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Mowden's winning run continues

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAY BACK: Mowden's Tom Kill attempts to breakthrough the Esher defence during Mowden's 30-22 win at The Northern Echo Arena on Saturday. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

2:36pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

DARLINGTON MOWDEN PARK maintained their 100 per cent start to 2015 as they edged out mid-table rivals Esher in a game that exploded into life in the second half at The Northern Echo Arena.

Cisse could be back for Newcastle by the weekend after African exit

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:21pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

PAPISS CISSE could be part of the Newcastle United squad for Saturday's trip to Hull City after Senegal crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea this evening.

Sissoko admits admiration for Paris St Germain as French club prepare new attempt to sign him

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

MOUSSA SISSOKO has admitted he would find it “difficult to refuse” an offer to join Paris St Germain, with the French league leaders poised to make a new attempt to sign the Newcastle midfielder ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.

Middlesbrough agree £2m deal for midfielder

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will complete the £2m capture of Wigan Athletic midfielder Adam Forshaw later today, with the 23-year-old set to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s promotion clash with his former club Brentford.

Sissoko admits it would be "difficult to refuse" Paris St Germain

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:53pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

MOUSSA SISSOKO has admitted he would find it "difficult to refuse" an offer to join Paris St Germain.

De Jong steps up fitness drive in Newcastle friendly game

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:35pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

SIEM DE JONG is closing in on a first-team return with Newcastle United after appearing in a friendly game with Carlisle United this afternoon.

Middlesbrough set to complete capture of Wigan midfielder

Darlington and Stockton Times: Star man: Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw scored and was an influential figure in Saturday's 5-0 win over Crewe Alexandra

1:47pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH are poised to announce the signing of Wigan Atheltic midfielder Adam Forshaw.

Saunders will return to the ring in March

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:24pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

BRADLEY SAUNDERS will warm up for his April headline show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena with an outing at Hull in March.

Hogg becomes latest player to commit his future to Falcons

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:50am Tuesday 27th January 2015

NEWCASTLE FALCONS’ ongoing recruitment drive has continued with confirmation that influential back rower Ally Hogg has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Road To Rio: Swimming duo make a splash with double success in Belgium

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

AIMEE WILLMOTT and Sophie Taylor made a flying start to the new swimming season as they both claimed two gold medals at the Flanders Speedo Cup event in Belgium.

Johnson to be charged with the task of increasing Sunderland's attacking threat

Darlington and Stockton Times: Match-winner: Sunderland's Adam Johnson

7:02am Tuesday 27th January 2015

GUS POYET will hand Adam Johnson a roving attacking-midfield role in an attempt to inject some much-needed creativity into his stuttering Sunderland side.

Sunderland Reserves see off Man City

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:07pm Monday 26th January 2015

SUNDERLAND RESERVES recorded one of their best results of the season as Mikael Mandron’s second-half strike secured a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Middlesbrough handed FA Cup trip to Arsenal

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:27pm Monday 26th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH'S reward for knocking Manchester City out of the FA Cup is a trip to Arsenal in the fifth round of the competition.

Newcastle to target McClaren in summer after extending Carver's spell in charge

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:00am Tuesday 27th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED will target Steve McClaren this summer after confirming John Carver’s appointment as head coach until the end of the season.

Sunderland Ladies to face champions Liverpool in opening game

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:23pm Monday 26th January 2015

SUNDERLAND LADIES have been handed a daunting start to life in the top-flight of the Women’s Super League as they will travel to reigning champions Liverpool for their opening fixture of the new season.

Larsson cites FA Cup survival as the only positive from a frustrating day

Darlington and Stockton Times: STALEMATE: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher rues a missed opportunity as the FA Cup game with Fulham ends in a 0-0 draw. Picture: NORTH NEWS

3:19pm Monday 26th January 2015

SEB LARSSON admits Sunderland underperformed dramatically in Saturday’s goalless draw with Fulham, but claims the only saving grace from another disappointing afternoon at the Stadium of Light is that the club’s FA Cup run continues.

UPDATED: Carver appointed as Newcastle head coach until the end of the season

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:53pm Monday 26th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED will confirm John Carver's appointment as head coach until the end of the season later today.

