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Whitley Bay is the main town of the district of North Tyneside, the area north of the City of Newcastle in North East England. The football club play at Hillheads Park, just out of the town centre, and play in the skillstrainingltd Northern League Divison 1, at level 9 of the Pyramid. They were FA Carlsberg Vase Champions in both 2002, when they beat Tiptree United at Villa Park, and 2009, when they beat Glossop North End at Wembley.

Club Information:

Club Name: Whitley Bay FC

Stadium: Hillheads Park, Whitley Bay

Capacity: 4500 (450 Seated)

Ticket Price: £4

Media Prediction: 1st


Liam Cattermole from Bridlington (free)

Shaun Saiko from Middlesbrough (loan)

Jimmy Walker from Staveley MW (free)

Matty Tymon from Hartlepool (loan)

Patrick McLoughlin from Newcastle (loan)

Matt Phelan from Worthing (free)

Nick Potter from Rossendale (loan)

Michael Kay from Sunderland (loan)

Rikki Bains from Darlington (loan)

Shane Ferguson from Newcastle (loan)

The Squad:

1. Tom Kindley

2. Kevin Walton

3. Liam Cattermole

4. Shaun Saiko

5. Darren Timmons

6. David Coulson ©

7. Craig McFarlane

8. Patrick McLoughlin

9. Matty Tymon

10. Phil Bell

11. Richard Hodgson

12. Jimmy Walker

14. Lee Kerr

16. Leon Ryan

17. Matt Phelan

18. Nick Potter

19. Rikki Bains

20. Michael Kay

22. Gavin Wilson

23. Shane Ferguson


Northern League Division 1 (Level 9)

FA Cup

FA Vase

Northern League Brooks Mileson Cup

Northumberland Senior Cup

Players Out:

Dean Douglas (released from Amateur contract – has since joined Glapwell)

Damon Robson – Free to Andover

David Mawson - £1 to Cray

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July 2009:

Friendly: Whitley Bay 2-2 Whitley Bay Reserves (McFarlane, Ryan)

A little embarrassment in failing to beat the ressies, but two good goals were scored

Friendly: Whitley Bay 1-2 Kendal Town (Douglas)

A good battling performance, narrowly beaten by a side two levels above us

Friendly: Whitley Bay 3-3 Durham City (Hodgson, Burns, Quinton)

Two late goals were required to earn a draw against another side two leagues higher in a Hillheads thriller

Friendly: Seaham Red Star 0-5 Whitley Bay (Tymon, Ryan, Saiko, Falco, Kerr)

A convincing victory, at a local side who were relegated from our division last season

Friendly Whitley Bay 2-0 Glenn Hoddle Academy (McLoughlin, Hooper)

A brilliant win against the former England boss' academy, which included some recognisable names from League football

Friendly: Jarrow Roofing Boldon 0-3 Whitley Bay (Bell 3))

A super hattrick from Phil Bell as Bay again comfortably beat a team from the league below

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August 2009:

Friendly: Washington 1-2 Whitley Bay (Tymon (2))

Hartlepool loanee Matty Tymon showed the difference in class, scoring twice as Bay eased past Washington

League: Whitley Bay 3-0 Esh Winning (Tymon, Bell, McFarlane)

A comfortable opening day win at Hillheads against the predicted strugglers from County Durham

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round: Whitley Bay 1-0 Billingham Synthonia (Bell (pen))

A late surge forwards from Craig McFarlane earned Bay a penalty which Bell converted to send Bay through

League: Whitley Bay 4-0 Bedlington Terriers (McLoughlin, Potter, Coulson, OG)

A great victory over a decent side, as the loanees show their class as we march to the top of the table

League: Penrith 1-1 Whitley Bay (Potter)

Nick Potter earns Bay a point after they fall behind in the first half in Cumbria

FA Cup Preliminary Round: Garforth Town 1-0 Whitley Bay

Bay fail to reach the qualifiers, after they are well beaten in Yorkshire by a team from the league above

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September 2009:

League: Whitley Bay 3-2 Spennymoor Town (Ryan, Saiko, Bell (pen))

Phil Bell scores a late penalty to earn all the points after Spennymoor twice equalised at Hillheads

League: Whitley Bay 1-1 Billingham Synthonia (Kerr)

Lee Kerr gives Bay the lead, but Synners strike back to earn a point

League: Whitley Bay 1-0 Consett (Bell)

