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A Life of Pie

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Thursday, 6 October 2016

Meadow Park was honoured with the presence of the Secret Hopper on Tuesday night for the visit of Bishop Auckland. Not so secret as all that however; he came into the clubhouse to say hello before the game. Anyway his reflections on the match can be found on the Northern League web site, and very fair they are too if you ask me. Be interesting to compare with our secretary’s view of proceedings.

For those who don’t know, the Secret Hopper is the name of the writer, or writers, of the new Northern League blog, which goes under the name of A Life of Pie. Do have a look if you haven’t already, a new edition is up most days, it's well written, admirably objective and very handy for keeping in touch with what's happening round and about the league.

At the same time it is good to know, that the old blog, by our much respected former chairman, continues in a new guise as Grass Routes and it is well worth a look.

From my point of view I think both blogs are very welcome, and maybe it is a bit of a pity that the new regime at the Northern League don’t feel able either to host Mike’s blog, or provide a link to it from the League website. “Let a hundred flowers bloom", as old Chairman Mao said. Mind, he also said “change must come through the barrel of a gun” which is probably more appropriate for meetings of the Northern league.

Durham County Challenge Cup

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 19 August 2016



Preliminary Round to be played during the week preceding Saturday 17th September 2016


1 Tow Law Town v South Shields Harton & Westoe CW

2 Crook Town v Esh Winning

3 Willington AFC v Sunderland Silksworth CW

4 Stockton Town v Annfield Plain

5 Seaham Red Star v Sunderland West End

6 Billingham Town v Boldon CA

7 Jarrow FC v Hebburn Town

The "Perfect" hat-trick

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 17 August 2016

RCA's hat-trick hero Stephen Callen competes for the ball in the 4-2 win at Chester-le-Street. Photograph: Simon Mears

Sunderland RCA recorded their second Northern League victory of the season with a 4-2 win at newly-promoted Chester-le-Street - which included a "perfect" hat-trick from striker Stephen Callen. Stephen scored with left foot and right foot shots in the first-half, before completing his hat-trick with a powerful header in the second. Great stuff!

New signings

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 5 August 2016

RCA are pleased to announce their latest signings.

Liam McBryde (Striker) returns to RCA after spells at Hebburn and Seaham Red Star:

Danni Lay (Central Defender) has signed after a pre season with Morpeth Town and youngster Lee Graydon (Utility) has joined the club after a number of appearances in pre-season.

A warm welcome to the three of them.

Mike Amos's Grass Routes

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Sunday, 31 July 2016
Here's some very good news: former Northern League Chairman, Mike Amos is continuing his blog, this time on an independent basis - that peculiarly English predisposition to shoot ourselves in our own feet led to the blog being discontinued on the Northern League web site.
Mike says:
"As with the original, Grass Routes will chiefly seek to promote the unique pleasures of Northern League football and of life and times in North-East England. As the name suggests, there will also be a public transport element – and like many of the bus services, it will probably make quite a few roundabout journeys. As with the original, it will seek chiefly to be an entertainment."