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Rooney gives Magpies young gun a confidence boost

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pep-talk: Wayne Rooney met up with Adam Armstrong and the rest of the England Under-18s squad at St George's Park (21902454)

4:29pm Sunday 29th March 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED forward Adam Armstrong has revealed how a pep-talk from England captain Wayne Rooney inspired the national team’s younger generation to success.

York boost as Heed suffer play-off blow

4:09pm Sunday 29th March 2015

RUSS WILCOX could not hide his pride after ten-man York City strengthened their chances of Football League survival by dragging Mansfield Town further in to the mire at Field Mill.

Promotion would make Moors boss Ainsley top of the class

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPOTLIGHT: Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley in his role as behaviour manager at St Peter's school in Middlesbrough. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (21734244)

6:28am Saturday 28th March 2015

Jason Ainsley regularly swaps the classroom for the dressing room. Chief football writer Paul Fraser went back to school with the Spennymoor boss to see how he combines the two

Johnson and Cattermole primed for derby outing for Sunderland

5:03am Saturday 28th March 2015

ADAM JOHNSON and Lee Cattermole are in line to return to the Sunderland starting line-up for the Wear-Tyne derby after Dick Advocaat handed them some much-needed match fitness this week.

Paisley on song in Morocco as Storm struggles

6:27pm Friday 27th March 2015

CLOSE HOUSE’S Chris Paisley is nicely placed at the Trophee Hassan after two solid rounds in Morocco.

Magpies bank on Dutchman after Haidara blow

Darlington and Stockton Times: SLOTTING IN: Daryl Janmaat is expected to play at centre-half in Newcastle's next three matches - even though his experience of the position is extremely limited

5:37pm Friday 27th March 2015

JOHN CARVER will be banking on Dutchman Daryl Janmaat’s fitness if he turns out for Holland today after learning Newcastle United’s defensive problems have deepened.

Ledesma helps Boro Under-21s to win

4:49pm Friday 27th March 2015

EMMANUEL LEDESMA marked his return to Middlesdrough with a goal to help extend the gap at the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Second Division to five points.

Sunderland striker still confident the goals will flow

Darlington and Stockton Times: Missed: Steven Fletcher was denied a Sunderland goal at Bradford in the FA Cup. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (18540958)

5:34pm Thursday 26th March 2015

STEVEN FLETCHER insists that his goalscoring drought has not affected him and that he remains firmly focused on helping Sunderland climb away from relegation trouble.

Boro land Swansea defender but send Carayol out on loan

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:52pm Thursday 26th March 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH have confirmed the loan signing of Swansea defender Dwight Tiendalli until the end of the season.

All shots lead Gurkha captain to Catterick Golf Club

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Bell presentation was held on Sunday after the captain's drive from Gurkha Coy OC Major Dammarbahadur Shahi on behalf of all ranks of Recruit Intake to celebrate occasion 200 years of Gurkhas

7:06am Thursday 26th March 2015

WHEN golfers ring the bell on the 16th hole at Catterick Golf Club, they are reminded of a close and well established association with the Gurkha soldiers from the nearby Garrison barracks.

Golf shorts: Hartlepool student seals second spot, while Beamish Park and England Golf team up

Darlington and Stockton Times: On tour: The Hartlepool College of Further Education golf team at Fairmont St Andrews

4:22pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

HARTLEPOOL student Matthew Davison claimed a credible second spot from a 70-strong field at the AOC Sport Open Golf Championships.

Woodgate and Karanka look to a bright Boro future

Darlington and Stockton Times: MATCH: Boro manager Aitor Karanka pats Jonathan Woodgate on the back during the Championship match between Middlesbrough and Barnsley at the Riverside Stadium

6:04am Wednesday 25th March 2015

JONATHAN WOODGATE insists he is fit and ready to give Middlesbrough’s promotion charge a boost after suffering like a frustrated fan during the crushing defeat to Bournemouth.

Worst team in the league? Defoe thinks Sunderland can still turn things around

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6:02am Wednesday 25th March 2015

HARRY REDKNAPP might have labelled Sunderland as the ‘worst team in the Premier League’ but one of his former players thinks derby day can lift Wearside for the third season in a row.

Bradley Saunders forced to withdraw as Anthony Nelson lined up for title shot

Darlington and Stockton Times: Victorious: Bradley Saunders (black/white shorts) claimed another win

7:28pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

BRADLEY SAUNDERS has had his big night of North-East boxing ruined by injury.

Carver excited about a summer of transfers at Newcastle

Darlington and Stockton Times: Confident: Newcastle head coach John Carver jokingly gives Arsenal's Danny Welbeck (left) the ball

6:14am Monday 23rd March 2015

JOHN CARVER claims Newcastle United fans have every reason to be optimistic after being informed of some of the club’s leading transfer targets this summer.

Match analysis: Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: French finish: Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko celebrates his side's goal

6:08am Monday 23rd March 2015

SHORT on numbers, shy of options and with very little to play for. It is hardly the best way for Newcastle United to finish a season – and it is far from ideal for John Carver in his attempts to remain head coach for the longer term either.

