4:51pm Thursday 23rd February 2017
IT'S the Met Office to blame. Careless talk about England being warmer than the Mediterranean and the North-East collectively casts a clout. Hibernation’s hijacked, Spring sprung.
4:53pm Thursday 23rd February 2017
REMEMBER the razzamatazz a few years back when appropriately named American biscuit billionaire Bob Rich sought to see how the cookie crumbled with Bedlington Terriers? There’s a small world sequel.
11:43am Thursday 16th February 2017
JACK O’Connor, a lovely little feller from a different football age, died at the weekend.
11:42am Thursday 16th February 2017
It’s February 8, a week back yesterday. “The worst winter for thirty years,” says Steve Lumb over the phone and no matter that by the same token many might suppose it to have been the best.
11:05am Thursday 9th February 2017
HIS profile somewhat flatlined these days, Big Ron Atkinson – aka Mr Bojangles, 78 next month – addressed a sportsmen’s evening last Friday at Tindale Crescent Workmen’s Club, near Bishop Auckland.
11:10am Thursday 9th February 2017
THE Railroad to Wembley piece on Newport Pagnell (Backtrack, February 2) prompted Brian Kirkbride to suppose that the 6-inch guns of HMS Belfast, now a museum ship moored on the Thames, are aimed permanently at Newport Pagnell services on the M1. As the Royal Navy might never say, he was slightly off target.
9:00am Sunday 29th January 2017
HALF-an-hour before kick-off and Bill Penman, Crook Town’s indefatigable vice-chairman, is standing just inside the turnstiles at the historic and much loved Millfield ground.
11:49am Thursday 26th January 2017
THE splendid chaps from the Durham Amateur Football Trust have a new exhibition at the National Railway Museum in Shildon. This one’s truly grass rooted.
3:50pm Thursday 19th January 2017
BRIAN FLETCHER and I were once near neighbours, if not particularly close friends. That was in West Auckland, just a few miles from his roots in the Butterknowle area.
3:51pm Thursday 19th January 2017
DARLINGTON hosted Gloucester City on Saturday, National League North-ish, the column made equally welcome in the boardroom on a wholly unplanned visit.
12:38pm Thursday 12th January 2017
SIX pages apart, The Times on Saturday carried separate stories which together suggested that some of us might live to be a thousand.
12:40pm Thursday 12th January 2017
TALK in the last column before Christmas of ever-combative ex-Sunderland skipper Kevin Ball reminded former Durham prison governor Dave Thompson of the time that Bally was within those walls. Just visiting, of course, and in the company of team mates Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips.
11:39am Thursday 5th January 2017
ALAN WHITE was a newly qualified teacher, just six years older than many of his pupils and every bit as hirsute, when appointed to Easington Colliery Second Modern school at the start of 1975-76.
11:41am Thursday 5th January 2017
IT'S still one of football’s great mysteries: just how did West Auckland’s pitch come so suddenly and dramatically to flood during a crucial Amateur Cup match on a wild Wednesday afternoon in March 1963?
1:39pm Thursday 15th December 2016
FOR getting on 20 years Sharon Gayter appeared so regularly and so resoundingly amid these columns that we were almost running mates, and if not strictly running mates then enthusiastically and breathlessly in her wake.
1:40pm Thursday 15th December 2016
ON November 10 we told how a 1941 edition of Wisden, “liberated” from the library of Oflag VIIB prisoner of war camp by DLI second lieutenant and future Durham County cricketer Keith Jackson, had been discovered and was for sale on Wisden’s auction site.
4:57pm Friday 9th December 2016
MAN in the middle Stan Evans received an award from Hartlepool Referees’ Association last week for 70 years involvement – his first game on November 26, 1946. “A truly lovely chap,” says RA president Ian Cruickshanks.
4:54pm Friday 9th December 2016
IT’S among life’s minor curiosities that the town of Scunthorpe not only finds itself customarily truncated to Scunny but that – no matter how dolorous the weather – Scunny is prefixed by sunny.
9:15am Thursday 1st December 2016
INDELIBLY recalled as the last time that Newcastle United won anything, the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup final in Budapest was also memorable for the way in which Bob Cass got to see the match.
8:24am Thursday 24th November 2016
AS always inclined towards the fanciful, last week’s report from Hallam FC – the world’s oldest football ground – wondered if they or the legendarily hilly Tow Law Town had the more vertiginous pitch.
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