Armstrong: I Was Confident Penalty Hero McHugh Would Save Stourbridge Spot-Kick

24th October 2016

Alun Armstrong has revealed that he believed Adam McHugh would save his second last-minute penalty of this season during Saturday’s 2-1 win – as the Blyth Spartans keeper denied Stourbridge an equaliser with the last kick of the game. Blyth had raced to a 2-0 lead just after the half-hour mark, thanks to Nathan Buddle’s header and a deflected drive from Robert Dale, but Luke Benbow dragged Stourbridge back into…


Spartans Boss Armstrong Suffering With Mixed Emotions Over Ilkeston Result

20th October 2016

Spartans manager Alun Armstrong saw his side extend their unbeaten run to four games with a 3-1 win over Ilkeston FC on Tuesday night, but he still couldn’t quite shake the feeling of disappointment at aspects of their performance – after Blyth let their visitors back into the contest late on. Matty Pattison turned in the rebound from goalkeeper Ross Durrant’s spot-kick save on 61 minutes, before Spartans’ skipper Robert…


Armstrong Delighted Controlled Spartans Display Rewarded With Hednesford Win

16th October 2016

Alun Armstrong was delighted to see his Blyth Spartans side follow his game plan perfectly during Saturday’s 2-1 win over high-flying Hednesford Town – as he applauded the way in which the visitors controlled proceedings at Keys Park. Sean Reid’s spectacular finish from long-range gave Spartans a second half lead, before he made way for the returning Daniel Maguire – with Blyth’s top scorer for this season featuring for the…


“Outstanding” McHugh Hailed By Blyth Boss After Deserved Draw in Derbyshire

13th October 2016

Alun Armstrong singled out the “outstanding” performance of man of the match goalkeeper Adam McHugh after the 0-0 draw at Matlock Town, but he also felt the performances from all of his players meant Blyth Spartans fully deserved a share of the spoils. McHugh thwarted Michael Williams by saving his spot-kick in the 39th minute, before he produced a highlight reel of fantastic saves throughout the rest of the game…


Armstrong Has Strong Words For Spartans Squad Following Woeful Warrington Performance

5th October 2016

Alun Armstrong had a damning message for his Blyth Spartans squad following their disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Warrington Town – as their “pedestrian” play angered the new manager in just his second game in charge at Croft Park. After an encouraging start to his managerial reign with a point against a strong Spennymoor Town side last week, Armstrong was close to tearing his hair out after seeing…


Armstrong Enjoys Promising Start to Spartans Career Against Spennymoor

28th September 2016

New boss Alan Armstrong enjoyed a “great” start to his Spartans career – as he helped halt Blyth’s losing streak with a draw against Spennymoor Town. Armstrong took to the home dugout at Croft Park for the first time ahead of Tuesday’s 0-0 Evo-Stik Premier League draw with Spennymoor, which ended a run of three successive losses in all competitions. And despite suffering a bout of nerves during the game,…


Shocked New Boss Alun Armstrong Says Blyth Spartans is a “Great Start” For Him

26th September 2016

New manager Alun Armstrong was shocked when he was asked to take over from Tom Wade at Blyth Spartans, but he admits that it’s a “great start” to his managerial career and he can’t wait to get going. Former boss Wade stepped down last Thursday – after he felt that he could take the club as far as he could. However, Armstrong’s commitments to Middlesbrough Academy meant that he was…


Alun Armstrong Takes Over From Tom Wade As Blyth Spartans’ Manager

22nd September 2016

Blyth Spartans boss Tom Wade has decided to step down as manager of Blyth Spartans AFC. In his place, the club has appointed former professional footballer Alun Armstrong. The former striker featured for Newcastle United, Stockport County, Middlesbrough and Ipswich Town among others during his playing career. He also played and scored for Stockport in Blyth’s FA Cup tie there in 1996, in addition to scoring the winner in Ipswich’s 1-0…