As a Blyth Spartans supporter for more years than I care to remember, I fully understand why people have drifted away from Croft Park in recent years.
Mistakes, on and off the field, sadly culminated in relegation for the first time a couple of seasons ago and mediocre performances have been the order.
However, the situation seems to have taken a dramatic turn for the better in this current campaign with youth being given its head by manager Tom Wade, ably supported by the retained experienced players, excitement, good play, and desire to do well for the club have all helped to provide thoroughly enjoyable 90-plus minutes this season.
Last week’s 6-0 demolition of league leaders Skelmersdale, following a thrilling 4-3 defeat by the same side seven days earlier is hopefully a sign of things to come.
I would urge all those who have stopped coming to give it another try.
If only some of the people who usually pile into the pubs on a Saturday afternoon to watch Newcastle, seeing as the Magpies don’t play until Sunday, would also turn up at Croft Park.