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Aspin appointed as Gateshead boss

Gateshead have appointed Neil Aspin as the club's new manager Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Gateshead have named former Hartlepool United and Darlington defender Neil Aspin as the club's new First-Team Manager.

The 50-year-old joins the Heeds on an 18-month contract and takes over from Malcolm Crosby, who was sacked last weekend after a poor run of results.

It is Aspin's first managerial post since leaving National League side Halifax Town in September.

Apsin, who was born in Gateshead, said:

This means a great deal to me. I was born here and left to pursue my football career and it's fantastic to come back.

– Neil Aspin, Gateshead FC Manager

Aspin began his managerial career with Harrogate Town half-way through the 2004-05 campaign. He remained at Wetherby Road for four-and-a-half years, guiding the club to a series of top-half finishes before being appointed Halifax boss in 2009.

Spennymoor Town defender ALMOST scores goal of the season contender

A non-league footballer ALMOST scored a goal of the season contender during last night's Evo Stik Division One North play-off semi-final between Darlington and Spennymoor Town.

With the game all-square at 2-2, Spennymoor Town defender Kallum Griffiths tried an audacious 40-yard effort that cannoned back off the crossbar with just five minutes left to play.

Darlington went onto win the match 3-2 to progress to the play-off final.


Wharton charity praises FA support

The Arthur Wharton Foundation has spearheaded the project to create a statue in honour of the world's first black professional footballer, Arthur Wharton.

Shaun Campbell, Founder of the Arthur Wharton Foundation, has praised the Football Association for its support. The statue is expected to be erected at St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent in May.

FA Chairman "delighted" to be getting statue

A statue of Arthur Wharton, the world's first black professional footballer, is being erected at the National Football Centre in Burton-upon-Trent this year.

Greg Dyke, Chairman of the Football Association, said:

"We’re delighted not only to give Arthur a permanent home, but to tell his story throughout St. George’s Park. Everyone who visits our wonderful facility will learn of his significance historically, and his remarkable achievements.”

– Greg Dyke, FA Chairman

FA to erect statue for first black professional footballer

Former Darlington goalkeeper Arthur Wharton Credit: EMPICS/EMPICS Sport

A statue of the world's first black professional footballer is to be erected at the National Football Centre.

Former Darlington goalkeeper Arthur Wharton will be depicted in a 16ft bronze statue at St. George's Park, in Burton-upon-Trent, 125 years after turning pro when he signed for Rotherham United in 1889.

The Arthur Wharton Foundation, in collaboration with the Football Association, is set to unveil the full-scale statue of Wharton later this year.

Born in Ghana, Wharton moved to England in 1882 and went on to represent Darlington, Rotherham United, Preston North End and Sheffield United.

Wharton was an all-round athlete and also became the first official 100-yard world record holder and world champion in 1886, with a time of 10 seconds at the AAA Championships in London.

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