first-team manager on a two-year deal.
Fenton returns to Croft Park, having been a player/assistant, making 131 appearances and scoring 18 goals, as well as having a brief spell as caretaker manager back in 2004.
After leaving Spartans in 2009, he went on to have a short playing spell at North Shields before taking over the side in 2012.
Fenton had a successful time with North Shields leading the club to the Northern League Division Two title in 2014 and the FA Vase in 2015.
A year later, he crossed the Tyne to manage South Shields where he was in charge until leaving the club earlier this year.
During his playing career Fenton played for Premier league sides such as Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City.
His spell at Spartans, saw Fenton play a pivotal role as the club won promotion to the National League North in 2006.
Upon his arrival, Fenton said, “I’m excited and looking forward to getting going. I had a really good seven years here last time and looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.
I’m looking forward to the challenge. The supporters are fantastic, and hopefully we can repay them with some good results. ”
Chairman Tony Platten added, “It goes without saying that I am delighted that we have secured the services of Graham Fenton to manage the Club. We received over 70 applications but Graham’s was the standout applicant in all areas.”