8:26am Friday 27th November 2015
FITZWILLIAM is to Hemsworth what Cockerton is to Darlington, which is to say indivisible from – and all but subsumed by – Big Brother.
8:27am Friday 27th November 2015
OUR old friend Roy Simpson, chairman of the Durham Cricket League, received his hugely merited MBE from the Duke of Cambridge last week. Peterlee lad, Roy is also a magistrate, chairman of governors at Shotton Hall Academy and founder and organiser of the World Egg Jarping Championships.
11:38am Thursday 12th November 2015
IN raising a glass to the 125th anniversary of the Northern Alliance, last week’s column noted that Tom Watson – the competition’s first secretary – had gone on to rather greater things.
11:39am Thursday 12th November 2015
A FAMOUS picture of the Jarrow Crusade shows the 200 marchers soaked, thoroughly miserable and quite likely wondering where the next bottle of Brown Ale was coming from.
9:03am Friday 6th November 2015
HANDSWORTH Parramore sounds like a particularly unscrupulous landlord in a Charlotte Bronte novel but is, in fact, a football club whose senior side plays in Worksop and the other 30-odd teams 20 miles away in Sheffield.
9:03am Friday 6th November 2015
THE Northern Football Alliance celebrated its 125th anniversary last Thursday with a splendid dinner in Newcastle and with stories from Phil Thompson, Liverpool and England. He missed the Anfield connection: the column will return to it shortly.
4:03pm Thursday 8th October 2015
ONCE thronged equally, Stanley United’s football ground and Wooley Terrace Methodist Chapel stand sorrowfully side-by-side. Each is abandoned.
4:01pm Thursday 8th October 2015
‘Tween two hillsides, bleak and barren
5:25pm Thursday 1st October 2015
AGE by no means wearying him, John King marked his 70th birthday by doing what he does every Saturday – pulling on his football boots and playing in the Over 40s League.
5:29pm Thursday 1st October 2015
MORE blistered than blistering, the Last Legs Challenge completed a 12-miler from Willington to Durham via the Stone Bridge Inn, a couple of the university colleges and a nice path through Houghall Woods.
2:38pm Thursday 17th September 2015
MATLOCK is a former spa town in the Peak District of Derbyshire, a hydrotherapeutic haven to which thousands would flock to take the waters, which itself remains prone to flooding and is reckoned the smallest place in Britain to have two bus stations.
2:39pm Thursday 17th September 2015
BRIAN Close addressed the Northern Table Tennis Players annual golf day dinner (of all things) at Romanby Golf Cub, Northallerton, in July 1999.
6:11pm Thursday 3rd September 2015
WORST fears were confirmed. Last week’s fall guy has a broken left arm, the offending limb in splint and sling, but not yet gone to pot.
6:00pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
ALLAN Edgar – polliss, wicket-keeper, raconteur, philanthropist and wit – was beyond question the finest pub landlord I ever knew. I’ve known one or two.
5:59pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
LAST Legging it through Crook, we come across a car with the registration R1PPN, parked in Hope Street.
5:55pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
THE amazing Ian Harper, indomitable almost to the end, has lost a long and ever-courageous battle with cancer. He was 68 and a truly lovely guy.
5:53pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
THOUGH serially assailed by very many, I can only ever remember the start of two sermons. One was by Dr David Hope, the former Archbishop of York, at the annual cyclists’ service in Coxwold.
5:51pm Wednesday 26th August 2015
SKINNINGROVE, half-hidden on the coast between Saltburn and Whitby, is reckoned the pigeon racing capital of the north. Cockfield may be the second city.
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.
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.
Trevor Oakley, 34, has supported Darlington FC for over 25 years, seeing few highs and many lows. Like all fans, he has his opinions; time will tell whether you agree.