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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
North-East physiotherapist Paul Gough offers tips on keeping your body in prime condition
7:00am Friday 25th July 2014
9:51am Friday 18th July 2014
7:00am Friday 11th July 2014
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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
7:00am Friday 25th April 2014
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7:00am Friday 21st March 2014
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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.”
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.
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?
7:00am Friday 10th January 2014
7:00am Friday 3rd January 2014
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
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
7:00am Friday 22nd November 2013
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
7:00am Friday 8th November 2013
7:00am Friday 1st November 2013
7:00am Friday 25th October 2013
7:00am Friday 18th October 2013
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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.
7:00am Friday 16th August 2013
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.
7:00am Friday 2nd August 2013
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
7:00am Friday 19th July 2013
7:00am Friday 12th July 2013
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8:00am Friday 14th June 2013
8:00am Friday 31st May 2013
10:51am Friday 24th May 2013
WITH the domestic football season having finished last weekend, its time to pick out some personal highlights and lowlights from the last nine months. The only caveat? Only matches I've actually seen this season count.
8:00am Friday 10th May 2013
IMPOSSIBLE not to respect; incredibly difficult to like. Sir Alex Ferguson might have been the greatest British football manager of the last three decades, but it would be wrong to suggest he was showered with universal acclaim.
8:00am Friday 3rd May 2013
8:00am Friday 26th April 2013
8:00am Friday 19th April 2013
GIVEN that it came 24 hours after Millwall supporters disgraced themselves by fighting each other at Wembley, it was inevitable that the disorder that followed Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby would be lumped into a general debate about the return of football hooliganism.
8:00am Friday 12th April 2013
8:00am Friday 5th April 2013
AMID all the furore that has surrounded Paolo Di Canio's appointment as Sunderland manager, one issue has been somewhat overlooked. Forget all the talk of fascism and past political statements, just how big a gamble has Ellis Short taken by appointing someone who has never managed in England's top two leagues?
10:29am Friday 22nd March 2013
8:00am Friday 8th March 2013
I'M often asked, 'What's the best football match you've ever been to'? From a professional point of view, I doubt I'll ever top the thrill of covering Middlesbrough's two remarkable comebacks in their run to the UEFA Cup final.
- Barnard Castle
- Bishop Auckland
- Crook & Weardale
- Durham City
- York & Harrogate
- Newton Aycliffe
- Richmond & The Dales
- Tyne & Wear
- Whitby & Scarborough