Shildon v Bishop Auckland

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Shildon vs Bishop Auckland Match Preview

by Adam Gill

Today we welcome local rivals Bishop Auckland to Dean Street, as we look to make it back-to-back wins for the first time in the league this season at Dean Street. The Railwaymen beat Seaham Red Star at home 5-3 on Tuesday night, which saw they move up to fifth in the league. Finding themselves six points off top of the league, Shildon will see today’s clash as a perfect opportunity to close the gap on North Shields. Starting another busy month of fixtures, the game against Bishop Auckland could potentially spark a winning run that propels them further up the table. Today’s visitors will be in good spirits after picking up their first point of the season in a 2-2 draw at home to Guisborough Town. Shildon are still without striker Billy Greulich-Smith, however Jordan Lavery returns from suspension which will give the Railwaymen a boost.

SHILDON AFC - HISTORY FORMED in 1890 as Shildon Town, the Railwaymen joined the Auckland and District League two years later and in 1894 merged with the Rangers and Heroes to become Shildon United. In 1900, the club played in the new Northern League Division Two but folded that season due to financial problems – as did the Second Division. A re-formed club joined the Northern League in 1903 to replace Stockton St John’s. In 1907, Shildon joined the semi-professional ranks of the North Eastern League, finishing second in season 1932/33. Before WWII the club won four successive Northern League Division One titles; a record that stood until overhauled by Blyth in 1984. In 1937 the team was unbeaten on their march to the title with Jack Downing firing in a record 61 league and cup goals. A replay win at York City in 1927/28 saw the club reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time. In the first round they have also played Brentford, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic three times.The last time the club reached the first round was in 2003/04, losing out 7-2 against Notts County.The club also reached the second round, in 1936/37 against Dartford. The Dean Street turnstiles and distinctive grandstand were erected in 1923.A £45,000 grant saw new dressing rooms and a social club built beneath the stand 60 years later. Shildon won the Second Division championship in 2001/02, scoring 135 goals and finished runners-up in two cup competitions.The following season they won the Northern League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 golden goal victory over Billingham Synthonia at Feethams. Tragedy struck the club in February 2004 when 26-year-old player, Lee Hainsworth was killed in a road accident on his way to training. He had been with the club for six years.The Brown Street stand was renamed in his memory. Bill Aisbitt, a lifelong stalwart at the club, died in June 2003 and the boardroom was named in his honour after over 50 years loyal service. At the end of the 2004 season, the Railwaymen came under serious threat through financial difficulties when the former chairman severed all ties with the club.At the end of the season all the players and the

manager left the club, leaving it crippled. But during the close season, the club appointed a new chairman, Brian Burn who ensured its survival.The club survived a relegation scare and since then has gone from strength to strength. In 2012-13, the club reached two cup semi-finals.A depleted side lost in the Durham Challenge Cup to Spennymoor Town.The match brought an end to the playing career of midfielder Chris Hughes after he suffered a knee injury.And there was more heartbreak as the side narrowly missed a dream day out at Wembley after losing their two-legged FA Vase semifinal to a late extra-time goal in the second leg at home. In season 2013-14, the management team further strengthened the playing squad, bring in several experienced players in a determination to bring silverware back to Dean Street for the first time.The investment paid off with the club narrowly missing out on the league title, remaining competitive until the final weeks of the season. But the club were able to avenge the semi-final defeat of the previous season when they faced Spennymoor Town in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup. On an historic Good Friday, Shildon striker, Billy Greulich-Smith added a new chapter to the club’s history books with two late goals – the winner in added time at the end of the 90 minutes – to overcome their local rivals by two goals to one.After missing out on the Northern League Championship in the 2014-15 season by one point, the team re-grouped and won the Northern League Cup and became Champions of the Northern League the following season. Following the sudden departure of the Management Team, Chairman David Dent appointed Daniel Moore in January 2017 and Moore guided us to 3rd position in the League and a Durham Challenge Cup SemiFinal. The first piece of silverware came at the start of the 2018/19 season with a 4-1 Penalty victory against Dunston UTS. During this season Daniel Moore guided us to another top 6 finish and the season finished as it started with silverware coming back to Dean Street after the Club defeated South Shields 1-0 in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup held at the Stadium of Light.

