Scott Wilson
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson looks back at the highs and lows of the week in sport
Northern League chairman Mike Amos on grassroots sport and that of yesteryear
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North-East physiotherapist Paul Gough offers tips on keeping your body in prime condition

Scott Wilson Column: Sterling saga should not prevent the FA from prioritising England Under-21s next summer

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 17th October 2014

THE fallout from Raheem Sterling’s failure to start Sunday’s European Championships qualifier in Tallinn was depressing for a number of reasons.

Who is to blame for the mess at Newcastle United?

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

ROOTED in the relegation places, still searching for a first Premier League win and with their supporters in open revolt against both the manager and owner, it’s hard to see how things could be any worse for Newcastle United.

Scott Wilson Column: Sunderland's woes should not be ignored amid Newcastle's struggles

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 26th September 2014

AMID all the furore about Newcastle United’s below-par start to the season and the frenzied speculation surrounding Alan Pardew’s future at St James’ Park, Sunderland’s performances since the start of the campaign have been somewhat overlooked. Yet one-and-a-half months in, and it’s hard to argue that the Black Cats have been any better than their struggling rivals.

Scott Wilson Column: Durham continue to lead the way in North-East sport

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 19th September 2014

THE last few years have not been easy for Durham. Senior players such as Dale Benkenstein, Steve Harmison, Michael Di Venuto and Will Smith have either retired or moved elsewhere, while Geoff Cook, a huge factor in the club’s three County Championship triumphs, was forced to relinquish his position as head coach and take up a role in the academy after suffering a heart problem.

Pardew will have nowhere to hide if things do not improve at Newcastle

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 12th September 2014

IF anyone was in any doubt as to the mood among Newcastle United supporters when it comes to the position of the club’s manager, they need only log on to a new website that has appeared in the last couple of weeks. Its name – – could hardly be more self-explanatory.

Why England's commitment to Wembley is stopping them from being a 'national' team

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 5th September 2014

LET’S have a very unscientific straw poll – how many of you travelled down to Wembley to watch your national side in action on Wednesday night?

Scott Wilson Column: Why Cattermole's omission means Roy Hodgson has called up the wrong North-East midfielder

The Northern Echo: PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY: Sunderland AFC v Udinese Calcio at Heritage Park. Sunderland's Lee Cattermole.
Picture: TOM BANKS (9105017)

7:00am Friday 29th August 2014

FIRST things first, huge congratulations to Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback, who received his maiden call-up to the England squad yesterday.

Wilson's World: Hopes for Newcastle and Sunderland as the Premier League season begins

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 15th August 2014

WITH the new Premier League season starting tomorrow, the column highlights five hopes for Newcastle United and Sunderland over the course of the next nine months

Scott Wilson Column: Derby are the team to watch as another hugely-competitive Championship season begins

The Northern Echo: Rams boss Steve McClaren. Picture: Action Images

7:00am Friday 8th August 2014

TO some, it is an opportunity to ascend to heights few thought possible. To others, it is a chance to reclaim former glories. To all 24 clubs about to embark on the new Championship season, however, the division is merely a means to an end.

Scott Wilson Column: It's time for the North-East to bid to stage the Commonwealth Games

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 25th July 2014

I’VE been in Glasgow for a couple of days now, and it’s already clear that this is a city determined to enjoy itself.

Scott Wilson Column: Pardew has no more excuses after Newcastle splash the cash

The Northern Echo:

9:51am Friday 18th July 2014

LAST season, as the calls for Alan Pardew’s head increased in both volume and vitriol, it was hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for the embattled Newcastle United boss.

Scott Wilson Column: The winners and losers from Brazil 2014

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson identifies the winners and losers from the World Cup in Brazil

Scott Wilson Column: Yorkshire gears up for its two days of Tour de France glory

The Northern Echo: SPRUCED UP: Residents of Burley-in-Wharfedale get ready to welcome the sporting world during tomorrow's opening stage of the Tour de France

7:02am Friday 4th July 2014

EARLIER this week, Hannah, one of our news editors, was asked what she thought of her home county, Yorkshire, hosting the opening two stages of the Tour de France. “Well, it’s obviously going to be great,” she said. “But there’s one problem. Once everyone gets to see how great Yorkshire is, they’ll all want to come.”

Scott Wilson Column: World Cup blessed with two stars exhibiting their greatness

The Northern Echo: STAR MAN: Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's second goal in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Nigeria

7:01am Friday 27th June 2014

THE leading European leagues might provide financial security, and the Champions League might offer a high-profile platform on which the world’s best players can display their talents, but when it comes to bestowing footballing greatness, the World Cup remains the one tournament with the power to create a reputation that will last through the ages.

