5:00am Friday 24th April 2015
COVERING the North-East’s big three football clubs, all too often you find yourself mired in misery. If it’s not Mike Ashley’s running of Newcastle United and the mounting protest movement aimed at removing him from his position in the boardroom, it’s Sunderland’s struggles on the field and the all-too-familiar collapse that caused such humiliation in the club’s last outing.
5:00am Friday 17th April 2015
STEVE, a taxi driver from Durham, reckons he has not missed a St James’ Park home game in 19 years.
5:00am Friday 10th April 2015
IF Sunderland’s recent history teaches us anything, it is that it is dangerous to read too much into a new manager winning a derby against Newcastle.
5:00am Friday 3rd April 2015
IT is quite rightly billed as the biggest game in the North-East footballing calendar, but it is hard to remember a Wear-Tyne derby that has been less eagerly anticipated than the one that will take place on Sunday afternoon.
5:00am Friday 27th March 2015
AFTER a remarkable season that has seen him score 29 goals and emerge as the hottest property in English football, Harry Kane will achieve another notable landmark tonight when he makes his senior England debut at Wembley.
6:00am Friday 20th March 2015
MOST people tend to agree that one of the key problems at Sunderland in the last few years has been the lack of any stability.
7:00am Friday 6th March 2015
EARLIER this week, I headed to Wetherby Racecourse to attend a preview night ahead of next week’s Cheltenham Festival.
7:00am Friday 27th February 2015
RICHARD SCUDAMORE probably thinks schadenfraude is a new German television company keen to enter the bidding for the Premier League’s lucrative overseas rights. Or maybe an Eastern European left-back poised to become the latest foreign import into the English top-flight.
7:00am Friday 20th February 2015
AS Chief Sports Writer at The Northern Echo, I’m fortunate to be able to cover the ups and downs of the region’s three biggest football clubs.
7:00am Friday 13th February 2015
WHEN the last Cricket World Cup ended in 2011, the England selectors talked about instigating a four-year plan that would help ensure there was no repeat of the sorry showing that saw Andrew Strauss’ side lose to Ireland and Bangladesh in the group stage before suffering a ten-wicket hammering to Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals.
7:00am Friday 6th February 2015
IT might not feel like it if your sole obsession is either Newcastle United or Sunderland, but step away from the shadow cast by the region’s two biggest football clubs and you’ll discover this is a golden period for one part of North-East sport.
6:00am Friday 30th January 2015
HE has overseen a Wembley final, back-to-back victories at St James’ Park and last season’s ‘Great Escape’, but as he prepares to lead his side into tomorrow’s home game with Burnley, it is no exaggeration to claim Gus Poyet could be heading into the biggest match of his 14-month reign as Sunderland head coach.
7:00am Friday 23rd January 2015
READING Lee Charnley’s message to the Geordie nation earlier this week, it was tempting to conjure up images of a communist apparatchik dutifully relaying a pre-agreed diktat on behalf of the supreme leader.
7:00am Friday 16th January 2015
ON the face of it, Sunderland’s capture of Jermain Defoe, with Jozy Altidore heading back to the MLS in the opposite direction, represents a wonderful piece of business.
7:00am Friday 9th January 2015
Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson selects his top ten sporting bets for 2015
7:00am Friday 19th December 2014
UNITED in grief following the tragic death of John Alder and Liam Sweeney in the summer, fans’ groups from Newcastle United and Sunderland have joined together to promote “a derby to be proud of” ahead of Sunday’s game at St James’ Park.
7:00am Friday 12th December 2014
THE BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will be presented on Sunday evening, with voting currently taking place from a shortlist of ten. Here’s the column’s take on the ten contenders, and a prediction of where they will finish once the votes have been counted.
7:00am Friday 5th December 2014
CRAIG HIGNETT’S sudden departure from Middlesbrough’s backroom staff has raised a number of questions, with the most immediate relating to the short-term impact on the side’s fortunes as they look to end a run of three games without a victory.
7:00am Friday 28th November 2014
NEWCASTLE UNITED’S recent winning run has transformed lots of things at St James’ Park, with the club’s January transfer policy perhaps at the top of the list.
7:00am Friday 28th November 2014
THE popular view of most professional sportsmen and women is a well-established one. Well paid, privileged to be doing something they love and boasting a profile that affords them the status of a celebrity, those of us who take pleasure in watching them perform would swap places with them in an instant.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.