Shildon v Northallerton Town

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Shildon welcome Northallerton Town to Dean Street Tonight, looking to get back to winning ways after a draw away to Newton Aycliffe. Northallerton sit top of the league ahead the game, having won two and drawn one of their opening three league games. It is worth noting that the visitors have yet to concede a goal in the league, however Shildon will be looking to end that run as they continue their quest for promotion. The Railwaymen will be searching for goals on Tuesday, having only scored one since their five goal drubbing of West Auckland Town in their season opener. A win on Tuesday would put Shildon back near the top, whilst also giving them much needed confidence ahead of their FA Vase clash at the weekend. Jordan Lavery will miss the next three games, unless overturned, after his red card on Saturday. Alex White and Dominic Curl remain doubtful for Tuesdays match whilst Joe Posthill could return after missing Saturday’s game.

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)

ZAK ATKINSON Striker Sponsored by Available

MATTY BATEMAN Goalkeeper Sponsored by Home : Dave Trotter

CHAY LIDDLE Midfield Sponsored by Available

JACK VAULKS Defender Sponsored by Gareth Shaw

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ALEX WHITE Defender Sponsored by Peter Sixsmith

DEAN THEXTON Striker Sponsored by -

SUPPORTERS CLUB PAGE Supporters Club Lotto The Shildon AFC Supporters Club Lottery makes it's return this Sunday the 6th September. 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 £2 each Supporters Club Membership Renewal Annual membership is now open for the Supporters club.The final date for you to renew your membership will be Friday 25th September in the Social club from 7pm to 9pm Renewal is priced as follows: Adults - £3 Under 18's - £1 Over 65's - Free Away Travel Due to the ongoing issues with Covid-19 unfortunately there will be no Away travel organised by the Supporters Club.

Peter Sixsmith Column Northallerton 2020 Northallerton was a town which my mother always enjoyed visiting. She was a Leeds born woman, but her father came from farming stock in the Howardian hills, being brought up in the village of Hovingham as the 19th became the 20th Century. He moved to Leeds with his parents and ended up a printer, spending much of his working life with Waddington’s, the manufacturers of Monopoly, Cluedo,Totopoly etc.We never lacked board games as children. Northallerton was reasonably close to Hovingham and she would sometimes go into the town with her Aunt Annie by pony and trap to the station and then taking a convoluted train ride to arrive at “Northallerton via Thirsk.” That the war time film “The Way To The Stars” had been filmed in the vicinity, added to the lustre of ‘Allerton and she loved to pop into the Golden Lion Hotel and sit on the same seats as Michael Redgrave, John Mills and, er, Bill Owen. Like her, I enjoy a day in North Yorkshire’s County Town. It’s a 10-minute train ride from Darlington and then a comfortable stroll to the long High Street, which, pre Covid, was particularly busy and bustling on Wednesday as the market set up. A coffee and a fat rascal in Betty’s, a wander round the stalls, a pint or three in The Tithe or The Tickled Toby – well, what more could a retiree ask for in the early autumn of his days. So, it is with particular pleasure that Northallerton Town are back with us in the First Division and I look forward to the visit to Romanby Road in early January. It’s also an opportunity to welcome back an old friend of the club in Mickey Rae who turned in one of the best performances I have seen from a Shildon player in that brilliant win at Whitby in the FA Cup almost 6 years to the day.Although Mickey missed a penalty, he scored the winner with a brilliant overhead kick to see us through to the Second Qualifying Round and played a major part in keeping a side two leagues above us on the back foot. He’s had a few clubs since and it is always a pleasure to see him play. There are going to be problems as we go into winter and the Covid virus spreads.Already, the cluster of urban local authorities around the Wear and Tyne have seen their R rate rise and games have been called off or have been played behind closed doors. Like many others, I missed my football during the inaugural lockdown and I went from the 10th March to the 1st August without seeing a game other than on