Scott Wilson Column: End of an era as Spain's exit signals end of tiki-taka dominance

The Northern Echo: PAIN FOR SPAIN: A Spain supporter holds her head in her hands after Wednesday's defeat to Chile dumped the reigning champions out of the World Cup after just two games

7:02am Friday 20th June 2014

FOOTBALL is a sport that constantly reinvents itself, so there is nothing particularly unusual about a prevailing orthodoxy collapsing. Rarely, though, can the decline have been as rapid or emphatic as the one that came to a head on Wednesday evening.

Scott Wilson Column: Why we're supporting Durham's First Class Futures proposal

The Northern Echo: YOUNG TALENT: Durham's academy team, pictured during a game against Hetton Lyons

7:02am Friday 23rd May 2014

ON Monday, The Northern Echo threw its weight behind First Class Futures, Durham County Cricket Club’s campaign to build a permanent home for the club’s academy at a new nursery ground adjacent to Durham Emirates ICG in Chester-le-Street.

Scott Wilson Column: Man City's all-round excellence proves decisive as Premier League provides thrills and spills once again

The Northern Echo: JUST CHAMPION: Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy above his head after Manchester City finished two points clear of their rivals

7:02am Friday 16th May 2014

LIVERPOOL were the best attacking team, and Chelsea boasted the meanest defence, but when it came to the final reckoning, Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions because they could do a little bit of everything better than anyone else. In the end, all-round excellence trumped superior brilliance at only one end of the field.

Scott Wilson Column: Who should be in next week's England World Cup squad?

The Northern Echo: Post-match press conference with West Brom manager Roy Hodgson after his team's beating of 4-0 by Manchester City in the  Barclays Premier League. Included are GVs of Hodgson.

7:00am Friday 9th May 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson names his 23-man World Cup squad on Monday, and as ever, there are some key decisions required all over the field. This is who I would be taking on the plane to Brazil – and who would be missing out

'Why should we expect Manchester United to be different? They haven't been for a long time now'

The Northern Echo: GONE: David Moyes' departure provides proof that Manchester United are now no different to anyone else

7:00am Friday 25th April 2014

IT used to be said that Manchester United were different. Not any more.

Why Poyet will have to take his share of the blame if Sunderland go down

The Northern Echo: WORRIED MAN: Gus Poyet

7:00am Friday 4th April 2014

WHEN Gustavo Poyet took over from Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland last October, he inherited a complete shambles.

North-East boxing is experiencing a golden age

The Northern Echo: HIGH TIMES: Martin Ward, second left, and Stuart Hall, second right, at yesterday’s press conference to talk about a fight which coems amid a golden era for boxing in the region

7:00am Friday 28th March 2014

THROUGHOUT the latter half of the 1990s and the whole of the 2000s, North-East boxing was stuck in a rut.

Most exciting Premier League ever? Possibly, but certainly not the best

The Northern Echo: CLASS ACT: But Liverpool's Luis Suarez is perhaps the only truly world-class player currently playing in the Premier League

7:00am Friday 21st March 2014

SEVEN weeks of the season to go, and the Premier League title race promises to be one of the tightest and most entertaining ever.

Scott Wilson Column: Pardew loses the plot - but strengthens his position at Newcastle United

The Northern Echo: IS PARDEW A NUTTER?: Manager Alan Pardew clashes with Hull City’s David Meyler

10:00am Friday 7th March 2014

ONLY at Newcastle United could a manager be charged with improper conduct after directing a head-butt at an opposition player, yet still end the week with his position and power base strengthened.

England's World Cup build-up hits crunch time ahead of home double-header

The Northern Echo: Billy Vunipola starred again for England in the Six Nations against Scotland

7:00am Friday 21st February 2014

IT is 17 months until the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but from an English perspective, the countdown begins tomorrow.

Why salvaging something from Newcastle's season could be the key to Pardew saving his job

The Northern Echo: THAT SINKING FEELING: Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran after being thumped by Tottenham Hotspur

7:00am Friday 14th February 2014

IN hindsight, perhaps Newcastle United’s FA Cup third-round defeat to Cardiff was for the best.

Why Emily Sarsfield's Winter Olympics omission casts a shadow over the rest of Team GB

The Northern Echo: Durham's Emily Sarsfield will travel to Sochi next March for the Winter Olympics

7:00am Friday 7th February 2014

THIS should have been one of the greatest days of Emily Sarsfield's life.

