4:03pm Thursday 8th October 2015
ONCE thronged equally, Stanley United’s football ground and Wooley Terrace Methodist Chapel stand sorrowfully side-by-side. Each is abandoned.
4:01pm Thursday 8th October 2015
‘Tween two hillsides, bleak and barren
5:25pm Thursday 1st October 2015
AGE by no means wearying him, John King marked his 70th birthday by doing what he does every Saturday – pulling on his football boots and playing in the Over 40s League.
5:29pm Thursday 1st October 2015
MORE blistered than blistering, the Last Legs Challenge completed a 12-miler from Willington to Durham via the Stone Bridge Inn, a couple of the university colleges and a nice path through Houghall Woods.
2:38pm Thursday 17th September 2015
MATLOCK is a former spa town in the Peak District of Derbyshire, a hydrotherapeutic haven to which thousands would flock to take the waters, which itself remains prone to flooding and is reckoned the smallest place in Britain to have two bus stations.
2:39pm Thursday 17th September 2015
BRIAN Close addressed the Northern Table Tennis Players annual golf day dinner (of all things) at Romanby Golf Cub, Northallerton, in July 1999.
6:11pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
WORST fears were confirmed. Last week’s fall guy has a broken left arm, the offending limb in splint and sling, but not yet gone to pot.
6:00pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
ALLAN Edgar – polliss, wicket-keeper, raconteur, philanthropist and wit – was beyond question the finest pub landlord I ever knew. I’ve known one or two.
5:59pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
LAST Legging it through Crook, we come across a car with the registration R1PPN, parked in Hope Street.
5:55pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
THE amazing Ian Harper, indomitable almost to the end, has lost a long and ever-courageous battle with cancer. He was 68 and a truly lovely guy.
5:53pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
THOUGH serially assailed by very many, I can only ever remember the start of two sermons. One was by Dr David Hope, the former Archbishop of York, at the annual cyclists’ service in Coxwold.
5:51pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
SKINNINGROVE, half-hidden on the coast between Saltburn and Whitby, is reckoned the pigeon racing capital of the north. Cockfield may be the second city.
12:15pm Thursday 30th July 2015
HAPPIER things were meant to fill the right-hand page of today’s column. Deaths have overtaken them. Three men familiar to Backtrack readers have passed on in the past two weeks, among them the delightful Tom Ward from Hunwick, near Crook.
12:00pm Thursday 23rd July 2015
ANY who spotted David Davies on the streets of Stanhope around the turn of the century might have assumed that the Football Association’s executive director was merely enjoying a relaxing weekend in Weardale.
12:06pm Thursday 23rd July 2015
CROOK CRICKET CLUB began its 140th anniversary celebrations with a reunion last freezing Friday evening. At the risk of reunion bashing, it must be said that the gathering didn’t amount to much but the match before it was tremendous.
2:57pm Thursday 9th July 2015
ON the ground next to the National Bible College, an improbably located establishment about which a little more anon, Etherley Cricket Club’s spanking new pavilion will officially be opened on Sunday.
3:00pm Thursday 9th July 2015
RECORD appearance makers Ron Greener and John Peverell, 490 and 465 games for Darlington FC, are saluted in the new housing development finally taking shape on the former Feethams ground.
6:33pm Thursday 2nd July 2015
SHILDON Football Club held its 125th anniversary dinner on Saturday night, Mr Jeff Stelling the main speaker and profiteroles for pudding.
6:35pm Thursday 2nd July 2015
A FAMOUS club fallen on hard times, Crook Town FC – five times FA Amateur Cup winners – held its annual meeting last Thursday.
12:37pm Thursday 25th June 2015
DEEP in the inky innards of last week’s Whitby Gazette, the Vicar of Danby – on no account to be confused with the Vicar of Dibley – had a think piece headed “Stop playing the blame game.”
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.