Spartans call on Green Army to support Non-League Day

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A number of events are set to take place at Blyth Spartans’ Croft Park to mark the annual Non-League Day.

On Saturday, September 6, Spartans entertain Buxton in a Evo-Stik Northern Premier League fixture.

And the game is being designated as a ‘Green and White Day’ with the club asking as many supporters as possible to turn up in their colours.

It is also hoped the Green Army will bring flags and scarves to the game to deck out Croft Park in full Spartans colours.

Blyth are also encouraging Buxton supporters to wear blue and bring flags and scarves with them to create a special atmosphere.

Programme editor Matt Riggs is also putting together a special Non-League Day programme which will be available from the club store and around the ground.

It will feature amongst other things articles by several people at the club about what the game at this level means to them.

And representing the Kick it Out campaign will be Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation and a face well known at Croft Park.

And Kevin won’t be the only guest as Spartans will be led out on to the pitch by two special mascots.

Blyth supporters Cory Davison and Callum Brown have been asked to be mascots on the day as the clubs celebrate their remarkable achievements and bravery over the last 12 months in particular.

Half-time will see teams from Blyth Spartans Juniors invited on to the pitch and they will provide the entertainment for the Green Army as they play a small-sided match.

Coventry Spartan John Hague is making the trip for the fixture and he will have his camera out at the game to produce a photographic account of everything going on during Non-League Day at Croft Park.

Spartans supporters attending the FC United of Manchester match on Tuesday, September 2, will be entered into a free prize draw.

Tickets will be given out at the gate and the winning ticket will be given two sponsors’ lounge tickets for the Non-League Day fixture with Buxton.

Finally the club have two very special pieces of memorabilia that will go on the auction website eBay over the next 24 hours.

There is a framed Barcelona shirt signed by Argentina star Lionel Messi and a framed Newcastle United shirt signed by Magpies legend Peter Beardsley.

They will be up for auction on eBay and all profits from the two items will be donated to the Scott Bell Fund, as the club honours the life of a true Spartans legend.

Spartans’ senior press officer Mark Carruthers has also been asked to be north east ambassador for Non-League Day and he expressed his wish that the day would be an even bigger success than last year’s when the fixture was with Grantham Town.

“We have put a lot of work into this year’s Non-League Day fixture with Buxton and we hope to see a lot of new faces at Croft Park,” he said.

“Non-League Day gives supporters of professional clubs the chance to come and see just how special the Non-League game is and what better place than at Croft Park.

“Last year we hosted Grantham Town in a hugely entertaining fixture with one of our biggest attendances of the season and hopefully this year we can do even better.”