Club Statement | Breach of league rule 8.39

26th March 2021

An Independent Panel has found Blyth Spartans AFC to be in breach of League Rule 8.39 on three separate occasions. As a result, the club has been fined a total of £6,000 and a six points deduction suspended for one season. The club was charged in February after failing to fulfill its National League North fixtures while the continuation of the 2020/21 season was subject to a vote. The charges…

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National League Statement | Outcome of Written Resolutions

18th February 2021

Earlier this month, The National League distributed four resolutions for Member Clubs to consider the outcome of the 2020/21 season. Further information can be found here. With relevant voting thresholds now met for each resolution, The National League can confirm the outcome of this process as follows. Resolution One In summary: Step One and Two to be split in deciding the outcome of 2020/21 Playing Season. As a Special Resolution,…

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Club Statement | AFC Telford

12th February 2021

Blyth Spartans AFC can confirm our fixture with AFC Telford United has been postponed after we informed the National League of our intention not to travel.  Furthermore, we can confirm the club has been charged with not fulfilling Tuesday’s National League North fixture with Bradford Park Avenue. We are in the process of responding to the National League by using the appropriate procedures.

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Club Statement | National League vote

4th February 2021

The Executive Committee of Blyth Spartans AFC wishes to make the following statement. Supporters will be aware that the start of the 2020/21 National League North season was delayed because of Covid-19 restrictions. The restrictions determined that all games would have to be played behind closed doors. This, of course, would mean that there would be no gate income, the most significant part of the club’s revenue. Representatives of the…

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Statement | National League season resolutions

1st February 2021

The National League has distributed resolutions this evening for Member Clubs to consider the outcome of the 2020/21 season. The resolutions are formed of four parts: one Special Resolution and three Ordinary Resolutions based on the outcome of the first. A Special Resolution requires a 75% majority to be passed, whereas an Ordinary Resolution requires a more than 50% majority. Resolution 1 and 4 votes will be counted under prescribed…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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