Blyth Spartans Last Minute Winner Takes Them Through

Blyth Spartans are through to the 3rd round of the FA Cup as they got a last minute winner against Bournemouth and won the game 1-0 last night at Croft Park.

Ged Dalton – last minute goal-scorer – bring on Blackburn!

The heroes from Blyth now meet premier club Blackburn in a home tie in the 3rd round in early January, and it seems they want to play that game at Croft Park.

The goal was scored by 18 tear-old Ged Dalton, 18, who came on as a second-half substitute, and put the famous Blyth Spartans side into the third round for the fourth time in their terrific history.

The home side started out well in the first half, but their big break came in the second half, when on 59 minutes, when Bournemouth substitute Brett Pitman was given a straight red card for a late challenge on Paul Watson.

The 20-year-old received his red card just three minutes after coming on.

Blyth were unlucky not to score immediately after that, after some good play by Shaun Reay – Blyth’s two-goal hero from the first-round win at Shrewsbury – but Robert Dale shot wide and could have done better.

But then on 90 minutes Blyth got the all important goal, before any extra time was needed, and Dalton was on hand to send the 4,200 home fans at Croft Park off to the moon, as wild celebrations were witnessed by all.

Hey – did someone score? 😀

The game was televised live around the world again, so the Blyth boys will be known from Toronto to Timbuktu.

Well done lads, you have all done just great – now to take apart Blackburn Rovers, who will hardly be looking forward to a visit to Croft Park in early January.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Steeley

    Dec 17, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Great to see!! I’m from Blyth originally and just wish I was in the country to have been there!

    How amazing would it be it they beat Blackburn?! And the best thing is all the money they will be getting from TV rights – which must set them up financially for some time.


  • AO

    Dec 17, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    1st post.Tom-turan-toon is a cock!

  • Karltoon

    Dec 17, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Come on lads.. Do Rovers!

  • PJB

    Dec 17, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    I was in St James Park 25 years ago for the Blyth Spartans 4th round tie with Wrexham. The ground was packed (38,000) and though we didn’t win it was one of the best nights I spent in St James park. SOmewhere I’ve got Bobby Shinton’s autograph – who went on to play for the Toon for a couple of seasons

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    bad luck AO.

    sorry for being an ignorant aussie but what relation does this team have to newcastle

  • liquid ice

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Come on lads, beat blacburn 2-0! :):):):):):):):):)

  • Sav

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    There’ll be a lot of Toon fans supporting the Spartans just to get a poke at Souey!

  • liquid ice

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #8


    there a town inside newcastle:)

  • Spitfire

    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Blyth is about 14 miles from Newcastle and a huge percentage of Newcastle’s supporters will come from Blyth and surrounding district

  • Geordie Dog

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Come on the Spartans.

    fookin cold night but what a result. now kick Blackburn from one end of Croft Park to the other and then we’ll have the Mancs

  • The dudeeeee

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Class game, I could hear the shouts on the outskirts of blyth.

    Was awesome.

    Roll on Blackburn!

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 17, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Unfortunately the game was not shown on TV here in Guinea; but fantastic win for the team and the region!

    Born and bread in Blyth and now living overseas, the family were on standby giving me regular updates on the scoreline throughout the night.

    It’s been a great week for the region; Newcastle, Sunderland and Blyth Spartans all winning. Long may it continue…..


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