HIDDEN away in the remote village of Kielder, Border Park Rugby Club is a true sporting gem in the North-East.
The picturesque surroundings of the woodlands has led many to label the club as one of the most beautiful venues around to play rugby.
The isolated location all the way up in Kielder had long been a draw for visiting... [more]
Published: June 13, 2013
OVER the Christmas period, I wrote a sports feature profiling the rise of female football across Tynedale.
The article sang the praises of the two senior and eight junior teams, highlighting how far the sport had come in recent years.
And I was amazed with the positive feedback from our readers - the most I have received from any... [more]
Published: May 16, 2013
WHEN I took over the sports coverage for the Courant full-time around three years ago, I was constantly reminded how ‘tragic’ the local football scene was.
Back in the day, the district was overrun with senior football teams and the quality, I am informed, was top class.
However, there has been a significant decline over the years... [more]
Published: May 9, 2013
YET to be beaten in the league this season, I don’t think anyone can begrudge Haltwhistle Conservatives the Hexham and District Sunday League crown.
It has been a truly remarkable 2012-2013 for the boys in blue, making the semi-finals of three cup competitions, including the Northumberland FA Sunday Cup, to go with league glory.... [more]
Published: May 2, 2013
LAST week, the Sunday League football team I play for turned up for a midweek fixture with a squad of 12.
That may sound like the norm, especially for an evening game, but when you hear that three players should not have played for injuries and illness and that we were forced to play a goalkeeper up front, then you will start to see... [more]
Published: April 18, 2013