Michael Liddle announces his retirement from football

24th June 2024

Blyth Spartans can confirm Micheal Liddle has informed them of his decision to retire from football.  Liddle first joined the club in 2016 and would help Spartans win the Evo Stick Premier Division and the Northumberland Senior Cup in his first season.  Over the next few seasons, he would establish himself as one of the highest-regarded left-backs in the National League North and play a key role in the club’s…


News | Michael Liddle and Alex Mitchell seal new contracts

17th June 2022

Blyth Spartans are thrilled to confirm that experienced full-back Michael Liddle and goalkeeper Alex Mitchell have signed new deals at the club.   Liddle, who has made 142 appearances for the club over two spells, re-joined Spartans last summer and was a key player as the club successfully avoided relegation from National League North. Mitchell joined last summer from Scottish side Annan Athletic and made 45 appearances in all competitions,…


Report | Blyth Spartans 1-2 Southport | National League North | 21/22

11th December 2021

By Stephen Burton In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant National League North Saturday, December 11th 2021 BLYTH SPARTANS 1-2 SOUTHPORT Terry Mitchell’s first home match in charge ended in defeat, as Southport came from behind to snatch all three points at a rain-soaked Croft Park. Michael Liddle fired Blyth ahead with a sweetly struck volley five minutes before the break. Southport turned the game round with two goals in two…


Arrival | Michael Liddle returns to Blyth Spartans

6th May 2021

Blyth Spartans AFC is extremely delighted to announce that Michael Liddle has returned to Croft Park.  The popular left-back first moved to Northumberland in 2016 and during his debut season helped the club lift the Northern Premier League title.  The former Sunderland and Carlisle United man swiftly established himself as one of National League North’s leading full-backs as Blyth secured a play-off place, two seasons ago.  Liddle was among the…


Armstrong | “That was the most complete performance of the season”

24th March 2019

Alun Armstrong was full of praise for his side after their 3-0 win away at Ashton United on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Kieran Green, Louis Laing and Dan Maguire in the opening half hour secured the three points as Spartans rose to 12th in the Vanarama National League North. “I picked the team today to demand the ball,” said Armstrong, “some of the football we played first half was unbelievable….


Match Preview | Hereford FC

25th January 2019

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH Venue: Croft Park, Blyth Date: Saturday 26th January 2019 Kick Off: 3.00pm SCORE UPDATES / MATCH COMMENTARY Twitter Blyth Live ADMISSION Adults – £12 Concessions – £7 11-16’s – £5 Under 10’s – FREE with a paying Adult £2 Stand Transfer Applies By Stuart Dick Blyth Spartans have extended their unbeaten run to 14-games but will be eager to begin turning draws into victories when Hereford visit…


Armstrong | “I think a draw was a fair result”

20th January 2019

Alun Armstrong said it was a point earned, rather than two points lost after Spartans secured a 1-1 draw with third-placed Bradford (Park Avenue). Spartans led after Sean Reid headed home a Michael Liddle cross on 26 minutes, scoring his 13th goal of the campaign. But the hosts replied via the forehead of Connor Branson 14 minutes from time to earn a point. Robbie Dale had the opportunity to win…


Extension | Michael Liddle signs up until 2020

16th January 2019

Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce that Michael Liddle has decided to extend his stay at Croft Park until 2020. The 29-year-old’s contract was due for renewal at the end of this season and Alun Armstrong has worked quickly to extend the defender’s contract. The former Sunderland Academy graduate has made 98 appearances in his Blyth Spartans career to date, notching three goals and is over the moon to be…


FA Trophy | Spartans visit National League Leaders in Last 16

14th January 2019

Blyth Spartans have been handed the toughest of draw in the Buildbase FA Trophy – they will travel to the highest ranked team in the competition Leyton Orient. The fixture will be played on Saturday the 2nd February as Blyth face a 582-mile round trip to take on the National League leaders – who beat Wrexham 1-0 despite being reduced to 10 men. A Matt Harold penalty in the 63rd…