Scott Wilson
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks back at the highs and lows of the week in sport
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Blowing hot and cold

The Northern Echo:

11:12am Thursday 18th September 2014

SINCE sundry columns down the years have suggested that the Tow Law climate is a mite inhospitable, it should be recorded that at last week’s evening match with Northallerton the thermometer reached 18 degrees.

Home Bankers

The Northern Echo:

11:10am Thursday 18th September 2014

Back where it all began, the Northern League has been celebrating its 125th birthday

Banker’s draft

The Northern Echo:

10:39am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE funny thing about South Bank, or at least about South Bank railway station, is that it smells exactly as it did all those long gone years ago when we’d pitch up for the football.

Part of the reunion

The Northern Echo:

10:38am Thursday 28th August 2014

Memories of old friends – and of the one who nearly didn’t get away

Nudge, Nudger

The Northern Echo:

10:24am Thursday 21st August 2014

SHEFFIELD United, and not many may know this, played Northern League football from 1891-93. Harry Lilley and Mick Whitham won full England caps while playing against the likes of Stockton and South Bank, but the sharpest Blade of all may have been Ernest Needham, known universally as Nudger.

Nelson column

The Northern Echo:

10:22am Thursday 21st August 2014

England expects – but first the extra preliminaries

Fiery brigade

The Northern Echo:

10:24am Thursday 14th August 2014

CLEARLY today’s is to be a bowlers’ wicket: India’s capitulation in the Old Trafford test elicits from Keith Hopper a splendid story of the great FS Trueman.

Barnes stormer

The Northern Echo:

10:21am Thursday 14th August 2014

He’s 45, has a bowling average of seven, a sporting smiling assassin

Sear class

The Northern Echo:

10:21am Thursday 7th August 2014

CHAMBERS Dictionary, infallible, defines “searing” as burning or scorching and adds that “sear” may also mean to render callous or insensitive.

Wartime Olympian standing tall

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Thursday 7th August 2014

NEIL MCKAY spots a piece in Monday’s Telegraph – his mum’s copy, he adds, lest obloquy ensue – about five British Olympians killed before the Great War had barely began.

National treasure

The Northern Echo:

10:13am Thursday 7th August 2014

One of the region’s favourite sportsmen reaches his 90th birthday next week

Innings closed

The Northern Echo:

10:02am Thursday 31st July 2014

AN icy February evening in February 2013. I’m hoofing past the Daleside pub at Croxdale, between Durham and Spennymoor, when assailed from outside it by the shirt-sleeved Sam Stoker, then 76.

Out of the deep end

The Northern Echo:

10:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Freestyle, as usual, the column catches up with a North-East Olympian

A commonwealth of experience

The Northern Echo:

10:43am Thursday 17th July 2014

“EDINBURGH 86 will stand as a monument to the pitfalls of modern sport” – Michael Calvin, The Sunday Telegraph.

Unlucky for some

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Thursday 17th July 2014

The 20th Commonwealth Games opens in Glasgow next week. The column recalls the last time that Scotland hosted the Games, the ill-fated 13th

Fame at last

The Northern Echo:

10:01am Thursday 10th July 2014

TWELVE years after he was nominated, 11 after he died, Norman Sarsfield has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale.

Forever Feversham

The Northern Echo:

9:59am Thursday 10th July 2014

The column makes its annual pilgrimage to the back of beyond

The biter bit

The Northern Echo:

10:22am Thursday 3rd July 2014

PHIL Thompson, known to a generation of football fans as Pinocchio, spoke last Friday at the latest sportsmen’s evening for St Mary’s Boys’ Club, in Bishop Auckland.

Callum column

The Northern Echo:

10:19am Thursday 3rd July 2014

IT was a wonderful picture: sixyear- old Callum Brodrick – “a bit bigger than two pennorth of copper but not much taller than the stumps” – giving it everything under the watchful eye of umpire Malcolm Dawes.

