Arrival | Spartans sign ex-Pools man Nearney

16th June 2019

Blyth Spartans can announce the arrival of former Hartlepool United defender Josh Nearney, becoming Lee Clark’s 13th summer signing. The 23-year-old began his career at Pools and went on to make one senior appearance in an EFL Trophy defeat to Sheffield United on penalties in 2015. During his three years around the first-team set-up at the Super 6 Stadium, Nearney had loan spells at Darlington, Whitby Town and Whitley Bay…

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Arrival | Striker Sweet joins from Consett

15th June 2019

Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce the signing of striker Michael Sweet from Northern League Division One side Consett AFC. Sweet, who turns 25 on Sunday, began his career at Gateshead, where he boosted an impressive goalscoring record for their under-19s – winning the Football Conference Youth Alliance North Division in 2012 – and reserve side. Similar to that of current Spartan Jack Butler, Sweet appeared for England Schoolboys in…

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Arrival | Robson and Orrell sign for Spartans

5th June 2019

Blyth Spartans can announce Newcastle Benfield duo Joe Robson and Jake Orrell have become Lee Clark’s first new signings of the summer. Clark, installed as Blyth’s new boss on Saturday, has immediately begun his preparations for the 2019/20 campaign after tying down Robbie Dale, Ryan Hutchinson and Jack Butler to new deals on Wednesday. And with discussions still ongoing with members of last season’s squad, Clark has further added to…

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Club statement | Spartans appoint Lee Clark as new manager

1st June 2019

Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce the appointment of former England International and Newcastle United midfielder Lee Clark as their new first team manager. Clark, 46, brings a wealth of Football League experience having previously managed Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City, Blackpool and Bury, whilst also managing Kilmarnock in Scotland The midfielder made 528 appearances in his professional career, scoring 66 goals, most notably for Newcastle United, Sunderland and Fulham. Clark’s…

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Kieran Green | “One game at a time”

20th April 2019

Kieran Green says Blyth Spartans will continue to take it one game at a time after a 2-0 win over Guiseley maintained their National League North playoff push. Alun Armstrong’s men moved into the top seven on goal difference courtesy of goals from Green and Nathan Buddle, with close rivals AFC Telford United in action this afternoon (3pm) at Hereford. As well as getting on the scoresheet, Green produced a…

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Louis Laing | We matched Leyton Orient

3rd February 2019

Louis Laing felt Blyth Spartans matched National League leaders Leyton Orient in their late FA Trophy defeat on Saturday. Spartans were six minutes away from setting up a replay with The O’s on Tuesday evening before Jamie Turley inflicted a cruel blow on Alun Armstrong’s men. It came in front of the excellent 289-strong travelling supporters at the Breyer Group Stadium, who showed their appreciation for Blyth’s tireless efforts at…

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Report | Spartans exit FA Trophy in cruel fashion

2nd February 2019

By Stuart Dick In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant Buildbase FA Trophy last 16 Saturday, February 2, 2019 Leyton Orient 1-0 Blyth Spartans Blyth Spartans devastatingly exited the FA Trophy in the last 16 following an 84th minute Jamie Turley for Leyton Orient. The centre-back rose highest from a Dale Gorman’s free-kick to head home as Spartans matched the National League leaders’ stride for stride at Brisbane…

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Alun Armstrong | Blyth’s support at Leyton Orient is the best i’ve seen

2nd February 2019

Alun Armstrong has heaped praise on the travelling Green Army – admitting it’s the best he’s ever seen as Blyth Spartans manager.  The excellent 289 Blyth fans were dealt a cruel blow in the 84th-minute as Jamie Turley headed home a Leyton Orient winner,  preventing a FA Trophy last 16 replay at Croft Park on Tuesday. The away supporters out-sang the Orient-faithful throughout the afternoon before passionately showing their appreciation…

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REPORT: Hereford end Spartans’ 14-game unbeaten run

26th January 2019

By Jordan Cronin In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant Vanarama National League North Saturday, January 26, 2019 Blyth Spartans 2-3 Hereford Blyth Spartans’ 14-game unbeaten run came to an end following a below-par display against Hereford. Admittedly, Alun Armstrong’s men did have their chances to snatch a draw but overall the visitors’ deserved their victory on the balance of play. It had taken just eight minutes…

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Peter Jameson: Bradford PA shows how far we’ve come

20th January 2019

Peter Jameson believes Blyth Spartans’ 1-1 draw at Bradford Park Avenue is a sign of their progression in recent months – although admits Steven Drench’s late penalty save was “a kick in the teeth”.    A second-half – where Alun Armstrong’s men led courtesy of Sean Reid’s 26th-minute header – was largely uneventful before the game burst back into life in the final quarter of an hour. Jameson and co…

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