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Here we go again

Here we go again

For the second time in a matter of months grassroots sport has had a giant, virus shaped shadow cast over it. With news leaking on Friday that the government intended to bring in a second national lockdown, the Whitehall machine was rocked in to bringing 

Durham City appoint Mulcaster

Durham City appoint Mulcaster

Durham City moved to appoint Northern League stalwart Peter Mulcaster as the replacement for Didier Agathe. Mulcaster has years of Northern League experience and has taken charge at Crook Town, Spennymoor, Bishop Auckland, Horden CW and Darlington Railway Athletic. Rumours had swirled that Tom Wade, 

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 had struggled at the wrong end of the table for a number of years. Throughout the summer the club announced signings of young players from the Netherlands and France, some with seemingly good pedigree. Concerns were raised about how these technically sound players might cope with the rough and tumble of the Northern League not to mention bumpy pitches and a North East winter, yet the signs were promising. The first game of the season was a narrow FA Cup loss at Sunderland RCA followed up by another narrow loss to landlords Willington, City losing 4-3 despite a hattrick from DeAndre Wainwright.

The teamsheet against Sunderland RCA turned some heads when it was announced, with more than a cosmopolitan look to it.

After nine games City had only managed one point following a 2-2 draw against Tow Law Town. Performances had improved, and of their eight defeats in the league, five were only by a margin of one goal.

City announced that Director of Football John Woolnough was leaving his post on 24 September 2020, with Woolnough thought to have been instrumental in the continental recruitment plan.

Speaking to Mark Carruthers from the Sunderland Echo, Olivier Bernard confirmed the departure of Agathe, citing circumstances beyond the results as the reason for his decision to leave. Bernard is hopeful of bringing in a new manager before the weekend, and will have to decide whether the club continue the experiment or bring in more faces familiar with the league.

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 

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. Due to the condensed nature of the competition ties are played over one leg and go straight to penalties, with Consett progressing via this method.

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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 

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 can be read about here.

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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