Club Statement | FA Statement

26th March 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC would like to try and offer clarity on the latest FA statement following various reports.  The FA has confirmed that Leagues at Step 3-6 are set to be declared null and void, with all results expunged. We are led to believe the initial statement by The FA stated relegation from Step 2, i.e. National League North, would, as a result, not take place.  However, on current viewing,…


Club Statement | Player wages

23rd March 2020

Like all sports clubs in the United Kingdom, Blyth Spartans AFC is facing an unprecedented situation. The club has had no income since it’s last home game on February 15th and will have no further income for the foreseeable future. Wages were paid in full last week but we, therefore, have no other option than to suspend all wage payments to employees forthwith. The government and the League have announced schemes…


Club message | Stay safe, keep well

22nd March 2020

It goes without saying, Blyth Spartans AFC wishes its fans, volunteers, players and management to stay safe during these unprecedented times.  We, as a football club, are proud to represent this town and thank everyone for their continued support. You have always stuck by us throughout our 121-year history. So, if we can be of help in any way, please get in touch.  We await further updates on when football will return…


Club Statement | Brief update from Executive Committee

19th March 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC has been made aware of the Premier League and EFL further suspending their seasons until April 30.  The EFL also announced yesterday it would be taking measures to immediately assist with cash flow via a £50million short-term relief package. Indeed, our Executive Committee is constantly reviewing the situation and wait for further updates from the National League.  We appreciate this is a difficult time – including the football…


COVID19 | National League suspension

16th March 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC has issued the following statement after the National League suspended fixtures until April 3 following the outbreak of coronavirus. The decision to suspend the league is not unexpected and brings the National League in line with the Premier League and EFL. There will be serious implications for clubs, such as the reduction in income from match days and the cancellation of matches. There are a number of…


News | National League suspended

16th March 2020

At its Board Meeting on Friday, The National League decided to use its best endeavours to keep its season going in the face of unprecedented adversity However, with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching global pandemic levels it has to accept that the situation is now out of its own control. In the knowledge of the government measures now announced including not to support sporting events with emergency services workers it…


Match OFF | Gloucester City (A)

13th March 2020

Blyth Spartans’ National League North trip to Gloucester City on Saturday has been postponed by the hosts due to “suspected cases and players in isolation”.  The National League met today to discuss the outbreak of the coronavirus after the Premier League and EFL suspended fixtures until April 3.  Following lengthy discussion, the National League decided to allow matches to go ahead as planned this weekend. A full statement read: “Following…


Re-arranged fixture | Kettering Town (H)

12th March 2020

Blyth Spartans’ National League North game with Kettering Town has been re-arranged for Thursday, April 16. Spartans were due to take on The Poppies at Croft Park on February 29, however was postponed due to the weather. A new date has been scheduled for next month, with kick-off taking place at 7:45pm. A Thursday night game was necessary due to the number of outstanding matches the visitors have left to…


Report | Valiant Spartans suffer Brackley defeat

8th March 2020

In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant Vanarama National League North Saturday, March 7, 2020 BRACKLEY TOWN 5-2 BLYTH SPARTANS A valiant Blyth Spartans suffered a 5-2 defeat at promotion-chasing Brackley Town in Michael Nelson’s first game in charge.  It was a result that certainly didn’t reflect Spartans’ overall performance having deservedly led at half-time courtesy of Leighton McIntosh first goal for the club. Unfortunately, as the…


Interview | Nelson discusses his Spartans player-manager appointment

4th March 2020

Blyth Spartans player-manager Michael Nelson has described his appointment as a ‘whirlwind’.  Nelson originally moved to Croft Park on a playing basis last week but will now take charge of first-team affairs following the departure of Lee Clark and Paul Stephenson earlier today. It has been a somewhat crazy few weeks for Nelson, who was recently assistant manager to Graham Westley at League Two side Stevenage.  Nelson explained to…