Poyet challenges supporters' desire to 'turn back the clock' after another disappointing display

Darlington and Stockton Times: RED CARD: Sunderland's Jack Rodwell is sent off by referee Anthony Taylor after his second yellow card of the match. Picture: NORTH NEWS

7:46am Monday 26th January 2015

SUNDERLAND 0 FULHAM 0

Mowden's winning run continues

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAY BACK: Mowden's Tom Kill attempts to breakthrough the Esher defence during Mowden's 30-22 win at The Northern Echo Arena on Saturday. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:41am Monday 26th January 2015

DARLINGTON MOWDEN PARK maintained their 100 per cent start to 2015 as they edged out mid-table rivals Esher in a game that exploded into life in the second half at The Northern Echo Arena.

Gateshead set for FA Trophy replay

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:08pm Sunday 25th January 2015

GATESHEAD will host Wrexham in an FA Trophy third-round replay on Wednesday after drawing 1-1 in North Wales.

York denied by Burton's late leveller

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:58pm Sunday 25th January 2015

YORK CITY were denied a second home victory of the season when promotion-chasing Burton Albion grabbed a dramatic late equaliser through substitute Adam McGurk.

Mowden continue winning run

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:45pm Sunday 25th January 2015

DARLINGTON MOWDEN PARK maintained their 100 per cent start to 2015 as they edged out mid-table rivals Esher in a game that exploded into life in the second half at The Northern Echo Arena.

Romanian stroll takes Falcons to European quarter-final

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:35pm Sunday 25th January 2015

NEWCASTLE FALCONS will take on Exeter Chiefs in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup after successfully claiming a maximum five-point haul from their weekend trip to Romania.

Match Ratings: Sunderland 0 Fulham 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:21pm Sunday 25th January 2015

How did the players fare in Sunderland's 0-0 draw with Fulham

Larsson cites FA Cup survival as the only positive from a frustrating day

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 26th January 2015

SEB LARSSON admits Sunderland underperformed dramatically in Saturday’s goalless draw with Fulham, but claims the only saving grace from another disappointing afternoon at the Stadium of Light is that the club’s FA Cup run continues.

Poyet challenges supporters' desire to 'turn back the clock' despite another disappointing display

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 26th January 2015

WHEN Jermain Defoe was negotiating his move to Sunderland, he pushed hard to ensure he was able to sign a three-and-a-half year deal. After his home debut for the Black Cats at the weekend, he must already regret having adopted such a long-term stance.

Poyet: 'We need to be more creative if Defoe is to start scoring'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:14am Sunday 25th January 2015

SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet has admitted that his side will have to become more creative if they are going to get the best out of new signing Jermain Defoe.

Match Report: Sunderland 0 Fulham 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00pm Saturday 24th January 2015

SUNDERLAND will have to replay with Fulham a week on Tuesday after the two sides played out a desperately poor goalless draw at the Stadium of Light.

Defoe desperate to ditch his Cup Final suit with Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: MISSED OUT: Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe was cup tied when Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 2008

7:02am Saturday 24th January 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE is determined to repeat his FA Cup final appearance from 2008 – but this time the Sunderland striker wants to be wearing a strip rather than a suit.

Sunderland directive is to take the FA Cup seriously

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wembley return: Sunderland owner Ellis Short

7:02am Saturday 24th January 2015

SUNDERLAND owner Ellis Short has given Gus Poyet some strict instructions about his treatment of the FA Cup this season – ‘Give it your best shot and get us back to Wembley’.

MK Dons boss expects Newcastle approach for in-demand teenager

Darlington and Stockton Times: MK Dons manager Karl Robinson

3:13pm Friday 23rd January 2015

MK DONS boss Karl Robinson expects Newcastle United to make a formal offer for highly-rated midfielder Dele Alli.

Falcons recall leading lights for Romanian trip

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:30pm Friday 23rd January 2015

NEWCASTLE FALCONS have recalled a number of their leading lights for tomorrow’s European Challenge Cup decider against Romanian side Bucharest Wolves.

Darlington Mowden Park targeting top-half finish as part of historic campaign

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNERS: Action from the Darlington Mowden Park v Richmond match in the RFU National League 1 match at the Northern Echo Arena	Photo: Mark Fletcher/Shutter Press

2:04pm Friday 23rd January 2015

DANNY BROWN is targeting a top-half finish as he looks ahead to the biggest year in Darlington Mowden Park’s history.

Defoe's arrival strengthens Sunderland's London links

Darlington and Stockton Times: LONDON LINKS: Jermain Defoe has joined fellow Londoner Charlie Oatway at Sunderland's Academy of Light training ground

7:01am Friday 23rd January 2015

CHARLIE OATWAY is delighted to have welcomed Jermain Defoe to Sunderland – because he finally has someone who understands his London accent.

