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.
10:17am Thursday 19th March 2015
No one asks “Where’s your father, referee?” when Michael Oliver takes charge
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.”
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.
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.
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.
11:22am Thursday 19th February 2015
A little over the border line, we have news of yet another triumph for the Better Together campaign.
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.
11:14am Thursday 19th February 2015
Jack Spratt to catch a mackerel, the column’s still reaching for the sky over Swaledale
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.