Phil Bell scores a late winner as Bay ease past Consett ahead of the start of their Vase defence

League: South Shields 1-0 Whitley Bay

Bay suffer their first defeat of the season at Filtrona Park, as Lewis Ford scores the winner from 12 yards

FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round: Whitley Bay 2-1 Welton Rovers (Bell, Saiko)

Bay scrape past their Western league opponents, as the Vase defence starts with Hillheads victory

League: West Allotment 0-2 Whitley Bay (McFarlane, Ryan)

A comfortable victory, against the kind of team we should be beating if we want promotion

League: Whitley Bay 2-1 Dunston UTS (Bell (pen), Hodgson)

A great victory against fellow promotion hopefuls, as two goals inside the first 22 minutes earns victory

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October 2009:

FA Vase 1st Round: Atherton Laburnum Rovers 0-0 Whitley Bay

A replay will be required, as neither side was able to break the deadlock at Crilly Park

FA Vase 1st Round Replay: Whitley Bay 3-0 Atherton Laburnum Rovers (Saiko, Bell, Coulson)

A comfortable win for the holders, as Rovers were unable to deal with Whitley's superb Hillheads record

League: Whitley Bay 3-1 Newcastle Benfield (Ryan (2), Phelan)

Bay extend their lead at the top of Northern League with 3-1 victory over last season's champions

League: Ryton 0-0 Whitley Bay

No goals in a highly dull game in Gateshead

League: Ashington AFC 0-2 Whitley Bay (Saiko, Ryan)

Easy win against a poor Ashington side through goals from Saiko and Ryan

League: Whitley Bay 0-0 Morpeth Town

The first game we've failed to win this season at Hillheads, and it suprisingly came against struggling Morpeth

League: Norton and Stockton Ancients 1-3 Whitley Bay (Ferguson, McLoughlin, Saiko)

Whitley had this one wrapped up after 20 minutes, as they took a 3-0 lead on Teeside

League: Whitley Bay 1-0 Bishop Auckland (Ryan)

An apt performance for Hallowe'en, but the opponents were not good enough to exploit that and they paid the price when Leon Ryan scored the winner late on

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November 2009:

League: Whitley Bay 4-0 West Auckland Town (Tymon (2), Hodgson, OG)

The most convincing win of the season so far, but no real achievment against a very poor opposition

FA Vase 2nd Round: Ardley United 0-1 Whitley Bay (Ryan)

An even game in Oxfordshire, but it was Leon Ryan who got a late winner to send the holders into Round 3

League: Tow Law Town 2-4 Whitley Bay (Ryan (3), Saiko)

It wasn't easy to see why Tow Law were so far down the table, as they looked quite good going forwards, but they were eventually undone by a hat-trick from star striker Leon Ryan

League: Whitley Bay 1-1 Shildon (Tymon)

Matty Tymon got his first goal since returning from injury, but conceding early meant that we had to settle for a point against mid table Shildon

Brooks Mileson Cup 2nd Round: Whitley Bay 2-0 Team Northumbria (Tymon (2))

Bay advance to the next round of the league cup, after a win over the university team at Hillheads

League: Horden Colliery Welfare 1-4 Whitley Bay (Potter, McLoughlin, OG, Tymon)

Bay win top v bottom clash at Horden, with the help of a comedy own goal from Welfare defender Andy Boyd

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December 2009:

League: Chester-le-Street Town 2-2 Whitley Bay (Ferguson, Ryan)

Iain O'Reilly scores a late equaliser for Town as Bay have to settle for a point

FA Vase 3rd Round: Whitley Bay 4-0 Staveley Miners Welfare (Ferguson (2, 1 pen), Tymon, Phelan)

Bay advance to Round 4 in the easiest manner possible, with a comfortable win over a very poor Yorkshire side

Brooks Mileson Cup 3rd Round: South Shields 2-1 Whitley Bay (aet) (Ferguson)

South Shields thought they had it won in normal time, only for Shane Ferguson to pop up with a 94th minute equaliser, but they won it anyway through a Darren Annon header. They remain the only Northern League side to beat Bay this season, and they've done it twice! Revenge is in order at Hillheads on Boxing Day!

League: Whitley Bay 3-1 Penrith (Phelan (2), Tymon)

Two goals from Matt Phelan got Whitley back to winning ways against Penrith at Hillheads

League: Bedlington Terriers 2-2 Whitley Bay (Tymon, Ferguson)

Whitley remain top, but only just from the rampaging Terriers who haven't lost since Whitley beat them 4-0 at Hillheads back in August! This was the closest they had been pushed since then, but they claimed a point to remain just one point behind the table topping visitors

League: Esh Winning 2-2 Whitley Bay (Ryan, Hodgson)

It was always going to happen, but today was the day that Bay were axed from the top of Northern league division 1, as they failed to win at Esh Winning, who have improved massively since the 3-0 reverse at Hillheads on the opening day. Bay would have lost but for the late cool head of sub Richard Hodgson, taking the ball past 2 defenders and slotting home in stoppage time

League: Whitley Bay 1-0 South Shields (Phelan)

They say revenge is sweet, but it was never in doubt on Boxing Day at Fortress Hillheads. Matt Phelan gave Bay the lead on the hour mark, and the two previous defeats at Filtrona Park had been forgotten

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January 2010:

League: Spennymoor Town 1-0 Whitley Bay

The worst possible start to 2010, as Bay fail to turn up at Brewery Field, and are punished through Craig Ruddy's headed goal

League: Billingham Synthonia 0-2 Whitley Bay (Ryan, Bains)

Leon Ryan and Rikki Bains score as Bay beat the Synners to keep pressure on table topping Terriers

League: Consett 2-2 Whitley Bay (Ryan, McLoughlin)

Another disappointing draw as Consett come from 2-0 down after 80 minutes to snatch a point

FA Vase 4th Round: Bedlington Terriers 0-1 Whitley Bay (Ferguson)

A clash between the Northern League's top 2 in the Vase 4th Round, and it was 2nd placed Bay who advanced, through Shane Ferguson's header - a goal which consigned the Terriers to their first defeat in five months, to the same opponents back in August!

League: Whitley Bay 2-0 Ryton (Ferguson, Ryan)

A comfortable win as Bay keep up the pace on leaders Bedlington, as remember there is only one promotion place in Level 9 divisions!

League: Billingham Town 1-2 Whitley Bay (Ryan, Potter)

Nick Potter scores a stunning winner as Bay get an important win against struggling Town

League: Dunston UTS 0-4 Whitley Bay (Ryan (2), Tymon, McLoughlin)

Everyone thought that this promotion clash would be a close match, but Bay put paid to that, running out easy 4-0 winners in Gateshead

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February 2010:

League: Whitley Bay 0-1 West Allotment Celtic

West Allotment Celtic won at their last trip to Hillheads, and amazingly they repeated the feat 13 months later, Bay not having lost any competitive home game in between Celtic's two successes! The game was won through Ollie Duckworth's strike on the stroke of half time, and it got much, much worse for Whitley, as they lost first choice keeper Tom Kindley to a serious calf injury in stoppage time, and he will most likely miss the rest of the season

FA Vase 5th Round: Whitley Bay 2-1 Consett (Tymon, Ferguson)

Whitley's fans feared the worst when Ian Robson gave Consett a 24th minute lead at Hillheads, but Bay lifted the pressure, and booked their quarter final place with two goals in two minutes at the end of the first half, as Shane Ferguson scored the winner just 71 seconds after Matty Tymon had levelled the scores

League: Whitley Bay 5-0 Norton & Stockton Ancients (McLoughlin, Ryan, Phelan, Saiko, Bains)

Bay put out an outstanding performance to record their best scoreline of the season against the struggling Ancients, who simply imploded from the moment Patrick McLoughlin put Bay ahead after 11 minutes.

League: Whitley Bay 1-1 Ashington AFC (Bains)

Bay should have been beating Ashington at home comfortably, but in the end they had defender Rikki Bains to thank for earning them a point against the strugglers, as the man on loan from Darlington rose to head home late on

League: Newcastle Benfield 2-0 Whitley Bay

Bedlington Terriers may be thanking their lucky stars that they lost to Bay in the Vase, as the defence of their title seems to be affecting Whitley's league performances. Another poor outing tonight saw reigning Northern League Champions Benfield earn their 2-0 win through goals from Mark Rasmussen and Adam Rowntree. The first goal was due to a horror show by stand in Bay keeper Jimmy Walker. Not the perfect way to warm up for an FA Vase Quarter Final

