Passionate and personable, Colin Richardson made a big mark in North-East football

The Northern Echo: Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead  -  Colin Richardson, who managed Gateshead 25 years ago.  He was the last manager from the North East to win at Wembley.Pic: Chris Booth    19/04/06    Story: Mike Amos (23269846)

10:05am Thursday 16th April 2015

COLIN Richardson, among the most successful North-East football managers of modern times, has died. He was 71, led both Whickham and Bridlington to FA Vase success at Wembley and never, ever, forgot the thrill of it.

Tyneside cyclists are Coppi cats

The Northern Echo: Tyneside cyclists are Coppi cats

12:53pm Thursday 9th April 2015

FAUSTO Coppi was a national hero who became the subject of a national scandal. As so often, it was a case of cherchez la femme (or whatever the Italian equivalent).

Four-minute milestone

The Northern Echo: Four-minute milestone

12:54pm Thursday 9th April 2015

OCTOGENARIAN athlete Ian Barnes and Belgian academic Herwig Reyneart were lunching at the Hole in the Wall in Darlington last week in a bid to – well – fill in some gaps.

Stan and delivered

The Northern Echo: Stan Wilson

9:59am Wednesday 1st April 2015

ONE of Stan Wilson’s favourite stories – he had many, enthusiastically and tirelessly re-told – was of his Northern League debut for Shildon back in the 1950s.

Michael Oliver has set refereeing bar 'up in the stratosphere'

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Thursday 19th March 2015

No one asks “Where’s your father, referee?” when Michael Oliver takes charge

Little acorns

The Northern Echo: Julio Arca

10:05am Thursday 19th March 2015

WE last wrote of Littletown Cricket Club in March 2013, on the eve of its resurrection. “Littletown’s a misnomer,” the column began. “It’s not even that big.”

Their league has its ups and downs but Dave and Doreen still keep the faith

2:25pm Thursday 12th March 2015

THE North East Christian Fellowship League, a football competition which really does have a mission statement, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

'I've won the race but the medal ceremony is temporarily on hold'

The Northern Echo: 'I've won the race but the medal ceremony is temporarily on hold'

2:29pm Thursday 12th March 2015

THE good news, indeed the absolutely tremendous news, is that Paul McGeary’s leukaemia is in remission – exactly 13 weeks after diagnosis – though needs must there are two further chemotherapy cycles.

The fighter still remains

The Northern Echo:

11:18am Thursday 19th February 2015

WE'VE come a long way since those few paragraphs five weeks ago based on a 1950s minute book of the Swaledale Football League. A long story very short, it led to memories of Squadron Leader George Bennions DFC, a Spitfire pilot who lost an eye in the Battle of Britain, but who in the 1950s was still a combative centre half for Colburn and Walkerville.

Together asunder

The Northern Echo:

11:22am Thursday 19th February 2015

A little over the border line, we have news of yet another triumph for the Better Together campaign.

Top hatter

The Northern Echo:

11:19am Thursday 19th February 2015

KEN Hawkes, a County Durham lad who played for Luton Town in the 1959 FA Cup final, has died. He was 81 and things were a bit different back then.

The fighter still remains


11:14am Thursday 19th February 2015

Jack Spratt to catch a mackerel, the column’s still reaching for the sky over Swaledale

In on the park

The Northern Echo: Ian Barnes 80 year old runner:Picture Keith Taylor (14764673)

2:49pm Thursday 18th December 2014

IAN Barnes runs and runs; now he overruns. His 80th birthday two days ago, he continues to represent England, to train six days a week, to outstrip credibility. The column had flagged the milestone a couple of weeks back, promised a more substantial celebration, arranged to meet at 8.45am last Saturday before the weekly Darlington Park Run – or parky run, as at that hour on so sub-zero a morning it might not unreasonably have been supposed.

After the gold rush

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2:50pm Thursday 18th December 2014

CANNY footballer in his day, David Copland. He was in the Reeth team which proved Wensleydale League invincibles, scored eight in a match for Richmond in the 15-1 win against Catterick Military Hospital – “people said it must have been the patients” – and in 1982 was in the Richmond team which won the Darlington Charity Cup.

The road to Bruin

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12:20pm Thursday 27th November 2014

WOJTEK, like Yogi, was smarter than the average bear. Adopted as a cub by Polish soldiers in 1942, initially fed on condensed milk – admittedly from an empty vodka bottle – he later developed a taste for beer and tabs and was officially enlisted into the 22nd Artillery Supply Company.

Green party

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12:20pm Thursday 27th November 2014

GREATLY to her surprise, the extraordinary Vera Selby – Queen of Green – has won a lifetime achievement award for her services to billiards. It was presented last week at the world championships in Leeds.

Whistle happy

The Northern Echo:

5:44pm Thursday 20th November 2014

MICK Henderson refereed the Over 40s League match between Trimdon Vets and Hartlepool Stag and Monkey (a peculiarly Hartlepudlian coupling) on Saturday morning.

Doomed, I tell ye…

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5:44pm Thursday 20th November 2014

THE Oldie magazine, required reading these days, has a lengthy piece lamenting the demise of star sports writers – “once regarded as the air aces of the circulation war.”

Fired in the Furness

The Northern Echo:

5:42pm Thursday 9th October 2014

CUMBRIA’S not far, is it? Twenty minutes up the A66 from Scotch Corner and you’re there, albeit amid the perpetual rain clouds which lugubriously embrace Stainmore Common.

Welsh dressing

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5:44pm Thursday 9th October 2014

TRANSFERRED in the summer from Guisborough Town to Cardiff City, hot-shot Danny Johnson paid a surprise visit to his parents last weekend.

Mike Amos

The Northern Echo: Mike Amos

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

Sport Columnists

The Northern Echo: Scott WilsonScott Wilson
Wilson's World
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.

The Northern Echo: Paul FraserPaul Fraser
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.

The Northern Echo: Mike AmosMike Amos
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.

The Northern Echo: Paul FraserPaul Fraser
Fraser From The Fairway
Golf writer Paul Fraser takes a look at the North-East golf scene.

The Northern Echo: Paul GoughPaul Gough
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.

The Northern Echo: Ian WatsonIan Watson
Darlington Football Club
In his weekly column Ian Watson gives his thoughts on the team’s push for promotion and behind-the-scenes-tales from Quakers.

The Northern Echo: Chris MasonChris Mason
Spennymoor Town Football Club
Weekly column from Moors captain Chris Mason who has made over 200 appearances for the Evo-Stik First Division North club.


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