Praise the Lord (if there was one) but there is no Newcastle United this weekend and only
the certifiably insane will be travelling to Anfield next Monday night and shelling out £52 to watch John Carver’s team of bottlers have their pants taken down in front of The Kop.

Anyway, you can recover your sanity at the weekend by taking in some of the wonderful non-league football we have on our doorstep here in the North East.

I’m going to stick my neck out here and say whatever game you go to this weekend, you won’t see players chickening out of their local derby.

Here are the games that caught my eye.

At the fantastic Croft Park, Blyth Spartans will face Nantwich with KO at 3pm. Blythbadge

I’m unashamedly in love with Spartans. I love the strip, the ground, the clubhouse and the chip shop on the corner. Its back to back streets and its great support.

Blyth Spartans, come here I’ll give yiz a greet big kiss.


Just to the north of Blyth is the People’s Socialist Republic of Ashington and under the Ashington3
tuition of their new manager, Steve Harmison who some of you might know from some cricket lark, The Colliers will seek to extend their remarkable winning streak at home to Newton Aycliffe at the very smart Hirst Welfare. KO 3pm.

If you go say hello to the Rt Hon Ian Lavery MP – proper Labour lad and friend of this fanzine.


The excellent Heaton Stann are back at Grounsell Park this Saturday where they face StanncrestDarlington RA (nah, me neither). Not only is Heaton famous for its dead smart B&W stripes, black shorts, black socks (white trim) and its beautiful badge, they also serve real ale in the smart club house.

A definite crank free zone and there is a lovely programme to ponder over as well.

There are few better places to take in a match than Grounsell park.

FA Vase finalists, North Shields entertain Durham (and aren’t travelling to Dunston – my NorthShieldsbadgeapologies) at The Morgue cock-a-hoop after smashing local rivals Whitley Bay 3-0 in El Coastico earlier this week. Expect a large presence of gentlemen turned out in pricey Italian knitwear and high end sports casual leisure wear in the Spring Gardens and talk of travel arrangements to the capital in the very, merry month of May.

The game will KO off at 3pm.

That’s your lot.