Need a Footy Fix?

Its been a long old summer, and whilst there has been England U21, England U17 and England Women on varying screens over the last few weeks, it is now only a matter of time before the ‘regulation’ season kicks off again. Clubs up and down the country are reporting back for pre-season training this week, and this weekend sees some of the extra keen clubs playing friendly matches.

For those particularly masochistic football fans there is the chance this weekend to take in not one but three matches for the princely sum of £3. Birtley Town are hosting what has been dubbed Northern Leagues United on Saturday 9th July; a joint fundraiser for Birtley Town and Colbatore Onagawa. Birtley Town U17 will face off against their Under 18 counterparts, a footballer writers team will then line up against a fans team and the final game will be between Birtley Town and Ryton & Crawcrook Albion. For a far more eloquent run down of the fantastic reasons to come along and show your support take a look at Viva Northern League. There will be a multitude of abilities and no doubt many laughs, so if you can, get yourself along. You will even have the bonus of seeing yours truly huff and puff in the football writers game (for a short spell thanks to the godsend of rolling subs).

If that doesn’t pique your interest then the next week or so sees the following pre-season games around the North East.  As always with games at this level, check with the clubs that games are still on and confirm kick off times.  Future games can be found on the Northern League Friendlies section.

06/07/11 Billingham Synthonia v Darlington Railway Athletic
06/07/11 Jarrow Roofing v Washington

09/07/11 Ashington v Eyemouth United
09/07/11 Birtley Town v Ryton & Crawcrook (plus Football Writers v Football Fans)
09/07/11 Gateshead v Huddersfield Town
09/07/11 Newton Aycliffe v Easington Colliery
09/07/11 Shildon v Richmond
09/07/11 South Shields v Ryhope Colliery Welfare
09/07/11 Spennymoor Town v Garforth Town
09/07/11 Tow Law Town v Chester-le-Street Town
09/07/11 West Auckland Town v Washington

11/07/11 Crook Town v Whitley Bay
11/07/11 Tow Law Town v Darlington Cleveland Bridge

12/07/11 Durham City v Bishop Auckland
12/07/11 Esh Winning v Sunderland West End
12/07/11 South Shields v Morpeth Town
12/07/11 Spennymoor Town v Middlesbrough XI

13/07/11 Annfield Plain v Consett
13/07/11 Blyth Spartans v Shildon
13/07/11 Crook Town v Darlington XI
13/07/11 Marske United v Thornaby
13/07/11 Tow Law Town v Horden Colliery Welfare
13/07/11 West Auckland Town v Chester-le-Street Town

14/07/11 Ashington v North Shields
14/07/11 Hebburn Town v Dunston UTS

15/07/11 Gilford Park v Wigton

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