Darlington defender Hunter could play higher

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW SIGNING: Chris Hunter

9:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

After a highly impressive first season with Darlington, Chris Hunter has displayed the potential to play higher up the football ladder.

Dimi insists Karanka has proven he is the right man to lead Boro

Darlington and Stockton Times: WELL SAVED: Brighton’s Jesse Lingard and Jake Forster-Caskey are denied by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has been told not to blame himself for Middlesbrough's inability to rise to the occasion this week, with Dimi Konstantopoulos claiming the Spanish boss is ideal to lead the club to more exciting times next season.

Northallerton boys rise to challenge in the league

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD SEASON: Team coach Mark Crisp with the under-12 Northallerton boys’ team

4:41pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NORTHALLERTON Hockey Club’s first ever boys’ team finished the season on a high after an impressive run of results.

Painful defeat for Petch in Somerset

Darlington and Stockton Times: DIRT TRAIL: Stephen Petch in action in the Betta Somerset Stages Rally, where he was pipped for first place – Picture: RallySport media

4:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HAMSTERLEY rally driver Stephen Petch and his Northallerton co-driver Ian Windress just missed out on victory last weekend when they had to settle for runnerup spot on the Betta Somerset Stages Rally, but it couldn’t have been much closer.

Kendrew takes the honours in Chris Carter Trophy Trial

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER: Guy Kendrew in action during the Chris Carter Trophy Trial at Dob Park, in West Yorkshire, last weekend

4:39pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

BETA UK rider Guy Kendrew, 26, eclipsed a star-studded entry in the fourth round of the S3 Part Championship on Sunday at Dob Park, Otley, West Yorkshire.

Darlington announce ticket arrangements for Evo-Stik Division One North play-off semi final

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlington FC

11:39am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TICKETS for Darlington's play-off semi-final will go on sale to season ticket holders on Wednesday night.

Match report: Reading 2 Middlesbrough 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: IT’SMY FAULT: Aitor Karanka

10:50pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AITOR KARANKA last night blamed himself for failing to give Middlesbrough's players the lift required to prevent back-to-back defeats in the final two weeks of the Championship season.

Team news: Boro make four changes for Royal test

7:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has made four changes to the Middlesbrough starting line-up for tonight's trip to play-off chasing Reading.

Match Analysis: Wakefield 1 Darlington 5

Darlington and Stockton Times: BAGGED A BRACE: Adam Mitchell scored twice as Darlington beat Wakefield 5-1 yesterday

9:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Adam Mitchell played his way into contention for a starting spot in the play-offs after a starring role Darlington’s 5-1 demolition of Wakefield.

Woodgate thinks the Karanka approach will benefit Boro next season

Darlington and Stockton Times: MOVING FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE: Skipper Jonathan Woodgate

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JONATHAN WOODGATE has attempted to ease the disappointment of missing out on a play-off place by insisting Middlesbrough will be right in the promotion mix under Aitor Karanka next season.

Home sweet home for Darlington in play-offs

Darlington and Stockton Times: SUPPORT PLEA: Amar Purewal on the attack during Quakers’ game last Saturday, when the attendance was 1,133 – one of the lowest in the club’s 26 league games at Heritage Park

9:00am Monday 21st April 2014

Darlington will have home advantage in the play-off semi-final a week on Wednesday, plus the final if they get there, as second place is now secure with two league games to complete.

Karanka looks to next season after admitting Boro's play-off dream has died

Darlington and Stockton Times: LATE AGONY: Two injury-time goals cost Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough side a point against Queens Park Rangers, the first coming after an error by goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has finally given up on a play-off place and has challenged his Middlesbrough players to gain strength from this season's inability to climb in to the top six.

Match analysis: Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPANISH INFLUENCE: Jonathan Woodgate

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A QUICK glance towards the Championship table will leave Middlesbrough fans, players and coaching staff wondering what might have been.

Live LIVE MATCH-DAY FOOTBALL BLOG

2:25pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Keep up to date with all of the action from the North-East's clubs this afternoon as it happens

Quakers seal play-off home advantage

Darlington and Stockton Times: AT A STRETCH: Darlington’s Amar Purewal keeps the ball in play. The friendly with Sunderland at Heritage Park was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch

5:39pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Darlington 3 Farsley 0

Match report: Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

4:59pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Full-time: Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2

Delighted Gray to build on Thompson’s new deal

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP MAN: Stephen Thompson

9:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Darlington intend to build a team around Stephen Thompson after the forward committed his future to the club by signing a new contract.

We've proven there was more to our good work than just luck says Boro boss

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks he has proven there was more to Middlesbrough's winning habit either side of the New Year than just the luck of the hamster.

