11:21am Tuesday 28th October 2014
6:23pm Tuesday 7th October 2014
10:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
10:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014
10:11am Tuesday 16th September 2014
9:55am Thursday 4th September 2014
9:59am Tuesday 2nd September 2014
10:09am Tuesday 26th August 2014
10:09am Tuesday 19th August 2014
10:23am Tuesday 12th August 2014
11:10am Tuesday 5th August 2014
A SUNDAY stroll ends serendipitously in Oakenshaw, a village not visited since the regally- named Henry Tudor was secretary of the workmen’s club, getting on a quarter of a century ago. Good bloke, Henry.
10:31am Tuesday 29th July 2014
10:57am Thursday 24th July 2014
10:22am Thursday 24th July 2014
10:11am Thursday 24th July 2014
11:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014
10:13am Tuesday 15th July 2014
10:46am Tuesday 8th July 2014
11:16am Tuesday 17th June 2014
8:42am Tuesday 10th June 2014
8:41am Tuesday 10th June 2014
11:17am Thursday 5th June 2014
THEY held last week’s dinner at the Village Hotel on a North Tyneside business park. It was organised by the Fairs Club, formed in 2006 in a bid to ensure that if Magpies fans only had memories to live on, at least they’d do it in style.
11:15am Thursday 5th June 2014
10:07am Tuesday 3rd June 2014
10:11am Tuesday 27th May 2014
DID you see them on the box? Look North last Tuesday, the National Railway Museum at Shildon glorying in millions of visitors, millions of sold Mallard mugs and millions of pairs of Mallard socks. Carol Malia particularly liked the idea of Mallard socks. Good on them, of course, but what of the Head of Steam railway museum, nine miles along the line at Darlington?
10:52am Thursday 22nd May 2014
10:48am Thursday 22nd May 2014
MOST of the Backtrack column’s 100 football matches in 2013-14 have involved Ebac Northern League clubs or been on Northern League grounds. Highlights include: The first: Whitley Bay 1 Spennymoor Town 4 (August 3). Cleator Cup final; not a bad August day (for Whitley Bay).
10:44am Thursday 22nd May 2014
FOOTBALL Association chairman Greg Dyke tells guests at the FA Cup final lunch that there’ve so far been 2,988 goals in this season’s competition and lightly wonders if the 5pm kick off might make the total 3,000. After eight minutes it’s looking like Hull City want to pass it before half-time.
10:30am Tuesday 20th May 2014
Friday May 9. Berwick’s fascinating, particularly when viewed from the Elizabethan ramparts built, not always successfully, to keep marauding Scots at bay. That the border town remains at war with Russia may, for the moment, be supposed mythical.
10:00am Tuesday 13th May 2014
9:58am Tuesday 6th May 2014
10:01am Tuesday 29th April 2014
10:08am Tuesday 22nd April 2014
9:47am Tuesday 15th April 2014
9:53am Tuesday 1st April 2014
FELLOW feeling, today’s column was to have majored on a meeting of the Grumpy Old Men’s Breakfast club which gathers – doubtless querulously – around Norton-on-Tees each Wednesday. The only problem is that, having extended the invitation – “We are treated with his regard, wherever we decide to grace with our presence” – they failed totally to acknowledge its eager acceptance.
10:36am Tuesday 25th March 2014
10:33am Tuesday 25th March 2014
LAST week’s piece on the passing of Tony Benn noted that he was an assiduous diary keeper. One entry concerned a visit to the home of Sunderland North MP Chris Mullin when Benn hung up his jacket, but forgot to check that his semipermanent pipe was properly out before putting it in the pocket.
9:52am Tuesday 18th March 2014
9:47am Tuesday 18th March 2014
TONY BENN was in Willington the day before the Durham Big Meeting, an immoveable objective in his diary since 1961. Back then, he said, Durham had 350 pits. He was also due to give the sermon at the miners’ service in the cathedral and had mischievously been toying with New Labour’s ten commandments.
10:01am Tuesday 11th March 2014
10:48am Tuesday 4th March 2014
10:21am Tuesday 4th March 2014
SEDUCED by steam, last week’s column was on the Great Goodbye at Shildon. Those who so expertly design the page chose to highlight the suggestion that folk who persist in calling Mallard and her sister locos “trains” should be condemned, Sisyphus-like, forever to be returned to the back of the queue.
10:30am Tuesday 25th February 2014
9:51am Tuesday 18th February 2014
10:19am Tuesday 11th February 2014
NONE who sentiently lived through it is likely to forget the winter of 1962-63. If it were bleak down here, or over there, what on earth must it have been like in Tow Law? It was the Alaska of the North; up there they really did get the drift.
11:05am Tuesday 4th February 2014
THE 9.58 is approaching Alnmouth railway station, a place where the notion of integrated transport has hitherto seemed as helplessly lost in the translation as the north Northumberland accent, when the guard announces that there is a connecting service to Alnwick.
9:50am Tuesday 28th January 2014
10:35am Tuesday 21st January 2014
10:43am Tuesday 14th January 2014
10:41am Tuesday 14th January 2014
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough