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Steele eyes Blackburn move after accepting his Middlesbrough career is over

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough FC's Jason Steele

5:37pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

JASON STEELE would like to join Blackburn Rovers on a permanent basis, having accepted he has almost certainly played his final game for Middlesbrough.

Sedgefield in controversial mix up as race is ruled void

Darlington and Stockton Times: The JG Paxton Raceday will take place at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham next week

4:30pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

SEDGEFIELD Racecourse was at the heart of a major controversy this afternoon as one of its races was ruled void because a steward waved the incorrect flag.

Friend: The league table should give Middlesbrough confidence

Darlington and Stockton Times: STRONG SQUAD: George Friend would not swap the current Middlesbrough squad for any other in the Championship

7:04am Tuesday 25th November 2014

GEORGE FRIEND has urged his Middlesbrough team-mates to take confidence from their position in the Championship’s top three ahead of their forthcoming home games with two of their leading promotion rivals.

Newcastle youngsters see off Crewe in cup

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:44pm Monday 24th November 2014

CALLUM ROBERTS scored twice as Newcastle United’s development team saw off Crewe Alexandra in extra-time to make it through from the last 32 of the Under-21 Premier League Cup.

Middlesbrough's development side record cup win

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:19pm Monday 24th November 2014

BRADLEY FEWSTER’S back-heel flick took Middlesbrough’s development side into the last 16 of the Under-21 Premier League Cup as they beat Hull City 1-0 at the Riverside.

Leading North-East rally boasts a cosmopolitan feel

Darlington and Stockton Times: REVVED UP: Belgian driver Gregorie De Mevius will start as one of the favourites for this weekend's Roger Albert Clark Rally, which starts in Sunderland

6:24pm Monday 24th November 2014

THIS weekend’s Roger Albert Clark Rally will boast a cosmopolitan flavour with a former FIA World Rally Championship and Dakar Rally contender set to join the fray.

Newcastle defender claims former striker Carroll will offer no surprises this weekend

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED will resume rivalries with Andy Carroll on Saturday, with Paul Dummett claiming there will be no surprises from the club’s former number nine.

Sunderland legend reopens County Durham school

Darlington and Stockton Times: OFFICIAL OPENING: Sunderland legend Niall Quinn with 14 year old student West Miller during his tour of the school's chemistry labs ahead of the official opening at Wellfield School in Wingate. Picture: DAVID WOOD (13364989)

5:37pm Monday 24th November 2014

FORMER Sunderland favourite Niall Quinn was back in the North-East yesterday to reopen Wellfield Community School in Wingate, County Durham, following a £7.5m rebuilding and refurbishment programme.

Quinn tips Sunderland to spring another surprise against Chelsea

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Tuesday 25th November 2014

SEVEN months after they left Chelsea’s title ambitions in tatters at the end of last season, Niall Quinn has tipped Sunderland to inflict more misery on Jose Mourinho’s side by wrecking their unbeaten record this weekend.

Middlesbrough mourn death of former manager

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:22pm Monday 24th November 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH FOOTBALL CLUB have paid tribute to their former manager, John Neal, who has died at the age of 82.

Match Ratings: Newcastle United 1 QPR 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 24th November 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Newcastle's 1-0 win over QPR.

Taylor plays down injury fears as Pardew underlines Newcastle midfielder's importance

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 24th November 2014

RYAN TAYLOR has allayed fears over the seriousness of the knee injury he sustained during Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over QPR on Saturday.

Match Analysis: Newcastle United 1 QPR 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 24th November 2014

OCTOBER 24, and despite having claimed their first Premier League victory of the season in their previous match against Leicester City, 18th-placed Newcastle United found themselves in the relegation zone.

Newcastle midfielder Taylor plays down knee injury fears

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:08pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

RYAN TAYLOR has allayed fears over the seriousness of the knee injury he sustained during Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over QPR on Saturday.

Match Report: Newcastle United 1 QPR 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:01pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED moved into the European positions as Moussa Sissoko’s second-half winner secured a sixth successive victory for Alan Pardew’s in-form side.

Redknapp backs Ashley and criticises Newcastle fans' attitude to their owner

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:13pm Friday 21st November 2014

HARRY REDKNAPP has defended Mike Ashley, and claimed the controversial Newcastle United owner gets an unfairly rough ride from the Magpies support.

Boro boss feels English football's sacking culture is mirroring the continent

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

AITOR KARANKA claims English football is adopting the continental trend for chopping and changing managers, and counts himself fortunate to be working for a chairman who is renowned for giving his bosses time.

For all his failings, Barton will return to Newcastle as a favourite son

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

With Newcastle United hosting QPR this afternoon, Joey Barton is poised to make his first return since leaving the club three-and-a-half years ago. Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson assesses the controversial midfielder’s time on Tyneside and examines why he remains so popular

Newcastle youngster moves to Hartlepool

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:50am Friday 21st November 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED striker Adam Campbell has joined Hartlepool United on a one-month loan.

