Arrival | Mark Foden joins on short-term loan from Gateshead

1st March 2019

Blyth Spartans can now confirm the addition of goalkeeper Mark Foden from National League side Gateshead on a short-term loan. With Peter Jameson suspended for one game and Alun Armstrong keen to protect the development of 17-year old Bradley Skirpan, the Spartans’s manager worked tirelessly through the week to secure the services of another goalkeeper. The 22-year old plied his trade in the Scottish Pyramid after leaving the Hartlepool United…

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Arrival | Mike Coulson joins Executive Committee

24th February 2019

Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce that former Gateshead General Manager and Head of Football Operations Mike Coulson has joined the Executive Committee at the club. Mike has a wealth of experience during his 30-year association with the Tynesiders since first getting involved with the supporters’ club in 1999 and at one point owned the club. After his departure from Gateshead, Spartans Chairman Tony Platten eagerly made contact to ask…

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A Message from Ian Watson

14th January 2019

“I’d like to thank everyone at Blyth, it’s been nothing but an absolute pleasure and I’ve loved every second of it. “The supporters who follow the club all over the country have been brilliant with me since day one, I speak for all the lads when I say playing at Croft park when the fans get behind the team is something else. “I’m going to miss them moments. I’d like…

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Departure | Busted takes No.2 role at Gateshead

14th January 2019

Blyth Spartans can now announce the departure of Ian Watson who has taken on the assistant manager role at National League side Gateshead. The popular left-back has been a vital part of the dressing room and coaching staff at Spartans since returning in the summer of 2017, and will be a big miss. ‘Busted’ has made 90 appearances for Blyth Spartans in his two spells with the club, scoring on…

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Ian Watson: Gateshead defeat can help us improve

29th July 2018

Blyth Spartans left-back Ian Watson hopes to turn the disappointment of the Gateshead defeat into positives ahead of the new National League North season. Son of manager Alun, and former Spartan Luke Armstrong, scored a hat-trick to inflict a 3-1 loss on Blyth – ending their pre-season campaign with three wins, one draw and two defeats. And with the competitive season commencing away to Hereford on Saturday, Watson believes the…

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Alun Armstrong: Luke was the difference in Gateshead defeat

29th July 2018

Blyth Spartans manager Alun Armstrong highlighted his son and former Spartan Luke Armstrong as “the difference” following yesterday’s 3-1 defeat Gateshead.  Luke, whose goals in the 2016-17 season helped return Blyth to the second tier on Non-League football for the first time in five-year, starred by scoring a hat-trick on his return to Croft Park. He left Spartans to join Middlesbrough – spending last season in their U23s set up…

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Match Report | Blyth Spartans 1-3 Gateshead

28th July 2018

By Jordan Cronin In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant Pre-Season Friendly Saturday, July 28 2018 Blyth Spartans 1-3 Gateshead Alun Armstrong’s son and former Spartan Luke Armstrong haunted his former club after scoring a hat-trick at Croft Park in Blyth’s final game of pre-season. The Middlesbrough loanee, who helped Blyth reach Non-League’s second tier in the 2016-17 season, fired the only goal of the first-half when…

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Pre-Season | Spartans to host Gateshead in Pre-Season Friendly

30th May 2018

Blyth Spartans can now announce the first friendly of pre-season has now been arranged as we host Vanarama National League side Gateshead at Croft Park on Saturday 28th July – a 3pm Kick-Off. Alun Armstrong’s men host former Newcastle United defender Steve Watson’s side as both clubs look to ramp up their preparation for the 2018/19 campaigns. The sides last met in a pre-season friendly two years ago, with the…

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Match Photos | Blyth Spartans Reserves 8 – 2 Gateshead Redheugh 1957

28th April 2018

A selection of images by Bill Broadley from the game between the Spartans Reserves and Gateshead Redheugh 1957, which saw the battle between the league leaders and the leagues bottom side. Blyth had scored 95 goals going into the game whilst the visitors had conceded 91 goals. This had the markings of a goal fest for Blyth and damage limitation for the visitors. Within 5 minutes Blyth were one up…

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Loan | Langstaff Extends Spartans Stay

16th March 2018

Striker Macaulay Langstaff has extended his initial loan deal from Gateshead FC for another month – meaning he’ll be available for selection up until the 15th April. The former Billingham Synthonia man has made 11 appearances for Spartans so far this term and should see plenty opportunities towards the end of the season with the fixtures backlog.  

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