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Agathe leaves Durham City

Agathe leaves Durham City

Thursday morning brought confirmation that former Celtic winger Didier Agathe had left his role as manager at Northern League Division Two outfit Durham City. Agathe was initially announced as the new manager in April and was tasked with improving the fortunes of the club who 

The times they are a changing

The times they are a changing

Imagine starting a local football site in the midst of a global pandemic? The introductions to each piece veer towards social commentary way more than intended, yet here we are once again. In the week the Prime Minister warned of significant restrictions for another six 

Bishop Auckland 1-5 Billingham Synthonia

Bishop Auckland 1-5 Billingham Synthonia

Another week of Corona-themed havoc threatened to send non-league football back behind closed doors. As Matt Hancock announced further restrictions on life as we know it in the North East, many clubs must have feared that the return to football was going to be short lived.

We (try to) remain politically neutral here at Footy in Durham, so will spare you from the opinions, but the fact that this is being written means football did take place, with fans, and what a relief it was.

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FA Cup qualifying round

FA Cup qualifying round

After another weekend of action up and down the land the FA have just announced the draw for the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. After some drama, a number of Durham sides remain in the hat and will be hoping for further progression. 

Out of adversity comes a football revival

Out of adversity comes a football revival

It is a delight to welcome Andy Potts to Footy in Durham as our first guest contributor. Andy is the man behind the excellent Groundhoppers blog as well as other projects detailed at the end of the piece. For years, there’s been talk of the 

A new football fix

A new football fix

Life as we know it took a big step to getting back to some semblence of normality this week as kids across the land started back at school. Whilst some attended throughout the height of lockdown, others won’t have seen the inside of a classroom for almost six months.

Another facet of life getting back to normal is the return of football. The professional leagues are a week away from resuming, although still in empty stadiums, but the amateur game has been gradually getting back in to shape since the start of August. Friendlies have been played and this week the FA Cup got under way with the Extra Preliminary round taking place a mere 30 days after Arsenal beat Chelsea in the final at Wembley.

Non-league clubs are now permitted to admit fans to their games following protracted discussions between the FA and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Coronavirus has impacted the lower reaches of the football pyramid drastically, with last season being expunged from the records and clubs having lost all of their revenue streams since March.

With the professional game remaining behind closed doors and any return of fans likely limited in numbers, it has never been a better time to get out and support the local game. With admission a fraction of what it might cost to go and watch a professional game, any new support and custom will be gladly welcomed across the grassroots levels in County Durham.

We have compiled a list of the fixtures taking place, with the caveat we have been using all summer; please check with the home club in advance for ticket information. Most clubs can comfortably accommodate the reduced capacities but some are selling tickets in advance. It is well worth the few seconds it would take to find yourself a game. If you are looking for suggestions then Durham City are ‘hosting’ their landlords Willington in the Northern League Division Two whilst newly formed Durham FC are playing their first ever competitive game at King George Field in Framwellgate Moor.

Have a look at the list below and see if anything catches your eye and keep an eye on footyindurham.com throughout the season for fixture info, news and features.

Midweek roundup

Midweek roundup

Competitive football made a welcome return to County Durham this week with FA Cup Extra Preliminary games taking place as well as the Wearside League getting underway. Footy in Durham covered the Sunderland RCA v Durham City FA Cup tie on Tuesday, more of which 

Sunderland RCA 3-1 Durham City

Sunderland RCA 3-1 Durham City

It’s back. It had kind of been back for a bit, then went away again, then came back, but now it is properly back. Football. Competitive football. 178 days after Sunderland RCA won away at Whitley Bay and Durham City lost at Birtley, the two 

Durham City WILL go to the ball

Durham City WILL go to the ball

A bank holiday weekend is a long time in football, to paraphrase a few, and the last few days have been tumultutious for Durham City. On Thursday evening Mark Carruthers reported in the Sunderland Echo that one of the City players had returned a postive Covid-19 test. Following FA protocol, the team were expected to quarantine for 14 days, meaning the rearrangement of their opening Northern League fixtures and the forfeiture of their FA Cup Extra Preliminary tie away to Sunderland RCA.

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Brandon United 0-0 Whickham

Brandon United 0-0 Whickham

For this correspondent, the successful #LetFansIn campaign was a second return to watching football, having been lucky enough to take in Durham United and Durham FC friendlies before the FA put a stop to things. With a multitude of options, a late decision was made