Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blyth Proud of Town

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blyth Proud of Town

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There's a football mini-revolution going on at Blyth and, while their more senior neighbours the Spartans have had an unhappy season, the same can't be said for fledgling outfit Blyth Town.

The chairman-and-manager team of Sandra and Jeff Orr have seen their youthful team restore some pride to the football-mad town and they've enjoyed another successful campaign.

Just missing out on a second successive promotion, this time from the First Division, hasn't dampened the spirits and the team will gain experience for another push next season.

Despite their slight disappointment on the league front, Blyth Town have enjoyed success in their other endeavours and, after a lapse of almost a century, the Town took the Northumberland Minor Cup back to Blyth.

The mighty Spartans were the previous winners way back in 1906!

In the County Cup Final at Whitley Park, the Blyth lads were up against Alliance colleagues Gosforth Bohemians Garnett, who had just gained a promotion slot in the Second Division.

In front of a record Minor Cup crowd of around 300, Blyth secured a deserved 2-1 victory, thanks to Kevin Moore's first half opener and Mark Waugh's headed clincher in the 88th minute of a tense final.

A delighted Jeff Orr said: "The youngsters on the field have done us proud but so have a small army of helpers who deserve our sincere gratitude.

"Throughout this season the Spartan Hotel has provided both teams at our home games with after-match food free of charge and that sort of support is greatly appreciated."

The final game in another long and tiring Northern Alliance season will be the Subsidiary Cup Final at Grounsell Park, Heaton, next Tuesday evening.

Blyth Town have retained an interest in this competition. In tonight's semi-finals, kicking off at 6-45pm, they are at home to either Percy Main, while in the other half of the draw, Ashington Colliers will entertain Walker Central.

Last Friday night, at Percy Main's ground at Purvis Park, there was a 3-2 victory for Walker Fosse in the First Division Combination Cup Final against Hebburn Reyrolle.

Walker made hard work of things in the opening half although Les Wood punished a slip by Hebburn keeper Steve Taylor to open their account.

Hebburn came back strongly with Chris Cavanagh bagging a brace to give them a 2-1 lead at the interval, but a second strike by Wood got Walker Fosse back on terms and they dominated the final quarter of the final.

Their winner, scored by Alan Summers, was something special as, cutting in from the left, he blasted an unstoppable drive across Taylor and just inside the keeper's back post.

Team Northumbria rounded off a successful campaign and added the Premier Division runners-up trophy to the League Cup which they won earlier.

The students finished three points ahead of Ryton and claimed second spot behind champions West Allotment Celtic with a final day 3-1 victory away to Winlaton Hallgarth. …

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