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.”
12:39pm Thursday 25th June 2015
SINCE the Birthday Honours always coincide with a week’s holiday, belated congratulations to our old friend Roy Simpson MBE – “services to cricket and the community.”
2:35pm Thursday 11th June 2015
A YEAR to the day before the Auckland Castle folk launch their sound and light spectacular beneath the Eleven Arches, Harry Pearson also drew a canny crowd to the castle.
3:41pm Thursday 11th June 2015
CLEARLY an early bird, the marvellous Tommy Taylor rings at 6.30am on Monday – having read in that morning’s paper that I’m retiring next June after 20 years as Northern League chairman.
2:38pm Thursday 4th June 2015
THE bairns are 33 and 31 now and their father has brought them up properly. They support Arsenal and Shildon – passionately, permanently and in alphabetical order.
2:40pm Thursday 4th June 2015
THE night after he’d finished his autobiography – “On the chin, the memoires of a political bruiser” – Lord Pendry of Stalybridge was principal guest at the Ebac Northern League’s annual dinner on Friday evening.
5:58pm Thursday 14th May 2015
THE Railroad to Wembley is oft a solitary adventure, on occasion accompanied by one or two companions and a carrier bag.
6:19pm Thursday 14th May 2015
LES DIXON, one of the last survivors of the epic, twice replayed 1954 FA Amateur Cup final between Bishop Auckland and Crook Town, has died. He was 86, worked for ICI at Billingham and lived in Stokesley.
10:53am Wednesday 6th May 2015
AMONG the very best things about Shildon winning the Northern League last Wednesday evening was to have been that I got to present the awards and (of course) to make a carefully crafted little speech.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.