Shildon AFC Dean Street Shildon DL4 1EZ Chairman Secretary Treasurer


David Dent Martyn Tweddle Diane Dent



Academy Director


Alan Boddy Brian Burn Andrew Finch Carolyn Mulley Paul Mulley Norman Smith Darren Tait

Partnership Manager


Andrew Jinks



John Atkinson



Daniel Moore



Mark Hudson Danny Craggs Carl Morris



Adam Summerbell

Kit Lady


Sue Charlton

Many Thanks to all our volunteers for all their invaluable help during the season Volunteers Head Of Matchday Operations Paul Mulley Gatemen


Peter Quinn Andy Hilling



Daniel Tatham Kieran Dent

Event Co-Ordinator Matchday Operative Video Interviews Gill Match Reports Programme Article


Carolyn Mulley David Race Michael Wilson Wilf Tray / Chris Pearce / Adam


Adam Gill Peter Sixsmith

Kitchen/Bar Manager 50/50 Ticket Sales Half Time refreshements -

Jeanne Carlyle Liam Stockley Sue Clarkson Sid Dent

PA Announcer Photography

Dennis Duncan Tom Clegg & Amanda Scaife


Our Squad DANIEL MOORE Manager Sponsored by Mark Solan Solan Connor Fawcett Trust

MARK HUDSON Assistant Manager Sponsored by Available

CARL MORRIS Goalkeeping Coach Sponsored by Available

ADAM SUMMERBELL Physio Sponsored by Available

SUE CHARLTON KIT LADY Sponsored by Available

Our Squad BEN TROTTER (Capt.) Midfield Sponsored by Available

BRANDON MALLABURN Midfield Sponsored by Available

DANNY CRAGGS - Coach Midfield Sponsored by Available

KURT MATTHEWS Midfield Sponsored by Home - Dave Wardell

SHAUN NEWBROOK Goalkeeper Sponsored by H: Peter Devlin A:Available

Our Squad DOM CURL Defender Sponsored by Paul Barker

MICHAEL SWEET Striker Sponsored by Liam Stockley

JOE POSTHILL Winger Sponsored by Prince Bishop Hospital Radio

DAVID PALMER Midfield Sponsored by Home - Dave Wardell

AIDAN HEYWOOD Defender Sponsored by Available

Our Squad BILLY GREULICH-SMITH Striker Sponsored by Jean & Graham (Doncaster)

DEAN THEXTON Striker Sponsored by Available

MATTY BATEMAN Goalkeeper Sponsored by Home : Dave Trotter

CHAY LIDDLE Midfield Sponsored by Bishop Juniors

JACK VAULKS Defender Sponsored by Gareth Shaw

Our Squad JORDAN LAVERY Defender Sponsored by -

JACK NAYLOR Defender Sponsored by Home : Dave Trotter

ALEX WHITE Defender Sponsored by Peter Sixsmith

MATTY ROBSON Defender Sponsored by -

SUPPORTERS CLUB Supporters Club Lotto Lottery Tickets are available behind the bar and also at the following outlets in the town Main Street News Rakeesh One Stop Shop on Byerley Road Tickets are priced at ÂŁ2 each Away Travel Due to the ongoing issues with Covid-19 unfortunately there will be no Away travel organised by the Supporters Club.

Non League Paper Column by Matt Badcock IT’S DIFFICULT to know what to write about sometimes in these programme columns we send out each week. Do people want to hear views on the big issues around the game? Are you flicking through a programme for some light-hearted reading at halftime? It feels like everything has been a bit serious recently.And rightfully so. Clubs up and down are worried about the future.What makes it harder, in this Covid pandemic, is a lot of the things we are worrying about when it comes to Non-League football are largely out of everyone’s control. While clubs can put the right protocols in place, if the government suddenly decide no fans then there’s not much that can be done about it. It’s a frustrating time for all, perhaps summed up by the situation this weekend in the FA Cup where Step 2 fans aren’t allowed to watch their team play live, be it home or away. At the time of writing, there is still great uncertainty for National League clubs about their kick-off.They will be behind closed doors but with almost no exceptions, that will only work if there is sufficient support from the Government or the Premier League. All we really want is to watch our teams play again.That goes for every club throughout the pyramid.Those who already have fans in want to make sure the gates stay open. Perhaps this tricky period reminds us why we started watching NonLeague football in the first place. The thought sprung to mind from last week’s NLP where our new columnist Tony Incenzo – talkSPORT’s journalist and Non-League expert – about the importance of getting young fans through the doors. Tony recounts how his mum used to drop him and a friend at the gates of

