Month: July 2020

The City not in the city

The City not in the city

After the highs of consecutive promotions and the lows of the withdrawal of their sponsor and two brutal seasons in the Unibond league, Durham City set up for the 2012/13 back in the Northern League Divsion One, the ninth tier of English football. City had 

Filling the black hole

Filling the black hole

Over the years, football in East Durham has been described as a black hole or even a Bermuda Triangle, with many clubs disappearing, unable to find a place in their post-industrial home towns. In the 1990s the Northern League was home to Peterlee Newtown, Horden 

Pools release season ticket information

Pools release season ticket information

With the National League set to start in the first two weeks of September, Hartlepool United have today released updated information about how fans can get their hands on season tickets.

Pools sold over 3,000 season tickets for the 2019/20 season with a variety of initiatives including finance offers and early bird price discounts, but the uncertainty around Coronavirus means the United board have decided to release 1,000 tickets in the first wave.

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A City, a United, an FC and an AFC – football in the City of Durham

A City, a United, an FC and an AFC – football in the City of Durham

A perennial argument amongst football trivia fans is which city can lay claim to being the largest without a football league club. Maidstone, Wakefield and Croydon all lay claim to this dubious honour depending on the qualifying criteria utilised. With a population of 65,000 the 

Football’s coming back

Football’s coming back

A Saturday afternoon in mid July in normal times would be peak pre-season friendly season for the grass roots game. With only sanitised professional football taking place, the regions non-league clubs were handed a timely boost when the FA today announced their proposal for a 

Two in at Darlo

Two in at Darlo

With the recent announcements from the government and the the FA, non-league football has begun taking tentative steps on the road back to playing games. This announcement has led to a surge in activity with clubs announcing retained lists as well as new signings.

Darlington announced two new signings this week as Alun Armstrong begins his campaign to get the Quakers back in the National League.

First through the door was Nicky Hunt, a familar name from his time at then Premier League Bolton Wanderers. Hunt played over 100 games for Bolton and featured in their UEFA Cup campaign in 2007/08. Most recently Hunt had helped Crewe Alexandra to promotion from League Two before being released. Hunt had decided to continue playing but after speaking to Armstrong was happy to go part-time.

As the dust was settling on the Hunt announcement Darlo announced that they had signed young striker Luke Charman following his release from Premier League outfit Newcastle United. Charman had been a regular in the under 23 set up at St James Park but was unable to break in to the first team with youngster Tom Allan getting opportunities in the FA Cup ahead of Charman.

Armstrong said “He will give us extra options up front, and I believe that we will realise his potential, making him an excellent striker in this league.

“He was someone I tried to get on loan twice last season but Newcastle wouldn’t let him out. He did have other clubs higher up talking to him but I managed to convince him to join us”

Darlo’s nearly season twenty years on

Darlo’s nearly season twenty years on

When George Reynolds took over Darlington Football Club in May 1999 he vowed to take them to the Premier League. With a fortune of almost £30m, it wasn’t entirely implausible at the time, yet as most know, Darlington’s exit from the fourth tier of English 

Footy in Durham

Footy in Durham

Firstly, thanks for stopping by. The aim of the site is for people to visit it, and by reaching this point, you’ve somehow been directed here. The site is something that has been pontificated over for many moons and finally became reality during the Coronavirus 

The chance of a lifetime

The chance of a lifetime

To say 2020 has been a strange year would perhaps qualify as one of the biggest understatements of all time. News reports of a pneumonia-type disease spreading in Wuhan in early January barely registered on most people’s radars, yet six months down the line Coronavirus has affected almost all facets of daily life.

Despite what Bob Paisley might have said, football certainly isn’t as important as life and death, yet it does provide entertainment to millions of people across the country.

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3G or not 3G – How an artificial pitch nearly killed Durham City (part one)

3G or not 3G – How an artificial pitch nearly killed Durham City (part one)

When speaking to someone from south of York, the answer to their second question after telling someone you hail from Durham is usually “about fifteen miles south of Newcastle”.  However, whilst making the usual introductions one does at university, one knowledgeable chap’s second question was