true faith : NEWS FROM NOWHERE

by • April 9, 2015 • NewsComments (6)944

Praise the Lord (if there was one) but there is no Newcastle United this weekend and only
the certifiably insane will be travelling to Anfield next Monday night and shelling out £52 to watch John Carver’s team of bottlers have their pants taken down in front of The Kop.

Anyway, you can recover your sanity at the weekend by taking in some of the wonderful non-league football we have on our doorstep here in the North East.

I’m going to stick my neck out here and say whatever game you go to this weekend, you won’t see players chickening out of their local derby.

Here are the games that caught my eye.

At the fantastic Croft Park, Blyth Spartans will face Nantwich with KO at 3pm. Blythbadge

I’m unashamedly in love with Spartans. I love the strip, the ground, the clubhouse and the chip shop on the corner. Its back to back streets and its great support.

Blyth Spartans, come here I’ll give yiz a greet big kiss.


Just to the north of Blyth is the People’s Socialist Republic of Ashington and under the Ashington3
tuition of their new manager, Steve Harmison who some of you might know from some cricket lark, The Colliers will seek to extend their remarkable winning streak at home to Newton Aycliffe at the very smart Hirst Welfare. KO 3pm.

If you go say hello to the Rt Hon Ian Lavery MP – proper Labour lad and friend of this fanzine.


The excellent Heaton Stann are back at Grounsell Park this Saturday where they face StanncrestDarlington RA (nah, me neither). Not only is Heaton famous for its dead smart B&W stripes, black shorts, black socks (white trim) and its beautiful badge, they also serve real ale in the smart club house.

A definite crank free zone and there is a lovely programme to ponder over as well.

There are few better places to take in a match than Grounsell park.

FA Vase finalists, North Shields entertain Durham (and aren’t travelling to Dunston – my NorthShieldsbadgeapologies) at The Morgue cock-a-hoop after smashing local rivals Whitley Bay 3-0 in El Coastico earlier this week. Expect a large presence of gentlemen turned out in pricey Italian knitwear and high end sports casual leisure wear in the Spring Gardens and talk of travel arrangements to the capital in the very, merry month of May.

The game will KO off at 3pm.

That’s your lot.


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6 Responses to true faith : NEWS FROM NOWHERE

  1. Andrew Thompson says:

    One game you’ve missed out is Newcastles other football team. Newcastle Benfield entertain Bishop Auckland at Sam Smiths Park (just off Benfield Road in Walkergate). It’s a fiver to get in or 3 quid for bairns and pensioners and it should be a canny match. Benfield are one of the highest goalscorers in the league and won 7-0 in their last home game and also boast the leagues top goalscorer in Paul Brayson. You’ll be made most welcome and hopefully have the novelty of an exciting football match to watch with a few goals thrown into the bargain.

  2. stevie mac says:

    West Allotment Celtic also have a home game against Bedlington Terriers. There’s no real ale at the Blue Flames but the nearby Ship Inn and Benton Ale Hoose will serve you a good pint. You can also get canny burgers at the ground to go with your bottle of Brown Ale.

  3. Joe says:

    North Shields are actually at home to Durham on Saturday, not away at Dunston.

  4. Alex says:

    I know it’s a long shot for the faithful supporter of the beautiful game of football but it’s worth considering paying the Newcastle Eagles (basketball team) a visit. Don’t judge it before you’ve been.
    There’s plenty of reasons for doing so as well: It’s a real evening out for the whole family. It’s cheap (adult tickets from £7). Despite a capacity of only around 3000 the atmosphere is incredible. And above all the squad has real quality and shows true character, grit and determination.
    They’ve won both the Cup and the Trophy already this season and, with 4 games left, are on course to wrapping up the league as well (as early as Wednesday evening 7:30pm). Furthermore, judging by this seasons performances the odds of winning the playoffs and claiming the 3rd clean sweep (i.e. the quadruple) in 10 years are very good too.
    I bought a season ticket for the Eagles this year and I’m sure as hell going to renew it.
    As for NUFC: I was fortunate enough to watch the win over Chelsea at SJP this season but other than that I feel fans are being taken for a ride regarding the board’s lack of ambition, the on-field performances, the ticket prices and also the food and drinks prices.

  5. Alex says:

    the resident team from the Republic Of South Shields are at home to Birtley Town today, kick-off from 3pm!