National League Statement | Winter Survival Package

20th January 2021

The National League has held meetings with Member Clubs today to discuss further information regarding the Government’s Winter Survival Package. A presentation was given to Member Clubs at today’s meetings to assess various options. The National League wishes to place on record its gratitude for the approach of Member Clubs at each meeting. Interim General Manager of The National League, Mark Ives, has requested each Member Club to provide views…


Arrivals | Spartans sign Chesterfield duo on loan

2nd January 2021

Blyth Spartans AFC is pleased to announce the loan signings of Jamie Sharman and Jack McKay from National League side Chesterfield.  Sharman, a central defender, joins for the remainder of the season having previously spent time on loan at Kidderminster Harriers during 2019/20.  The 19-year-old progressed through The Spireites’ academy and signed his first professional contract during the 2018/19 season after winning the Academy Player of the Year award.  Sharman…


Pre-season | Spartans to host Hartlepool United

3rd September 2020

Blyth Spartans host Hartlepool United on Saturday, September 19 as a part of our pre-season schedule.  Michael Nelson welcomes his former club to Croft Park, two weeks before the competitive season begins on October 3.  Kick-off in Northumberland is at 3pm with the encounter, at present, set to take place behind closed doors.  Should circumstances remain that way, the game will be live streamed via our media team.  Supporters need…


Club Statement | Covid-19 documentation & help needed

3rd September 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC is pleased to inform Stages 1, 2 and 3 of Covid-19 documentation have been completed and sent to the National League. In guidance provided by the National League in late-July, the club was asked to complete a five-stage protocols process:  Stage 1 Return to Training Stage 2 Return to Training, Close Contact Stage 3 Return to Competition, No Spectators Stage 5 Return to Competition, Safe Return of…


2020/21 | Key dates for Blyth Spartans

2nd September 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC will learn their 2020/21 National League North fixture schedule on Tuesday, September 8 at 1pm.  The season begins in just over a months’ time with National League clubs set to kick-off their campaign on Saturday, October 3.  Michael Nelson’s men will begin with an FA Cup second round qualifying tie that weekend before playing their league opener a few days later in midweek. Because of the later…


Statement | National League propose 2020-21 start date

28th July 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC will begin their 2020/21 National League North season on Saturday October 3, subject to approval by the FA and government. Following a National League board meeting on Friday, it has been proposed that: The scheduled start date of the 2020/21 Season is Saturday, 3 October 2020. 46 league fixtures will be scheduled in the National Division, and either 42 or 40 league fixtures will be scheduled in…


National League Statement | Spartans remain in National League North

17th June 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC will remain in National League North next season, the National League has confirmed. A National League statement on Wednesday evening read in full: Following a vote by all member Clubs, and subject to FA Council approval, the Vanarama National League, Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South seasons 2019/20 will be concluded with final league tables compiled on an “Unweighted Points Per Game” basis. The…


National League Statement | Solidarity Payment

14th April 2020

The National League wishes to place on record its gratitude to the Premier League for an advance in its annual solidarity payments. The Premier League unanimously voted to send funds to The National League three months earlier than originally scheduled. Reflecting on their decision, National League Chairman, Brian Barwick, said: “I am delighted that the relationship between the Premier League and The National League remains so strong. “We are very…


National League Statement | 2019/20 suspended ‘indefinitely’

31st March 2020

The National League Board met earlier today and has reviewed its prior decision to suspend the competition until at least 3rd April 2020. In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, the Board has taken the decision to suspend the National League, National League North and National League South competitions indefinitely. The National League is currently obtaining specialist legal advice, is consulting…


COVID19 | National League suspension

16th March 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC has issued the following statement after the National League suspended fixtures until April 3 following the outbreak of coronavirus. The decision to suspend the league is not unexpected and brings the National League in line with the Premier League and EFL. There will be serious implications for clubs, such as the reduction in income from match days and the cancellation of matches. There are a number of…