television. I particularly enjoyed the Bundesliga Two games that I saw as there was a real scrap for the promotion places Arminia Bielefeld finished top in some comfort, but the fight for the second promotion place and the one play off place were dramatic.At one stage, Hamburg looked likely to claim at least one of them, but their home form was a disaster and they fell away, allowing fellow big boys Stuttgart to take the second place. The play off was between 1.F.C. Hedenheim and Werder Bremen, a long established top flight team.The first leg in Bremen ended 0-0 and Bremen looked to be coasting in the return leg at 2-0. But two late Hedenheim goals caused panic for Werder and they hung on to keep their place at the top table. Like our Championship, it was exciting and there were some good players at that level. I hope BT Sport show more of it next year; it’s far better than watching Bayern Munich thump whoever they are pitted against. The first game I saw in August was a Step 7 game at Ilkley, where the home team took on Horsforth St Michael’s. Ilkley were thwarted in their promotion ambitions by Covid and will have to wait another year before they can move into the North West Counties League.They have a decent ground at a large sports complex on the edge of the town which is predominantly hockey based. The other good thing about the trip was that I picked up a copy of Duncan Hamilton’s “Going to the Game.” He’s a retired sports journalist who spent many years at The Nottingham Evening Post and The Yorkshire Post, covering football and cricket. He has had two award winning books, one about the verbose Brian Clough, the other about the taciturn fast bowler Harold Larwood, of body-line fame. In this book, he spends time visiting football at all levels – Premier League, Championship, Division One, National League, Internationals and even the FA Sunday Cup.And it’s here that there is a Shildon connection as he sees Stockton Hardwick win the FA Sunday Cup in 2018. It featured our current player Joe Posthill and past players in Dale Mulligan and Jamie Owens. He informs the nation that Jamie is known as “the Hardwick Messi” although I think that Messi is more the “Catalan Owens.” The book is well worth a tenner of anyone’s money. If you don’t enjoy it, blame me.

Ben Trotter

In Profile Sponsored by Nicky Dixon Properties

Name: Ben Trotter Nickname:Trotts Position: Midfield Birth Place: Bishop Auckland Previous Clubs: Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland What was your best moment in your career till now? Winning the Durham Challenge Cup at the stadium of light Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions? None What are your goals/expectations for the season? Promotion and under 10 yellow cards Favourite team in the UK: Newcastle Favourite team outside the UK: Real Madrid Childhood Hero: Favourite Drink: Pink Hooch Favourite Band/Artist:Westlife Go to Karaoke song: Hey Jude Best player played with: Craggsy Best player played against: Luke Molyneux

Team Mates Best Trainer : Chay Liddle Best Mate at Club : Dean Thexton Biggest Moaner : Craggsy Hardman : Zak Atkinson Quickest : Dom Slowest : Craggsy Future Manager : David Palmer Best Nickname : Tin Head (Kurt) Best Dancer : Billy Hardest Shot : Michael Sweet Longest in the Shower : Kurt

Wilf's Quiz 1.Which club formed in 1863 took 109 years to win their first trophy? 2. In which year did the first premier league season start? 3.Which was the last team from outside the top division to win the FA cup? 4. which nation won the very first Euro’s in 1960? 5.Who did Liverpool beat 5-4 in the final of the 2001 UEFA cup? 6.What year did Sir Alex Ferguson become manager of Manchester United? 7.The fastest goal in Premier League history came in 7.69 seconds in the 2018/19 season,Which player scored it? 8.Which player with 653 games has made the most Premier League Appearances? 9.The 2026 World Cup will be hosted across three different country’s, Name them? 10.Who is the only player to win the Champions League with three different clubs?. 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. Stoke City, (league cup) 2. 1992 3.West Ham 1980 4. Soviet Union 5.Alaves 6. 1986 7. Shane Long (South

hampton v Watford) 8. Gareth Barry 9. USA, Canada, Mexico 10.Clarence Seedorf (Real Madrid,Ajax,AC Milan,.