FA Vase Quarter Final: Whitley Bay 3-1 Bideford (Ferguson (2), Tymon)

The North Devon side travelled the 500 miles to Hillheads Park in hope of reaching the Vase semi finals for the first time in their history, but their hopes were damaged when Shane Ferguson put Bay ahead after just 7 minutes. It was Bideford, however, who scored next, when Moussa Rattab turned home a low cross, wrongfooting keeper Walker. Bay's quality showed through in the end though, as Matty Tymon restored the lead, before Shane Ferguson made it safe, ensuring Whitley Bay would appear in their third consecutive Vase semi-final. They had faced Lowestoft Town in the last two, winning one and losing one, but their promotion meant they are no longer eligible in the Vase, so Bay would have to face one of Bishop Auckland, Bridlington Town, or Eton Manor

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March 2010:

Northumberland Senior Cup Quarter Final: North Shields 5-3 Whitley Bay (Ryan, Cattermole, Phelan)

Northern League Division 2 leaders North Shields thought they had the game won at Ralph Gardner Park when they took a 3-0 lead after 33 minutes, the third goal being scored by Lee Kerr, who had been signed by the Robins from Whitley Bay. Whitley however, just wouldn't give up and scored three second half goals to complete a miraculous comeback and force extra time. The former rivals battled it out, but this time when Shields took a two goal advantage, Bay could find no reply, and were dumped out of the cup

League: Morpeth Town 0-3 Whitley Bay (Ferguson (2), Ryan)

Whitley bounced back from County cup disappointment to record a comfortable win at Morpeth Town's temporary home in Bedlington

League: Whitley Bay 5-1 Tow Law Town (Tymon (3), McLoughlin, Phelan)

Tow Law were predicted mid-table, but they now seem relegation certs as they will need to bounce back from a demoralising Hillheads defeat by an out of form Whitley Bay, inspired by a Matty Tymon hat-trick

League: Bishop Auckland 1-0 Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay will now concentrate on the FA Vase, knowing that they won't catch Bedlington at the top after this latest setback, but also knowing that they are probably too far ahead of chasing Dunston UTS and Newcastle Benfield to miss out on the play offs

League: Whitley Bay 1-0 Billingham Town (Bains)

Bay returned to winning ways at Hillheads, as Rikki Bains scored to see off struggling Billingham Town

FA Vase Semi-Final 1st Leg Bridlington Town 0-1 Whitley Bay (Coulson)

Whitley Bay captain David Coulson scored an absolutely vital goal in Yorkshire to win the away leg of the semi and put one Whitley foot in Wembley on May 9th. Whitley know, however, that the job is far from done, and they will need to play well in the return at Hillheads in they are to reach the National Stadium for the second consecutive year

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April 2010:

League: Whitley Bay 2-2 Chester-le-Street Town (Potter, Ferguson)

Bay threw away a two goal lead in their league game in between the two Vase semis, with their second half minds clearly on Saturday's visit of Bridlington. However, it matters not, as there is no longer realistically anything to play for in the league this season

FA Vase Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Whitley Bay 2-2 Bridlington Town (Ferguson, Tymon)

Que Sera Sera, Whatever will be will be, we're going to Wembley, Que Sera Sera! Whitley Bay will get the opportunity to defend their FA Vase title at Wembley after fighting past a brave Bridlington at Hillheads. Shane Ferguson doubled Bay's aggregate lead after 26 minutes, but the game turned when Avun Jephcott caught Walker off his line with a long range strike to open the game up, and the overall scores were levelled just after the break when Alex Rhodes scored. However, Bay rallied, and were straight back in front from the kick off, Matty Tymon lashing it home - Bridlington were only level for a mere 67 seconds! Bay piled 11 men behind the ball, and were able to hold out to earn their second trip to Wembley in 12 months, to the sheer adulation of their supporters

League: Shildon 0-3 Whitley Bay (Tymon (3))

Whitley Bay are riding on the crest of a Wembley wave, and it was Matty Tymon, who scored the goal to send them there that lit up this show in Shildon. Tymon scored a stunning hattrick and Wembley opponents Eton Manor will certainly have him lined up as one to watch on May 9th

League: West Auckland Town 0-0 Whitley Bay

West Auckland have done well to survive this season, and after a 4-0 thrashing at Hillheads, will be delighted to have taken a point from a rampaging Bay. Midfielder Patrick McLoughlin hit the post, but Bay couldn't find a way through

League: Whitley Bay 4-0 Horden Colliery Welfare (Potter, Tymon (2), Bains)

Bay finished the season, and warmed up for next week's double cup final by hitting four past already relegated Horden CW for the second time this season. Nick Potter, Matty Tymon and Rikki Bains got the goals, but everyone's minds is already on the play off final against St. Neots Town in Doncaster, and the FA Vase final against Eton Manor at Wembley.

