Darlington 3 Burscough 0 - match highlights

The Northern Echo:

12:01am Sunday 26th October 2014

Darlington today recorded an eighth successive win in all competitions by defeating Burscough 3-0. The victory extends Quakers' lead at the top of the table to three points as second-placed Salford City could only draw.

Match report: Cambridge 2 Hartlepool United 1

7:14pm Saturday 25th October 2014

PAUL MURRAY’S managerial career got off to a losing start, Hartlepool United falling to late defeat at Cambridge.

Moors concede two goals in stoppage time and must replay

6:17pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Spennymoor’s hopes of being in Monday’s FA Cup first round draw in their own right were dashed when they conceded two goals in stoppage time against Telford at the Brewery Field.

Darlington beat Burscough to extend lead at the top

The Northern Echo:

6:39pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Darlington 3 Burscough 0

Match report: Sunderland 0 Arsenal 2

The Northern Echo: NEW DEAL? Sunderland defender Wes Brown  		Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:07pm Saturday 25th October 2014

SUNDERLAND were not quite as bad as the shambles at St Mary’s but it will feel just as bad for the Sunderland players tonight after gifting Arsenal victory at the Stadium of Light.

Match report: Middlesbrough 1 Watford 1

The Northern Echo: STRONG SQUAD: George Friend would not swap the current Middlesbrough squad for any other in the Championship

4:57pm Saturday 25th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH and Watford shared the points in an exciting draw at the Riverside Stadium.

Suarez: biting is an impulse

The Northern Echo: HE'S BACK: Luis Suarez

11:47am Saturday 25th October 2014

Luis Suarez says he is getting help in order to control his "impulse" to bite.

Van Gaal praises 'modest' Mourinho

The Northern Echo: TOUGH TEST: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, whose team take on Chelsea this weekend

11:01am Saturday 25th October 2014

Louis van Gaal has played down his role in the development of Jose Mourinho, insisting the Chelsea manager became the Special One all by himself.

Live North-East Football Live: Saturday, October 25, 2014

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10:34am Saturday 25th October 2014

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Lamela revels in Rabona goal

10:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Erik Lamela has never scored a better goal than his astonishing rabona effort and is determined to use the strike as a catalyst to kick on at Tottenham.

Wenger calls for collective effort

9:10am Saturday 25th October 2014

Manager Arsene Wenger maintains only a collective defensive effort can propel Arsenal back into the Premier League title race.

Gray inspired by Hall's world title fight

The Northern Echo: INSPIRED: Darlington manager Martin Gray. Picture: DAVID WOOD

9:09am Saturday 25th October 2014

Darlington manager Martin Gray recognises the characteristics that have given Stuart Hall an opportunity to become a two-time world champion, and says the boxer’s dedication and work-rate make him a role model for his players.

Pellegrini: Aguero can get better

The Northern Echo: IN FORM: Sergio Aguero has scored 11 goals in as many games

8:43am Saturday 25th October 2014

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes striker Sergio Aguero has the potential to become the best player in the world.

Collins and Murray: a partnership built on hard work and honesty

7:31am Saturday 25th October 2014

SAM COLLINS was sat addressing the media on Thursday morning at Maiden Castle, Hartlepool United’s training ground.

Dimi hopes a Boro promotion push will help achieve personal goals

The Northern Echo: BRAZIL BOUND: Dimi Konstantopoulos is set to be named in Greece's squad for the World Cup finals

7:02am Saturday 25th October 2014

DIMI Konstantopoulos admits he is keen to sign a contract extension at Middlesbrough, but insists he will put his own personal aims behind helping Aitor Karanka’s team win promotion.

Aitor Karanka admits he is still getting to grips with the Championship's unpredictable nature

7:01am Saturday 25th October 2014

ALMOST twelve months into his first managerial reign you could say things are going pretty well for Aitor Karanka, but the Middlesbrough head coach insists he will never stop learning when it comes to the Championship.

Taylor's return has given the Magpies a lift ahead of Spurs test

The Northern Echo: Making progress: Ryan Taylor could be back playing before October

6:58am Saturday 25th October 2014

IF Ryan Taylor makes his long-awaited return to action in a Newcastle United shirt this weekend, his comeback story is one which Alan Pardew hopes will inspire the rest of his squad for the remainder of the season.

Pardew determined to turn Newcastle in to a Premier League force after top ten admission

The Northern Echo: WINNER: Gabriel Obertan scores the winning goal

6:26am Saturday 25th October 2014

ALAN PARDEW is focused on trying to turn Newcastle United in to a contender for a Champions League place – even if the shorter term goal is to deliver a top ten finish to stay in the job.