Newcastle hoping for a record-breaking night

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 21st November 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS are hoping to set a new world record in the Kingston Park stands tonight – and Andy Saull is confident of engineering further success on the pitch against Gloucester.

Pardew confident his new-look Newcastle back four can cope

Darlington and Stockton Times: UP FOR THE CUP: Newcastle United's Paul Dummett (left) celebrates at the end of the game with team mate Rob Elliot during the Capital One Cup Third Round match at Selhurst Park on Wednesday

7:00am Friday 21st November 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED will have to cope without Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor tomorrow, but Alan Pardew is confident a much-changed defence will be capable of keeping another clean sheet without them.

Middlesbrough boss unconcerned with star players' contract status

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 21st November 2014

AITOR KARANKA insists he is unconcerned by Grant Leadbitter and Dimi Konstantopoulos’ contractual status, even though the influential duo will be free to speak to prospective new employers at the turn of the year.

Newcastle boss defends his conduct over Gutierrez

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAYING FOCUSED: Jonas Gutierrez

3:23pm Thursday 20th November 2014

ALAN PARDEW has defended his decision to tell Jonas Gutierrez to look for a new club, insisting the move was motivated purely by “footballing reasons”.

One in and one out as Karanka ponders his Middlesbrough line up for Wigan

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson vies for possession with Rotherham United's Alex Revell

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1:58pm Thursday 20th November 2014

BEN GIBSON has been passed fit for Middlesbrough’s trip to Wigan Athletic on Saturday – but fellow centre-half Kenneth Omeruo will not be involved at the DW Stadium.

Hodgson deserves praise for his work with England - not calls for his head

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 21st November 2014

THE sniping started within a few minutes of Saturday’s final whistle. “England are rubbish,” moaned one caller to Five Live’s phone-in. “Roy Hodgson has to go.”

Path To Pyeongchang: McNeill lays down an early marker for the next Winter Games

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON TRACK: Mica McNeill has made a strong start to the 2014-15 winter season

7:02am Wednesday 19th November 2014

IT is three-and-a-half years until the next Winter Olympics, but the path to Pyeongchang, in South Korea, starts this winter and Mica McNeill has laid down an impressive early marker that suggests she is ready to take on the best in the world.

Hodgson delighted to see England signing off the year in style

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:00pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

ROY HODGSON was delighted to see England sign off their 2014 programme in style as they outclassed their domestic rivals, Scotland, to claim a notable 3-1 win at Celtic Park.

Match Report: Scotland 1 England 3

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOAL-GETTERS: England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, right, celebrates scoring his goal team-mate Wayne Rooney, who went on to add two of his during the 3-1 win. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA

10:15pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

WITH the 2016 European Championships expanding to feature 24 teams instead of the usual 16, perhaps England have stumbled across a formula to end their lack of tournament success. Get drawn in a group that resembles the old Home Nations.

North-East duo start for England against Scotland

Darlington and Stockton Times: ENGLAND'S MAN: Stewart Downing pictured during a press conference in Krakow yesterday

7:03pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

NORTH-EAST duo Fraser Forster and Stewart Downing have both been named in the England starting line-up for this evening's friendly with Scotland at Celtic Park.

Match Ratings: England 3 Slovenia 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:32pm Sunday 16th November 2014

Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson's ratings and statistics from England's 3-1 win over Slovenia

Arsenal star rejects talk of a lack of English passion

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 17th November 2014

JACK WILSHERE has denied that England’s players lack the same level of desire that will be displayed by their Scottish opponents in tomorrow’s friendly at Celtic Park.

North-East keeper issues an England warning ahead of Glasgow return

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 17th November 2014

FRASER FORSTER is hoping to make an emotional return to Celtic Park tomorrow – and has warned his England team-mates to get ready for an atmosphere they will not have experienced before.

Match Analysis: England 3 Slovenia 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 17th November 2014

THE build-up was all about Wayne Rooney winning his 100th cap, but in the end, it was England’s other centre-forward who underlined his growing importance to the national team

Local drivers flock to Croft for Rallycross spectacular

Darlington and Stockton Times: ACTION-PACKED: The racing was intense when Croft last hosted a Rallycross event in October (Picture: Tony Todd)

8:14pm Saturday 15th November 2014

A bumper 65-car entry will compete at Croft Circuit tomorrow as the North Yorkshire circuit hosts the penultimate round of the 2014 Autosport International BTRDA Rallycross Championship.

Match Report: England 3 Slovenia 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:54pm Saturday 15th November 2014

ENGLAND’S march towards Euro 2016 continued this afternoon as they maintained their 100 per cent qualifying record with a 3-1 win over their closest rivals at the top of Group E, Slovenia.

Bridcutt won't be changing his style to win back his Sunderland place

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO NEW APPROACH: Liam Bridcutt won't be adapting his style to win back a place in Sunderland's starting line-up

7:02am Saturday 15th November 2014

LIAM BRIDCUTT remains confident of winning back a regular place in Sunderland’s starting line-up – but insists he will not be changing his game in an attempt to mimic Lee Cattermole.

