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FA Cup draws

FA Cup draws

Despite the uncertainty that prevails around the return of fans to non-league grounds, the FA have today published the first two rounds of fixtures for the revamped 2020/21 FA Cup. The extra preliminary round is due to be played 1 September 2020 and the preliminary 

Preseason roundup 15/08/2020

Preseason roundup 15/08/2020

Another weekend in August and another round of fixtures for our Footy in Durham clubs. Whilst fans are still not permitted, there is hope that guidance coming this week might at least show some light at the end of the tunnel.

Durham FC 3-6 Darlington Town

Durham FC 3-6 Darlington Town

A Tuesday night in Framwellgate Moor saw Durham FC host fellow Wearside League outfit Darlington Town in front of a healthy crowd of over 70. Sadly, during the course of the game, an FA announcement means this could be the last for a while, more of which later.

Scheduled for a 18:30 start, the clock ticked past half past with echoes of Scotland v Estonia as only Darlington Town lined up on the pitch. The ref suggested to the Durham FC sideline that they might want to get their players in situ.

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Preseason round up

Preseason round up

As well as the Durham United victory over Shotton Colliery, a number of other friendlies took place around County Durham. Esh Winning took on South Moor AFC at West Terrace in a close game. Esh took the win with a first half penalty won and 

Durham United 3-0 Shotton Colliery

Durham United 3-0 Shotton Colliery

To borrow a number from another sport, it had been 147 days since this correspondant last watched a game of football in County Durham. A stuffy August afternoon couldn’t be more different from the cold March evening that saw Durham City face defeat against Birtley 

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 Colliery Welfare, Eppleton Colliery Welfare and Shotton Comrades. Over the years these clubs dwindled in number, financial struggles leading to clubs folding, leaving grand old grounds vacant throughout East Durham.

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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 

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