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Ben Arfa relishing new challenge after being frozen out at Newcastle

Darlington and Stockton Times: AMONG THE GOALS: Hatem Ben Arfa scored as Newcastle reserves claimed a 5-2 win over Reading

4:56pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

DEPARTED Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed he is relishing a fresh start at Hull City after being frozen out at St James’ Park.

Middlesbrough announce open training session at the Riverside

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough Football Club

4:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH have announced they will hold an open training session at the Riverside Stadium this Friday.

Colback to miss England friendly through injury

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED midfielder Jack Colback is out of England’s friendly with Norway at Wembley tomorrow night, but will stay with the camp ahead of Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.

Middlesbrough happy with their hat-trick of deadline day arrivals

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:04am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH took their summer recruitment drive to 11 with the capture of attacking duo Jelle Vossen and Yanic Wildschut yesterday, while Jason Steele has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan.

Steele leaves Boro, who sign England Under-19 keeper as replacement

11:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH goalkeeper Jason Steele has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long, while Aitor Karanka has brought in Chelsea’s England Under-19 keeper Jamal Blackman as his replacement.

Sunderland sign Argentina international Alvarez on loan

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:24pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sunderland have completed the signing of Ricardo Alvarez on a season-long loan deal from Italian giants Inter Milan.

Sunderland sign Liverpool defender Coates on season-long loan

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:36pm Monday 1st September 2014

SUNDERLAND have completed the signing of Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates on a season-long loan.

Vossen expresses his relief after finally joining Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:04pm Monday 1st September 2014

NEW Middlesbrough striker Jelle Vossen has expressed his relief after finally completing his move to the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough new boy Wildschut hopes to follow in Zenden's footsteps

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:38pm Monday 1st September 2014

NEW Middlesbrough signing Yanic Wildschut aims to emulate fellow Dutchman Bolo Zenden and be a hit on Teesside following his move from Heerenveen.

Middlesbrough close in on Vossen and Wildschut

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH are hopeful of completing a loan deal for long-term target Jelle Vossen before tonight’s transfer deadline – and the striker may not be the only late arrival at the Riverside.

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 0 Reading 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

INTERNATIONAL breaks can be a hindrance so early in the season, but this one has come at exactly the right time for Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough close in on long-term target Vossen

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough FC

7:34pm Saturday 30th August 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH are hoping to tie up a deal for Belgium striker Jelle Vossen in the next 48 hours.

Match Report: Middlesbrough 0 Reading 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough FC

5:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH suffered their second successive league defeat at the Riverside after losing 1-0 to Reading.

Feel Great For Sport: Vary your training while surfaces are still hard

Darlington and Stockton Times: BAD START: Manchester United’s Marouane Felliani has suffered an injury common at the start of the new season

7:02am Saturday 30th August 2014

I’M still seeing a lot of Sunday morning footballers out running at the moment. And that’s a good thing.

Saturday Spotlight: School's out for Mowden's Mclean as women's rugby makes huge strides

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPOTLIGHT ON: Tamara Taylor, left, and Katy McLean at the Darlington Arena Picture: ANDY LAMB

7:02am Saturday 30th August 2014

WHEN Katy Mclean finally gets the chance to sit down and look back on her rugby career in years to come, 2014 will be a pretty good place to start.

Pardew believes Colback's move to Newcastle has played a part in his England call-up

Darlington and Stockton Times: CALL-UP: Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has been called up to the England squad for the first time, two months after joining the club from rivals Sunderland

6:32am Friday 29th August 2014

ALAN Pardew believes Jack Colback’s move from Sunderland to Newcastle United has played a part in the midfielder’s first call-up to the England squad.

Pro-Am Tournament returns to Middlesbrough for second year

Darlington and Stockton Times: TEEING OFF: Councillor Tracy Harvey, Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre Duty Manager, Steve Pentland, and Gary Frost, Club Captain of Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Club launch this year’s Pro-Am

7:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH Municipal Golf Course is set to tee-off with its second Pro-Am tournament.

Pardew believes forgotten man Papiss Cisse can be the answer to Newcastle's scoring problems

Darlington and Stockton Times: FORGOTTEN MAN: Alan Pardew has backed Papiss Cisse to rediscover his goalscoring form for Newcastle

7:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

NEWCASTLE United’s opening fixtures may have highlighted the need for another striker, but manager Alan Pardew believes forgotten man Papiss Cisse could be the one to solve their goalscoring problems when he returns from injury.