Karanka satisfied with Boro progress under his watch

Darlington and Stockton Times: SMART MOVER: Aitor Karanka says Boro need to be intelligent when bringing player in

7:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

DURING the six months Aitor Karanka has been in charge, he has overseen 27 fixtures as Middlesbrough's head coach.

Chelsea defender can be Premier League gem says Boro boss

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONE OF YOU: Jozsef Varga and Kenneth Omeruo go for the same ball during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Ipswich Town

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks Kenneth Omeruo can be a Premier League star of the future, but the Middlesbrough boss is determined to have the Chelsea youngster back at the Riverside next season regardless of the division.

Smallwood confident he still has a Riverside future after Middlesbrough extend his deal

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

RICHIE SMALLWOOD is ready to fight for a place in Middlesbrough's first team next season after revealing the club have taken up the option of extending his contract to 2015.

Karanka feels strong finish will set Middlesbrough up for next season

Darlington and Stockton Times: Aitor Karanka at Vicarage Road today. Picture: Action Images

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA claims Middlesbrough's strong finish to the current campaign will give them the best possible chance of succeeding next season – whether they make it to the play-offs or not.

Momentum is vital for Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: ACHIEVING HIS GOALS: Martin Gray

9:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

With three league games to play, Darlington manager Martin Gray admits building momentum to take into the play-offs is crucial to Quakers' promotion hopes.

Sign me up - contract hopes for keeper Konstantopoulos after stellar Middlesbrough form

Darlington and Stockton Times: OUT OF CONTRACT: Boro keeper Konstantopoulos

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

DIMI KONSTANTOPOULOS hopes that his fine form for Middlesbrough will earn him a new contract at the end of the season.

Gray happy to have Purewal back on form

Darlington and Stockton Times: MY BALL: Padiham centre-back Martin Parkes climbs above Quakers’ Stephen Thompson

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

After an 11-game drought, during which time a new striker was brought to the club, Darlington's Amar Purewal made a timely return to form by bagging a brace on Saturday.

Match analysis: Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: POWERING FORWARD: Middlesbrough goalscorer Jacob Butterfield is chased down by Burnley's David Jones

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

WHEN Aitor Karanka took charge of Middlesbrough in November of 2013, the Spaniard inherited a side five points off the bottom three of the Championship with only three wins to its name.

Woodgate pays tribute to Karanka's tactical switcharound

Darlington and Stockton Times: Woodgate pays tribute to Karanka's tactical switcharound

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

JONATHAN WOODGATE revealed that his Middlesbrough teammates had not practised playing the 3-5-2 formation in the run-up to Saturday’s victory at Burnley.

North-East Football Live: Saturday, April 12

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:53pm Friday 11th April 2014

The Northern Echo sportsdesk brings you live updates from all of Saturday's North-East matches. Get involved on Twitter by using the hashtag #echosport.

Purewal brace wins points for Quakers

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOAL HERO: Amar Purewal scored twice for Quakers

6:54pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Darlington 3 Padiham 0

Match report: Burnley 0 Middlesbrough 1

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5:10pm Saturday 12th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH proved to be Burnley’s promotion party poopers when Jacob Butterfield’s second half goal ensured a battling victory at Turf Moor.

Brown is keen to stay ahead

Darlington and Stockton Times: AIRBORNE: Quakers captain Gary Brown makes a full-blooded challenge on Radcliffe Borough left-back Danny Lambert

9:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

After starting the season on a stretcher, exceeding expectations could become Gary Brown's motto.

Karanka: 'Everybody can learn something from Burnley'

Darlington and Stockton Times: MIXED FEELINGS: Aitor Karanka

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA feels every Championship club can learn something from the strength of the team spirit that has carried Burnley to the verge of the Premier League.

Mowden look to remaining fixtures after win over Otley

Darlington and Stockton Times: QUICK FEET: Darlington Mowden Park’s Henry Robinson pushes forward against Otley – Picture Tom Banks

3:30pm Friday 11th April 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park beat Otley 37-24 as the three promotion candidates in National Two North all picked up five points.

Hambleton Black Sheep Brewery League: Frank Bainbridge Cup Final: Northallerton Police 2 Sportsmans FC 3

3:28pm Friday 11th April 2014

A DRAMATIC last-gasp winner from defender James Bell on Thursday of last week saw Sportsmans FC retain the Frank Bainbridge Cup in a thrilling final against old rivals Northallerton Police.

Ebac Northern League: Division Two: Heaton Stannington 2 Northallerton Town 1

3:28pm Friday 11th April 2014

NORTHALLERTON Town’s run of two consecutive victories came to an end at Grounsell Park last Saturday despite a late goal from Danny McLachlan.

