St Mirren among three Scottish sides to face Blyth Spartans in pre-season

There is a distinctly Scottish flavour to Blyth Spartans’ pre-season with three sides travelling down to Croft Park from north of the border.

Cowdenbeath, Stranraer and Premier League side St Mirren will all provide the opposition for Tom Wade’s side during a competitive pre-season campaign.

First up on Saturday, July 5, is a home fixture with EBAC Northern League outfit Whitley Bay, on a weekend where Croft Park hosts its first ever beer festival.

The first of the Scottish sides are up next as Championship club Cowdenbeath travel to Croft Park on Saturday, July 12, kick-of 3pm.

The Blue Brazils finished ninth in the league last season and are managed by former Northern Ireland international Jimmy Nicholl.

Three days later on Tuesday, July 15, Shildon AFC are at Croft Park for a 7.30pm kick-off, and that is quickly followed by another home game, this time with Stranraer.

The Scottish League One side provide the opposition on Saturday, July 19.

Spartans then hit the road for the first time in pre-season, although it won’t be for long, as they head along the coast to face Graham Fenton’s North Shields at the Daren Persson Stadium.

The game with the newly promoted Robins takes place on Tuesday, July 22, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Then it is back to Croft Park four days later for a game with St Mirren. The Buddies are now managed by former Newcastle United and Scotland star Tommy Craig.

On Tuesday, July 29, Spartans face Northern Alliance side Seaton Delaval Amateurs before finishing pre-season with a friendly on Saturday, August 2, against an opposition which will be confirmed in due course.

The full schedule is:

Saturday, July 5: Whitley Bay (H) 3pm

Saturday, July 12: Cowdenbeath FC (H) 3pm

Tuesday, July 15: Shildon AFC (H) 7.30pm

Saturday, July 19: Stranraer FC (H) 3pm

Tuesday, July 22: North Shields (A) 7.30pm

Saturday, July 26: St Mirren (H) 3pm

Tuesday, July 29: Seaton Delaval Amateurs (A) 7.30pm

Saturday, August 2: TBC