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England pair looking forward to international date in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: RUGBY INTERNATIONALS: Paul Hill, left, and Jack Walker at The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington yesterday. Picture: STUART BOULTON

7:10am Thursday 29th January 2015

The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington will become an international venue in March when it stages two England rugby fixtures, and two of the players involved have spoken of their pride at being part of the occasion.

Ashraf tipped to come good by Plunkett

7:10am Thursday 29th January 2015

Liam Plunkett believes Moin Ashraf will be ready to compete for a first-team place at Yorkshire this summer after a forgettable couple of years for the talented fast bowler.

Draw not the aim for Darlington in crucial encounter at Salford

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE ATTACK: Stephen Thompson looks for an opening during Saturday's win at Ossett Albion. Picture: THIM HICKMAN

7:08am Wednesday 28th January 2015

Darlington know a draw would suit them more than it would Salford City in Saturday’s much-anticipated encounter, yet Quakers want three points from the crucial encounter, says Stephen Thompson.

Date for rearranged Darlington game is set

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:18pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A date has been announced for Darlington's rearranged match at Padiham.

Quakers go into crunch clash in fine form

Darlington and Stockton Times: AHEAD: Graeme Armstrong celebrates putting Darlington ahead at Ossett Albion. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:08am Monday 26th January 2015

Ossett Albion 0 Darlington 2

Moore humbled on Rovers return

Darlington and Stockton Times: WELCOME: Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore applauds the fans at Tranmere Rovers where he received a warm welcome on Saturday. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

8:38am Monday 26th January 2015

RONNIE MOORE admits he was humbled by the response afforded to him on his return to Tranmere.

Pools' pinning hopes on Fenwick

Darlington and Stockton Times: LEVELLER: Scott Fenwick celebrates scoring Hartlepool United's equaliser in side's draw at Tranmere Rovers. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

8:37am Monday 26th January 2015

THREE goals in five starts as a professional footballer, Scott Fenwick is laying down firm foundations as a professional footballer.

Gray will accept no excuses

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO EXCUSES: Darlington manager Martin Gray says he will not accept excuses from his players today.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

9:08am Saturday 24th January 2015

If any of the Darlington squad had been contemplating confessing to not being at the top of their game due to their enforced winter break, they’d better keep it to themselves because Martin Gray says he will not accept any excuses today.

Pearson hails Schwarzer

Darlington and Stockton Times: ROLLING BACK THE YEARS:Schwarzer is poised to make his Leicester debut today at the age of 42. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

9:00am Saturday 24th January 2015

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has hailed 'Mr Ordinary' Mark Schwarzer as a credit to his profession.

Jose: Cup exit would be a disgrace

Darlington and Stockton Times: CUP TIE: Jose Mourinho's Chelsea face Bradford today. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

8:08am Saturday 24th January 2015

Jose Mourinho believes it would be a "disgrace" if Chelsea lost to League One side Bradford in the FA Cup today as he wants his players to be fighting to succeed in all four competitions.

PELLEGRINI: WE WILL BE FRESH

Darlington and Stockton Times: POPULAR: Manchester City's on-loan midfielder Frank Lampard

7:53am Saturday 24th January 2015

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims his team will be refreshed and ready for the challenge of Middlesbrough after a week in Abu Dhabi.

PITCH INSPECTION: Ossett Albion v Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:19pm Friday 23rd January 2015

Darlington's match at Ossett Albion tomorrow (2pm) is subject to a 9.15am pitch inspection.

Darlington prepared for return to action

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:07am Friday 23rd January 2015

After three weeks without a game, Darlington have one eye on the weather forecast and are desperate to get back into action tomorrow at Ossett Albion.

Vince scores a ton as lions draw

10:39am Thursday 22nd January 2015

England Lions drew their second unofficial Test, and the series, against South Africa A as James Vince made a superb unbeaten century.

Burgess relishing Saxons chance

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sam Burgess has been picked for the England Saxons squad. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA

8:22am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Sam Burgess has admitted to a sense of "real excitement" after being picked for the England Saxons squad just 55 days into his competitive rugby union career.

England selection offers hope to Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:14am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Stuart Lancaster has dangled the carrot of World Cup training camp selection in front of Danny Cipriani in a bid to stop the Sale fly-half moving to France.

Anderson ponders lighter workload

Darlington and Stockton Times: TAKE IT EASY: James Anderson, pictured India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, earlier this week, accepts he may have to cut his international workload. Picture: AP Photo/Tertius Pickard

7:24am Thursday 22nd January 2015

England bowler James Anderson accepts he may soon be forced to cut his international workload, but has deferred any decision to focus fully on the World Cup.

