Blyth Town name new assistant manager

Blyth Town FC manager Michael Connor.
Blyth Town FC manager Michael Connor.

A former Blyth Spartans and Northern League star centre midfielder has joined Blyth Town FC as the first team’s assistant manager.

Ian Irving, from Cramlington, will work closely with manager Mick Connor to assist his vision to take Blyth Town FC First Team up the football pyramid.

Supported by new coach Doug Thorburn, Mick was impressed by Ian’s experience and leadership skills along with his wealth of experience in the Northern League.

“Ian is very well respected within the leagues and football clubs,” he said.

“Having played in the Northern League for 15 years, he is well placed to support the team and inject additional drive into them.

“We feel very fortunate to have him on board with us as we go on the next stages of the journey.”

Blyth Town FC has had nine wins so far this season with the latest 1-0 victory against Whickham last Saturday (October 15).

Keen to cement a title push for Blyth Town, Ian Irving said: “After winning the Northern Alliance League three consecutive times, the team was ready for the Northern League.

“The team has undergone some changes with more and more talented players coming in. The team we have now are strong contenders in this league – it may be a big ask, but if we apply ourselves we could beat some of the best clubs.

“I want us to be in the top 3 for this league so we can get promoted to division one so we will have to focus even harder and only make good decisions.”

This season is the first time Blyth Town FC has played in the Northern League, and Irving says the competition is ‘tough’.

“We will continue to strengthen the squad any way we can over the next few weeks,” he added. “There is so much ambition in this team to get promoted so as long as we think a particular player can improve the squad and the team then we will be closer to our goals.”

The 39-year-old Irving previously played for Blyth Spartans (’98, ’99), Whitley Bay, Ashington and North Shields as well as being on the Northern Alliance winning first team for Blyth Town FC in 2014.

He continued: “It’s great to be back and I feel privileged to have been asked by Mick and hope to help progress Blyth Town rapidly over the next few years.”

Blyth Town FC FT takes on Willington Town at its home grounds in Newsham on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, followed closely by its first Northumberland Senior Cup match away against Ashington FC on Tuesday.

Each BTFCFT home game is £6 entry on the door with concessions available by emailing BTFCFT on info@blythtownfirstteam.co.uk

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