Jessica is making progress after a successful year

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:01am Thursday 28th August 2014

Bishop Auckland golfer Jessica Hall has continued her remarkable progress following a record breaking triumph.

England captain McLean keen to continue playing for Mowden despite move south

Darlington and Stockton Times: WORLD BEATERS: Captain Katy McLean holds the trophy as England celebrate their World Cup win on Sunday. Her Darlington Mowden Park Sharks team-mate Tamara Taylor is pictured second from the right Picture: AP/MICHEL EULER

7:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

ENGLAND captain Katy McLean wants to remain at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, despite her impending move south to become a full-time athlete with the Rugby Football Union.

Match Analysis: Final piece of the jigsaw still missing at Newcastle

1:05pm Monday 25th August 2014

Aston Villa 0

Pardew admits he will have to go abroad if Newcastle sign another striker

7:01am Monday 25th August 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew admits he will have to go abroad in order to buy another striker because of the inflated prices demanded for English players.

Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone targets more joy against Manchester United

Darlington and Stockton Times: KEY MAN: Vito Mannone was one of Sunderland's key players this season - and the goalkeeper does not want to see the current squad ripped apart this summer

2:58pm Sunday 24th August 2014

HE played a big part in defeating Manchester United on three occasions last season, and now Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone hopes to be smiling again after Louis van Gaal’s side have visited the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Pardew admits Newcastle should have won at Villa Park

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO EXCUSES: After a summer of considerable investment, Alan Pardew accepts he will have no excuses if Newcastle United do not improve on last season's efforts

10:27am Sunday 24th August 2014

ALAN Pardew admits Newcastle United should have left Aston Villa with more than a point.

Match Report: Aston Villa 0 Newcastle United 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: Newcastle United FC

2:41pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED were held to a goalless draw at Aston Villa, despite dominating possession at Villa Park.

Pardew highlights importance of maintaining a positive atmosphere on Tyneside

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY MAN: Alan Pardew claims he is happy with Newcastle's summer transfer business - and will not be worried if they do not make any more signings

7:02am Saturday 23rd August 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED boss Alan Pardew has stressed the importance of maintaining a positive atmosphere on Tyneside following a fruitful summer in the transfer market.

Feel Great For Sport: Handy tips for last minute Great North Run injuries

Darlington and Stockton Times: GREAT OCCASION: The start of the Bupa Great North Run 2013, with the elite mens runners, including Mo Farah, at the start line

7:02am Saturday 23rd August 2014

IT’S that time of year again…

Taekwondo pair secure places in national development squad

Darlington and Stockton Times: BRIGHT FUTURES: Katie Bone fends off the high section turning kick from Josh Long during training at Spennymoor Leisure Centre

7:02am Saturday 23rd August 2014

TWO young taekwondo players have won their way into the Great Britain Taekwondo Cadet Development team after successfully completing arduous trials in Manchester.

Sunderland warned not to be over-confident against Manchester United

7:01am Saturday 23rd August 2014

SUNDERLAND head coach Gus Poyet has warned his players not to live on their previous results against Manchester United when Louis van Gaal’s side visit the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Poyet considers loan move for Welbeck, but admits to problems persuading players to join

7:01am Saturday 23rd August 2014

GUS Poyet will turn to the loan market in a bid to strengthen his Sunderland squad next week, but the head coach admits the club’s battle with relegation last season, and its North-East location, make it difficult to persuade players to join.

WSL preview: Sunderland welcome Mead back, while Durham sign young England striker

7:01am Saturday 23rd August 2014

TABLE-TOPPING Sunderland Ladies hope the return of World Cup Under-20s star Beth Mead will help extend their season-long unbeaten run, as they prepare to face third-placed Reading in the FA WSL this evening.

Gray happy to have selection dilemma

7:01am Saturday 23rd August 2014

DARLINGTON boss Martin Gray admits he has a selection headache ahead of today’s game at Burscough.

England women set for Wembley date with Germany

5:59pm Friday 22nd August 2014

ENGLAND Women will play at the new Wembley Stadium for the very first time in a friendly against European champions Germany.

Jones and Vergini set to return for Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland AFC

3:42pm Friday 22nd August 2014

DEFENSIVE duo Billy Jones and Santiago Vergini are in line to return for Sunderland against Manchester United on Sunday.

