Cycle ride for former Spartan man

Supports of Blyth Spartans will be joined by special guests in a charity bike ride this weekend in aid of The Scott Bell Fund.

The riders will be cycling from the Sunderland Stadium of Light to Newcastle United’s St James Park and then on to Croft Park to raise funds for the charity set up by former Spartans striker Scott Bell to help those with Motor Neurone Disease.

Those taking part include Fergus Dowd, Tony Parker, Carole Thomas, Ray Cummings, Dave Brennan, Sarah Rose, Maurice Hepworth and Willie Henderson.

Joining them will be former Magpies stars Mick Martin, Joe Allen, Oliver Bernard and one of the stars of Spartans famous 1978 FA Cup run Alan Shoulder on bikes supplied by community based charitable transport group WATbike.

The cycle has been titled “There is a light that never goes out” and will be leaving the Stadium of Light at around 8:30am, expecting to arrive at St James Park between 10 and 10:30am where they will be met by Spartans manager Tom Wade and some members of his squad before heading to Croft Park.

Prior to kick off there will be a number of talks at the clubhouse, including relatives of Patrick O’Connell, a Dublin born manager who made a big impact with La Liga giants Barcelona and will talk about just what Patrick achieved and why he was such a trailblazer.

At 1:30pm FC United General Manager Andy Walsh will talk about his time with the club and take questions from the floor, and the final talk will take place at 1:40pm where Jeff Healey will give a talk on Motor Neurone Disease in football and in general.

Kick off for the match is 3pm.