Handwritten note Sammie Welch received from a stranger when she was travelling with her three-year-old son on a busy First Great Western train from Birmingham to Plymouth

Curious Georgie: Note on a train saga would have been nothing more than an anecdote a few years ago

The heart-warming act of a stranger on a train quickly turned into a national man hunt - with media coverage to match

Ebac Northern League

WITH the scores level after 51 minutes, neutral observers wouldn’t have bet on Whitley Bay defeating Penrith even though the Cumbrians were reduced to 10 men just before the interval, Willie Paul sent off.

Non-League round-up

CONSETT clinched a dramatic added-time winner in last night’s FA Carlsberg Vase first-round replay with Northallerton Town at Belle Vue Park.

EBAC Northern League/FA Carlsberg Vase

SPENNYMOOR Town, the only one of the 44 sides in the Ebac Northern League with a 100% record, were again in blistering form on Saturday.

Craig Gardner

Interview: SAFC Midfielder Craig Gardner

BRITAIN’S Golden summer has cast a long shadow over the Premier League.

STL Northern League

DUNSTON UTS are still in the driving seat for the STL Northern League championship after hitting relegated Stokesley SC with a five-goal defeat which not only enabled them to consolidate fourth place, but improved their goal difference.

AWARD WINNERS

Aquatics – Rebecca Adlington

Regional preview

TYNEDALE will rest payers but are unlikely to be under strength for their EDF National Trophy round two clash with Darlington Mowden Park.

Regional rugby round-up

IN what was Blaydon’s best game of the season so far, they came out on top in an 11-try thriller against Blackheath – winning 34-31 and keeping up their good National Two home form.

Regional rugby round-up

CAPTAIN Phil Belgian is one of five Tynedale players recalled to the squad to face West Park St Helens as the National League Division Three North side’s injury problems finally start to ease.

Regional rugby round-up

BLAYDON go into their National Two game with bottom side Nuneaton looking to score tries and make the most of their opportunities.

Just one game at a Tyne

TYNEDALE entertain Harrogate on Saturday unfazed that success will only confirm their tag as the National Three North team to beat.

‘We’ll be ready for our opener’

FALCONS director of rugby John Fletcher is playing down his side’s 18-13 defeat at Glasgow Warriors, saying the first game of the season is what matters in the long run.

Blaydon in good Nick for opener

BLAYDON start their National League Two adventure this Saturday against the side promoted at Tynedale’s expense.

Wimbledon: The Briton who keeps winning

WITH the honourable exception of the injured Andy Murray, the chances of a Brit making it into a singles final at Wimbledon seems about as likely at the moment as Newcastle United and Sunderland uniting to form one football club.

Cycling: Brit hails rebirth of Tour

British rider Bradley Wiggins hailed the rebirth of the Tour de France after an estimated one million fans lined the streets of London to create a huge carnival atmosphere.

Wimbledon: Play on, Tim – Bolletieri

Legendary coach Nick Bolletieri believes Tim Henman has restored some of the "fear factor" which once helped sweep him into the world's top four - and believes the 32-year-old is nowhere near retirement.

Tennis: Rain restricts Henman

At the start of the week no-one would have given the price of a punnet of strawberries for the chances of a British man reaching the first Thursday of Wimbledon.

Tennis: Injury forces Murray's hand

ANDY Murray put his long-term future ahead of short-term success by finally conceding he had not fully recovered from the wrist injury he suffered last month and withdrawing from Wimbledon, which gets under way today.

Tennis: Injured Andy pulls out of Wimbledon

Andy Murray last night pulled out of Wimbledon after failing to recover from the wrist injury he suffered last month, writes Phil Casey.

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