United repeat for Mannone

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:34am Friday 22nd August 2014

HE played a big part in defeating Manchester United on three occasions last season, and now Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone hopes to be smiling again after Louis van Gaal’s side have visited the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Pardew confirms 'derisory' bids for Tiote, but insists midfielder has not asked to leave

Darlington and Stockton Times: WANTED: Arsenal are understood to be interested in Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote

7:03am Friday 22nd August 2014

Newcastle were stung on both occasions when their failure to replace both players was highlighted with bad results, and after those experiences Pardew insists the club has a contingency plan should the same happen again.

De Jong fit, but Tiote remains out

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:33pm Thursday 21st August 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED have been boosted by the news that Siem de Jong is fit to tomorrow’s game at Aston Villa, although Cheick Tiote remains out.

Clayton: Narrow victories are just as pleasing as big-scoring wins

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY: Adam Clayton admits Middlesbrough's narrow win will give the squad a boost

7:02am Thursday 21st August 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH new boy Adam Clayton insists he will take more results like Tuesday night’s win at Bolton Wanderers even though Aitor Karanka’s side left it late to claim three points at the Macron Stadium.

Don't be fooled by Manchester United's bad start, warns van Aanholt

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:02am Thursday 21st August 2014

PATRICK van Aanholt has warned Sunderland not to be fooled by Manchester United’s losing start to the season having worked under Reds boss Louis van Gaal in the past.

Interest grows in Newcastle United midfielder

Darlington and Stockton Times: HIGH KICKS: Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote on the receiving end of Javier Hernandez’s boot on Saturday

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED face losing another key player before the transfer window shuts with interest growing in midfielder Cheick Tiote.

Contrasting emotions for Gray and Ainsley after derby

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:38am Wednesday 20th August 2014

SPENNYMOOR TOWN manager Jason Ainsley admitted last night’s 2-0 EvoStik First Division North derby defeat to Darlington was like watching “men against boys”.

Match Report: Spennymoor 0 Darlington 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:43pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

GRAEME ARMSTRONG scored twice as Darlington beat Spennymoor 2-0 in the EvoStik First Division North derby at Brewery Field.

Team news: Spennymoor v Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:23pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

SPENNYMOOR and Darlington have both named unchanged teams for tonight’s EvoStik First Division North derby at Brewery Field.

Smallwood set for Rotherham move

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:48pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH midfielder Richie Smallwood is set to join Rotherham United on an emergency loan deal today and could make his second Millers debut against Watford tonight.

Lee Cattermole is confident Sunderland's squad will be a stronger force this season

Darlington and Stockton Times: PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY: Sunderland AFC v Udinese Calcio at Heritage Park. Sunderland's Lee Cattermole.
Picture: TOM BANKS (9105017)

9:17am Saturday 16th August 2014

LEE Cattermole is confident Sunderland can be a stronger force in the Premier League this season – even if Gus Poyet doesn’t bring in any more new faces before the transfer window closes.

Feel Great For Sport: Team bonding time? Try out coasteering

Darlington and Stockton Times: (9204246)

9:15am Saturday 16th August 2014

HERE is something different for you to consider while the sun is out and the water is warm.

Lee Cattermole is confident Sunderland's squad will be a stronger force this season

9:06am Saturday 16th August 2014

LEE Cattermole is confident Sunderland can be a stronger force in the Premier League this season – even if Gus Poyet doesn’t bring in any more new faces before the transfer window closes.

Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone accepts he will have to battle for his place

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pre-season friendly between Darlington and Sunderland at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland. Sunderland's Vito Mannone.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8396625)

7:03am Friday 15th August 2014

VITO MANNONE insists he has no qualms over battling Costel Pantilimon for the goalkeeping spot at Sunderland.

Sunderland complete signing of Brighton winger Will Buckley

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland AFC

12:35pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Will Buckley from Brighton and Hove Albion FC, for an undisclosed fee.

Abley takes bronze medal at World Championships

Darlington and Stockton Times: PODIUM PLACE: Spennymoor's Simone Abley won a bronze medal at the recent WTF Cadet World Championships Picture: TOM BANKS

11:06am Thursday 14th August 2014

SPENNYMOOR teenager Simone Abley claimed a bronze medal at the first World Taekwondo Federation Cadet Championships in Azerbaijan last month.

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