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Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks back at the highs and lows of the week in sport
Northern League chairman Mike Amos on grassroots sport and that of yesteryear
North-East physiotherapist Paul Gough offers tips on keeping your body in prime condition
10:56am Thursday 6th March 2014
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10:36am Thursday 27th February 2014
THE Lions’ Bookshop in Darlington celebrated its 20th birthday on Saturday, the column invited to add a few words to the millions already therein. No matter that some of the Lions are getting a bit long in the incisor, they do a remarkable job.
10:24am Thursday 27th February 2014
10:21am Thursday 20th February 2014
10:17am Thursday 20th February 2014
10:30am Thursday 13th February 2014
LAST week’s column on 60s centre forward Bill Hopper recalled the illuminating Wednesday night in Blackpool when his goal helped Darlington to a 2-1 League Cup victory over s first division side including four England internationals.
10:29am Thursday 13th February 2014
10:14am Thursday 6th February 2014
BOB Murton, who not unreasonably we had supposed to be Britain’s oldest active sportsman, has died. He was 104 and still playing bowls at 100 – at which point, no less unreasonably, they gave him life membership. The rub of the green, as it were.
10:11am Thursday 6th February 2014
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11:37am Thursday 30th January 2014
THE morning after the night before – and more of that sticky situation very shortly – former England and Manchester United central defender Gary Pallister turned up breezily at the National Football Museum in Manchester last Thursday officially to launch the Northern League 125 exhibition.
11:35am Thursday 30th January 2014
12:06pm Thursday 23rd January 2014
12:04pm Thursday 23rd January 2014
10:34am Thursday 16th January 2014
10:27am Thursday 9th January 2014
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11:32am Friday 27th December 2013
11:29am Friday 27th December 2013
CHRISTMAS Day 1914. The truce in the trenches may best be recalled for a football match in noman’s land, but Captain Bruce Bairnsfather – wonderful name – effectively employed another sporting analogy.
10:47am Thursday 19th December 2013
PUBLISHED several times hereabouts, Middlesbrough defender George Friend is continuing his journalistic education by working with the BBC. Last Wednesday, the Corporation threw him into the deep end – straight from training to interview me.
10:44am Thursday 19th December 2013
10:45am Thursday 19th December 2013
SOMEONE once said that old age is a closed mind and open flies. Forgetfully, so it had seemed 12 days ago, when the Railroad to Wembley headed to Brighouse in West Yorkshire, but I came close to being locked up for indecent exposure on Darlington station.
11:33am Thursday 12th December 2013
SHILDON did to Frank Bruno last Friday evening what Mike Tyson could never do. It made him cry. The former world heavyweight boxing champion and genuine A-list celebrity was at a sportsmen’s evening in the Railway Institute, jointly organised by the town’s football and cricket clubs.
11:32am Thursday 12th December 2013
11:44am Thursday 5th December 2013
DARLINGTON Railway Athletic Cricket Club is marking its centenary, perhaps sidelined somewhat from the days when 2,000 spectators would crowd the boundary, but still batting, and battling, nonetheless “These days we don’t even get two men and a dog, because dogs aren’t allowed,” says former first team captain Peter Eckels, who has compiled a club history to mark the milestone.
10:44am Thursday 28th November 2013
EXACTLY 40 years since Willington hosted sixtimes winners Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, not so much David v Goliath as David v the Rest of the Known World, the County Durham club’s players reunited last Saturday.
2:53pm Thursday 29th August 2013
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3:57pm Thursday 4th July 2013
BLAKEY Bank is in Farndale, North Yorkshire daffodil country, precipitously descending onein- five to the hamlet of Church Houses and to one of the most delightful and most improbable sports venues in Christendom.
12:41pm Thursday 6th June 2013
12:40pm Thursday 6th June 2013
IT’S the last minute of the last match of a pretty inexorable football season – Stanhope Town v Howden-le-Wear Australian, Crook and District League second division. It’s also John Morton’s final whistle after 43 years’ refereeing.
2:42pm Thursday 30th May 2013
2:27pm Thursday 23rd May 2013
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3:55pm Thursday 16th May 2013
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4:02pm Thursday 2nd May 2013
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11:36am Thursday 25th April 2013
THEY still sing of Edgar Kail at Dulwich Hamlet, though he last played for them in 1933 and died in 1976. The column a couple of weeks back wondered if anyone longer dead still featured in a football song.
11:29am Thursday 25th April 2013
4:11pm Thursday 11th April 2013
4:12pm Thursday 11th April 2013
KEITH Hopper, one of the select band to have played both cricket and football for Durham County – and to have done it very well – celebrated his 80th birthday last Friday. There’s a lot more to it than that.
3:27pm Thursday 21st March 2013
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6:19pm Thursday 14th March 2013
LITTLETOWN’S a misnomer. It’s not even that big. Five miles east of Durham, a speck of a place these days, it was once the home of Lord Lambton’s colliery where 500 men and boys worked – among them the ten-year-old Peter Lee – and where 30 lost their lives. It closed in 1914.
12:17pm Thursday 7th March 2013
12:14pm Thursday 7th March 2013
In his admirable railways book Eleven Minutes Late – and in a chapter somewhat confusingly headed Thurso – Matthew Engel writes briefly of a journey on the branch line from Darlington to Bishop Auckland.
12:58pm Thursday 28th February 2013
WE wrote six weeks ago – you know, when the snow was on the ground – of the imminent demise of Belle Vue, the DIY period piece that for 60-odd years has been the oddly ideal home to Consett Football Club.
GENERAL ELECTION: CONSTITUENCIES
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough