3:50pm Thursday 19th January 2017
BRIAN FLETCHER and I were once near neighbours, if not particularly close friends. That was in West Auckland, just a few miles from his roots in the Butterknowle area.
3:51pm Thursday 19th January 2017
DARLINGTON hosted Gloucester City on Saturday, National League North-ish, the column made equally welcome in the boardroom on a wholly unplanned visit.
12:38pm Thursday 12th January 2017
SIX pages apart, The Times on Saturday carried separate stories which together suggested that some of us might live to be a thousand.
12:40pm Thursday 12th January 2017
TALK in the last column before Christmas of ever-combative ex-Sunderland skipper Kevin Ball reminded former Durham prison governor Dave Thompson of the time that Bally was within those walls. Just visiting, of course, and in the company of team mates Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips.
11:39am Thursday 5th January 2017
ALAN WHITE was a newly qualified teacher, just six years older than many of his pupils and every bit as hirsute, when appointed to Easington Colliery Second Modern school at the start of 1975-76.
11:41am Thursday 5th January 2017
IT'S still one of football’s great mysteries: just how did West Auckland’s pitch come so suddenly and dramatically to flood during a crucial Amateur Cup match on a wild Wednesday afternoon in March 1963?
1:39pm Thursday 15th December 2016
FOR getting on 20 years Sharon Gayter appeared so regularly and so resoundingly amid these columns that we were almost running mates, and if not strictly running mates then enthusiastically and breathlessly in her wake.
1:40pm Thursday 15th December 2016
ON November 10 we told how a 1941 edition of Wisden, “liberated” from the library of Oflag VIIB prisoner of war camp by DLI second lieutenant and future Durham County cricketer Keith Jackson, had been discovered and was for sale on Wisden’s auction site.
4:57pm Friday 9th December 2016
MAN in the middle Stan Evans received an award from Hartlepool Referees’ Association last week for 70 years involvement – his first game on November 26, 1946. “A truly lovely chap,” says RA president Ian Cruickshanks.
4:54pm Friday 9th December 2016
IT’S among life’s minor curiosities that the town of Scunthorpe not only finds itself customarily truncated to Scunny but that – no matter how dolorous the weather – Scunny is prefixed by sunny.
9:15am Thursday 1st December 2016
INDELIBLY recalled as the last time that Newcastle United won anything, the 1969 Inter Cities Fairs Cup final in Budapest was also memorable for the way in which Bob Cass got to see the match.
8:24am Thursday 24th November 2016
AS always inclined towards the fanciful, last week’s report from Hallam FC – the world’s oldest football ground – wondered if they or the legendarily hilly Tow Law Town had the more vertiginous pitch.
8:25am Thursday 24th November 2016
HEREABOUTS identified for three decades as The Elderly Secretary of the Bishop Auckland Referees’ Society, Terry Farley is stepping aside from that position after 54 years. “I was just getting the hang of it,” says Terry, a youthful 83.
11:35am Friday 18th November 2016
ENGLAND v Scotland notwithstanding, there may have been more in the members’ lounge at Durham County Cricket Club last Friday evening than frequently there are outside on a chilly April afternoon.
2:59pm Thursday 17th November 2016
SINCE we are a pretty geriatric quintet – were the motive power to be in keeping with the age profile of the passengers, the train would probably be hauled by Locomotion No 1 – it is perhaps appropriate that the latest stop on the Railroad to Wembley is the oldest football ground in the world.
9:51am Thursday 10th November 2016
THE day before Remembrance Day, we hear of the sale of a remarkable copy of the 1941 Wisden – liberated from the library at Oflag V11B prisoner-of-war camp in Bavaria by former Durham County cricketer Keith Jackson.
9:48am Thursday 10th November 2016
IN order to make a 1.30pm kick-off at Wearhead United, England’s highest football ground, it is necessary to catch the 7.52am bus from Scotch Corner, change three times and wrap up very warm indeed.
12:40pm Thursday 3rd November 2016
BARNARD Castle Cricket Club officially opened, or at least officially showed off, its spanking new pavilion on Saturday.
8:52am Thursday 27th October 2016
RAILROAD to Wembley, FA Vase first round proper, Litherland Remyca v Shildon last Saturday. Litherland’s five miles from Liverpool city centre. Without intended offence to the land of my fathers, the yet greater attraction than watching the Railwaymen may be renewing acquaintance with the Scousers, some of the finest folk on earth.
8:52am Thursday 27th October 2016
EVENWOOD Cricket Club’s annual presentation moves, frequently, with the times. First it was held at the village sports and social club: it closed and they shifted 200 yards to the White Swan.
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
Former Darlington Football Club physiotherapist Paul Gough offers advice on how to stay fit and fresh for longer.
Darlington captain Kevin Burgess, who joined the club in the summer of 2015, takes a look at the week’s events at the club.
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.