Blyth Spartans

Croft Park

Capacity: 4,130 (Seats 530)
Address: Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3JE
Telephone: 01670 352373
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Spartans
Year Ground Opened: 1909
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Green, White & Black

Port Of Blyth Stand
Port Of Blyth Stand
West Terrace
West Terrace
Plessey Road End
Plessey Road End
Looking Towards The Social Club End
Looking Towards The Social Club End
Social Club End
Social Club End
Croft Park From the Air

Blyth Spartans have played at Croft Park since 1909 and in the past 15 years the ground has been brought up to full National League standards. The turnstiles can be approached from the Plessey Road or by the Social Club at the end of Bishopton Street.

From the outside the Port Of Blyth Stand dominates. This stand is now fully seated (530 seats), mostly undercover and runs a quarter the length of the pitch. It houses the dressing rooms, club offices and hospitality suites. The rest of this side is flat standing but there is a raised, covered stand for disabled supporters towards the Social Club End on the ground. At the Plessey Road End there is a club shop and toilet blocks.

The other three sides consist of terracing with cover to all three sides. Opposite the Main Stand is the  Fergy Space (West) Stand. This is the oldest part of the ground and dates back some 70 years, this stand has a wooden back to it. Behind each goal are two almost identical 1200 capacity covered terraces with eight steps of terracing. The Tynetec Stand is at the Plessey Road End with the newer 24 Seven Claims Stand towards the Social Club End. On the front of this stand are displayed the words; Spartans Do Not Ask 'How Many Are The Enemy, But Where Are They?'. Behind this stand is a small 3G training pitch.

Special thanks to John Hague for providing the information for this page.

Segregation is rarely in place but for high profile games visiting supporters are accommodated in the Plessey Road Stand where up to 1,200 fans can be housed in this covered terrace. In addition, a number of seats will also be made available in The Port Of Blyth Stand. Refreshments in the ground are usually supplied from a burger van which serves chips and burgers. Gino’s Fish and Chips are located at 200 Plessey Road (by the away turnstiles) and are excellent. Further afield on The Broadway Circle is the Broadway Chippy another gem. Fish and Chips are also available at Coastline by the beach car park (free parking). There is also a great cafe and ice cream parlour next door.

The Social Club at the ground itself welcomes away fans and is a great place to meet up before and after the game. It serves the usual range of beers and has some bottled real ales. The club even has its own Spartans Ale. As well as beers the social clubs sells a range of sandwiches and hot pies. Thirsty fans can also order their half-time drinks before kick-off. Although entrance to the Social Club is outside the ground, fans can get a 'pass out' to visit in the interval.

Close by is the Masons Arms. Well behaved away fans should have no problems in here but this is definitely a home fans pub and shows live sports on TV.

Further afield in the town centre, only 10-15 minutes walk away are a few pubs of interest to the more discerning drinker. The Wallaw on Union Street is an award winning Wetherspoons conversion of a former Art Deco cinema and deserves a visit. There is always a good range of cask ales and craft beers on tap. Olivers on Bridge Street is also worth a visit and is a regular in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. The Commissioners Quay Hotel is very much the new kid on the block and as well as providing 40 modern en-suite bedrooms there are usually 4 varied cask ales and a range of craft beers.

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From the North
From the A189 (Spine Road) take the A193 (Cowpen Road) exit and follow this into Blyth, continue on the A193 as it becomes The Broadway. Continue on the A193 at The Broadway Circle roundabout and take the next left on to Plessey Road. The ground will be on your left.

From the South
Exit the A19 onto the A189 (Spine Road) at the Annitsford Roundabout. After two miles exit onto the A1061 (signed A192 Seaton Delaval, Cramlington and Blyth Beach. Follow the A1061 for approximately three miles and exit left onto the A193. Turn right at the second roundabout onto Plessey Road as above.

Parking is freely available on the surrounding streets but please park sensibly and respect the local residents.

