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Offline TheNE40

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« Reply #750 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 03:36:11 pm »
Think the successes of South Shields, Morpeth Town and Marske United (along with Spennymoor to a degree) have a role in this, as well as the compulsory promotion enforced by the FA as of last season. That said, all sides have had to contend with massive travelling issues and costs (Morpeth had to go to Wisbech in Peterborough last year), and the fact that they've all performed well within their divisions shows the strength in depth of the Northern sides, and hopefully this continues will all of them this season and newly-promoted Dunston UTS as well.

Over the next few seasons (and as we know with the Northern League's success in the Vase), there will be more and more sides going up the pyramid (3 next season) so the travel impact will be lessened as there will be progressively more local games. For better or for worse, the outlook (and geographical footprint) of the Northern League will change over the next 5-10 years.

Offline Matt

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« Reply #751 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 10:57:42 pm »
Blyth's travelling next season will probably be the lowest in years. There will always be a few long treks, but getting as many shorter journeys makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to rearranged games due to weather / cup clashes which always pile up as the season goes on.

Offline ennyoueffsea

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« Reply #752 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 12:18:27 am »
Constipation scares the s*** outta me.

Offline geordiedean

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« Reply #753 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 12:38:40 am »
Blyth's travelling next season will probably be the lowest in years. There will always be a few long treks, but getting as many shorter journeys makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to rearranged games due to weather / cup clashes which always pile up as the season goes on.

Wonder if Blyth or Spennymoor or Darlington will play Gateshead on boxing day and new years day
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Offline Lowndsy

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« Reply #754 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 11:29:31 am »
Blyth's travelling next season will probably be the lowest in years. There will always be a few long treks, but getting as many shorter journeys makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to rearranged games due to weather / cup clashes which always pile up as the season goes on.

Wonder if Blyth or Spennymoor or Darlington will play Gateshead on boxing day and new years day

I would imagine it’ll be blyth vs Gateshead, spennymoor vs Darlington.

Recent seasons it’s been blyth v spenny. Darlo v York.

Offline TheNE40

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« Reply #755 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 01:49:19 pm »
It'll mean one of them won't have a local game over the Festive Period (my guess would be York) as it'll probably be Blyth v Gateshead and Spenny v Darlo.

Offline Lowndsy

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« Reply #756 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 01:54:44 pm »
York will probably play farsley

Offline Big Geordie

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« Reply #757 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 01:58:48 pm »
Blyth's Dan Maguire has gone full-time and signed for York City.

Lee Clark gonna have a job on to find a replacement.
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Offline Disco

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« Reply #758 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 02:10:51 pm »
Blyth seem to have lost most of their first team squad going off their Twitter feed. Cost of overachieving I guess.

Offline Big Geordie

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« Reply #759 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 02:23:33 pm »
Blyth seem to have lost most of their first team squad going off their Twitter feed. Cost of overachieving I guess.

The board have also cut the budget which is why Armstrong and half the team signed for Darlington.
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Offline Disco

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« Reply #760 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 02:37:03 pm »
Blyth seem to have lost most of their first team squad going off their Twitter feed. Cost of overachieving I guess.

The board have also cut the budget which is why Armstrong and half the team signed for Darlington.

Aye, I read a while back saying last season was unsustainable any further which is fair enough.

Offline Matt

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« Reply #761 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 02:44:59 pm »
The story goes that Armstrong didn't give players with one-year options the letter confirming they'd be taken up or the letters confirming non-contract players would be retained, presumably because he was already going to Darlo and that made it easier for him to re-sign them one he popped up there.

In terms of fixtures, unlike the NPL- where clubs volunteer Christmas / Easter fixtures to the league by mutual agreement then other games are fitted around those, the Conference just mandate a double header at Christmas and NY. I don't think they even do anything special for Bank Holiday games.

Offline TheNE40

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« Reply #762 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 03:06:39 pm »
The story goes that Armstrong didn't give players with one-year options the letter confirming they'd be taken up or the letters confirming non-contract players would be retained, presumably because he was already going to Darlo and that made it easier for him to re-sign them one he popped up there.

In terms of fixtures, unlike the NPL- where clubs volunteer Christmas / Easter fixtures to the league by mutual agreement then other games are fitted around those, the Conference just mandate a double header at Christmas and NY. I don't think they even do anything special for Bank Holiday games.

It's really sad to see with Blyth, but as @Disco quite rightly says, it's the cost of their fantastic season last year (along with their sensible approach to sustainability - though I'm not sure the fans will see it that way if they have a poor season this time round). They have signed a lot of lads from Newcastle Benfield in NL1 and it could be a big tough task for them to adjust to three levels higher but it's an excellent opportunity for them all the same. Lee Clark has a big job on his hands there.

Offline Optimistic Nut

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« Reply #763 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 07:03:09 pm »
Two Blyth players have just joined Gateshead in the last few days too.
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Offline Big Geordie

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« Reply #764 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 07:06:35 pm »
Two Blyth players have just joined Gateshead in the last few days too.

Nicholson one - who's the other?
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Offline Optimistic Nut

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« Reply #765 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 07:09:28 pm »
Connor Oliver.
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Offline Big Geordie

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« Reply #766 on: Thursday 13 June 2019, 07:15:57 pm »
Connor Oliver.

:thup: Blyth gonna have pretty much a new XI come August then!

Just read that Blyth have signed ex Gateshead defender, Tom Devitt.
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Offline TheNE40

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« Reply #767 on: Friday 14 June 2019, 09:06:48 am »
Don't think it's been mentioned yet but Dan Maguire signed for York City yesterday, moving into full-time football. Bad blow for Blyth but can't blame him for wanting to give it a try.

Offline TheNE40

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« Reply #768 on: Friday 14 June 2019, 01:48:11 pm »
Don't think it's been mentioned yet but Dan Maguire signed for York City yesterday, moving into full-time football. Bad blow for Blyth but can't blame him for wanting to give it a try.

Ex-Blyth keeper Pete Jameson has now also been confirmed as following Dan Maguire into full-time football at York City.