Super Mac

The Northern Echo:

10:18am Thursday 3rd July 2014

The schoolboy boxer who has fought his way to an England captaincy – contending with mosquitoes along the way

Plimsoll lines

The Northern Echo: WALL TRIBUTE: The blue plaque on Marks and Spencer, Redcar High Street.     Picture: ANDY LAMB (7594519)

10:12am Tuesday 1st July 2014

EVEN away from it all, we devour the newspapers. Thus in Cornwall –the English Riviera, where the Prime Minster also likes to spend his holidays – it was impossible to miss the exquisite embarrassment endured by Ms Helen Goodman and to wonder why she hadn’t read the At Your Service column of June 23 2007.

Sale of the century

The Northern Echo: GOLF DAY: Cancer survivor Ian Larnarch, centre, with David Fradgley and George Courtney, plans 72 holes in a day

10:25am Thursday 26th June 2014

GIVEN a practice run in the column two weeks ago, former Darlington footballer Ian Larnach and World Cup referee George Courtney duly completed their 100-hole golf challenge last Friday.

Lord’s day observed

The Northern Echo: CRICKET ROLE: Portrait of Thomas Lord, Thirsk Museum

10:21am Thursday 26th June 2014

Celebrated throughout cricket, Thomas Lord may be almost forgotten in his birthplace

Rounds of appreciation

The Northern Echo: GOLF DAY: Cancer survivor Ian Larnarch, centre, with David Fradgley and George Courtney, plans 72 holes in a day

10:31am Thursday 12th June 2014

THE longest day, a week on Saturday, is officially June 21. For cancer survivor and former Darlington footballer Ian Larnach, it’s likely to be the day before.

Over-60s’ clubbable

The Northern Echo: NOT OUT: Gary Purcell

10:27am Thursday 12th June 2014

The column walks the boundary with English cricket’s granddads’ army

Retirement age

The Northern Echo: Tom in his day job as driver with Stockton funeral firm Crake and Mallon

10:26am Thursday 29th May 2014

WHATEVER the debacle in the Ashes, England’s more senior cricketers – the Over-60s and Over-70s – will be unable to seek revenge this summer.

Plain wrong

The Northern Echo: The photograph that started it all, with George Formby in the middle

10:21am Thursday 29th May 2014

Turned out nice again, the column finds itself on the trail of the legendary George Formby

Miners’ miracle

The Northern Echo: BED FELLOW: Marske United chairman Peter Collinson sleeping on the job (and with the Northern League Cup)

10:21am Thursday 15th May 2014

IT’S to be a West Auckland column.

Blush telegraph

The Northern Echo: BIG FAN: James Batty, nine, among the fans cheering on West Auckland at Wembley

10:17am Thursday 15th May 2014

Wembley, and not just on the pitch where the chickens come home to roost

Final straws

The Northern Echo: The Ernest Armstrong Cup final - Washington in red, Jarrow Roofing in blue and yellow

12:05pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Celtic Nation, intriguingly named, are a Carlisle-based football team who play – play very well – in the Ebac Northern League. Though the “C” is hard, as in Clydeside, they increasingly draw support and interest from Glasgow Celtic.

All-round excellence

The Northern Echo: TALENTED: Harry Bell

10:40am Thursday 1st May 2014

HARRY Bell, one of that near-vanished breed who played both high level cricket and football, has died. He was 89.

The final Coundon

The Northern Echo: CURT UNCAGED: in training for a world championship fight

10:37am Thursday 1st May 2014

Curt Warburton is pulling pints, but definitely not pulling any punches

Hopping mad

The Northern Echo: Football foodie Gary Bland at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland

9:55am Thursday 24th April 2014

Never mind two men and a dog. In the Northern League, there’s even a horse

Hawley unlikely

The Northern Echo: UP HILL, DOWN DALE: Spout House v Duncombe Park, who have moved to a level playing field

10:15am Thursday 17th April 2014

CRICKET re-emerges, the Feversham League’s unique joys await. This season, sadly, the deeply grass-rooted North Yorkshire competition is again reduced to just four teams.