Darlington's kick-off at Ossett Albion changed

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:29pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

The kick-off time of Darlington's game on Saturday at Ossett Albion has been brought forward an hour to 2pm.

Five-star Finn looking forward

Darlington and Stockton Times: FIVE-FOR: Steven Finn waves to the crowd after taking five wickets during the one-day International cricket match between England and India in Brisbane yesterday. Picture: AP Photo/Tertius Pickard

9:08am Wednesday 21st January 2015

Steven Finn is relishing the chance to banish his Australian demons after turning in a five-star performance at the Gabba.

Another postponement sees Darlington lose ground on leaders

Darlington and Stockton Times: MATCH OFF: The Heritage Park pitch pictured after Darlington's match with Prescot Cables was postponed on Saturday. Picture: SCOTT THORNBERRY

9:08am Monday 19th January 2015

Darlington lost more ground in the promotion race and are now six points off leaders Salford City after suffering their sixth postponement of the season.

Gray admires new striker's loyalty

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9:08am Saturday 17th January 2015

Nathan Cartman played hard to get with Darlington, initially saying he would prefer to play at Harrogate RA, and showing such loyalty increased Martin Gray’s desire to sign the striker.

Fixtures beginning to pile up as another Darlington game is hit by the weather

9:07am Monday 12th January 2015

Darlington suffered from yet another postponement on Saturday, meaning they now have four matches in hand on the teams immediately above and below them.

Morpeth win cross country relays

9:02am Monday 12th January 2015

Athletics

Falcons enjoy biggest win for almost eight years

Darlington and Stockton Times: Focused: Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards

9:01am Monday 12th January 2015

NEWCASTLE FALCONS registered their biggest Aviva Premiership win for eight years by beating London Welsh 38-7 yesterday.

Last-gasp Roberts secures victory for ten-man Spennymoor

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE SPOT: Joe Tait celebrates scoring a penalty, which put Spennymoor Town 1-0 up early on. Picture: DAVID NELSON

8:50am Monday 12th January 2015

By Michael Ramsay and Ray Simpson

Mowden edging closer to survival

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOME WIN: Action from Darlington Mowden Park's win over Richmond at The Northern Echo Arena on Saturday. Picture: Mark Fletcher

8:18am Monday 12th January 2015

Darlington Mowden Park 43 Richmond 12

Darlington will respect Padiham, says Gray

Darlington and Stockton Times: HIGH TIMES: Darlington's Graeme Armstrong heads the ball during Darlington's 2-0 win over Brighouse Town last weekend, a match in which Quakers were poor during the first half. Picture: TOM BANKS

9:08am Saturday 10th January 2015

Level on points in first position alongside two fellow promotion challengers, it’s tight at the top and Darlington can ill afford a slip when they travel to struggling Padiham this afternoon.

Rodgers: Reds must be tougher

8:56am Saturday 10th January 2015

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts his side will have to toughen up defensively if they are to challenge for the top four in the second half of the season.

Cardiff go back to blue

8:23am Saturday 10th January 2015

Cardiff will revert to their traditional blue home kit with immediate effect.

Hall’s double helps put Hibs move up into the top four

9:53am Friday 9th January 2015

Hambleton League

Wensleydale League

9:49am Friday 9th January 2015

Wensleydale League

Sims stars in big Richmond win

9:44am Friday 9th January 2015

Richmond Town

Big win sees Thirsk return to the top

9:43am Friday 9th January 2015

Thirsk Men’s second team travelled to Bradford to play a rearranged game, and it was their first game since November, due to postponements.

Final stage retirement costs Stephenson title

Darlington and Stockton Times: BEFORE RETIREMENT: Peter Stephenson and Ian Windress in action at Croft prior to the retirement that cost them the ANECCC rally title. Picture: MARCUS ANDREWS

9:39am Friday 9th January 2015

The 2014 SG Petch ANECCC Stage Rally Championship came to a conclusion at Croft Circuit with the recent Swift Signs Christmas Stages Rally and after 15 events during the year, the title fight went all the way to the last stage on the last event.

South Shields M.C. Trial, Shield Close-Sunday

9:37am Friday 9th January 2015

As is tradition over a number of years now, South Shields and District Motor Club kicked off the New Year with their Caer Urfa Cup Trial, held at Shield Close above the village of Westgate in the Wear Valley. Exactly 90 riders turned out in glorious sunshine coupled with almost freezing temperatures, so thanks go to the hardy bunch of observers.

Gray delighted to see Dowson hit the net

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOING FOR GOAL: Darlington's David Dowson has a shot at the Brighouse Town goal on Saturday. Picture: TOM BANKS

9:08am Friday 9th January 2015

After scoring his second league goal of the season last weekend, striker David Dowson is likely to retain his place in the Darlington attack tomorrow when Martin Gray’s promotion-chasers head to Padiham.

