Blyth Spartans Cup Game Being Broadcast World-Wide

Blyth Spartans manager Harry Dunn and his team will make the round trip to League Two side Bournemouth tomorrow, and will be hoping they can progress to the 3rd round of the FA Cup, where they will be in the pot with the big boys.

Oh, and the game is being broadcast live on TV around the world.

Blyth Spartan’s Felton and manager Harry Dunn

Blyth reached the FA Cup fifth round in the 1977/78 season after beating Chesterfield and Stoke City before Wrexham knocked the minnows out in a replay at St James’ Park.

Dunn wants to repeat those feats again this season as he told BBC Radio Newcastle today:

“It is a little bit of extra pressure but I’ve been through into the first and second rounds of the FA Cup before so I’m a bit more streetwise at this level,”

“It’s great for the club, and the players who did it in 1978 were great players and great men, and that’s what you try to get through to your players.”

“On Saturday our players are going to have to be men, we’re going to be playing in front of 5,000 of their supporters who’ll get behind their team and the pressure will be on.”

Graham Fenton, 34, is the former Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City striker and returned to the north east recently and thinks it’s the best thing he has done.

Graham said:

“This is probably the highlight of my FA Cup career,” “Pretty much since I’ve been here it’s rejuvenated my love of the game, I had a bad time for six or seven years but the last three or four years have been enjoyable.”

“If I can pass a bit of knowledge onto one or two players then it’s all worthwhile and the longer this cup run can go on then the more successful we’ll be looking.”

Many of Blyth’s players have part-time jobs to supplement their income of course, but they are all ready for tomorrow’s game which is being broadcast live here in the US and around the world, and follows Newcastle’s game at Middlesbrough, which is also being broadcast live.

Obviously some Geordie over here has been tinkering with the fixtures.   😀

Manager Dunn continued:

“We’re going to make sure they get well looked after on the way down, we’ve got a top-class bus, we’re stopping in a top-class hotel and they’ll be in bed early on Friday night,”

“There certainly be no alcohol before Saturday’s game, most amateur footballers have a beer after the game but we’ve asked them to cut the drinks out and then give themselves a chance this week.”

“They’ve never been in a situation like this before and it’s a difficult situation for them to be in because the press are here and people want interviews with them, I just hope they take everything in their stride and enjoy it.”

“There’s a lot of people when they get in the limelight and try to be clever with it or shun it completely but the lads have got to go with it and enjoy it because it might never happen again.”

We wish the Blyth Spartans side the very best of luck tomorrow.

And trust they will be in the pot for the FA Cup 3rd round draw, where they could get Man United, or even a more difficult draw – Newcastle United – in the next round.   😀

We’ll have our own report of the Blyth game tomorrow.

Go for it lads!

16 comments so far

  • MDS

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Fox Soccer Channel has really come through this year. Been able to see more than half the NUFC matches live

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes – its’ great – we also have Setanta Sports – and they have just as good a coverage – it’s almost like being in Newcastle. 😀

  • Shanghaitoon

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m in Shanghai and I’ve seen huge number of Toon games live on tv… On ESPN or Star sports… I get more live prem footy here than I did back in UK.. it just happens to be at silly times at night, but not a problem on a sat night!! 🙂 Good luck to Blyth!!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed-i was going to say, alot of the times i streamed newcastle matches, they have came from fox sports. Are we on the telly regularly over your side of the pond? If you get that, along with setanta, you’re laughing!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 28, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #5

    saturdays team





    after 60mins change to this





    That way we’re defensive, give Guthrie a run out and dont risk Viduka to much!

  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #6

    C’mon Shoulder!!

  • SpartanChris

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Howay Blyth. I was there during the 1977 cup run and it was great.

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Unfortunately the Blyth Spartans game will not be shown live here in Guinea but I wish them well.

    Being born and bread in Blyth and attended the Chesterfield, Stoke and Wrexham games in the 70’s, I know what it means to the town to have a good cup run….

    Come on Blyth, and Newcastle United of course!!!!

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Question: is this the same Graham Fenton who scored the winner for Blackburn against Newcastle in 96 that ruined our chances of winning the PL that season?

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #10

    you have probs already seen this and its a bit late but i think its class


    Nov 28, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah caught the last cup game on FSC, love to see them advance.
    Yeah here in the US we usually get three premier games on Sat`s. a couple on Sunday plus a number of seria A games plus the match of the day type round up of all Pl games on Sun.
    Add to that, the re runs, plus the games shown by Setanta and ESPN.
    Seems we in the US get to see more games than those living in the UK, We also get the Brazilian and Argentine leagues.
    Not to mention the local MLS games.
    Spending at least four months of the year in the UK and Ireland think it fair to say the availability of games is greater in the US.
    For which we are thankfull.

  • irish_al

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Yep, it is the same Graham Fenton

    Think it was whilst he was at rovers

  • MDS

    Nov 28, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #13

    @CHUCK. Coverage has really grown here. ESPN does a good job with all the Champions League/UEFA coverage and showing all Euro 08 matches live in HD. It’s nice they don’t just show the big4 in he prem.

    Got to go down to the pub for games on Setanta

  • wigaz

    Nov 28, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #14

    It is the same lad but dont give him a had time a certain Alan Shearer was the one who headed it across the box after fouling CB. Fenton is a good lad i’ve had a kick about with him & then blyth players before. I did swear I would never pass him the ball in my life but didn’t relise who he was until he scored & said good ball. Good luck blyth hope you pull off a cup shock!

  • daydeburt

    Nov 28, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #15

    hi guinea mag

    can u remember the 2nd round game?? my uncle stephen scored the winner for blyth. He was called stephen jones, he scored about 9 goals in the qualifying rounds and then was dropped for the 3rd round onwards, he was there leading cup scorer that year. But at least he got them in the 3rd round. he was on the bench for the other games in the fa cup. Hes one of the nicest blokes you could meet


    Nov 29, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #16

    f**k off chuck with your s**t people should know about this guy and his views ,he,s a reversesed racist and you know you are chuck,f**k off from this board.


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