6:09am Thursday 27th April 2017
Madge Stamp was right, her view now unobstructed. As Billingham Synthonia’s tea hut supremo supposed in last week’s column, the Synners’ now-endangered cantilever stand really is Britain’s oldest and may well have been the first ever.
5:11am Thursday 27th April 2017
Hetton-le-Hole, home of such football greats as Bob Paisley, Harry Potts and Ralph Coates, on occasion also hosts Sunderland’s Under 23s, or development squad or whatever it is that these days they’re called.
5:50am Thursday 20th April 2017
COMMITMENTS in Cumbria, and the sure and certain hope of a Cranston’s meat and potato pie, meant that the column missed last Saturday what may well have been the last Northern League match at the once-sceptred Billingham Synthonia stadium.
2:49pm Thursday 20th April 2017
LIKE Esau, Alan Hamilton is a hairy man. It’s three years since he bothered the barber, around ten since last he was clean shaven. All that changes on Saturday.
8:20am Thursday 13th April 2017
Among the new faces at the ever-burgeoning Age UK men’s breakfast in Durham the other morning was 80-year-old Gordon Hughes, 160 games on Newcastle United’s right wing before lengthy spells with Derby County and Lincoln.
8:07am Thursday 13th April 2017
Cricket bats again: the North Yorkshire and South Durham League, long a familiar and much admired part of the patio furniture, embarks upon its 125th anniversary season.
3:04pm Thursday 30th March 2017
An awfully long way from Glasgow, they’re preparing to celebrate another chapter in the Bhoys’ own story.
3:06pm Thursday 30th March 2017
KEVIN Stonehouse, Shildon lad and proud of it, was back on home ground last Friday evening to talk of a successful football career.
11:07am Thursday 23rd March 2017
HERE’s the intro to the column’s report on Bedlington Terriers’ appearance in the FA Vase final, May 1998:
11:08am Thursday 23rd March 2017
WITH the clue that one of the opposing side was playing in the FA Vase two days later, last week’s column invited readers to recall Manchester City’s record Premier League defeat.
1:05pm Friday 17th March 2017
IT was one of the most vivid sports images of 2016, Darlington RA footballer Mike Colman lying on the pitch with a double leg fracture, protected by a pile of coats and an umbrella.
1:05pm Friday 17th March 2017
The train from Darlington to Birmingham, that being the penultimate stage of this season’s Railroad to Wembley, has lots of notices about respecting other passengers and keeping the volume down.
1:56pm Thursday 9th March 2017
HE has operated in many of the world’s trouble spots, was appointed OBE in 1998 for leading aid relief among starving children in war-torn Bosnia, was the only overseas worker initially allowed into Burma after the cyclone.
1:59pm Thursday 9th March 2017
ANTICIPATED hereabouts at the start of the year, the reunion of Easington Secondary Modern school’s remarkable football teams of the mid-70s took place on Friday evening.
10:25am Monday 6th March 2017
MARK Taylor was just 26, a multiple cross country champion and an FA Vase winner with Whitley Bay, when told he had motor neurone disease.
10:30am Monday 6th March 2017
ALL this pie-in-the-sky stuff about Wayne Shaw, Sutton United’s heavyweight reserve goalie, rang northerly bells with Dave Rowlings in Totton, near Southampton.
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.
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.
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.