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…


Interview | Tony Platten on Callum Roberts’ departure

20th January 2020

Blyth Spartans chairman Tony Platten has assured fans the funds raised from Callum Roberts’ transfer to Notts County will be reinvested into the playing squad.  The former Newcastle United youngster joined the National League side for an undisclosed fee with Spartans also negotiating a sell-on percentage.  Platten said: “We were very fortunate to pick him up from Newcastle United. We saw the potential he had but there was always the…


Departure | Callum Roberts joins Notts County for undisclosed fee

20th January 2020

Blyth Spartans can announce winger Callum Roberts has today joined National League side Notts County.  The former Newcastle United youngster joins the former Football League club on an undisclosed fee after completing his medical this afternoon.  Roberts joined Spartans on a non-contract basis in August and quickly established himself as a Croft Park favourite.  With a ratio of one goal every game – including hat-tricks against Curzon Ashton and AFC…


Arrival | Ex-Stoke and Blackpool midfielder Waddington joins on loan

3rd January 2020

Blyth Spartans are pleased to announce the loan signing of midfielder Mark Waddington from Barrow until the end of the season.  Waddington moves to Croft Park having worked under Spartans manager Lee Clark on two separate occasions at Blackpool and Kilmarnock.  The 23-year-old came through the youth ranks at the League One side and made his senior debut aged just 17 during a Carabao Cup tie with Shrewsbury Town in…


Loan signing | Amantchi joins from Chesterfield

6th September 2019

Blyth Spartans are pleased to announce the loan signing of striker Levi Amantchi from National League side Chesterfield until January 2020. The 18-year-old started his footballing education in the North East at Wallsend Boys End before earning a move to Chesterfield following a successful trial period – where he scored against Sheffield Wednesday.  In October 2018, after spending time in The Spireites academy, Amantchi was offered a professional two-and-a-half contract…