Praise for Blyth Spartans and Birmingham City supporters

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Supporters at Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie between Blyth Spartans and Birmingham City have been praised.

Spartans’ general manager Ian Evans said both the FA observer and the officer in charge for the police at the Croft Park game gave both sets of supporters a ‘clean bill of health’ once the final whistle was blown.

“Apart from one minor issue, which was not the fault of the supporters but one of an organisational point of view, both the FA and the police were more than happy with how the day went on Saturday,” he said.

Evans also praised a number of the club’s volunteers who played key roles in the preparations for the big game in the weeks before and on the day itself.

He said: “I would just like to mention Colin Blackett, Steve Ord, Doug Ramsey, Ted Lock and Peter Henderson, who all put in a shift leading up to and including Saturday’s game.

“Finally, however, a big thank you to the 3,644 in attendance. Roll on the next one, I say.”