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It's a crime this Bishop Auckland record breaker was never capped by England

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:18:38 +0100

RON THOMPSON appears today because he was one of the greatest amateur footballers to appear in County Durham, and it was a crime that he was never capped by England. Here are the reasons why,

Reunion of the 1964 FA Amateur Cup winning Black and Ambers

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:04:57 +0100

DANNY McCourt is fast approaching 80, and it is fast approaching 55 years since he joined Crook Town in the middle of the 1962-63 season.

Byers family name lives on in cricket

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:50:39 +0100

THE Fives and Fifties column in the Evening Despatch was always a popular part of the sports round-up in the newspaper on a Monday evening.

Ray Oliver: The dark destroyer

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:47:09 +0000

AS a young and enthusiastic supporter of Crook Town Football Club, one opposition player I really feared was Ray Oliver, the Bishop Auckland centre-forward.

Squeeky bum time in 1957 when Bishop Auckland and Crook Town faced off in the FA Amateur Cup

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:25:16 +0000

SIR Alex Ferguson did not invent “squeeky bum time”. Young schoolboys like myself were particularly susceptible to it in the 1950s, especially in the later stages of the FA Amateur Cup competition if a trip to Kingsway, Bishop Auckland, to face the “old enemy” was involved.

1957 staged the last great Amateur Cup tie between amateur football giants Crook Town and Bishop Auckland

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:42:44 +0000

SATURDAY, February 23, 1957, brought Arctic conditions with sub-zero temperatures and frequent snowstorms. Most town centres were deserted but in Crook there were unprecedented levels of activity as scores of people stepped off a steady stream of United buses which arrived every half hour, while more stepped off the two early afternoon trains.

North-East footballers faced Southern bias

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:51:21 +0000

IT was not the be all and end all of a footballers career, whether amateur or professional, to win an international cap for your country.

Nine football clubs from South West Durham that went from boom to bust

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:40:21 +0000

FINAL GLORY: Crook Town, the last amateur team from South West Durham to win the FA Amateur Cup, when they beat Enfield 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday, April 18, 1964

Boro's close calls

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:02:15 +0000

'WE'LL murder them," said Middlesbrough manager Jack Charlton as his First Division side prepared to meet Isthmian League Wycomber Wanderers at home in an FA Cup 3rd Round replay at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough, on Tuesday, January 7, 1975.

Mugged on the line

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:37:17 +0000

THERE have been numerous David and Goliath occasions in the FA Cup when the little guys – the non-league teams – have met the giants – the Football League teams – and the little guys have been mugged late in the game, if not by the opposition, then by the official in charge.

Hope at every level

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:12:37 +0000

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: John hope in action for Sheffield United, where he made 63 Football League appearances. He had previously made 14 League appearances for Darlington, 1 for Newcastle united and later 23 for Hartlepool United, a total of 101 Football League appearances

Best England striker you never heard of

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:52:21 +0000

MARKSMAN: George Camsell, who scored a club record 345 goals in 453 league and cup appearances for Middlesbrough, plus 18 goals in nine appearances for England

Tony's battlers go close

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:45:16 +0000

NOBODY enjoyed a game of football more than Tony Monkhouse. In fact when he was a teenager he would often play two games on a Saturday, "I would turn out for the school team on the Saturday morning and then play outside right for Frosterley in the Crook and District League on the afternoon," said Tony.

Sharpshooting Quakers

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:01 +0000

THERE can’t have been too many instances in the history of Darlington when both their manager and their top goalscorer were once top goalscorers at Roker Park, Sunderland.

Cup final battering

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:46:46 +0000

There has always been history between Bishop Auckland Football Club and Crook town Football Club. You could write three books on the subject and still not cover every cloak and dagger transfer between them, every underhand payment, disallowed goal, broken bone, and niggling complaint from the committees of both clubs, who at times were so ruthless that they made the Mafia look like a Girl Guides outfit.

Bishop Auckland outside left Robert Anderson was a bit of a showman

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:45:30 +0000

IN the first football season after the end of the Second World War –1945-46 – there was no Football League programme, so the FA decided that the FA Cup competition would be played over two home and away legs, apart from the qualifying rounds, the semi-final and the final.

Outstanding bowling figures of Evening Despatch's Fives and Fifties column in 1975

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:26:24 +0100

TWO years ago in Sporting Archives, we looked at some outstanding bowling performances from the game of cricket in August.

Etherley's big hitter Gordon Franklin

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:28:13 +0100

WHEN it comes to talking about the big hitters of a cricket ball in South West Durham the conversation generally comes round to Gordon Franklin at Etherley.

Champion of the track

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:48:34 +0100

ANY motorcyclist who can lay claim to five championship titles and an incredible 37 individual race wins in only his second season of competition deserves a few lines.

