James McClean's Irish eyes on Euro start

JAMES McClean has thanked Martin O’Neill for helping to make his dream come true, but will not be happy to just make up the numbers at the European Championships.

Spennymoor Town win final in emphatic fashion

SPENNYMOOR Town lifted the Durham Challenge Cup with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Gateshead Reserves at the Hetton Centre yesterday.

Chelsea and SAFC keepers go head to head

IT could be a case of comparing headgear fashion prior to kick-off tomorrow at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea and Sunderland get ready to for the battle of the masks.

John O'Shea to savour first North East derby

JOHN O’Shea is delighted Sunderland have been paired with Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, as he wants to make up for missing this season’s first major derby.

David Meyler to put Sunderland before Ireland

DAVID Meyler will put club before country as he continues to make up for lost time on the comeback trail.

Blyth Spartans crushed by Gloucester City

WE never left the bus is Blyth boss Steve Cuggy's damning assessment after his Spartans were crushed in emphatic fashion by Gloucester.

Durham eye a run on the Trophy trail

DURHAM City are determined to make up for last season’s disappointment as they get their FA Carlsberg Trophy campaign under way this afternoon against Prescot Cables.

Fitness is the focus for Demba Ba

DEMBA Ba took more satisfaction from feeling back to his best after Ramadan than breaking his goalscoring duck for Newcastle United in spectacular fashion at the weekend.

Shay Given relishing a return to St James’ Park

SHAY Given was frustrated not to be in Newcastle yesterday, but the former Magpies goalkeeper is already excited about returning on February 4.

Gateshead 0 Huddersfield Town1

IAN Bogie was still happy with his Gateshead side despite watching them begin pre-season in losing fashion against League One promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town.

Joey Barton prepared to leave NUFC next summer

JOEY Barton is ready to dig his heels in and see out the final 12 months of his Newcastle contract after negotiations on a new deal broke down in acrimonious fashion.

Blyth set sights on Senior Cup glory

MICK Tait insists his Blyth Spartans side head into tonight’s Sage Northumberland Senior Cup final against Newcastle United Reserves with more on their mind than to merely make up the numbers.

Whitley Bay's David Coulson to make up for last year

TWELVE months after lifting the FA Vase at Wembley, David Coulson watched his Whitley Bay team-mates return to their field of dreams without him, and held back a tear.

Brian Smith reliving his boyhood Wembley dream

IN 2008, when Whitley Bay bowed out of the FA Vase semi-finals in the most gut-wrenching fashion imaginable, Brian Smith thought his boyhood dream of playing at Wembley had gone for good.

Ian Bogie is happy to take on Hatters

IAN Bogie insists Gateshead are not going to Luton Town today merely to make up the numbers.

Magpies must be top dogs says Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has challenged his Newcastle United side to make up for the bitter disappointment of Sunderland’s late derby leveller by finishing above the Black Cats and re-establishing themselves as the North East’s top dogs.

Sunderland 3 Blackburn Rovers 0

MANAGERS like to talk about fortune evening itself out over a season, but it took just five days for Lady Luck to make up for the cruelty she had shown Sunderland.

Lee Cattermole owes Cats a big season

LEE Cattermole has vowed to make up for lost time at Sunderland as he believes he owes the Black Cats a good season after his first campaign was badly disrupted by injuries.

Chris Hughton: Andy Carroll's a blast from past

CHRIS Hughton believes Andy Carroll could bring classic English centre-forwards back into fashion if he builds on an exciting season in the Coca-Cola Championship.

SkillTrainingLtd Northern League

ALTHOUGH they have an 18-point deficit to make up at this stage of the season, Morpeth Town have at least six games in hand on the other six sides battling to avoid relegation in the First Division.

Tait not going to hit budget

THEY face a gruelling four games in eight days, and with a squad reduced to as few as just 10 outfield players in one recent outing, but Blyth Spartans will not spend frivolously simply to make up the numbers, writes STEVE BROWN.

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 1

FOR all of the far-flung nationalities that make up Manchester City’s lavishly assembled League of Nations, Sunderland were last night left to curse an assassin reared on their own doorstep for denying them their first back-to-back victories for 15 months.

Mick Tait won't be rushed

TWO down in midfield, Mick Tait is in no hurry merely to make up the numbers at Blyth Spartans.

Abbott's seen it all before

WITH his club's biggest game of the season hours away, Greg Abbott will make a late decision today on the make-up of his Carlisle United side – but the Cumbrians' manager is in no doubt about the tactics they will need.

Cats new boy Benjani relishes challenge

BENJANI has promised he is fit and ready to make up for lost time after his two years of frustration at Manchester City.

A global struggle hurting our clubs

IF money makes the world go around, it also ensures footballers are asked to travel half-way around it to earn plenty of cash for the many Football Associations and Federations who make up the global game.

Dundee game dress rehearsal for season opener

NEWCASTLE United will try to field to the team which plays their first match outside of the top-flight in 20 years at Dundee United tomorrow, writes Stuart Rayner.

Gillingham 1, Darlington 0

THE agony is being piled on for Darlington in the cruellest fashion, a stoppage time penalty sentencing them to defeat on one of their longest journeys of what has become a heart-breaking season.

Colchester United 1, Hartlepool United 1

PATCHED-UP Hartlepool have responded in brilliant fashion to caretaker boss Chris Turner’s blast after their home flop against Leyton Orient – now they have to show Victoria Park fans that they have put that performance behind them.

White hails Quaker goal-getter Abbott

DARLINGTON striker Pawel Abbott has been hailed as the best forward in League Two – and the reason that the Quakers can make up for last season’s promotion heartache.

Facing Hammersis stuff of dreams for Pool stalwarts

WHEN Joel Porter flung some clothes and his football boots into a rucksack and flew to England to pursue a dream, he had never heard of Hartlepool and would have had more chance of finding a polar bear in the outback than the seaside town on an atlas.

Sunderland Res 1, Newcastle Res 2

NEWCASTLE reserves staged a smash-and-grab raid to win the Tyne-Wear derby dress rehearsal against 10-man Sunderland.

Problems mount on a stormy day for Magpies

JOE KINNEAR last night ended a day to forget wondering who will make up Newcastle United’s central midfield in their next game.

Darlington 0, Chesterfield 0

DARLINGTON’S winless run stretched to eight games in frustrating fashion.

A passion for fashion

MENTION “taffeta” to mature journalists and visions of ball gowns and wedding dresses rustle down the mind’s aisle.

Interview: Martin Walker of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage

The region’s history is being unearthed in significant fashion by a forward-looking organisation. Alastair Gilmour meets Martin Walker of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage

Northern enthusiasm

WHAT a privilege. Being able to sit down with some of the brightest brains in the North East has been amazing.

Question mark for future of Barton

THE departure of any football manager – even one who had little say in the make-up of his squad – brings question marks about the futures of those left behind.

Keane makes sure Clough won’t be forgotten

BOTH sets of supporters have been urged to dress in green in honour of Brian Clough tonight, but Roy Keane could not wait that long to pay tribute to his former mentor.

Cats line up £23m quadruple swoop

SUNDERLAND are set to break their summer transfer deadlock in spectacular fashion after agreeing a £23m deal with Tottenham Hotspur for four players.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer