Match Report | Blyth Spartans 4-2 Middlesbrough XI

22nd July 2017

By Glen Maxwell In association with: ALAN McLEAN FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Accountant Pre-Season Friendly Saturday July 22 2017 Blyth Spartans 4-2 Middlesbrough XI Blyth Spartans recorded their second successive victory of pre-season, with a 4-2 win over Middlesbrough XI on Saturday afternoon. Daniel Maguire opened the scoring after just eight minutes, before Robert Dale smashed home Spartans’ second 13 minutes later. Dale Hopson scored his first goal for the…

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Departure | Spartans Defender Atkinson’s Gone to Iceland

22nd July 2017

Right-back David Atkinson has decided to leave Blyth Spartans – after agreeing a deal to join Icelandic side IBV Vestmannaeyjar. The ex-Middlesbrough trainee defender originally joined Spartans on loan from Carlisle United last December, before signing permanently when he left the League Two side by mutual consent a month later. Although the latter part of his season was marred with injury, Blyth boss Alun Armstrong had seen enough to offer…

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Arrival | Midfield Maestro Horner Swaps Caley Thistle For Spartans

21st July 2017

Blyth Spartans have captured the signature of former midfielder Lewis Horner for a second spell at Croft Park. The 25-year-old featured for the club during the early part of the 2013/14 season – after impressing for Newcastle Benfield in a pre-season friendly. His blistering form not only earned him an England C call-up during his time at Blyth, but it also paved the way for him to join then-Scottish Premiership…

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Arrival | Shaun MacDonald Signs For Blyth

20th July 2017

Goalkeeper Shaun MacDonald has made a return to Croft Park to sign for Blyth Spartans. The 20-year-old stopper originally joined the club on loan from Vanarama National League Premier side Gateshead towards the latter part of last season, but an injury crisis at the International Stadium saw the youngster recalled before he could make his Spartans debut. However, after being released from the Heed earlier in the summer, MacDonald made…

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Match Report | Blyth Spartans 3-2 Sunderland XI

19th July 2017

  By Ross Jackson In association with: Alan McLean FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Consultant Pre-Season Friendly Tuesday July 18 2017 Blyth Spartans 3 – 2 Sunderland XI David McTiernan stole the show, as his hat-trick ensured an impressive victory over a Sunderland XI at Croft Park. In a frantic eight-minute period in the second half, the midfielder turned a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead with a clinical display of…

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Match Report | Shildon 1-1 Blyth Spartans

12th July 2017

By Sam Donovan In association with: Alan McLean FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Consultant Pre-Season Friendly Tuesday July 12 2017 Shildon 1-1 Blyth Spartans Blyth Spartans continued their preparations for the new season as they travelled to Dean Street to face the Railwaymen of Shildon. Spartans went immediately on to the front foot and took the lead just after the game kicked off. The ball was fired across the box and…

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Programme Preview | First Look at Spartans’ Pre-Season Programme Cover

10th July 2017

Blyth Spartans are delighted to announce a bumper 60-page matchday magazine for our pre-season home fixtures. The programme will include: A Nathan Buddle Q&A Profiles for our pre-season opponents. A Vanarama National League North preview. A review of last season’s double-winning campaign. All of our 2017/18 fixtures. 2017/18 player profiles. Quizzes Columns from some of the Blyth Spartans backroom staff A map of our National League North opponents, showing travel…

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Spartans Boss Armstrong Looking to Build on Pre-Season Opener

10th July 2017

Blyth Spartans boss Alun Armstrong described the pre-season opener with EBAC Northern League Division One side West Auckland Town as a ‘great workout’ in a hard fought 1-1 draw. Armstrong’s side – which featured seven trialists over the course of the game – took the lead on the stroke of half time, through the lively Adam Wrightson. But a 78th minute spot kick from former Spennymoor Town striker Nathan Fisher…

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Match Report | West Auckland 1-1 Blyth Spartans

8th July 2017

By Sam Donovan In association with: Alan McLean FCMA CGMA Chartered Management Consultant Pre-Season Friendly Saturday July 8 2017 West Auckland 1-1 Blyth Spartans Blyth kicked off their pre-season campaign at the second attempt – as they travelled to the Wanted Stadium to face West Auckland. The game got underway in glorious sunshine as Blyth kicked uphill, looking to get their pre-season campaign off to a winning start. The first…

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Pre-Season | Fixture Change as Spartans welcome Black Cats on July 18

6th July 2017

Blyth Spartans, who were scheduled to face Vanarama National League side Hartlepool United on Tuesday July 18, will now face a Sunderland XI that evening at Croft Park (7.30pm kick-off.) News broke earlier today that our scheduled visitors Hartlepool were no longer able to fulfil the pre-season fixture. Blyth manager Alun Armstrong stated: “Both ourselves and Hartlepool were trying to arrange a friendly with Sunderland over the summer, but they…

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