Wearside League: Cleator Moor Celtic 0 Richmond Town 1

3:24pm Friday 11th April 2014

RICHMOND Town came back from Cumbria with three points, thanks to an 87thminute goal from Ben Darville.

Champions in surprise 6-2 defeat

3:23pm Friday 11th April 2014

CHAMPIONS Hawes United ended their Wensleydale League campaign with a disappointing 6-2 defeat at Colburn Town.

Hambleton League: Police back to winning ways after cup setback

3:23pm Friday 11th April 2014

DIVISION One leaders Northallerton Police put the disappointment of defeat in the final of the Frank Bainbridge Cup behind them last Sunday as they increased their lead at the top of the table to six points with a 4-2 win over struggling Travaux FC.

Pye secures second place in rally at Cadwell Park

Darlington and Stockton Times: RALLY SUCCESS: Tristan Pye on his way to runner-up spot at Cadwell Park last weekend – Picture: Kenton Rose (Auto Focus Photography)

3:22pm Friday 11th April 2014

BISHOP Auckland rally driver Tristan Pye was in action during last Sunday’s TJS Self Drive Alan Healy Memorial Stages Rally at Cadwell Park and came away with a superb second place.

Willis succeeds the hard way in trial high above West Witton

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Reigning British trials champion Michael Brown in action at Fell Green, Bootle, Merseyside, last weekend

3:20pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE exposed Penn Hill trials venue high above West Witton served as the venue for the AMCA affiliated Darlington and DMC meeting on Sunday.

O’Keeffe Pontefract’s star of show

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Leighton Aspell celebrates on Pineau De Re after winning The Crabbie's Grand National last weekend

3:18pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE flat season stepped up a gear this week, especially in Yorkshire, starting of at Pontefract who opened their gates for the first time this year on Tuesday, and trainer Jedd O’- Keeffe proved the star of the show saddling a 131/1 double.

Cowards have three to choose from

3:17pm Friday 11th April 2014

TOP competition is expected for the Bedale Hunt Point to Point this weekend, with 85 entries confirmed for the six-race card.

Middlesbrough FC lead tributes after death of popular former player Ugolini

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:29pm Friday 11th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH FOOTBALL CLUB have led the tributes to one of the club’s greatest ever players, Rolando Ugolini, who has died at the age of 89.

Graham will leave Middlesbrough in much better shape than when he arrived

Darlington and Stockton Times: BACK SCORING GOALS: Danny Graham

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

DANNY GRAHAM will leave Middlesbrough a much effective player than when he arrived at the start of January according to Aitor Karanka, but the Boro boss admits it is too early to know whether there is any chance of signing the Sunderland striker permanently this summer.

Mixed financial messages as Middlesbrough begin to prepare for next season

Darlington and Stockton Times: BORO PASSION: Chairman Steve Gibson

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

FIVE games of the Championship season to go, and Middlesbrough are finally stirring. A run of one defeat from eight matches has almost certainly come too late to spark a successful push for the play-offs, but recent wins over Brighton, Derby and Birmingham have at least provided cause for optimism ahead of next season.

Middlesbrough Press Conference Update: Karanka ready to ruin Burnley's promotion party

Darlington and Stockton Times: DECISION TIME: Aitor Karanka

2:52pm Thursday 10th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA has urged his Middlesbrough players to ruin Burnley's promotion party on Saturday, and not "celebrate" the Lancashire club's impending return to the top-flight

Quakers winger begins trial with League One side Brentford

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAR MAN: Darlington debutant Adam Mitchell, who enjoyed a fine game on the right-wing, takes on Prescot left-back Francis Foy

9:05am Thursday 10th April 2014

Darlington could be about to lose Adam Mitchell after the winger began a trial at a League One club.

'We can cope' says Boro defender Woodgate

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPANISH INFLUENCE: Jonathan Woodgate

7:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

FORMER Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate thinks Aitor Karanka and his backroom team have worked wonders on the training ground to ensure Middlesbrough will cope in the midst of a defensive crisis.

Karanka looks to Ayala as Boro victory comes at a cost

Darlington and Stockton Times: TIME TO CELEBRATE: Danny Graham after putting Boro ahead last night

11:01pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

AITOR KARANKA will assess the fitness of Daniel Ayala on the training ground over the next few days in the hope the Spanish centre-back will return to ease Middlesbrough's defensive problems.

Match analysis: Middlesbrough 3 Birmingham City 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: DOUBLE JOY: Jacob Butterfield is mobbed by his Boro teammates after making it 2-0 last night, striking in a volley from distance

9:54pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A DRAMATIC ending at the Riverside Stadium last night has left Middlesbrough fans wondering if the improbable is still possible.









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