6th June 2017

Consett have announced some transfer activity with old hands Calvin Smith and Michael Mackay, also the club’s record goalscorer over his previous two spells, returning to the club. On a sadder note free-scoring forward Luke Sullivan has left to join South Shields. The best of luck to him.

I was very sad to learn of the sudden passing of Cheick Tiote yesterday, who was, as of January 2017, still a Newcastle Utd player. To see someone so young and so physically fit pass away so suddenly should remind us all to live each day to the full. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

All of the existing Northern League management committee were voted back onto the committee again at the league AGM. Well done to them. I would like to have ran for election, however, as I’m not known to them it would have been a tough ask. Nevertheless, I’m on plenty of committees and have chaired one in the past. It’s not a big deal, but it’s something I’d like to do at some point.

The new non-league structure has been announced and Football as we know it in the Northern League will change. The winner from each of the 14 Step 5 leagues must be promoted and depending on points, 12 of the second-placed teams will be promoted too. An F.A. directive states that all midweek matches must start at 7.45pm rather than 7.30pm, which is bad news for clubs who hope to save as much floodlight cost as possible, although they can apply to the league for a 7.30pm kick-off. I imagine these requests will be granted with that thought in mind.

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