'By not acquiring players, Newcastle are simply piling up problems'

The Northern Echo: FACES IN THE CROWD: Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear are all smiles at Saturday’s game

7:00am Friday 31st January 2014

WHEN Alan Pardew reflected on Yohan Cabaye's departure to Paris St Germain in his post-match press conference at Carrow Road on Tuesday, he said the following: “We are going to have to use this money to good effect to make us better. That is how we are going to have to try to break into the Champions League.”

Scott Wilson Column: Why Sunderland's trip to Wembley is the epitome of the beautiful game

The Northern Echo: PRIDE AND PASSION: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet undersrands the special bond between the club's supporters and his players - and hopes the backing of 9,000 fans at Old Trafford this evening will help inspire his players to reach the Capital One Cup final

7:00am Friday 24th January 2014

IT has been easy to fall out of love with football in the last few years. The beautiful game has been tarnished by money, exploited by oligarchs and priced out of the compass of many of the people who would previously have held it dear.

Scott Wilson Column: Why discipline and respect has to start with the Premier League's managers

The Northern Echo: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew (centre) sounds off to opposite number Manuel Pellegrini after Cheick Tiote’s goal was controversially disallowed for offside during the Magpies’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday

7:00am Friday 17th January 2014

ALAN PARDEW has been rightly lambasted for Sunday's touchline tirade at Manuel Pellegrini, but in many ways, the Newcastle United manager is deserving of some sympathy. He was simply unfortunate to be caught.

SCOTT WILSON COLUMN: Why did it go wrong for England's cricketers - and what should they do to repair the damage?

The Northern Echo: Aussie paceman Mitchell Johnson was superb in the Ashes Series. Here he takes off after dismissing my Yorkshire teammate Gary Ballance during the fifth Test in Sydney

7:00am Friday 10th January 2014

SIR ALEX FERGUSON once said that assembling a great side was the easy part of sport management – it was knowing when to dismantle it in order to begin rebuilding another that was the challenge.

Ten sporting tips for 2014

The Northern Echo: Brazil World Cup: All the teams, all the facts

7:00am Friday 3rd January 2014

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson selects his ten sporting tips for 2014

The Northern Echo Sport Awards 2013

The Northern Echo: ONE TO WATCH: Ben Stokes hits out on his way 120 on day five at the WACA ground, one of the few highlights of England’s Ashes series so far

7:00am Friday 20th December 2013

With the awards season in full swing, it's time to look back on another action-packed year of sport in the North-East and North Yorkshire. Who will be 2013's big winners in The Northern Echo Sport Awards?

Hall stands on the brink of history - not to mention the greatest North-East sporting achievement of the year

The Northern Echo: HOMECOMING: Stuart Hall will fight in his hometown of Darlington next week

7:00am Friday 13th December 2013

AS 2013 draws to a close, it is possible to reflect on some memorable moments in North-East sport. The Ashes coming to Emirates Durham ICG, Durham’s thrilling County Championship triumph, Spennymoor Town’s emotional FA Vase win at Wembley.

SCOTT WILSON COLUMN: England heading in the right direction as they look to follow in Wilkinson's World Cup footsteps

The Northern Echo: Brown downs the All Blacks: The Quins full back was in inspired form in the famous England win over New Zealand    Pictures: Getty Images

7:00am Friday 22nd November 2013

TEN years ago today, Jonny Wilkinson landed the most famous drop goal in history to enable England to lift the Rugby World Cup.

My 23-man England squad for the World Cup finals

The Northern Echo: FITNESS CONCERNS: Roy Hodgson

7:00am Friday 15th November 2013

TONIGHT’S game with Chile is one of only five matches England will play before they kick off their World Cup campaign in Brazil next summer. With Roy Hodgson pondering who to include in his 23-man squad for the finals, here’s who my picks would be

Scott Wilson Column: Water Polo attempting to stay afloat as post-Olympic legacy comes to Sunderland

The Northern Echo: TACTICS: Great Britain get a team talk during last night's win over Moldova at Sunderland Aquatic Centre

7:00am Friday 8th November 2013

THINK of water polo, and what's the first thing that springs to mind? Chances are, it's very little. Or maybe a tired old joke about wondering how they stop the horses from drowning.

Scott Wilson Column: Newcastle's loveless marriage

The Northern Echo: Mike Ashley

7:00am Friday 1st November 2013

LESS than a week after the trauma of a derby defeat to Sunderland, it was never going to be all sweetness and light at Newcastle United.

