Arrival | Gbolahan joins Blyth on non-contract

24th October 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC is pleased to announce Ade Gbolahan has joined on a non-contract basis.  The striker arrives at Croft Park having finished last season at National League South outfit Eastbourne Borough.  Gbolahan joined Eastbourne in January and scored on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Concord Rangers.  He went on to feature in a further three games for the The Sports before the campaign was cut short due…


Arrival | Young joins Blyth on season-long loan

16th October 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC is pleased to announce the arrival of goalkeeper Brad Young on a season-long loan from Hartlepool United.  Highly-rated Young, 18, arrives at Croft Park fresh from being linked with some of the biggest clubs in the country.  Stories in the national press earlier this year claimed Young had caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.  Whilst speculation surrounded…


FA Cup | Marske tie postponed but rescheduled for Wednesday

13th October 2020

Blyth Spartans’ FA Cup Third Round Qualifying tie at Marske United tonight has been postponed (Tuesday, October 13). Despite the home side’s best efforts, the pitch has waterlogged. The tie has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 14. If the tie at Mount Pleasant is unable to go ahead on Wednesday, we’ve asked the game is moved to Croft Park on Thursday. The tie must be played by Thursday or both clubs are…


Season Tickets | Refund update

7th October 2020

Blyth Spartans chairman Tony Platten has written to update supporters on the refunding of season tickets.  It has been confirmed by the National League, FA and Government that no spectators will be allowed to watch Step 1 and 2 matches for at least three months. Last week, it was announced a funding package of grants has been agreed with the government, but full details are still yet to be confirmed….


Arrival | Cunningham re-joins for third loan spell

5th October 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC is delighted to announce Aaron Cunningham has returned to Croft Park on a season-long loan from Hartlepool United, subject to FA and National League clearance.   Cunningham, 22, was due to spend the remainder of last season on loan at Blyth but his spell was cut short after three games following the Covid-19 outbreak.  However, the 22-year-old has sealed an immediate move back to Northumberland and should…


Club Statement | Heslop appointed Blyth club captain

3rd October 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC is delighted to announce Simon Heslop as our new club captain.  The experienced midfielder is no stranger to the armband having memorably captained hometown club York City to FA Trophy glory in 2017.  Heslop’s appointment signals a new dawn for Blyth following the retirement of club legend Robbie Dale.  The 33-year-old said: “We’ve all worked hard in pre-season and are ready now for the first game.  “We’ve…


Arrival | Russell earns Spartans deal

2nd October 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC is pleased to announce the signing of Kurt Russell following a successful trial period.  The 20-year-old winger impressed manager Michael Nelson and supporters to earn himself a contract at Croft Park.  Russell began his career in Newcastle United’s academy before moving abroad to join Croatian side NK Novigrad in 2018.   Following one-year away, Russell returned to England and the North East, initially linking up with Northern League…


Club Statement | Club legend Robbie Dale retires

1st October 2020

It is with an extremely heavy heart that Blyth Spartans AFC confirm the retirement of Robbie Dale after 17 consecutive seasons at the club. Robbie hangs up his boots aged 36 as Blyth’s all-time record appearance holder with 680 and ranks second behind Brian Slane in the goalscoring charts with 212. It goes without saying he has achieved legendary status at Croft Park and stands as the greatest ever player…


Arrival | Agnew joins Blyth Spartans

24th September 2020

Blyth Spartans AFC is delighted to announce the arrival of Liam Agnew from League Two side Harrogate Town.  The midfielder, 25, reunites with manager Michael Nelson having worked and played alongside him at Gateshead last season.  Agnew progressed through the youth ranks at Sunderland, captaining their under-21s before making his only first team appearance in an FA Cup tie versus Fulham in 2015. Having previously spent time on loan at…


Joint Statement | National League North clubs

24th September 2020

JOINT STATEMENT FROM NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH CLUBS REGARDING THE START OF THE 2020/21 SEASON Dear Michael, A meeting was held by Zoom at 17.30 on Wednesday 23rd September 2020 with representation from the majority of member clubs from the National League North to discuss the financial implications of the government’s announcement that supporters will not be allowed entry in to stadiums from the 1st October 2020. During the meeting a…