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Level 9 Play Off Final: Whitley Bay 1-1 St. Neots Town (Ryan) From Tickhill Square, Doncaster

St. Neots win 4-2 on penalties

Whitley Bay suffered play-off final heartbreak in their game against United Counties League Division 1 runners up St. Neots Town. The cambridgeshire club featured French veteran Sylvain Legwinski, once of Fulham and Ipswich Town, and it was Legwinski who gave them the lead at Tickhill Square, when he fired home a free kick from the edge of the area that Liam Cattermole on the line could only deflect past his own keeper, the returning Tom Kindley. Bay, however, battled away, but got no reward until the 75th minute when Leon Ryan squeezed his shot underneath keeper Luke McShane after being played in by Shaun Saiko. Bay were suddenly by far the better side, and had several chances to win in and gain promotion to the Northern Premier League, the best falling to Shaun Saiko, whose piledriver hit both posts before bouncing back into the arms of the highly relived Luke McShane. It got worse for Bay as flying winger Matt Phelan was sent off late into extra time for a very soft looking second yellow card, meaning he will miss next week's FA Vase final. Penalties it was then, and ironically the villains were man of the match Shaun Saiko, and Northern League Player of the Season Matty Tymon, who both had their penalties saved by McShane, and St. Neots Town will play in the Southern League Division 1 next season, whilst Bay will remain in Northern League Division 1. At least they'll get another crack at the Vase!

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FA Vase Final: Eton Manor 3-1 Whitley Bay (Bains) From Wembley Stadium, London

Whitley Bay have failed to defend their FA Vase title, and Dagenham side Eton Manor will defend it next season. Bay have suffered Cup final heartbreak for the second time in a week after they lost the Play off final to St. Neots Town last weekend. Eton Manor, appearing in their first ever Vase final, and their first ever appearance at Wembley, got off to the perfect start when Ricky De Freitas rocket shot deflected off the helpless Nick Potter, and trickled agonizingly past keeper Tom Kindley and into the back of the Wembley net. Whitley knew that their trophy was at stake and went on the attack immediately, Shaun Saiko seeing his shot well saved by Simon Withe. On the stroke of half time, however, Manor doubled their lead when James Collins' inswinging corner decieved everyone and was headed home by the impressive De Freitas, sending the Londoners into raptures. After the break, however came a turning point, when Richard Hodgson's free kick was lashed home on the volley by on-loan defender Rikki Bains. Bay suddenly believed they could turn the game on its head and retain their title. However, those hopes were all but dashed with 15 minutes to play when Collins' free kick was headed home by 17 year old central defender Chris Turner. Eton Manor knew they had done enough, as Bay's body language collapsed, and were able to sit back until referee Danny Buxton blew the final whistle, to take away Bay's Vase, and sent it to Eton Manor for 12 months. One thing was for certain, however. Whitley Bay will be back next year, and they want their Vase back!

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Season Review 2009-10

Northern League Division 1

Disappointing to not get promoted, but only finished 2nd to a very good Bedlington side. In most years, we would've gone up as Champions. Loanees certainly helped us, but we just slipped up a few times too many, maybe we had the FA Vase on our minds towards the end of the season too. If we can get off to the start we did last time, I think we'll go on to win the league

FA Cup

Disappointing to go out so early, but Garforth were 2 leagues higher than us, and it was away from Hillheads, so not that surprising really.

