Blyth Town FC
Established in February 1995, Blyth Town started as a junior football club with only 3 boys teams, at a time where our town had the reputation of “Drugs Capital of the North East”. Three couples put in funding to start the Club with the aim to give the children and young people of Blyth something to be involved with and proud of. Those three couples are still involved with the running of the Club.
Year after year thereafter the club grew, taking the oldest team all the way through to under 18’s in the 2000/01 season. In the meantime we established a girls’ section and again this section of the club grew with each year. Girls’ football was a relatively new sport and we believe we played a huge part in promoting and growing the game within the region.
The biggest step for the club was the introduction of adult football – we our launched adult section in the 2002/03 season. We have had great success with this and our Men’s team is now ready to progress to the Northern League. We lost our full ladies squad and several junior girl’s squads to the professional game in 2005-2006 and we proud to now have several of those girls playing in the England National Squad. Since losing so many girls and young ladies, the Club has strived to rebuild - our girls section is ever growing and our re-established Ladies are now progressing through the league system.
Our seniors are now starting to have families of their own and bring their children to the Club to be coached, underlining the family feel of our Club – our ultimate aim. In some cases 3 generations are involved in some capacity. We are currently running 25 teams – under 6 boys to men and under 8 girls to Ladies.
Throughout our growth high standards have been maintained and because of this, and the fact that the club provides football from age 4 to adult, in December 2002 we received the accolade of ‘Community Club’ from the F.A. - Blyth Town are proud to have been the first club in the North East to have received this recognition. Due to this status, the Club were able to negotiate a 25 year lease on land/facilities at South Newsham and South Beach. With funding from a development fund and a successful Football Foundation bid, a £1M extensive refurbishment and development of the site, which was handed over to the Club in December 2007. At last we had a home for our Club where we could continue to grow.
Our men’s first team were on the cusp of promotion into the Northern League when COVID-19 hit and all movement at our level was halted. Although disappointing, we are determined to go for promotion next season and are confident in the quality of our squad to achieve this aim.
For the 2020/21 season we have entered a development men’s team into the new division of the Northern Alliance League, Division 3, which will be an ideal vessel for our young players to transit from junior to senior football.
Blyth Town Football Club was a forerunner in the development of girls and ladies football in the North East. When Academies for girls in the Professional Game became established, as our Club already had a very successful girl’s set up, we took a massive hit and lost 5 full teams to the professional game - and Club was left to rebuild our girls section.
We also had an extremely young ladies team back in 2001 and within just a couple of seasons that team was also a victim of the Club’s success with no less than 12 of the girls going to professional clubs – and just several years later we saw 5 of them represent Sunderland in the ladies FA Cup Final. Steph Bannon was Sunderland’s Captain on that day and remained Captain until ANOTHER ex Blyth Town girl, Lucy Staniforth, took up that role – Lucy is now a regular in the England squad.
Last but certainly not least, is Lucy Bronze, not just one of England’s finest, but one of the best players in the World. Lucy has been back to the Club to talk to our younger girls and what an inspiration she is!
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