Match ratings: Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Top man: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud

4:52pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

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York pegged back as Heed suffer play-off dent

12:32pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

A LATE equaliser from Josh Windass prevented York City from giving their chances of League Two survival a real boost at Accrington Stanley.

Carver full of praise for Newcastle's spirit after Arsenal defeat

Darlington and Stockton Times: DEFEAT: Newcastle United manager John Carver during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park

9:00am Sunday 22nd March 2015

JOHN CARVER thinks Newcastle United’s players proved that none of them are already thinking about the summer despite losing 2-1 to Arsenal at St James’ Park.

Match report: Newcastle 1 Arsenal 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINED: Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko will donate to charity after being sent off for two yellow cards in Saturday's defeat to West Ham

4:52pm Saturday 21st March 2015

A SPIRITED second half from Newcastle United lifted St James’ Park but Arsenal still left Tyneside with the three points courtesy of Olivier Giroud’s first half double.

Ronaldo and Messi prove why Bamford can play wide for Boro

6:07am Saturday 21st March 2015

AITOR KARANKA has defended his decision not to play Patrick Bamford as a centre-forward earlier after witnessing the Chelsea youngster fire Middlesbrough towards automatic promotion.

Boro legend Woody wary about another season says Karanka

Darlington and Stockton Times: MATCH: Boro manager Aitor Karanka pats Jonathan Woodgate on the back during the Championship match between Middlesbrough and Barnsley at the Riverside Stadium

6:53am Friday 20th March 2015

AITOR KARANKA has revealed Jonathan Woodgate thinks it could be difficult to play on for a further year, but having a major say in Middlesbrough’s promotion race could persuade him to think differently.

Southgate tries to forget about Ince as Boro duo get call-ups

Darlington and Stockton Times: BACK IN THE BORO: Gareth Southgate will lead England Under-21s in a friendly with Germany at the Riverside on Monday, March 30

6:20am Friday 20th March 2015

GARETH SOUTHGATE has told former Middlesbrough team-mate Paul Ince that his son, Tom, is wrong to turn his back on appearing for England Under-21s at the Riverside Stadium in ten days time.

Advocaat expected Sunderland call as Big Sam backs him to deliver

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5:03pm Thursday 19th March 2015

SAM ALLARDYCE thinks Sunderland will have an instant lift at Upton Park tomorrow – even if new head coach Dick Advocaat has taken over slightly later than he had envisaged.

Close House shaping up nicely for a summer on the big stage

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tour guide: Lee Westwood, pictured taking part in the CHUF charity golf day at Close House this year, can help decide on a venue for the British Masters. Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:19am Thursday 19th March 2015

WHEN it was announced that the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship was heading for the North-East this summer, Close House had a couple of main intentions in mind.

Golf shorts: Get in to golf, Slaley Hall boost and Tyne-Wear charity day

5:46pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

A NATIONAL campaign aims to get more people golfing across the North-East and beyond.

John Harrison looking forward to seeing old friends on Tour

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tour guide: John Harrison

5:08pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

A FORMER Barnard Castle pro and Middlesbrough supporter is looking forward to renewing old friendships on the European Senior Tour again this year.

Jonas still focused on big Newcastle finish despite Coloccini blow

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:01am Wednesday 18th March 2015

JONAS GUTIERREZ wants a favour from new Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat this weekend but only once Newcastle United have given their chances of a top half finish a boost at St James’ Park.

Sunderland already considering Advocaat's replacement

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:53am Wednesday 18th March 2015

SUNDERLAND are already weighing up Dick Advocaat’s successor just 24 hours after the experienced Dutchman started work as the club’s new head coach.

Hit or miss? What Dick Advocaat has done right or wrong before Sunderland post

Darlington and Stockton Times: Favourite: Former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat during his days at Ibrox keeping an eye on Colin Hendry

4:45pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has nine games to save Sunderland from relegation after having his wish to manage in the Premier League before retirement granted.

Newcastle lose Coloccini for three games as red card stands

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:33pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

FABRICIO COLOCCINI has had his appeal for wrongful dismissal rejected by the Football Association.

Woodgate primed for say in achieving big with Boro

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ambitions: Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate

6:54am Tuesday 17th March 2015

JONATHAN WOODGATE is desperate to help Middlesbrough clinch promotion back to the Premier League this season and thinks it would be his crowning glory if he could achieve his goal.

Outcomes of the next two games will not determine title race says Boro boss

Darlington and Stockton Times: PROUD: Aitor Karanka is happy with Middlesbrough's progress after claiming the club has spent "nothing" in comparison to their promotion rivals			Picture: JACK PHILLIPS/CAMERASPORT

6:25am Tuesday 17th March 2015

AITOR KARANKA is adamant that losing against a couple of title rivals this week would not ruin Middlesbrough’s chances of returning to the Premier League.