The hat-trick king Ken Bowron

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:17:25 +0100

Five years ago Berwick Rangers Football Club invited their greatest-ever goalscorer back to Shielfield Park, Berwick and introduced him to the crowd at half-time in a home fixture.

30 Years Ago: The year that Alan Durban headed West and other sporting memories

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:17:29 +0100

FORMER Sunderland manager Alan Durban was coming to the end of his stint as advisor/coach/manager at Northern League Willington who had won four out of seven league games under the former Cardiff City, Derby County, Shrewsbury and Welsh international.

How Percy became a villain

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:52:34 +0100

ONE of the joys of growing up in South-West Durham was Saturday afternoon when my parents would take me to watch the Crook Town football team.

A much-loved Mann

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:27:04 +0100

IN the Summer of 1946, Bob Lamb was invited by Wolsingham Steelworks to play for their staff team in the George Mann Cup.

Football’s North star

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:45:55 +0100

IN the 1950s if you could get a game of football for Bishop Auckland, Crook Town, Shildon and Durham County then you had to be a decent player.

Blyth join Northern League

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:43:20 +0100

BLYTH Spartans and North Shields were elected into the Northern League. Blyth’s first appearance in the League was at home to Tow Law on Saturday August 22.

Fighting for existence

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:38:48 +0000

MANY people will struggle to remember what they were doing that day, but for those of a black and white persuasion, it was a day that would be etched in the club’s history – that was until last Saturday.

The O’Connell affair

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:40:14 +0100

IT was late summer in 1963 and a group of four men were sitting in a car outside the entrance to Bishop Auckland Football Club.

Inspiring players’ return to top flight

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:16:04 +0100

IF Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray needs anything to inspire his team’s return to the top flight after three years, he only needs to look back to the 1973-74 season.

When the going got tough...

Fri, 20 May 2011 16:05:11 +0100

BACK in 1988, a battling Middlesbrough side beat Chelsea over a two-legged play-off final to reach the Old First Division. Unlike the present day format, the team which finished fourth from bottom in the First Division was entered into a serious of play-offs with the teams which finished third, fourth and fifth in the Second Division.

Crook Town legend won four cup medals

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:08:16 +0000

AFTER an exhibition was set up to celebrate the life and career of Jimmy McMillan, we look back at the amateur footballer’ success for Crook Town Football Club.

Museum’s delight as match programme goes on display

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:48:00 +0000

A MUSEUM has received a reminder of a football match held more than 20 years ago to celebrate the 300th anniversary of an Army regiment.

Revenge mission comes 26 years on

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 16:15:44 +0000

DARLINGTON travel to AFC Telford this weekend in the FA Trophy, providing an opportunity for a revenge mission that has been in the making for almost 26 years.

North African who paved the way for others

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:55:05 +0000

With foreign players joining English football in their numbers during the summer and January transfer windows, Tom Page takes a look back at one of the first foreign signings ever to play in the North-East.

Drawing on win from 31 years ago

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:49:33 +0000

THIRTY-ONE years after Sunderland narrowly defeated Newcastle United to set their promotion charge in motion and condemn Newcastle to mid-table mediocrity, the two bitter rivals now flying high in the Premier League will meet at the Stadium Of Light on Sunday.

The day Clough’s skill did the talking

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:59:46 +0000

Sunderland 3 Blackburn 2 December 5, 1962

The day Boro found a new sharp-shooter

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:17:21 +0000

WHEN Middlesbrough met Nottingham Forest on October 6, 1923, Herbert Bamlett’s Teessiders were struggling at the foot of the First Division.

Four-goal hero Gurney helped by young star

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:21:44 +0000

IT may not sound like a glamour tie, but when Sunderland take on Bolton, one thing you’re almost guaranteed to see is goals – and plenty of them.

Day a young Peacock did Boro proud

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:22:55 +0000

TONY MOWBRAY has been putting his faith in Middlesbrough’s homegrown talent since replacing Gordon Strachan, and this weekend’s home game with Cardiff City will have older supporters remembering the day when another native Teessider announced his arrival in style.

The year we won both of the cups

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:43:30 +0000

BACK in 1952, Darlington Railway Athletic FC ended a remarkable season winning two pieces of silverware.

Fifties billiards stars form an orderly cue

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:46:04 +0000

The photograph on the right shows Hunwick WMC celebrating their treble-winning season in 1950.

A festive treat for Magpies

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 12:20:59 +0000

Ahead of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby, The Northern Echo looks back at previous clashes

Allison: A master of the game

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:32:57 +0000

THEY say a picture tells a thousand stories, and this collection of snaps from The Northern Echo’s archive helps illustrate the colourful life of football manager Malcolm Allison, who died last week at the age of 83.

Trickery of Clown Prince of football

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:02:42 +0100

ENGLAND return to action next week, and when Darren Bent fired in his country’s third goal against Switzerland in last month’s Euro 2012 qualifier, he became the first Sunderland player to score for the Three Lions in 56 years.