Hendon and would return at 4.45pm to pick them up knowing they will have had an enjoyable, and safe, afternoon watching their local side. From their Tony’s passion for these levels of the game soared and, anyone who follows him on twitter, will know just how many grounds he has visited over the years. It got me to thinking about my own involvement in the game. My Dad is the on to blame, Heavily involved in Non-League football, I probably had no choice. But I loved going down to a ground, smelling the liniment waft from the changing rooms before standing so close to the action soaking it all in. I enjoyed watching Premier League football, like any other kid, but really Non-League was the place to be. That then morphed into regularly watching Farnborough Town with friends before, in our teenage years, that transformed into away games as well. We’d hop on the train early in the morning and headed off to far flung destinations like Hitchin, Carshalton and St Albans. It’s only a few years later when you start driving that you realise these places are not that far away at all. But that was our Saturdays. Stopping at McDonalds on the way to the ground. Stopping there again on the way back to the station. Navigating our way through Clapham Junction and eventually arriving back home tired but fulfilled. That’s what Covid has shown me, anyway. How much I enjoy being at a game with other people and soaking it all in. How I enjoy going to a game with my Dad, who kick-started my love affair with Non-League in the first place. And, with that, I’m off tonight to see a game with him. Enjoy your game.

Billy Greulich-Smith

In Profile Sponsored by

Name: Billy Greulich-Smith Nickname: Billy Position: Striker Birth Place: London Previous Clubs: Brandon Utd, Hartlepool Utd, Durham City What was your best moment in your career till now? Winning the Challenge Cup at the Stadium of Light Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions? No What are your goals/expectations for the season? Hopefully keep scoring and creating goals to get us promoted and a good run in the FA Vase Favourite team in the UK: Sunderland Favourite team outside the UK: Real Madrid Childhood Hero: Favourite Drink:Alcohol free Kopparberg Favourite Band/Artist: Black Eyed Peas Go to Karaoke song: Oasis - Don’t look back in anger Best player played with: Jordan Henderson Best player played against: Adam Lallana

Team Mates Best Trainer : Joe Posthill Best Mate at Club : David Palmer Biggest Moaner : Was Zak Atkinson Hardman :AlexWhite Quickest : Joe Posthill Slowest : Danny Craggs Future Manager : Danny Craggs Best Nickname : Jack ‘Volkswagon’ Vaulks Best Dancer : Me, next question Hardest Shot : Michael Sweet Longest in the Shower : Kurt Matthews takes aaaages

Wilf's Quiz 1.Who went to Newcastle from Manchester Utd in the Andy Cole transfer deal? 2.What famous first will always be held by Keith Peacock? 3.Which club did David Moyes leave to manage Everton? 4.Which player scored Wimbledon’s only ever premier league hat trick? 5.Which premier league club had their shirts sponsored by Burmah Oil? 6.Which two clubs played in the first all English major European final? 7. Gordon Banks, Peter Bonetti, and who else were England’s goalkeepers in the 1970 world cup squad? 8. In the early days of the football league cup, what did winning players receive instead of medals? 9.Who was the first player to be sent off whilst playing a full international for England? 10.Who is the oldest goal scorer in the history of the World Cup Finals?

Answers at the bottom of Fixtures page

Many Thanks to Prince Bishops Hospital Radio and Dennis Duncan for the Pre-Match & Half Time Announcements

Fixture List 20/21

Quiz Answers: 1. Keith Gillespie 2. first substitute used in a football league game 3. Preston North End 4. Dea 7.Alex Stepney 8.Tankards 9.Alan Mullery v Yugoslavia 1968 10. Roger Milla 42.

an Holdsworth 5. Swindon Town 6.Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers, UEFA Cup 1972