Appearances 2020/21

Northallerton Town - History Disaster struck during the summer of 1994 when they were declared financially insolvent in the High Court and were ordered to close down. Had this happened during the playing season then there is not much doubt that the club would have folded. Fortunately there was still time before the new season started for a local businessman to come forward and rescue the club, this despite vandals breaking into the ground and daubing slogans on the stand walls and breaking all the windows in the clubhouse. A new committee was formed and the club was able to kick off the 1994-95 season under the new name of Northallerton F.C. 1994. Still in the First Division of the Northern League, the opening game was Northallerton, League Cup winners, against Durham City, League Champions, in the annual Cleator Cup.After playing a 1-1 draw after extra time, Durham won the cup on penalties. With no money available to reimburse players there was a mass exodus, and many players from local football leagues were brought in.Although these players gave their all it was no surprise when they were relegated at the end of season 1994-95. During season 1995-96, the Club gradually got back on its feet, but after a poor opening the Committee decided that players could once again be reimbursed and many of the club’s former players returned resulting in the Club finishing in a respectable 5th place in the league. During the summer of 1996 the Club was allowed to reinstate the name “Town” to once again become Northallerton Town Football Club (1994), and under the joint guidance of the management duo of Mickey Sell and John Woods, they won promotion back to the First Division when they won the Second Division Championship. For personal reasons both Sell and Woods resigned as joint managers at the end of 1996-97, although both remained at the club,Woods as assistant manager and Sell as an occasional player. After making a disastrous start to life back in the First Division (winning just three points from the first twelve games) the Club appointed former Bristol Rovers, Middlesbrough, Carlisle United and Darlington star Archie Stephens as their manager. But they fared no better, and, after finishing second bottom, they were relegated back to the Second Division. Stephens, and his assistant Woods, left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season. Peter Mulcaster was appointed manager at the start of the 1998-99 season, and he guided the club to a commendable fourth place in the league. But in the February of his second season (1999-00), with the club lying in third place and one of the favourites for promotion, he surprised the club with his shock resignation in order to take the vacant manager’s job at Spennymoor United. He was replaced as manager by the experienced ex-Guisborough Town boss Micky Hodgson, but after failing to win promotion at the first attempt, Hodgson and his assistant Peter Bell left the club at the end of season 2000-01. Peter Mulcaster returned to take over for his second spell as team manager at the start of the 2001-02 season, but after two seasons in charge and failing to get the team promoted, it was mutually agreed that he should leave the club at the end of season 2002-03.

The very experienced former Whitby Town captain Paul Burton was appointed manager at the start of the 2003-04 season. Under Burton,Town regained First Division status when they finished runners-up in Division Two at the end of the 2005-06 season, where they also reached the final of the North Riding Senior Cup for the first time in their history - losing 3-1 to York City at Bootham Crescent. The following season (2006-07) they again reached the Senior Cup final - losing 5-0 to a strong Middlesbrough side at Billingham Synthonia. Burton surprised the club at the end of the season by handing in his resignation for what he claims were personal reasons. He was replaced by the vastly experienced Andy Toman, who lives in the Town, but he resigned after just the one season. Toman was replaced by Alan Robinson, but on the eve of the season Robinson shocked the club with his resignation as he was going to start a new life in Thailand. Ex-Doncaster Rovers player Martin Speight and former Norton & Stockton Ancients manager Stuart Dawson - who were to have been Robinson’s assistants - were appointed as joint managers, but following a run of poor results, Dawson left the club in early January. Speight was then appointed sole manager but results failed to improve and, following the heavy 5-1 home defeat by Ashington at the end of March, he also resigned. Mark Fanning, who had been part of the coaching staff at Darlington FC, was appointed. Fanning guided the club to their first silverware in 18 years when they came from behind to beat Second Division champions Team Northumbria 3-2 in the final of the Ernest Armstrong Cup. Fanning and his assistant Martin Collins resigned in March 2013 so Mulcaster returned to take over for a third time, initially until the end of the season. But following a good run of results which saw the club reach the final of the Ernest Armstrong Cup again, Mulcaster was offered the job on a permanent basis. Unfortunately Northallerton were beaten 3-1 in the final by West Allotment Celtic. 2014-15 Season saw 3 managers for Town. Peter Mulcaster started the season and saw a good start including an opening day 10 nil win away at Esh Winning. In October Peter resigned and assistant Danny Mellanby took over on a temporary basis. In November Stephen Skinner was appointed and kept Danny as his assistant, but it was only a matter of time before he was lured away to 1st division West Auckland, after he turned down their first approach for him. This time we were happy that Danny Mellanby accepted the role of manager and appointed his good friend Dion Raitt as his assistant. October 2015 saw Danny Mellanby resign as manager. Darren Trotter took over and brought in Richie Farrel as his assistant. May 2016 saw Town beat Ryhope CW 2 nil to win the EA Cup for the 2nd time in 4 years. May 2017 saw Town retain the EA Cup beating 2nd division champions Stockton Town on penalties, and became the only team to win this trophy 3 times. 2017-18 season saw town miss out on promotion on the last day of the season but finished in their highest position for 9 years. In 2018-19 Town won the EA Cup for the fourth time and a 3rd place finish saw us promoted back to Division 1 after 10 seasons in Division 2.

