Commentary takes town across world

Jonny Hall with Spartans' head of media Phil Castiaux.
Jonny Hall with Spartans' head of media Phil Castiaux.

A community radio station in Northumberland is helping football fans all over the world to connect with their team.

Bedlington-based station Radio Northumberland has been providing 24-hour internet programming since it formed in January 2012.

And in the past 12 months, the station’s sports team has been hard at work covering local non-league football.

During the new season, Radio Northumberland will broadcast around 30 Blyth Spartans football matches to fans across the world.

The station has committed to covering every home game in every competition, including the cups and all away games.

Head of sport Jonny Hall will commentate on the matches, alongside Spartans’ press officer Mark Carruthers.

Jonny said: “Our Blyth Spartan’s coverage is part of Radio Northumberland’s on-going commitment to providing high quality, non-league football programming for clubs in this area.

“The response to our coverage, from both Green Army fans in the north east and those around the world, has been incredible and we look forward to providing live and uninterrupted coverage of at least 30 games over the coming season at one of the most famous non-league clubs in the country.

“We are also delighted to cover the Northumberland Senior Cup again and to secure the Northumberland FA’s support to broadcast this season’s final is a massive achievement for the station.”

Radio Northumberland’s football commentaries were also mentioned as contributing to Blyth Spartan’s winning of the Evo Stik Northern Premier League’s first ever Public Relations award.

Coverage started on Saturday at Marine AFC on Merseyside.

The station can be heard online at