40 years ago: An FA amateur international tournament takes place in the North-East with Peter Lorimer of Leeds United included the Scotland squad. The early games see Scotland beat Eire 5-1 in front of 1,319 fans at Kingsway, while England, who have local players Arnold Coates, Ray Wilkie, George Brown and Michael Barker in the squad, beat France 3-1.

Durham FA refuse permission for Darlington RA players to receive replica medals for the year in which they won and lost the Darlington Charity Cup. The RA beat Coundon in the final, but after a protest have to replay the semi-final against Heighington, which they lost.

Ray Richardson takes eight wickets for 36 runs as Peases West beat Langley Park CW by 14 runs.

20 years ago

Forty-year-old Stuart Wilkinson returns to cricket after a 12-month break and takes six wickets for nine runs as Shotley Bridge put Seaton Burn all out for 46.

Suresh Shastri makes his debut for Chester-le-Street and claims six wickets for nine runs as Sunderland slump from 40 for three to 51 all out.

Frank Davison of Shildon is voted the Drybroughs Northern League Supporter of the Year, Joseph Rogers from Consett is second with Tom Coffield of Bishop Auckland third.