Michael Liddle announces his retirement from football

Blyth Spartans can confirm Micheal Liddle has informed them of his decision to retire from football. 

Liddle first joined the club in 2016 and would help Spartans win the Evo Stick Premier Division and the Northumberland Senior Cup in his first season. 

Over the next few seasons, he would establish himself as one of the highest-regarded left-backs in the National League North and play a key role in the club’s highest-ever league finish, sixth-place, in 2019. 

After a few years away at Darlington FC he would rejoin the club in May 2021. His 2023/24 season was cut short due to an injury sustained in the 3-2 win over Buxton at Croft Park, ultimately this injury would play a major part in the decision to hang up his boots. In total, Liddle made 203 appearances for Blyth and scored five times. His most memorable goal came in injury time away to Stockport County in 2017, when he sent two defenders the wrong way before firing the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot.

Speaking to Blyth’s Paul Scott, he had the following to say about his retirement and his time at the club: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Blyth Spartans. 

“When I first joined I was coming out of professional footy and wasn’t really enjoying it. I joined a team and club with some absolutely unbelievable people in it and we had an unreal few years where I enjoyed football more than I ever had before. 

“After that, it was a little bit different on the pitch but I’ve honestly enjoyed every minute of it (barring the end of last season). I can’t say enough about the fans at this place, the support I’ve had and the banter I’ve shared with the Green Army has meant so much to me. 

“It’s been a pleasure to play for the club, to meet people I can now call mates and it’s a club that will always hold a massive place in my heart. I look forward to getting back to Croft Park as a fan and wish everyone all the best for the future. 

“Thanks for everything. Lids.”

Everyone at the club wishes Michael all the best for the future.


Posted by Ben Lightfoot