Appearances 2020/21

Bishop Auckland - History It all started when theological students from Oxford and Cambridge University whilst studying at Auckland Castle, home of the Bishop of Durham in Bishop Auckland; formed a team known as Bishop Auckland Church Institute in 1882.A later dispute caused a breakaway team called Auckland Town to be formed in 1886/87 and it was from this upheaval that Bishop Auckland Football Club was eventually born. Eight days after its formation, the club chose royal blue with white facings and subsequently the light and dark blue colours of the original Church Institute representing the colours of Oxbridge. Auckland Town were founder members of the Northern League in 1889 but left after its first season before returning as Bishop Auckland in 1893. Between 1893 and 1988, the club won the league championship a record 19 times.The first championship was claimed in 1898/99 with the club going unbeaten in their league campaign, winning nine and drawing seven of their sixteen league matches. The most successful period in the Northern League came between 1947 and 1956 when the team never finished below second place. During this period they were champions seven times and runners-up on three occasions. Following the tragic Munich air crash of 1958, three Bishop Auckland men went to assist Manchester United. They were Derek Lewin,Warren Bradley and Bobby Hardisty, who all played in United’s Central league side in March that year. Bradley (an England amateur international) not only became a regular in United’s 1st team but also went on to play at full international level. In the FA Cup the Bishops had memorable fights against Preston North End, Burnley,Wolves, and other league clubs.The best run in the competition was in 1954/55 when, after beating Kettering Town 5-1 (Home), Crystal Palace 4-2 (Away) and Ipswich Town 3-0 (home) after a 2-2 draw in East Anglia, they were defeated 3-1 by York City in a thrilling 4th round replay.

In the FA Amateur Cup, the Bishops’ record was without equal. They were in the final 18 times, winning the cup on ten occasions including a record three times in a row in 1955, 1956 and 1957. The Club were also semi-finalists on 27 occasions. When the (Amateur Cup) competition ceased in 1974, the Club was presented with a replica of the trophy in recognition of its outstanding record. In 1988, almost a century after first joining the Northern League the Club decided to enter the non-league pyramid system via the Northern Premier League (NPL).The Bishops’ would spend 18 seasons in the NPL before returning to the Club’s Northern League roots in 2006. Off the pitch the Club formed itself into a limited company in 1997 but the key issue as the 21st century dawned was the Club’s intent to move from its old home at Kingsway to a new site at Tindale Crescent on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland. Although the ‘move’ had been initially mooted in 1993, by the end of 2001 the Club was no nearer to achieving that objective and at the end of the 2001-02 season the Club finally left its spiritual home, and ground shares at Shildon, Spennymoor and West Auckland followed. The Club continued to pursue its objective of getting to Tindale Crescent and obtained the maximum Football Foundation grant of £250,000 in 2004. In conjunction with national blue chip developer Terrace Hill the Club finally obtained planning permission for the new ground in November 2008.The new ground named Heritage Park was built for the Club by Terrace Hill and was an integral part of a massive regeneration project.

Bishop Auckland - Pen Pics NICK LIVERSEDGE (GOALKEEPER) - Now starting his third season with Bishops after signing from Shildon when manager Ian Chandler took the reigns. Nick has an abundance of experience and is an excellent shot stopper who commands his box extremely well. CHARLIE LAMB (GOALKEEPER) - Signed July 2020 to add cover to Nick Liversedge. KRISTOPHER SUMMERS (DEFENDER) - Tall commanding centre half who is comfortable with the ball at his feet. New signing, previously with Billingham Town and briefly with Thornaby. REGAN NIXON (DEFENDER) - Regan showed his promise by leading the scoring charts for St Marys U16 a couple of years ago. Regan has been involved with the first team squad for a couple of seasons now and will be looking to feature more regularly. MARK DIXON (DEFENDER) - Aged 27, left back signed from Billingham Town in June 2020. Mark is given the task of replacing Michael Hoganson on the left hand side of the Bishops defence. JAMIE MARSHALL (DEFENDER/MIDFIELD) - Jamie joined us from Jarrow Roofing in the summer of 2018, where he was one of their longest standing players, he is a strong right sided defender and can also feature in midfield. Jamie is very quick and very consistent. He will be a valued member of the squad again and can hopefully stay injury free this term. KEIRON PARNABY (MIDFIELD) - Signed at the start of the 2019-20 season, Kieron added some much needed bite to the midfield. A good engine with a good range of passing he also demonstrated his like for a spectacular goal. LIAM POTTER (DEFENDER/MIDFIELD) - Aged 18 Liam made the step up from St Mary’s U17 last season which turned out to be a very successful breakthrough year for him where he attracted the attention of numerous scouts from the professional game. Liam reads the game so well for a player of his tender years. DARREN RICHARDSON (MIDFIELD) - Local lad Darren initially played for Bishops under Brian Honour and Colin Myers before leaving in the summer of 2012 where he joined Darlington 1883. Spells at Shildon & West Auckland followed before he re-joined Bishops towards the end of 2017/18. Darren is currently recovering from a long term knee injury sustained just before the enforced shutdown in March. LIAM GOLDSBOROUGH (DEFENDER) - Signed during pre season after impressing the management team. Previously at Fleetwood Town where Liam featured in the youth ranks. MCKELLAN LINES (DEFENDER) - Made his Bishops debut in the final game of last seasons shortened campaign at Thornaby. Regarded as having a promising future ahead of him. RYAN ROBINSON (DEFENDER/MIDFIELD) - Another very young lad when he joined the club in the summer of 2018. With a couple of seasons under his belt Ryan has improved steadily and became more of a regular in Ian Chandlers