'Arsenal have problems, we have to solve our own' says Sunderland's Swede

The Northern Echo: Focused: Sunderland’s Seb Larsson challenges Southampton’s Steven Davis during the 8-0 defeat at St Mary’s

6:16am Saturday 25th October 2014

THERE are problems and there are problems. Sunderland’s are a lot different to those encountered by Arsenal, but it is all relative and Seb Larsson has experienced the pressures at both ends of the table.

Poyet expresses unhappiness at a lack of defensive options

The Northern Echo: NO COVER: Gus Poyet has expressed his dissatisfaction at having to start the season with just six senior defenders in his squad

10:32pm Friday 24th October 2014

GUSTAVO POYET has issued a thinly-veiled criticism of Sunderland’s recruitment team by claiming that he was presented with insufficient defenders when the transfer window closed in August.

Poyet admits his job might have been in jeopardy had he not been managing at Sunderland

The Northern Echo: FALLOUT: Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet admits his job might have been at risk had last weekend's 8-0 defeat happened at another club

7:03am Friday 24th October 2014

GUSTAVO POYET has been taken aback by the level-headed reaction to Sunderland’s record-breaking 8-0 defeat at Southampton, and admitted his job would be in jeopardy had he been managing at most other clubs.

Pools play-off squad set for reunion


5:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

HARTLEPOOL UNITED’S play-off squad of the 2004/05 season are getting back together for a reunion to mark the tenth anniversary of their League One play-off final.

The best bets in North-East football this weekend

3:41pm Friday 24th October 2014

Newcastle finally picked up their first league win last week, grabbing the only goal at home to Leicester, but bookies don’t believe the Magpies will kick on as a result.

Pardew seeks Spurs win to lift Magpies out of relegation zone despite Cisse worry

The Northern Echo: MISS: Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse misses an open goal during the Premier League match at St. James' Park

3:37pm Friday 24th October 2014

ALAN PARDEW has a number of injury concerns ahead of a trip to Tottenham where he hopes Newcastle United will finally climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

Koeman wants Saints to start better

The Northern Echo: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman (right) greets Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet before the Barclays Premier League match at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 18, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Southa

10:19am Friday 24th October 2014

Southampton might boast the Barclays Premier League's meanest defence, but that did not stop boss Ronald Koeman forcing his squad to sit through a video bloopers reel this week.

Dowson returns for Darlington

The Northern Echo: BACK IN ACTION: Darlington’s David Dowson

9:11am Friday 24th October 2014

Darlington will finally welcome David Dowson back into the squad when they face Burscough at Heritage Park tomorrow.

Murray out to do it his way at Victoria Park

The Northern Echo: NEW BOSS: Paul Murray, appointed Hartlepool manager yesterday

8:40am Friday 24th October 2014

PAUL MURRAY has been entrusted with the task of lifting fortunes at Hartlepool United, after taking over as manager yesterday.

Ex-Reds criticise Balotelli buy

The Northern Echo: DISAPPOINTING: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli

8:30am Friday 24th October 2014

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher does not believe Mario Balotelli will remain with the club next season, and has labelled the controversial forward a panic buy.

Karanka insists Boro can cope without captain Grant

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough's Manager Aitor Karanka gives words of encouragement to Grant Leadbitter

Photographer Dave Howarth/CameraSport

Football - Capital One Cup Third Round - Liverpool v Middlesbrough - Tuesday 23rd September 2014 - Anfield - Liverpool

7:02am Friday 24th October 2014

AITOR Karanka is confident Middlesbrough can cope without Grant Leadbitter tomorrow and will not accept the captain’s absence as an excuse for a bad result against Watford.

"Players must produce nine out of ten performances" - Ainsley

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley says that Moors must be at their very best to defeat Conference Premier visitors AFC Telford in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, and reach the first round proper for the first time in 19 years.

"I might never have another chance" - Lewis

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Spennymoor midfielder Lewis Dodds says that he might never have another chance to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup.

Rodgers admits Balotelli has work to do

The Northern Echo:

9:44am Friday 24th October 2014

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers admits Mario Balotelli has plenty of work to do to prove he is good enough to be at the club.

Karanka: Watford the ideal test after Wolves defeat

The Northern Echo:

2:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AFTER suffering a disappointing defeat against Wolves on Tuesday night, Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka sees Saturday’s visit of second-placed Watford as the ideal game to test his team’s mettle.

Kane savours "great night" at White Hart Line with first hat-trick

The Northern Echo: Tottenham's Harry Kane salutes the crowd at the end of the UEFA Europa League, Group C match at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 23, 2014. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire. (11882803)

11:02pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

HARRY Kane savoured a "great night" under the White Hart Lane floodlights as his hat-trick helped Tottenham to a 5-1 Europa League victory over Asteras Tripoli.

