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Radio Northumberland can announce details of their upcoming Blyth Spartans coverage this season.

As always, the online community station will be the only place to hear live and uninterrupted coverage of every game from Croft Park this season, starting tomorrow as Whitby Town make the short trip up the North East coast.

Returning to the commentary box for the game will be the station's Head of Sport Jonny Hall, but he will be joined by a new face in the form of Ryan Gray.

Jonny said: "I absolutely loved my time covering the Spartans, but work commitments meant that I had to step down from the role earlier in the Summer."

"We have since scoured the county looking for a replacement and I'm delighted to invite Ryan into the Radio Northumberland fold."

"He will be sitting in the co-commentators seat for the Whitby game, but I have no doubt that he will thrive in the main seat when Spartans return to home action again next week."

Ryan, an aspiring sports journalist from Morpeth, is looking forward to what will be a 'special' experience.

He said: "I am looking forward to getting started and I can't wait to experience the exciting moments that Blyth will undoubtedly have in store for us this season."

"To share that excitement with the station's listeners will be something truly special."

You can listen to Radio Northumberland's coverage of Blyth Spartans online at radionorthumberland.com or via the Tune-In app on most smartphones.

Station seeks Spartans successor

Radio Northumberland is on the lookout for a new commentator for its Blyth Spartans coverage.

The station, which has enjoyed an impressive start to its association with the non-league club, is keen to expand its coverage from last season which saw full match commentary of every home game and nine away games as well. 

The search is now on for a commentator to take the lead in the voluntary role from the departing Jonny Hall in time for the new season kicking off on Saturday 16th August, when the Green Army will play host to Grantham Town at Croft Park.

Candidates should be confident, have strong communication skills, be flexible with working hours and have a working knowledge of computers. 

It is also essential that they are available for every Blyth Spartans home game in the 2014/2015 seasons (See fixture list)

Access to their own laptop and transport, a passion for local football and experience in a sport media setting, is desirable.

Applicants should submit a copy of their CV, along with a covering a letter explaining why they would be suited to the role and a short practice piece of audio, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 1st August.

Those shortlisted will be invited to an informal interview - all applicants will be told whether they have been successful or not, although depending on the number of applications individual feedback may not be possible.

Jonny Hall, Head of Sport for Radio Northumberland, said: "I enjoyed a tremendous year and a half covering Blyth Spartans and it was helped by the fact that the club were so welcoming - the media team, players, coaching staff, board members and fans all made the job of providing coverage to the Green Army an easy and incredibly enjoyable experience."

"I encourage anyone with a keen interest in football commentary to come forward and apply for this role - the experience was amazing and I cannot wait to give someone else that same opportunity over the coming season."

Any questions or queries should be directed to Jonny Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Spartans' Magnificent Seven - Our thank you to the Green Army

It has been a tremendous season so far for Blyth Spartans - and Radio Northumberland would like to say thank you to the Green Army in its own special way.

The community station has so far covered 29 of Spartans' 43 competitive fixtures, and as a thank you to supporters around the world who have listened and enjoyed over the last 7 months, commentators Jonny Hall and Mark Carruthers present the 'Spartans Magnificent Seven'.

The seven fixtures include Spartans' final home games against FC United of Manchester, Whitby Town and the Northumberland FA Senior Cup Semi-Final replay against Ashington, and the trips to Ilkeston FC, Nantwich Town, Worksop Town and coverage of the final day at Stamford AFC.

Jonny Hall, Head of Sport for the station, explains: "Both myself and Mark have been completely overwhelmed by the support of the club and most importantly the Green Army.  They have been with us every step of the way and we are delighted to make this announcement."

"When we made the decision to start this journey, we always wanted to aim big and we continue to offer the level of access to a non-league club which we feel is unrivaled in the North East. In the process, Spartans have become the envy of many Evo Stik Northern Premier League clubs as well."

"It has been a fantastic season and we look forward to being there with Tom and the lads, providing the supporters with the coverage that they deserve."

Join Jonny and Mark on Saturday afternoon from the New Manor Ground as Spartans travel to Ilkeston FC. They'll be live on RadioNorthumberland.com from 2:30pm.

Community station scores again with football coverage

Blyth Spartans fans around the world will next season be given further insight into Croft Park thanks to community radio station Radio Northumberland.

The station has announced that it will continue to provide live coverage of Blyth Spartans fixtures for the 2014/15 season, including every home game in every competition.

The coverage - fronted by Radio Northumberland's Head of Sport Jonny Hall and Spartans Senior Press Officer Mark Carruthers - has been a big success with Spartans supporters and opposing fans across the Evo Stik Northern Premier League.

This season has marked a number of landmarks for Radio Northumberland as they covered their first Blyth away game on the opening day of the season at Marine AFC, a game that attracted a record number of listeners and for the second consecutive season they will also be covering the Northumberland Senior Cup Final at St James’ Park in May.

The coverage has also reached over 15 different countries including Brazil, Australia and Turkey.

Following the announcement that the station will be providing coverage of every Spartans home fixture next season as well as a number of selected away games, Hall revealed his delight at the plaudits the coverage had received.

He said: "We didn’t really know what to expect when we made the announcement last year about the coverage of Spartans, but the reaction has been far beyond what we could have imagined.”

“It is very telling that my inbox is constantly full with supporters of opposition teams praising myself and Mark for the level of professionalism and balance that we deliver in the coverage.”

“We just aim to spread our passion of the game and bring a bit of Croft Park to all supporters that can’t make it to the terraces each week - and I think we will continue to achieve that next year.”

“I must also extend our gratitude to Tom Wade and his coaching staff, as well as all of the players and the lads behind the scenes as well, who have made our jobs so much easier by being so welcoming - we wish them all the best for the closing stages of the season.”

The club have embarked on what seemed like an unlikely play off push this season and currently sit sixth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.  Their Media Manager Phil Castiaux commented: "The extent and quality of the coverage that Radio Northumberland provides through Jonny and Mark must be the envy of all the other clubs in the Evo-Stik league.” 

“The duo have received numerous,well deserved, plaudits for their commentary, that give Spartans fans across the world the opportunity to keep up with how the club is doing.  The news that the Station will be continuing to work with the club next season is very much welcomed"

This season is still far from finished for Radio Northumberland and Spartans with the station broadcasting six more of Tom Wade's side's remaining fixtures starting with Saturday's home game with Buxton and including next month's away trip to play off rivals Ilkeston.


 

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