Anchors will travel to Blyth Spartans in Pre-Season

Stockton Town Football Club can confirm they will face National League North side Blyth Spartans in pre-season.

The Anchors will travel to Croft Park on Saturday 7th August with kick-off at 3pm – as preparations for a historic campaign in the Northern Premier League East Division continue.

It will be the first time ever that Michael Dunwell’s side will have faced the Spartans, who are widely regarded as the most famous Non-League football club in the world.

Blyth have been involved in many famous FA Cup runs across the years, with the side from Northumberland reaching the Fifth Round of the competition in the 1977/78 campaign, losing out to Wrexham 2-1 in a replay at St James’ Park – which denied Blyth a home tie against Arsenal.

The Green Army hosted Premier League opposition in a competitive game for the first time in their history in the Third Round of the 2008/09 FA Cup, facing Blackburn Rovers at Croft Park. The hosts fell to a 1-0 defeat, with Blackburn going on to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the fourth round.

Blyth almost caused one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history during the 2014/15 season, after knocking out North East rivals Hartlepool United at Victoria Park in the Second Round.

The Spartans then hosted Championship outfit Birmingham City in Third Round, where they took a shock 2-0 lead through a brace from Robbie Dale, but three goals in six minutes from Birmingham knocked Blyth out of the competition.

Coach travel will be available for all Stockton Town away matches in the 2021/22 season, with more details will be available soon – and further matchday information will also be released soon.

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