Press Conference Update: Big-name trio likely to miss out for Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:01pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

LEE CATTERMOLE, Adam Johnson and Wes Brown are all set to miss Sunderland's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Fulham because of injury.

Tait becomes latest player to sign new Falcons deal

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 23rd January 2015

ALEX TAIT will embark on his ninth season as a Newcastle Falcons player after agreeing a new contract with the club.

Wilson's World: The Communist Manifesto - or at least Newcastle United's version of it

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 23rd January 2015

READING Lee Charnley’s message to the Geordie nation earlier this week, it was tempting to conjure up images of a communist apparatchik dutifully relaying a pre-agreed diktat on behalf of the supreme leader.

Charnley: 'Pardew departure was a shock to us'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:43pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

LEE CHARNLEY concedes the Newcastle United hierarchy were caught unawares by Alan Pardew's decision to move to Crystal Palace.

Newcastle chief rules out January signings

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:35pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED will almost certainly not be making any additions during the January transfer window.

Charnley confirms willingness to shelve Newcastle head coach appointment until the summer

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:29pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

LEE CHARNLEY has confirmed Newcastle United are willing to wait until the summer if their preferred candidate for the role of head coach is currently unavailable.

Defoe hoping to emulate Super Kev as he settles into life at Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:00am Wednesday 21st January 2015

IN 1997, Sunderland signed a diminutive southern striker, who had carved out a reputation for coming alive in the confines of the penalty area. Three years later, and he became the first English striker to win the European Golden Boot.

Newcastle sign new deal with their skipper

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:32pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

NEWCASTLE FALCONS have allayed fears over an exodus of their brightest talents by agreeing a new two-year deal with skipper Will Welch.

TALKING HORSES: Cheltenham picture becomes clearer after busy winter programme

Darlington and Stockton Times: Gold Cup finale - Lord Windermere, yellow cap, pips On His Own, centre, and Gloucestershire's The Giant Bolster, left

7:00am Wednesday 21st January 2015

WITH the Cheltenham Festival now less than two months away, a number of the leading protagonists have been fine-tuning their preparations over the Christmas and New Year period. Talking Horses looks at how the recent action has affected the feature races, and highlights a couple of the region’s leading hopes

Falcons' European hopes in the balance after heavy home defeat

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:16pm Sunday 18th January 2015

NEWCASTLE FALCONS will head to Romania this week with their European Challenge Cup hopes hanging in the balance after a first-half capitulation resulted in a 40-29 defeat to Newport Gwent Dragons.

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 2 Huddersfield Town 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:38am Sunday 18th January 2015

How did the players perform during Middlesbrough's 2-0 win over Huddersfield?

Clayton ready to dye for the Middlesbrough cause

Darlington and Stockton Times: Adam Clayton is Town's joint second-highest goalscorer this term. Picture: Action Images

7:00am Monday 19th January 2015

ADAM CLAYTON is hoping Middlesbrough have put their promotion campaign to bed before the final game of the season – so he can dye his beard red and white for charity.

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 2 Huddersfield Town 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 19th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH’S squad contains a batch of highly-regarded youngsters from Chelsea and Tottenham, full internationals from Belgium, Nigeria, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea, and a Spanish striker who cost €3.5m this summer.

Karanka: 'The next couple of months will decide the promotion battle'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:00am Sunday 18th January 2015

AITOR KARANKA claims Middlesbrough are in the middle of a spell that will determine the fate of their promotion push - and thinks Saturday's victory over Huddersfield Town could prove crucial in the final shake up.

Match Report: Middlesbrough 2 Huddersfield Town 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINISHING THE NIGHT OFF IN STYLE: Lee Tomlin strikes to secure the 3-1 victory

5:07pm Saturday 17th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH kept up the pressure on the sides above them in the Championship table as they got back to winning ways with a hard-fought victory over Huddersfield Town.

Krul has returned to action with his "batteries refreshed"

Darlington and Stockton Times: PASSED FIT: Tim Krul should be available to face Leicester after his elbow injury was not as serious as first feared

7:02am Saturday 17th January 2015

HE might have cut a frustrated figure for most of the last two months, but Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul concedes his recent injury absence provided a much-needed opportunity to recharge his batteries.

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