One game at a time, says Darlington skipper

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONE GAME AT A TIME: That's the message from Darlington captain Gary Brown. He is pictured playing against Brighouse Town on Saturday. Picture: TOM BANKS

9:08am Thursday 8th January 2015

It may be one of the oldest and overused clichés in football, but Gary Brown has no problem with taking Darlington’s promising season one game at a time.

Stokes shows what England are missing

Darlington and Stockton Times: BIG HITTER: Durham's Ben Stokes, pictured celebrating winning the Royal London One Day Cup Final at Lord's in September, yesterday recorded 77 off 37 balls in his first outing in Australia's Twenty20 tournament, the Big Bash

7:51am Thursday 8th January 2015

THE Melbourne Renegades succeeded where the England selectors have failed yesterday by recognising that batting is Ben Stokes's stronger suit.

Gray's half-time blast instigates Darlington victory

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOING FOR GOAL: Darlington's David Dowson has a shot at the Brighouse Town goal on Saturday. Picture: TOM BANKS

9:08am Monday 5th January 2015

Darlington 2 Brighouse Town 0

Blyth give Birmingham a fright

Darlington and Stockton Times: CUP HERO: Blyth Spartans' Robert Dale acknowledges the fans after the final whistle blew on his team's FA Cup campaign. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

8:31am Monday 5th January 2015

Blyth Spartans 2

Mills's challenge to Heed

Darlington and Stockton Times: HUMBLED: Gateshead manager Gary Mills (centre) applauds the fans after his team were hammered 7-0 on Saturday by West Brom. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

8:07am Monday 5th January 2015

GARY MILLS has challenged his Gateshead players to make an immediate recovery from the potentially deflating seven-goal drubbing at the hands of a Premier League club in the FA Cup.

Darlington back in action against Brighouse

Darlington and Stockton Times: BOOKING: Alan White, pictured in Darlington's win over Scarborough on Boxing Day, received a caution during the abandoned game at Kendal Town on New Year's Day. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:07am Saturday 3rd January 2015

Darlington today play the final game of what was meant to be a congested fixture scheduled but have instead been kicking their heels for most of the Festive period.

Furious Darlington may complain about referee

Darlington and Stockton Times: WASHOUT: Kendal Town's pitch before kick-off. Picture: CRAIG STODDART

9:08am Friday 2nd January 2015

Darlington were left furious with referee Paul Kettlewell for attempting to play their match at Kendal Town yesterday, despite there being puddles of ankle-deep water, only to see the match inevitably abandoned after 15 minutes.

Quakers hope to avoid another washout at Kendal

Darlington and Stockton Times: FOUR IN A ROW? Darlington striker Graeme Armstrong aims to score for the fourth game running at Kendal Town today. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:08am Thursday 1st January 2015

Darlington hope history does not repeat itself today when they begin the year by heading to Kendal Town.

Poyet wants to strengthen squad in January

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO SCORE: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet gives instructions from the touchline during yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Aston Villa				  Picture: David Davies/PA

11:18am Monday 29th December 2014

GUS POYET will turn his attentions to the transfer window after Sunderland’s problems in front of goal continued at Villa Park yesterday – but Connor Wickham could still turn out to be his leading striker.

Gale's best year

11:08am Monday 29th December 2014

Andrew Gale will no doubt sit down with a beer or two on New Year’s Eve and reflect upon what he has described as the best year of his life.

Best's best in Ribble Valley 10k

11:06am Monday 29th December 2014

NEW Marske Harrier Russ Best turned in one of his best-ever road racing performances to finish fourth, just outside the North of England Championships medals, in yesterday's big Ribble Valley 10K.

Enjoy a feelgood factor in every hole at Dunmurry

Darlington and Stockton Times: WARM WELCOME: Dunmurry Springs Golf Club in County Kildare, where visitors receive a warm welcome in a compact and comfortable clubhouse

11:06am Monday 29th December 2014

WHILE the Irish economy remains flat the fact that the Republic has a multitude of magnificent golf courses is great news for those seeking a good deal. The clubs are falling over themselves to attract custom.

Darlington match at Farsley in danger

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:51pm Saturday 27th December 2014

Darlington’s match at Farsley is tomorrow is under threat and the host club have appealed for supporters to help clear snow in the morning.

Darlington pack a punch with a rare Boxing Day win

Darlington and Stockton Times: AT THE DOUBLE: Two-goal Graeme Armstrong celebrates putting Darlington 1-0 up. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:08am Saturday 27th December 2014

Darlington 3 Scarborough Athletic 0

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