Three trophies for Blyth Isabella FC in debut season

Blyth Isabella, winners of the Tyneside Amateur League, the North East Amateur Challenge Shield and the John Hampson Memorial Trophy. The side were also finalists in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup.
Blyth Isabella, winners of the Tyneside Amateur League, the North East Amateur Challenge Shield and the John Hampson Memorial Trophy. The side were also finalists in the Northumberland FA Minor Cup.
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BLYTH Isabella FC can look back on a debut season that swa them complete a league and cup hat-trick.

The current squad only started playing under the Isabella public house name this season.

However, the lads have been playing together on and off in various leagues since the age of ten.

The team has taken the Tyneside Amateur League division two by storm, taking the title with four games to spare, winning the North East Amateur Challenge Shield and the League Cup.

In the League Cup final a 118th minute winner from Daniel Long won the trophy.

In the North East Amateur Challenge Shield final, four goals were shared between Daniel Hislop (2) and Daniel Long (2) for a 4-3 success against Blaydon Huntsman.

They did, however, miss out on the chance of a unique quadruple when they lost in the NFA Minor Cup Final to Whitley Bay ‘A’, a team from four leagues above.

Andrew Howe’s goal was not enough for the Bella, as they went down 3-1 on the night, but it had it not been for a couple of first class saves from the keeper, who featured in the 2011 FA Vase winning side, and a shot cleared off the line by their defender, it could have been a different story.

The team has scored more than 150 goals in all competitions while only conceding 35.

Paul Murdy, the Isabella public house manager, his wife Kay and all of the pub regulars have been a great support to the team and thanks went to them.

Blyth Isabella FC are playing in the Tyneside Amateur League first division next and anyone interested in sponsoring the team contact Howard Lavender on 07921 061400 or e-mail lavender.r@sky.com