FA Vase

It was a great achievment to reach our 3rd consecutive semi-final, and 2nd consecutive Wembley final, but heartbreaking to lose in the manner that we did. We need to replicate the first nine games of the tournament, and not the final one. We didn't turn up at Wembley though, and Eton Manor were worthy winners

Northumberland Senior Cup

Went out to North Shields in the first round. Obviously disappointing to do so, but they were a good side, who are now in our league following their promotion, and you can't really take it away from them. It was great to come back from 3 goals down, but you really have to win the game from that position

Brooks Mileson Cup

What is it about playing away at Shields? Whether it be North or South, we always seem to lose, 3 times out of 3 so far, and it was South Shields who put us out of the Northern League Cup, now named after the late Brooks Mileson. Ferguson got us a late equaliser at Filtrona Park, but again we went to sleep in extra time, and we paid the price for it

Key Players

Tom Kindley - Our dip in form somehow coincided with him tearing his calf

Liam Cattermole - reliable left back, loved by the fans, but suffered a terrible morale drop in mid-season

Rikki Bains - pure class. On loan from Darlington, and best defender in the league by a mile

Patrick McLoughlin - On loan from Newcastle. Our creative force with almost 30 assists. Can strike a ball too

Nick Potter - Delighted to make his loan from Rossendal permanent

Matt Phelan - Good young winger. Heart is clearly there, always wants to get to the byline to get the cross in, but technical ability can occasionally lack

Matty Tymon - 22 goals. Northern League player of the Season

Leon Ryan - Was nailed on for Northern league player of the season, before his form dipped, and Tymon stole in. Scored crucial goal in Play offs, but it just wasn't to be

Northern league Player of the Season

Matty Tymon - The Hartlepool loanee scored 22 goals in 43 games. Honoured for a Bay player to get this award

Fans' Player of the Season

Liam Cattermole - A strange choice, but the fans seem to love the guy. Only been here a season, and the left back is already favoured personnel

My Player of the Season

Rikki Bains - Very close between him and Ferguson, who were both a cut above. Bains' Wembley goal and performance just about win it for him

Next Season's Aims

1. Get Promoted - If we want to make it big, we can't hang around at Level 9 for too long

2. Win the Vase - Losing 'our' trophy last season hurt, and at the very least I want a 4th consecutive semi

Career so Far

Season     League                    Position     Achievements
2009-10    Northern League D1       2nd           FA Vase Runners Up

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Unlucky man your doing similar to me (im managing crook one league down), Good luck in getting out of the league next season, its Suprising as Norton & Stockton were the big team trying to stop me getting out of the league. :)

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Unlucky man your doing similar to me (im managing crook one league down), Good luck in getting out of the league next season, its Suprising as Norton & Stockton were the big team trying to stop me getting out of the league. :)

Norton are pretty crap irl, and that is reflected in game. I only lost out on the title, as Bedlington had stupidly good players for that level. No-one at all has come down, as we've been given Thackley from a side-league instead, so I'm confident of winning the league this year (and hopefully the Vase!)

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how good IS Kindley? as im trying to nick him from Whitley bay

He's my number one for a reason, and our dip in form coincided with his injury. League clubs are after him in real life too. You wouldn't get him off me:D

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Ok, second season, and I'm trying to rely less on loans

Summer signings 2010:

Nick Potter from Rossendale (free)

Michael McCrudden from Newcastle (loan)

Michael Kay from Sunderland (loan)

Jordan Cook from Sunderland (loan)

Chris Lucketti from Hemsworth MW (free)

Steve Gough from Takeley (free)

David Hughes from Holsworthy (free)

Darren Dunning from Loughborough University (free)

Scott McDonald from Chester-le-Street (free)

Lewis Hamilton from Arundel (free)


Phil Bell (released - has since joined Leatherhead)

So just 3 loan signings, one of which was also on loan here last season. We also made Nick Potter's loan permanent after he impressed last season

Squad Numbers:

1. Tom Kindley

2. Michael Kay

3. Liam Cattermole

4. Darren Dunning

5. Chris Lucketti

6. David Coulson

7. Matt Phelan

8. Nick Potter

9. Leon Ryan

10. Jordan Cook

11. Michael McCrudden

12. Jimmy Walker

14. Craig McFarlane

15. Darren Timmons

16. Steve Gough

17. Lewis Hamilton

18. David Hughes

20. Scott McDonald

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July 2010

Friendly: Whitley Bay 1-1 Whitby Town (Ryan)

Bay went ahead against their old rivals, but Whitby fought back to earn a point

Friendly: Whitley Bay 2-3 Glenn Hoddle Academy (McCrudden, Coulson)

A big step back to lose against a team who have made no changes whatsoever since we beat them last year. A tad disappointing

Friendly: Washington 1-4 Whitley Bay (Phelan, McCrudden, OG, Coulson)

A good win against a side from the division below. Came back in style after falling behind

Friendly: Clitheroe 3-1 Whitley Bay (McCrudden)

Clitheroe are in the league we should have been promoted to last year, and it is a touch disappointing to roll over so easily

Friendly: Whitley Bay 2-3 Berwick Rangers (McCrudden, Coulson)

McCrudden scores again, but again Bay lose after scoring two goals, promting defensive concerns

Friendly: Whitley Bay 1-0 Shamrock Rovers (MacDonald)

A great victory against a highly aggressive Irish side who played 45 minutes with 9 men, and the last 25 with just eight. Scott MacDonald, who got 21 goals for Chester-le-Street last season, got the decisive goal, but also missed a penalty.

