Stealth Plow wrote:Traditionally Ashington's biggest rivals were Blyth Spartans two big Northumbrian towns with decent non league level teams since football began. Ashington's 1980's decline and Blyth's rise has seperated the teams and mellowed the rivalry a bit. Bedlington are the regular rivalry now.
However, there's still something special about Ashington V Blyth Spartans!
I'd have to agree with you. Up till 1984 when Ashington and Blyth went their seperate ways when the Colliers were relegated it was definately Blyth. Ashington never played the Terriers on a regular basis until 84/85 season in the Northern League second division. Before that the Terriers were a Northern Alliance outfit. Certainly after our relegation meetings between Blyth & Ashington have been restricted to Senior Cup affairs.
The Blyth games were always special, certainly from my time watching and being involved around the club from the mid-70's there were not many derby games I can happilly recall. I only saw Ashington win on enemy soil twice. Usually trips to Croft Park ended in a heavy defeat and the supporters bus windows put out.
The Blyth games were usually a double header over Boxing Day and New Year (which usually meant both Xmas and New Year were spoilt or in danger of being spoiled because there was a good chance they were going to sh@g us). Sometimes if it was postponed they would be held over to Easter.
Maybe apart from the Woking F.A Trophy game in 1980 the Blyth derbies were by far the biggest crowds I saw at Portland Park.
There was one on Good Friday 1980 when Ashington won 2-1, must have been nearer 2,000 in the ground and a load of market stalls collapsed because so many people were standing on them.