Postcode for SatNav: NE24 3JE

The nearest railway station is Cramlington, which is served by trains from Newcastle Central and Morpeth. However, Cramlington is located five miles away from Croft Park and a  taxi from here will cost you approximately £11.50 (Phoenix Taxis). You can also take an X9 bus half hourly from Cramlington to Blyth, this takes approximately 40 minutes. An alternative might be to get off at Newcastle Central Station and take a 20 minute walk to Haymarket Bus Station and take an X10/X11 to Blyth. This journey takes roughly 1 hour. See the Traveline North East website for more details.

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Brian Scott informs me; 'The 308 bus runs from Whitley Bay to Blyth four times per hour during the day, reducing to two per hour in the evening. Whitley Bay is also connected to Newcastle via an easy Metro train ride'.

Directions to Croft Park from Blyth Bus Station
Blyth Bus Station is located in Bridge Street at the top end of Union Street. Walk down Union Street and then bear right into Plessey Road. Croft Park is along Plessey Road on the right just after Coronation Street. To get to the home turnstiles walk along Coronation Street and turn left to the ground.

Terrace
Adults £12
Concessions £6

Seating
An additional £2 transfer fee is payable inside the ground to sit in the Port of Blyth Stand.

Official Matchday Programme: £2

Blyth Spartans Fixture List (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

In the National League North the local rivals are Spennymoor Town and Darlington.

Record Attendance
The record crowd for a Blyth Spartans match at Croft Park was set in 1956 when the visit of Hartlepools United attracted 10,186. 

The record crowd for a Blyth Spartans 'home' match was set on 27th February 1978. When an FA Cup Fifth Round Replay against Wrexham was played at St James' Park Newcastle. The attendance was 42,167.

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 649 (Northern Premier League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photos of Croft Park, Blyth Spartans.

The Croft Park video was produced by Revell Cornell and made publicly available via YouTube.

Blyth Spartans v York City
National League North
Tuesday 8th August 2017, 7.45pm
Brian Scott (Neutral Ipswich Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Croft Park ground?
 
This was the second of my three day trip to see matches in the National League North, having been at Bradford Park Avenue the day before.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I travelled up by train from Bradford to Newcastle and then on to Whitley Bay by Metro to the Hotel 52 in South Parade. After checking in it was a short walk to the town centre to catch a bus to Blyth. Number 308 and a frequency of four per hour during the day reducing to two per hour in the evening. This gave me ample time to have a look around Blyth docks and Ridley Park etc. It was drizzling all day which made it less than ideal but did not prevent a good walk.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I had a meal in a Chinese restaurant In Waterloo Road before walking to the Croft Park ground which took about 15 minutes. The turnstiles were open nice and early but I hadn't noticed that segregation was in force and nearly entered the away section, but the friendly gateman asked which team I supported. In actual fact once inside I could have easily got through the 'barrier' to go to the club shop. So I had to go round to the Bishopton Street turnstile.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Croft Park?
 
I had my usual walk around the ground going as far as I could on the south side covered terrace. I noted that because of the high walls to each end of this terrace anyone standing close to the wall would be prevented from seeing one of the goals. The wall needs reducing in height. I noted that the back of the stand is wooden boarding, not the normal metal. Croft Park is neat and tidy, but the seats in the stand are past their best as the white now looks very grubby!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
York City tended to dominate quite a lot of the game and they opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Blyth did have attacking options but their shooting was far from accurate! After 22 minutes York got a second. There was very good support from the large contingent of fans from York. I was impressed with how the home fans around me in the seats sportingly clapped the away substitutions.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After a quick walk back to Bridge Street in the drizzle, I caught the 308 bus back to Whitley Bay. It is a direct route and to maintain the schedule at this quiet time of the evening the driver had to go very slowly!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I'm pleased that I've been to Coft Park Blyth, but just a pity about the weather. Off to Darlington next for the third match on my three day trip of National League North Grounds.

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Updated 16th August 2017

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