Player of the Month: Michael McCrudden - no contest as the Newcastle loanee has had a brilliant start to his Bay career

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decent enough pre-season i see we have/had a few of the same players Kay was a rock for my first two seasons at right back, now i cant get him on loan as sunderland want money for him :(. Scott MacDonald fired me out of the Norther League division 2,

P.S. i might nick your monthly update style :D but good luck with the season

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I nicked MacDonald from Chester-le-Street. He was the league's top scorer last season, but they couldn't hold on to him when we came knocking. I now have three top quality strikers in Ryan (20 goals last year), MacDonald (21 goals last year) and Cook (1 goal last year in L2, valued at £500K)

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Enjoying this thread mate, as when ashore I live in South Shields and go and see them regularly. IRL they are a tough bunch with a poor disciplinary record. Not too impressed you knocked my home-town side Bideford out of the Vase though!!

Bideford were top of their league and I expected them to give me a game, and didn't want to travel all the way down there for a replay, so I was delighted when they rolled over for me.

And yes, I know Bay's disciplinary record isn't great, as I've seen them a few times, including at Villa Park and Wembley in their two Vase finals, and I go up to Hillheads when I'm up there. I think its something thats being looked at urgently though, as they seem to have someone suspended every time I see them. Good side though - some great football at times!

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I'll probably start with Cook, who is my big signing, alongside Ryan, who did so well last season, with Scotty Mac on the bench. I'm sure Macdonald will get chances though, so its just about when he takes them. It really is a luxury to have three quality forwards

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August 2010:

Friendly: Whitley Bay 5-0 Woodley Sports (Cook (3), McCrudden, Kyriacou)

Wow, wasn't expecting that! A 5-0 thrashing of a team in the league above! exciting times ahead

Friendly: Whitley Bay 2-0 North Shields (Cook (2))

A good win over old rivals, who we next play in the league at the end of the month

League: Whitley Bay 2-1 Ryton (Lucketti, Cook)

Ryton gave us a scare, but big name signings Lucketti and Cook pulled us through

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round: Whitley Bay 4-2 FC Clacton (McDonald, Hamilton, Lucketti, Hughes)

Our Essex opponents didn't score until the game was all but over at 4-0, so it counts as a stroll in the park

League: Whitley Bay 0-0 Billingham Town

Disappointing really, as our dominance over Town should really have resulted in three points

League: Dunston UTS 1-2 Whitley Bay (Cook, Potter)

We were 2-0 up after 20 minutes in Gateshead, but we were left hanging on for our deserved victory

FA Cup Preliminary Round: Hungerford Town 1-3 Whitley Bay (Ryan, McDonald (2, 1 pen)

A great victory away to a team in the league above, as we qualify for the Qualifying Rounds of the FA Cup

League: North Shields 2-0 Whitley Bay

There always has to be something to put a downer on things, and this was it. A rival defeat probably the worst way to end the month

Player of the Month: Jordan Cook - drifts in and out of games, but scores plenty of goals, and that is all you can ask

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doesnt take half an hour but it does take a LONG time

I finished playing that game at 10.10, and it was still processing when I posted. Have since watched THE COUNTY WIN(!) on the FLS, and have lost the chance for another update tonight :(

In other news, Whitley Bay are in the semi-finals of the FA Vase in real life after smashing Shildon 5-1 in the quarters today. Can they go one better than I did, and win the thing?

Also, reigning champions Eton Manor were knocked out in the second qualifying round, at home to a team mid table in a level 10 league!

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Why are Stockport County called so when there is no county called Stockportshire?

The club changed its name to Stockport County from Heaton Norris Rovers in 1890, to reflect Stockport becoming a 'County borough'

Its a frequently asked question:thup:

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