Interview | Thackray ‘over the moon’ with first win

8th November 2020

BY Niall Bromley  Kris Thackray was over the moon as Blyth Spartans claimed their first win of the National League North at Curzon Ashton on Saturday.  Thackray played on the left of a four-man defence which defended superbly to keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory at the Tameside Stadium.  But he also chipped at the other end too – setting the ball rolling with a 35th-minute opener before…


Interview | Thackray heaps praise on Blyth Spartans fans

9th May 2020

Kris Thackray admits he was “blown over” by Blyth Spartans fans during his first season – and hopes to use the upcoming campaign to repay them for their magnificent support.  The 31-year-old, who signed a two-year contract at Croft Park in January, is preparing for next season after the National League suspended 2019/20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But while the fixtures have come to an end, Blyth are yet…


Interview | Thackray looks ahead to another season at Spartans

7th May 2020

Kris Thackray has revealed he had always wanted to play for Blyth Spartans since his return to the North East as he embarks on his second season at the club.  The defender joined permanently from Morpeth Town in January and signed a two-year deal, meaning he is preparing for his first full campaign at Croft Park – whenever that may begin.  Indeed, Thackray’s stay in Northumberland will provide a big…


Report | Poor first-half costs Spartans at Telford

28th January 2020

By Jordan Cronin In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant National League North Tuesday, January 28, 2020 AFC TELFORD UNITED 4-2 BLYTH SPARTANS  A poor first-half performance proved costly as Blyth Spartans slipped to a 4-2 defeat in the long-distance midweek trip to AFC Telford United.  Shrewsbury Town loanee Ryan Barnett was the star of the show in the first-half as The Bucks raced into a three-goal…


Arrival | Thackray signs on permanent deal

10th January 2020

Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce Kris Thackray has signed on a permanent basis until the end of the season following a successful loan spell.  The 31-year-old initially joined a month’s loan from our Northumberland counterparts Morpeth Town but has instantly become a key figure at Croft Park.  Since his debut in the FA Trophy tie at Stockport County, the former Newcastle United youngster has appeared in all six of…


Report | Spartans lose 3-1 at Altrincham

7th January 2020

BY Jordan Cronin In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant National League North Tuesday, January 7, 2020 ALTRINCHAM 3-1 BLYTH SPARTANS  Blyth Spartans were unable to register back-to-back National League North away wins as Altrincham stayed unbeaten at home from the opening day of the season.  Lewis Moult handed Altrincham the lead in a first-half where there was not a lot between the two sides at the…


Report | Dale winner secures derby win

26th December 2019

By Stephen Burton In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant National League North 26th December 2019 Gateshead 2-3 Blyth Spartans Robbie Dale’s spectacular late volley earned Blyth Spartans all three points and saw them move within four points of safety in a hard-fought derby win at Gateshead International Stadium. Cal Roberts opened the scoring with a fantastic solo goal on 16 minutes, then Greg Olley responded for…


Arrival | Thackray joins on loan from Morpeth

13th December 2019

Blyth Spartans are pleased to announce Kris Thackray has joined on a one-month loan deal from Morpeth Town.  Thackray, a defender, arrives on a short-term deal at Croft Park and has bags of experience having plied his trade in three different countries.  He started out at Newcastle United before being released at 16. Instead of remaining in England, Thackray opted for a move abroad – signing for Serie A side…