Martinez hails 'incredible' Everton fans

The Northern Echo: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, challenges for the ball with Lille's Sebastien Corchia, left, during their Europa League soccer match at the Lille Metropole stadium, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo) (

10:56pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Everton boss Roberto Martinez expressed his "immense pride" for the club's "incredible" fans after a turbulent 24 hours building up to last night's 0-0 Europa League draw at Lille.

Ben Arfa admits to being 'too fragile' during his time at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: AMONG THE GOALS: Hatem Ben Arfa scored as Newcastle reserves claimed a 5-2 win over Reading

8:31pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

HATEM BEN ARFA has conceded that a ‘mental fragility’ contributed to his failure to make a success of his time at Newcastle United.

"I'm only as good as the service I get" -- Henderson

8:24pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Danger man Liam Henderson is aiming to fire Moors into the first round of the FA Cup when Conference club AFC Telford come to the Brewery Field on Saturday.

Sunderland boss to stick with Mannone for Arsenal game

The Northern Echo:

3:19pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

GUSTAVO POYET will not be dropping Vito Mannone for Saturday's game with Arsenal despite the Sunderland goalkeeper committing a series of errors during last weekend's 8-0 humiliation at Southampton.

Murray appointed Pools boss

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool United v Shrewsbury Town.  Paul Parry and Paul Murray battle for the ball. (11835892)

2:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PAUL MURRAY has been appointed the new manager of Hartlepool United. 

Sunderland complete Reveillere signing

The Northern Echo:

12:52pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

SUNDERLAND have signed French defender Anthony Reveillere on a short-term contract until the end of the season.

Only results will make amends insists Sunderland man after refund decision

The Northern Echo: Focused: Sunderland’s Seb Larsson challenges Southampton’s Steven Davis during the 8-0 defeat at St Mary’s

7:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

SEB LARSSON thinks the collective decision to refund the cost of supporters’ match tickets for the 8-0 drubbing at Southampton was a worthy one, but feels only improved results will truly make amends.

Magpies striker could be honoured in Spain

The Northern Echo:

6:20am Thursday 23rd October 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED youngster Ayoze Perez might be waiting for his big chance at St James’ Park, but he is in line for an award after his stunning form in Spain last season.

'We are good enough to target the top two' claims defender after Boro set-back

The Northern Echo: Returning: Adam Clayton should take his place in the Boro midfield against Watford

6:10am Thursday 23rd October 2014

GEORGE FRIEND has responded to the set-back of losing for the first time since August by admitting that Middlesbrough are targeting a top two spot in the promotion race this season.

Darlington looking to strengthen squad

The Northern Echo: LOOKING TO STRENGTHEN: Darlington manager Martin Gray. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:11am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Darlington are looking to strengthen their wafer-thin squad, manager Martin Gray has revealed, but admits to facing problems when attempting to lure players to the club.

Martinez believes Lille clashes are vital

The Northern Echo: EUROPA ACTION: Everton manager Roberto Martinez

8:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

EVERTON boss Roberto Martinez feels his side's double-header against Lille could well prove a "final" in terms of the way Europa League Group H pans out.

Real rock Rodgers' Reds

The Northern Echo: Liverpool's Steve Gerrard leaves the field at the final whistle of the UEFA Champions League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 22, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read Martin

11:12pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Real Madrid showed exactly why they are European champions and how far Liverpool have fallen down the pecking order with a 3-0 victory in a display which oozed class at Anfield.

Podolski grabs dramatic late winner

The Northern Echo: THUMBS UP: Arsenal's Lukas Podolski up at the end of his team's Champions League win over Anderlecht

10:31pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Substitute Lukas Podolski netted a dramatic late winner as Arsenal came from behind with two goals in the final two minutes to beat Anderlecht 2-1 and hand manager Arsene Wenger a 65th birthday to remember at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

Murray new favourite for Pools job

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool United v Shrewsbury Town.  Paul Parry and Paul Murray battle for the ball. (11835892)

6:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PAUL MURRAY, the former Hartlepool United midfielder, was yesterday a big mover in the bookmakers’ market to become the club’s next manager.

Trio of Middlesbrough writers come back to their roots for talk

The Northern Echo: TALKING SPORT: Harry Pearson, the author who wrote 'The Far Corner'

4:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HAT trick of North-East football writers will be holding a discussion on the beautiful game and their writing ahead of this Saturday’s Middlesbrough match.

Match Analysis: Accrington 3 Hartlepool United 1

The Northern Echo:

9:19am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT WAS at Accrington Stanley where Hartlepool United emerged from lower league under-performers to promotion contenders. But that was in 2006. It’s a different story in 2014.

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