Germany calling

The Northern Echo: FACE TO FACE: The West German and Crook teams meet council chairman Councillor RW Coates

10:13am Thursday 17th April 2014

Another mystery: did Der Kaiser and Der Bomber touch down in County Durham?

St Andrews, cross

The Northern Echo: CELEBRATIONS: West Auckland after their win over St Andrews

11:17am Thursday 10th April 2014

FOR West Auckland and St Andrews, the Railroad to Wembley proved what we train spotters called a double header: semi-final first leg in Co Durham, second a week later in Canal Street, Leicester.

Benefit of the doubt

The Northern Echo: FAMOUS NAMES: The match programme for March 20, 1961

11:07am Thursday 10th April 2014

It was meant to be an All Stars XI: only the great Tom Finney really shone

Northern lights

10:20am Thursday 27th March 2014

The Northern League has been celebrating its 125th anniversary. Mike Amos, its chairman for 18 years, reports from the inside

Speak of the devil

The Northern Echo: Help from their ‘friends’: the Sgt Pepper album cover

10:34am Thursday 20th March 2014

FAB Four and then some, lots of readers knew that the only footballer featured on the sleeve of the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP was Albert Stubbins, a Wallsend lad most affectionately remembered at Anfield.

Serious business

The Northern Echo: MILESTONE: Len Walker, former Darlington manager, celebrates his 70th birthday

10:31am Thursday 20th March 2014

Len Walker was one of those footballers for whom they shouted down the pit shaft. Now he hits 70

Robson’s choice

The Northern Echo: FONDLY REMEMBERED: The late Barbara Robson, looking through cuttings about her husband Lance, a Darlington footballer and dentist

10:44am Thursday 13th March 2014

BARBARA Robson, whose funeral was held last Friday, was the widow of one of the best and most colourful footballers Darlington ever had.

Bulldog creed

The Northern Echo: NO BEAUTY: The British bulldog

10:42am Thursday 13th March 2014

IT can’t be much fun being a bulldog. The poor things are unlikely ever to receive a telegram from the Queen, not unless they qualify at the age of about eight-and-a-half.

From the sublime...

The Northern Echo: MUGS GAME: ‘Sublimation mugs’ feature in the merchandise

10:56am Thursday 6th March 2014

THE first day of what apparently is termed meteorological spring and the weather’s positively vernal for the latest Groundhoppers’ event helping celebrate the Northern League’s 125th anniversary.

Kasher delivery

The Northern Echo: FAMILY LINK? Joe Kasher

10:53am Thursday 6th March 2014

They shared a surname and rare football ability, but what else?

Sir Tom remembered

The Northern Echo: MATCH MEMORIES: Colin Barker on the front cover of the benefit match programme

10:38am Thursday 6th March 2014

HAD the great Tom Finney played in a benefit match at Feethams, last week’s column wondered?

Barnes stormer

The Northern Echo: IN THE RUNNING: Ian Barnes pictured in training last year

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.

Cinque or swim

The Northern Echo: HORRIBLE HAPPENING: The Mignonette was the scene of cannibalism

10:24am Thursday 27th February 2014

A true story of Confessor and cannibalism, into which a little football overlaps

Baden farewell

The Northern Echo: NAME TO REMEMBER: Baden Powell, front left, in the Quakers line-up, in February 1952

10:21am Thursday 20th February 2014

BADEN Powell, a fleet footballer with a memorable name, has died, aged 82. He was also a formidable foot runner, caddie for 25 years to Ryder Cup golfer Peter Butler and in later life a teacher.

Bourne again

The Northern Echo: NAME’S THE SAME: Eastbourne Sports Complex, in Darlington, hosts a hockey match between Bishop Auckland (red tops) and Marton Furness

10:17am Thursday 20th February 2014

The Railroad to Wembley becomes yet another victim of the storms

Creaky blighter

The Northern Echo: ALL SMILES: George McGeachie shares a joke after his cartilage operation

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.



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