For those fans around the world who are not aware of the geography surrounding Newcastle, Blyth is a beautiful little place about 14 miles up (north) the North Sea coast from Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Blyth Spartans is their rather famous football club.
Harry Dunn – Blyth Spartans’ manager
Newcastle United fans will get the chance to hail the management and players of Blyth Spartans on Sunday as Newcastle will host their near by neighbors to honor their exploits in reaching the 3rd round of the FA Cup, when they entertain Blackburn Rovers, and Sam Allardyce in early January. Bet Big Sam is not looking forward to that game.
Blyth Spartans have beaten Shrewsbury Town and Bournemouth to reach the Third Round of the cup, and to celebrate their achievement, Newcastle United will give the VIP treatment to Blyth manager Harry Dunn and his players on Sunday at the Tottenham Hotspur game.
A great gesture by our club and so very well deserved by the Spartans.
And yes, at half-time, Harry and the lads take the crowd’s applause on the St. James’ Park pitch and we’re sure it will be a big one.
Blyth manager Harry Dunn said today:
“It’s a fantastic gesture from Newcastle United and we thank them very much for it.”
“When I told the lads we had been invited to St. James’ Park on Sunday to go on the pitch they were absolutely thrilled – especially the ones who are big black and whites!”
“It’s great that a club of Newcastle United’s size would do this for Blyth Spartans. It caps off a great week for everyone.”
This news is on the Newcastle United official web-site today, and they point out that older Newcastle fans will remember how non-league Blyth reached the 5th Round of the FA Cup back in 1978.
During that time they were unlucky not to reach the last eight of the competition after coming within a minute of beating Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground, before bowing out in a replay played in front of a packed St. James’ Park crowd.
And the Newcastle club had said on their web-site today:
Everyone at Newcastle United wishes Blyth all the very best with their continued cup run.
And so say all of us!