Newcastle United To Host Blyth Spartans At Sunday’s Game

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!

39 comments so far

  • Incognito

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Shame in a way, Blyth would have had the upper-hand playing on their own pitch.

  • hod

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Blyth a beautiful place? You’ve got to be kidding. Wind farm, power plant, maky town centre. Its truly the pits Ed!

  • Sptifire

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Er …….read it again Icognito.
    It doesn’t say they are playing their match on Sunday it says they will be the guests of NUFC at the Spurs game

  • Sptifire

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Bring yourself up to date man. Try visiting the place before you open your gob and make yourself look like a dick.

  • murvar

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Hod – my sentiments exactly – drug capital of South East Northumberland!

  • AO

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    spurs suck. who agrees with me?

  • Sptifire

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Murver, Hod
    with fellow supporters like you who needs the biased southern press to do the dirty?
    Really well done lads and thanks for the positive comments

  • dingo

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Erm Spitfire… Hod is spot on. I know. I live and work there. Until 5 years back it used toi be the smack capital of Europe (per capita head)… that means it has a massive heroine problem.

    Try visiting the place before you open your gob and make yourself look like a dick.

  • dingo

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Not to take owt away from Blyth like.. i dont wanna sh*t on me own doorstep…………………… before you start Spitfire!!!

  • Sptifire

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10


    or Dicko? I do live here

  • dingo

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Its just NOT a pretty little town…….

  • Sptifire

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #12

    I take it none of you anti Blyth lot will be applauding the Spartans on to the pitch then? Seeing where they come from and all that?

  • dingo

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Whaaahahahah … i see what you did there…. like a play on letters in my name!!!!

    cheers Spitfire, or shouild i say dickfire, cockspire, shitmire bla bla bla.

    so we have different opinions….

    merry xmas

  • Sptifire

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Say what you like Dingo. Its just a pity your brain is not as big as your mouth.
    Marry Xmas to you too!

  • Mac

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    No one can possibly think Blyth is pretty. Yes the coast line is rugged and that’s it. Heavy industry high unemployment and the elements have battered Blyth it is what it is, A dump,but yes of course i’ll put my hands together because at the end of the day it’s our dump…

  • dingo

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #16

    ok ok

    check this link and then get back to me.

  • dingo

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #17

    well said Mac…… ill see you down the tavern.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Really nice gesture. Chuffed to bits for ’em.

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #19

    As a Blyth native, i can safely say Blyth has had a terrible reputation over the years, however it has made strides towards a respectable town than most of its neighbours.

    Getting back to football, well done Newcastle its a great show of respect.

    Come on the Spartans!

    Added spice with Big Sam now in charge and Fenton on the coaching staff at Spartans!

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #20

    really nice gesture from the club..put sam to the sword spartans : )

  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Blyth USED TO BE the drugs capital of the North East – but no more. There is such as shortage of drugs that kids are snorting curry powder. I know of two young lads in hospital in a kurma! 🙂

  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 19, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve got the green and white scarf complete with helmet!

  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #23

    I remember Budgie playing in goal for them – he was crap by then though. Great ground – ripe for development. Fantastic match programmes – about 50 pages of stats. get the bus from Whitley Bay – couple of good pubs near the ground.

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Nice touch and Mmmmm, is this a sign of a PR machine at SJP!

    It’d be nice if 50k geordies cheering them on Sunday prompted them to think about moving the tie to SJP…. be interesting eh with Sam A in the visitors’ dugout!!!

    Re Blyth, the wind generators are really impressive.

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #25

    re Isaac Hunt and kids snortin’ curry powder. You’re wrong Isaac, the kids’ve really turned to snortin a lot of coke but I hear they’re no keen on it…. coz the bubbles get reet up tha noses!

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Coke as in Coca-Cola, geddit!!

  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #27

    They played at SJP at least once before in a cup match. I was there but can’t remember who they played – but they got beaten. We bought Alan Shoulder from them after the match.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Lesh. So what’s the latest crack?

  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Customer in Blyth barbers: “Can I have a perm?”

    Barber: “Mary hed a little lemb.”

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Isaac Hunt @28, nice one!!

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Isaac Hunt @29, another gem, that’s a snorter!!!

  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 19, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #32

    I bet Fat Sam will make Blackburn defend deep against Blyth and go for a nil-nil draw

  • chuck

    Dec 19, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Hey, made me laugh, i`m sure Blyth has had its problems and i tend to agree it`s anything but beautiful.
    But it`s great to see a giantkiller come from the area, hope they kick ass.
    Howeh the Spartans!

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Another one for Isaac Hunt…….

    Why did the chicken cross the road softly?

    Coz it cuddn’t waak hardly!

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 19, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree; Blyth is far from a pretty town; but the team has done excellent and don’t believe Big Sam will be looking forward to his visit to Croft Park in January……

    I should have been returning to Blighty 03-January, but now delayed so will have to rely on you guys on this Blog to keep me updated with the score that evening.

    Isaac Hunt (acca Bobby Thompson); jokes a excellent….

    Howay Blyth……

  • Nick Cotton

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Yeah went to blyth for a smack maaaaaaaaaa, it is rough but nice people. They don’t like Russians though. Also Ashington was dog rough, again great people. Then I went to the pegswuud social all the locals were ginger. So good is that idea they can spot an outsider straight away. They are great there a right laugh. Then morpeth even the buskers were posh.I will stick to my own little shi- hole walford maaaaaaaaaaaa. Please beat spurs they suck.

  • Nick Cotton

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh and good luck Blyth well done.

  • workyticket

    Dec 19, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #38

    “Then I went to the pegswuud social all the locals were ginger”

    LOL Nick!

  • Nick Cotton

    Dec 19, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Ha Workyticket you know it mate!


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