SCOTT WILSON COLUMN: Why Sunday's derby is more important to Pardew's position than Poyet's

The Northern Echo: PLENTY TO PONDER: Alan Pardew takes his winless Newcastle side to Morecambe tonight

7:00am Friday 25th October 2013

FROM the minute Gustavo Poyet arrived at Sunderland, Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby with Newcastle United was immediately identified as a pivotal fixture.

Farcical racism allegations hint at a continued desire to undermine England manager

The Northern Echo: England manager Roy Hodgson

7:00am Friday 18th October 2013

SO much for Roy Hodgson being allowed to bask in the afterglow of Englands successful qualification for next years World Cup finals in Brazil then.

Plotting a route through football's national identity maze

The Northern Echo: Chris Wilder believes Jack Wilshere would have shone at Euro 2012

7:00am Friday 11th October 2013

NATIONALITY is a thorny enough subject to address anyway – blend it with the passions ignited by sport, and you’re always going to have a volatile mix.

FA chairman was right to raise concerns - but his hands are well and truly tied

7:00am Friday 6th September 2013

WHY does the England national team continue to perform so badly? In terms of intractable issues, it’s up there with determining the meaning of life. Greg Dyke is far from the first person to ask the question, and despite the new FA chairman’s well-meaning desire to enact changes, he is unlikely to be the last.

An alternative look at the Premier League season ahead

The Northern Echo: I DO DIS, DIS, DIS, DIS....: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio shows his players the standards expected

7:00am Friday 16th August 2013

WITH the new Premier League season beginning tomorrow, here's a few predictions of what might lie in store over the next nine months

SCOTT WILSON COLUMN: ECB must act to ensure North-East Ashes Test is not a one-off

The Northern Echo: PRACTICE TIME: Kevin Pietersen keeps a close eye on the ball during net practice at the Emirates Durham ICG

7:00am Friday 9th August 2013

HISTORY will be made today when the North-East stages its first Ashes Test, yet amid all the excitement and pride, there will also be a sense of unease. As well as being the first Ashes Test to take place in the region, there is every chance this could also be the last.

The stage is set for more Championship thrills and spills

The Northern Echo: QPR boss Harry Redknapp has also had a part to play on previous transfer deadline days

7:00am Friday 2nd August 2013

IT is the fourth most watched league in Europe, and over the course of the next nine months, should also live up to its billing as comfortably the most competitive.

Assessing the Olympic legacy one year on

The Northern Echo: The 2012 London Olympic Games

7:00am Friday 26th July 2013

TOMORROW marks the first anniversary of the opening ceremony of London 2012, and one year on, thoughts are turning to issues of legacy and value. Have the Games left a lasting impact? And was the £9bn bill for the Olympics and Paralympics money well spent?

SCOTT WILSON COLUMN: Only a lifetime ban will prevent drug cheats smearing those playing by the rules

The Northern Echo: DEVASTATED: Asafa Powell is concerned at both the professional and personal impact of failing a drug test

7:00am Friday 19th July 2013

THE juxtaposition was both unfortunate and hard to ignore.

SCOTT WILSON COLUMN: There's been signings aplenty, but will Sunderland's radical overhaul work?

The Northern Echo: I DID IT MY WAY: Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland revolution is in full swing after a summer of frantic tnasfer activity

7:00am Friday 12th July 2013

HOW many Sunderland players does it take to change a light bulb? None. As soon as Paolo Di Canio notices it isn’t working, he goes out and buys three replacements.

Scott Wilson: Why dropping Brian O'Driscoll from the Lions team was the right call

The Northern Echo: BIG DECISIONS: Warren Gatland has dropped Lions stalwart Brian O'Driscoll from tomorrow's  final Test

7:00am Friday 5th July 2013

THE fevered criticism of Warren Gatland's decision to drop Brian O'Driscoll for tomorrow's decisive final Test between the British Lions and Australia has tended to fall into one of two camps.

Why doesn't Serena Williams get the credit she deserves?

8:00am Friday 14th June 2013

IF you want to spark a reaction on Twitter, just say something complimentary about Serena Williams.

World class? England are simply not good enough

The Northern Echo: NOTHING SPECIAL: The England side that played at Wembley on Wednesday, who are no better than a Montenegro or Croatia, a Russia or a Sweden

8:00am Friday 31st May 2013

WHENEVER England under-perform, there always seems to be a clamour to find someone, or something, to blame.

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