10:45am Thursday 14th April 2016
HALF a century after they gathered in a chicken cree – new meaning to the phrase about being back in the hutch – Bishop Auckland’s cricketers have toasted the opening of impressive new dressing rooms.
10:44am Thursday 14th April 2016
AMONG the things which were obligatory in the first form at King James I Grammar School were algebra, boiled fish and cricket. The first two were indigestible, the third inescapable.
8:30am Thursday 7th April 2016
SINCE the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is its principal beneficiary, it was perhaps overdue that the Last Legs Challenge should hoof its way through Langley Park on Saturday.
8:39am Thursday 7th April 2016
MENTION the other day of Acklam Park, in Middlesbrough, prompted Eddie Roxburgh to memories of some of Yorkshire cricket’s out grounds, though there was a black Boro day in 1965 that the White Rose would much rather forget.
8:26am Thursday 31st March 2016
JACK Snowdon, the last survivor of the Willington team which famously won the 1950 FA Amateur Cup final at Wembley, has died. He was 91.
8:33am Thursday 31st March 2016
WILLIE Carr, known variously as the Samson of England and the Hercules of the North, was an 18th century Northumberland blacksmith of immense physique and prodigious strength.
8:20am Thursday 17th March 2016
LIKE Grimsby or Shittlehopeburn, though the latter is much smaller and can be deleted according to taste, Pitsea may be unfortunately named. Certainly it has its detractors.
8:22am Thursday 17th March 2016
RICHMONDSHIRE RUGBY CLUB – so named, says the club website, to differentiate it from “some small backwater club near Twickenham” – play on a ground high above the old North Yorkshire town.
11:02am Thursday 10th March 2016
IT’S not called Backtrack for nothing: we return, once again, to the railways.
11:06am Thursday 10th March 2016
THE C2C cycle route spins from Whitehaven on the west coast to Seaburn on the other. The bit from Consett to Birtley was about 12 miles, they said.
10:53am Friday 4th March 2016
POSSIBLY because of the wrong type of draw, possibly engineering works on the line, the Railroad to Wembley has had a circuitous season.
10:50am Friday 4th March 2016
GEORGE Hugill was a greatly familiar figure on the roads for many a mile around Darlington. If they didn’t know his face, they’d know his back, and if not his back, his bike.
9:15am Thursday 11th February 2016
THE huge Nissan plant, they reckon, is on the site of the former RAF Usworth, which later became Sunderland Airport. The Last Legs Challenge took off that way last Saturday, a wet 14-miler from Durham bus station via the back of Frankland Prison and the front of Finchale Priory.
9:14am Thursday 11th February 2016
SIX times former world snooker champion Steve Davis, known widely by the not wholly flattering nickname of Interesting, has just finished his shepherds pie.
8:55am Friday 5th February 2016
BARRIE Richardson, whose passing we noted last week, was a lovely guy, an all-round sportsman of much ability and a considerable quaffer, too.
8:56am Friday 5th February 2016
ON a blast-bitter day like last Saturday, it may be considered an English eccentricity – perversion, perhaps – to sit in a seafront ice cream parlour scoffing a sundae. It hadn’t been the plan.
8:41am Thursday 21st January 2016
COLESHILL is a north Warwickshire town of 6,000 or so souls, 15 minutes by train from Birmingham New Street (of which more, nervously, anon). Unlike in the North-East, they play football there.
8:42am Thursday 21st January 2016
IN what for the moment is Shildon FC’s good old-fashioned clubhouse, three of the club’s former players gathered last Friday for a talk-in.
8:43am Thursday 14th January 2016
Life’s ups and downs, the column fails conspicuously to get its man – or its woman, either.
8:43am Thursday 14th January 2016
TODAY’S was to have been a Railroad to Wembley column. That it’s not is partly because Saturday’s only two surviving FA Vase ties involved heading in the opposite direction – games they’ve been trying to play for three weeks – and partly because a rail replacement bus was operating between Darlington and Newcastle.
Award winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory
Chief sports writer Scott Wilson takes a look back at the last seven days in sport and picks his chumps and champs of the week.
Fraser Kicks Off
Chief football writer Paul Fraser keeps an eye on the region’s football scene and considers whether Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough do things right.
Award winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory.
Fraser From The Fairway
Golf writer Paul Fraser takes a look at the North-East golf scene.
Feel Great For Sport
Award-winning columnist Mike Amos tells the stories of North-East grassroots sport stalwarts and looks back at the characters that live long in the memory.
Trevor Oakley, 34, has supported Darlington FC for over 25 years, seeing few highs and many lows. Like all fans, he has his opinions; time will tell whether you agree.