Present View should be a pleasant sight at Cheltenham

Darlington and Stockton Times: AND THEY'RE OFF: Urban Hymn leads the field as eventual winner Champagne West, ridden by Richard Johnson, brings up the rear in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase during Day One of The Open Meeting at Cheltenham.

6:09pm Friday 14th November 2014

DAYS like this got me interested in this wonderful sport in the first place, and I'm lucky enough to be working at Cheltenham this weekend - mind you, it's not proper work!

Rooney's century of England caps is a story of what might have been

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Friday 14th November 2014

TOMORROW, when Slovenia travel to Wembley for a Euro 2016 qualifier, Wayne Rooney will become only the ninth Englishman to win a century of caps for his country.

Newcastle star set to miss four games with recurrence of hamstring injury

Darlington and Stockton Times: SETBACK: Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons has suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury and could miss the next four games

7:04am Wednesday 12th November 2014

ROLANDO AARONS could miss up to four matches after it was confirmed he had suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury.

Sunderland midfielder accepts that attacking threat has to increase

Darlington and Stockton Times: RARE SIGHT: Sunderland's players celebrate Seb Larsson's goal against Everton - but the midfielder admits his side need to find the net more often

7:04am Wednesday 12th November 2014

HE might have scored his second goal of the season last weekend, but Seb Larsson still concedes Sunderland need to increase their attacking threat if they are to build on their last two performances.

Yorkshire training duo host Yearling Parade

Darlington and Stockton Times: NICE CROP: Ann Duffield is looking forward to showing off her new batch of yearlings

7:04am Wednesday 12th November 2014

ANN and George Duffield are hosting a special Yearling Parade at their stables near Leyburn on Sunday, November 16.

Racing royalty descends on Sedgefield as local trainer serves up a birthday treat

Darlington and Stockton Times: AT THE RACES: Derek Thompson, Bob Champion, John Francome and Jack Berry in the parade ring at Sedgefield Races. Picture: TOM BANKS (12681895)

7:04am Wednesday 12th November 2014

BETWEEN them, they boast more than 3,000 winners, seven champion jockey titles, a Grand National and a Cheltenham Gold Cup. Rarely has Sedgefield’s winners’ enclosure witnessed a greater concentration of racing success.

Gateshead take a point from a six-goal thriller

Darlington and Stockton Times: ANGEL ABOVE: Gateshead manager Gary Mills sports a tracksuit top with the Angel of the North forming a proud part of the club crest. Picture: TOM BANKS (6048401)

10:04pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

GATESHEAD conceded a stoppage-time equaliser as they were held to a 3-3 draw with Lincoln City that leaves them third in the Vanarama Conference table.

Sunderland midfielder named North-East Player of the Year

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland's Lee Cattermole is congratulated on scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 16, 2014. See PA story SOCCER West Brom.

6:36pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

SUNDERLAND midfielder Lee Cattermole has been named the North-East Football Writers’ Association’s Player of the Year for 2014.

Adomah signs contract extension as Boro reserves win local derby

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah celebrates scoring his sides second equalising goal (8617911)

6:11pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH winger Albert Adomah has agreed a new contract that will keep him at the Riverside until the summer of 2017.

Boro boss delighted to see a more mature Adam reaching for the top

Darlington and Stockton Times: Going strong: Middlesbrough's Adam Reach celebrates his goal at Anfield

7:04am Tuesday 11th November 2014

IT is not just the quality of Adam Reach’s football that has impressed Aitor Karanka this season – the Middlesbrough head coach also feels the 21-year-old has grown up.

Poyet's positive outlook a key factor in turning Sunderland around

Darlington and Stockton Times: UPBEAT: Liam Bridcutt feels Gus Poyet's positive nature was a key factor in enabling Sunderland to bounce back from last month's traumas

7:04am Tuesday 11th November 2014

LIAM BRIDCUTT has identified Gus Poyet’s positive outlook as one of the key factors in enabling Sunderland to bounce back from last month’s eight-goal humiliation at Southampton.

England centre-half happy to be proving his doubters wrong

Darlington and Stockton Times: BACK IN THE RANKS: Phil Jagielka is back in the England side after briefly being dropped at the start of the season

10:33pm Monday 10th November 2014

PHIL JAGIELKA has shrugged off the early-season criticism that was hurled in his direction and spelled out his determination to retain his place at the heart of England’s back four.

FA Cup second-round draw serves up North-East derby

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:45pm Monday 10th November 2014

THE FA Cup second-round draw has set up an intriguing North-East derby with Hartlepool United due to host Northern Premier League side Blyth Spartans.

Horse racing legend Bob Champion among guests at Sedgefield Racecourse charity day

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:39pm Monday 10th November 2014

SEDGEFIELD RACECOURSE will welcome a variety of charities to today’s Remembrance Race Day – along with racing legends John Francombe, Bob Champion and Derek Thompson.

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