In on the park

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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.

After the gold rush

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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.

The road to Bruin

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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.

Green party

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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.

Whistle happy

The Northern Echo:

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.

Doomed, I tell ye…

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5:44pm Thursday 20th November 2014

THE Oldie magazine, required reading these days, has a lengthy piece lamenting the demise of star sports writers – “once regarded as the air aces of the circulation war.”

Fired in the Furness

The Northern Echo:

5:42pm Thursday 9th October 2014

CUMBRIA’S not far, is it? Twenty minutes up the A66 from Scotch Corner and you’re there, albeit amid the perpetual rain clouds which lugubriously embrace Stainmore Common.

Welsh dressing

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5:44pm Thursday 9th October 2014

TRANSFERRED in the summer from Guisborough Town to Cardiff City, hot-shot Danny Johnson paid a surprise visit to his parents last weekend.

Source for the goose

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Thursday 25th September 2014

STRINGS attached as always, a reader follows last week’s note on unlikely events at Tow Law with a link to the “Football wherever it may be” blog. There’s a report on Tow Law v Thornaby and also a picture of the Edward VIII post box in Catterick.

Cider lines

The Northern Echo:

10:15am Thursday 25th September 2014

Last of the summer wine, the column finally reveals its true colours

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.

Mike Amos
Backtrack

The Northern Echo: Mike Amos

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

Sport Columnists

The Northern Echo: Scott WilsonScott Wilson
Wilson's World
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.

The Northern Echo: Paul FraserPaul Fraser
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.

The Northern Echo: Mike AmosMike Amos
Backtrack
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.

The Northern Echo: Paul FraserPaul Fraser
Fraser From The Fairway
Golf writer Paul Fraser takes a look at the North-East golf scene.

The Northern Echo: Paul GoughPaul Gough
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.

The Northern Echo: Ian WatsonIan Watson
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.

The Northern Echo: Chris MasonChris Mason
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.

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