Northallerton Town - Pen Pics Tom Dawson Goalkeeper - Age 22. Signed from Bishop Auckland in August 2017. Previous Clubs: Billingham Town, Bishop Auckland Lee Brockbank Defender – Age 28. Signed on loan from Marske United in November 2019. Previous Clubs: Redcar Newmarket Dan Jones Defender - Age 27. Signed in 2015/16 season. Previous Clubs: Marske United,West Auckland Town Charlie Graham Defender – Age 19. Signed in October 2019. Previous Clubs: Northallerton Town,Thornaby, Guisborough Town Andrew Shepherd Defender/Midfielder – Age 27. Signed in the summer of 2016. Previous Clubs: Bedale FC Ste Cheeseman Midfielder – Age 31. Signed in the summer of 2016. Previous Clubs: Darlington RA David Hillerby Defender/Midfielder – Age 30. Signed August 2019. Previous Clubs: Marske United,Thornaby, Norton & Stockton Ancients, Billingham Synthonia Nathanial Skidmore Midfielder – Age 22. Signed January 2020. Previous Clubs: Hartlepool United, Sunderland Ryhope CW Micky Rae Striker – Age 32. Signed January 2020. Previous Clubs: Hartlepool United, Spennymoor,Whitby Town, Celtic Nation, Shildon, Sunderland Ryhope CW

Nicky Martin Striker – Age 33. Signed in November 2016. Scored his 250th Northern League goal during the 2018/19 season. Previous Clubs: Esh Winning, Norton & Stockton Ancients Shaun Hudson Striker - Age 22. Re-signed for Town in July 2019. Previous Clubs: Newton Aycliffe,West Auckland, Norton & Stockton Ancients Gary Shaw Defender – Age 27. Signed July 2019 Previous Clubs: Hebburn Town, Dunston, Sunderland RCA, Seaham Red Star Callum Smith Striker – Age 20. Signed July 2019 Previous Clubs: Hebburn Town, Durham City,Tow Law Town,Washington, Newcastle United Academy Ryan McKendry Midfielder – Age 27. Signed 2018/19. Previous Clubs:Thirsk Falcons Kieran McWaters Midfielder – Age 20. Signed 2018/19. Previous Clubs:Washington,

SHILDON v NORTHALLERTON TOWN Shaun Newbrook (gk) Matthew Bateman (gk) Aidan Heywood Jordan Lavery Alex White Daniel Moore Dom Curl 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

Referee Assistants

Tom Dawson (gk) Lee Brockbank Dan Jones Matthew Crust Charlie Graham Anthony Ezard John Howard Andrew Shepherd Ste Cheeseman David Hillerby Nathanial Skidmore Micky Rae Nicky Martin Jackson Waller Brad Plant Shaun Hudson Gary Shaw Callum Smith Ryan McKendry Kieran McWaters

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