line up last season featuring at full back as well as his natural midfield position. Quick and energetic. JACK CONNOR (MIDFIELD) - Aged 25, Jack is a defensive minded midfielder and another summer signing. Previously with Thornaby. KYLE MORRIS (MIDFIELD) - Signed in Oct 2019. Most recently with Wolviston, Kyle has previous experience with Sunderland RCA along with playing college football in the USA. Kyle chipped in with several important goals from the middle of last season including the late dramatic winner away to Shildon in December. JAMIE DAVIS (MIDFIELD) - Aged 32, attacking midfielder Jamie was signed in the summer of 2020 from Billingham Town where he impressed when he helped engineer a heavy league defeat on us last season. BENJAMIN CHANDLER (MIDFIELD) - Teenage son of Ian Chandler, Ben joined the squad during the pre-season of 2019 and has made several key appearances from the substitute bench. Another young player who will look to feature more regularly across the season. LUKE HOGAN (FORWARD) - Aged 23, left winger and another who impressed for Billingham Town last season, particuklar against Bishops. Luke has already showed his attacking capabilites with two excellent goals v Wahington in pre season and will look to add pace and exitement going forward. CHRISTOPHER WINN (FORWARD) - Centre forward Chris has a fantastic work ethic and is a tremendous team player who has caused many defences problems over the last few seasons. Contributed an impressive 15 goals in 2018-19 and was set to match that tally last season before the March shutdown. CRAIG HUTCHINSON (FORWARD) - Aged 26, Craig is a prolific striker who has scored bucket loads of goals for Billingham Town, Newton Aycliffe and Guisborough Town over the past couple of seasons. Ian captured his signature at the start of the summer and will be relied upon to form a potent forward line alongside Chris Winn. JACK COOPER (FORWARD) - New signing during pre season. AXEL TUCKER (FORWARD) - New signing during pre season. LUKE BROWNLESS (FORWARD) - Propelled into the first team squad in Sept 2020 after a prolific run of goalscoring form for the U18 side. Luke is only 16 and debuted from the bench in the home defeat to Whitley Bay where he made an instant impression. ANDY TOMAN (MANAGER) - An ex professional with Lincoln City, Darlington and Hartlepool United Andy is also a UEFA qualified coach with previous managerial experience in the Northern league with Guisborough Town and Northallerton. Andy has most recently been living and working in Norway. IAN McGUCKIN (ASSISTANT MANAGER) - Ian like Andy also has experience as a professional with Fulham, Oxford and Hatlepool United and is also a UEFA qualified coach. Ian did have a brief spell here at Bishops in the early 2000s when Brian Honour was in charge.

SHILDON v BISHOP AUCKLAND Shaun Newbrook (gk) Matthew Bateman (gk) Aidan Heywood Jordan Lavery Alex White Daniel Moore Jack Vaulks Billy Greulich-Smith Ben Trotter Chay Liddle Danny Craggs Brandon Mallaburn Jack Naylor David Palmer Zak Atkinson Kurt Matthews Dean Thexton Joe Posthill Michael Sweet Matty Robson

Referee Assistants

Nick Liversedge (gk) Charlie Lamb (gk) Kristopher Summers Regan Nixon MarkDixon Jamie Marshall Keiron Parnaby Liam Potter Darren Richardson Liam Goldsborough Mckellan Lines Ryan Robinson Jack Connor Kyle Morris Jamie Davis Benjamin Chandler Luke Hogan Christopher Winn Craig Hutchinson Jack Cooper Axel Tucker Luke Brownless

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