Sunderland look for Dutch of class to replace Poyet by offering big bonus

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wanted: Dick Advocaat, pictured during his days at Rangers, is in line for Sunderland job

6:10am Tuesday 17th March 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT should be confirmed as Sunderland’s next manager today after being offered a £500,000 incentive to keep Premier League football at the Stadium of Light following Gus Poyet’s sacking.

Paolo Di Canio blames Ellis Short for Sunderland's failings

Darlington and Stockton Times: Blame game: David Moberg-Karlsson, one of the club's unsuccessful signings, pictured in training with former boss Paolo Di Canio

6:07am Tuesday 17th March 2015

PAOLO DI CANIO has sympathised with the man who replaced him in the Sunderland manager’s office by pointing the finger of blame squarely at billionaire owner Ellis Short for the club’s failings.

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 4 Ipswich Town 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:26am Monday 16th March 2015

IF there was a perfect time for Middlesbrough’s players to start to prove a few people wrong, then when better than at the beginning of a final ten-match stretch of the Championship’s promotion race.

Brilliant Bamford confident of firing Boro to promotion

Darlington and Stockton Times: Doubling up: Patrick Bamford secures victory and celebrated another goalscorer, Albert Adomah.

6:15am Monday 16th March 2015

PATRICK BAMFORD is confident he can repeat his first double in a Middlesbrough shirt if Aitor Karanka wants to use him as a central striker for the remainder of the Championship title race.

Match ratings: Middlesbrough 4 Ipswich Town 1

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5:07pm Sunday 15th March 2015

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York secure a point as Heed celebrate

4:49pm Sunday 15th March 2015

YORK CITY boss Russ Wilcox thinks nerves prevented his side from turning in a performance worthy of putting even further daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.

Bamford provides goalscoring boost admits Boro boss ahead of big games

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:00am Sunday 15th March 2015

AITOR KARANKA thinks Patrick Bamford’s first double in a Middlesbrough shirt can give him the confidence to end the season in style.

VIDEO: Middlesbrough 4 Ipswich Town 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:20pm Sunday 15th March 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH got a crucial week in the Championship promotion race off to the perfect start by defeating play-off contenders Ipswich Town 4-1 at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro keeper eyes up Premier League rather than the Conference

6:40am Saturday 14th March 2015

IF the next ten matches go to plan, Dimi Konstantopoulos can start to think about a Premier League debut next season at the ripe old age of 36.

Karanka hails Boro strikers after Rhodes deal hits the buffers

Darlington and Stockton Times: AWAY WOE: Middlesbrough's Kike and Lee Tomlin wait to kick-off after Nottingham Forest's second goal at the City Ground, a 2-1 defeat for Boro. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

6:47am Friday 13th March 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH have given up on trying to lure Jordan Rhodes to the Riverside Stadium ahead of three fixtures which will could go a long way in the determining the Championship promotion race.

Ayoze Perez desperate to repay Newcastle despite interest from Manchester United and Arsenal

Darlington and Stockton Times: In-form: Ayoze Perez has lessened the need for a new striker but that will not stop Newcastle from looking for one

5:42pm Thursday 12th March 2015

AYOZE PEREZ is focused on helping Newcastle United secure a brighter future after dismissing talk of a summer move from St James’ Park.

Positive start for Graeme Storm in Pretoria

4:55pm Thursday 12th March 2015

GRAEME STORM has made a promising start to the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

"We've got amazing players already" says Karanka as Boro boss plays down Rhodes talk

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPECTACULAR: Rovers star Jordan Rhodes looks to find the target with an overhead kick Pictures: CLIVE LAWRENCE

2:40pm Thursday 12th March 2015

AITOR KARANKA has played down talk of a renewed attempt to land Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes by claiming he has “amazing” players already at Middlesbrough.

Optimistic Barnard Castle golfer wants to make his mark on the elite

Darlington and Stockton Times: Back in business: Rob Dinwiddie, right, is feeling fresh and ready to go.

6:55am Thursday 12th March 2015

ON the face of it, Rob Dinwiddie has not made the best of starts to 2015 on the European Tour. The reality, however, is quite different after a forgettable and demoralising previous 12 months.

'Critics right to single out strikers' admits Sunderland forward Connor Wickham

Darlington and Stockton Times: Close call: Connor Wickham went close to scoring at Bradford in the FA Cup. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:26am Thursday 12th March 2015

GOALS have been in short supply on Wearside all season so Connor Wickham thinks it is understandable that Sunderland’s strikers take their large share of the blame.

Newcastle consider transfer options amid Ayew and Schar talk

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:25am Thursday 12th March 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are pressing ahead with summer recruitment plans despite the uncertainty surrounding who will be in charge of first team affairs next season.

Boro told to forget about a move for Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes unless they guarantee future fee

Darlington and Stockton Times: Phil Parkinson has singled out goal machine Jordan Rhodes as Blackburn's main threat

10:20am Thursday 12th March 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH are not prepared to give up on landing prolific Football League striker Jordan Rhodes to spearhead the final two months of the promotion run-in just yet.

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