Join the Conny Army! Consett AFC season tickets for 2020-21 on sale now

Consett AFC is now taking applications for season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign.

With the lockdown brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic slowly starting to ease, we’re starting to plan for next season – whenever that might be.

Prices have been held from the 2019-20 season, and they all represent big savings on what you’d spend if you were paying at the gate game-by-game.

Please note that existing season ticket holders should keep their 2019-20 passes, as they will be used to gain FREE ADMISSION to our pre-season friendlies.

All details of prices and how to order your 2020-21 season tickets are in the accompanying graphic.

Consett’s Northern League campaign is OVER as the FA ends the season – with no promotion or relegation

Consett’s 2019-20 Northern League season is over after the FA advised all Step 5 and 6 leagues to end immediately due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The FA decided that the ongoing restrictions on sport due to Covid-19 has made finishing fixtures impossible, and ordered that all leagues at our level conclude now.

The FA announced today that all football in England below the three divisions that make up the National League will end immediately, with all results expunged from the record.

It means there will be no promotion or relegation in these leagues, which includes to and from the Northern League’s 1st and 2nd Division.

The setting up of the FA’s new Step 4 league, due to come into effect next season, has been deferred until the start of the 2021-22 season.

The FA looked into extending the season and or use a mechanism to calculate final league tables and preserve promotion and relegation.

The FA said it is “reviewing all options” to complete the FA Cup, which has reached the quarter-final stage, and other cup competitions, including the FA Vase.

An FA statement said: “These are challenging circumstances for English football, and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game.

“Our primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

“Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided, with the integrity of the leagues in mind.”

FA Vase update: The FA still aims to play the final at Wembley, with fans present

The FA has been in touch with Consett AFC and other semi-finalists in recent days with regard to its plans to complete the 2019-20 FA Vase competition.

Although all leagues at our level, Step 5, were declared null and void when the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak became clear, the game’s governing body is determined to finish the Vase, as well as the FA Trophy and FA Cup.

Consett are due to face Western League side Bitton AFC in one semi-final, while our Northern League rivals Hebburn Town play Southern League side Corinthian in the other.

This week, the FA has re-iterated its intention to play the final at Wembley, and said it is in close touch with the Government about when playing games with spectators present might be possible – though this obviously depends on further lifting of restrictions necessary to stem the pandemic.

It is understood the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals will still be played on the same day, and Wembley has been approached about available dates.

Once agreement has been reached over the finals, dates for the semi-finals will be arranged, and these are likely to be before the start of any new season.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “We are in the hands of the Government over when it is safe to play in front of a crowd again, and The FA over when the games can be scheduled, but we are just glad our dream of playing at Wembley is still alive after the unprecedented events of the last few months.

“Since lockdown restrictions began to be lifted we have carried out an in-depth risk assessment of measures which need to be in place in readiness for a restart, and have been preparing Belle View Stadium for a safe re-opening, with all the necessary social distancing measures in place.

“Our first team will begin socially-distanced training soon, and whenever The FA give us the green light to play again, I’m sure Terry and his staff will have the lads ready for the biggest game in the club’s history.”

No more tickets for the home leg of the semi-final will be sold until we know when the game will take place.

Consett snap up ex-Sunderland Under-23s forward as their second signing of the summer

Attacker Carl Lawson has become Consett’s second signing of the summer after he agreed to move to Belle View Stadium for the 2020-21 season.

The 25-year-old, who can play anywhere up front, has been at Sunderland RCA for the last two seasons.

He attended the Sunderland AFC Academy, and was a regular in the Premier Reserve League for the Black Cats’ U23s.

Since leaving the Stadium of Light he has played for Whitby Town and Guisborough Town, as well as RCA.

His signing follows that of attacking midfielder Lewis Green, who has joined the club from Thornaby.

Consett make former Hartlepool United midfielder their first summer signing

Consett have made their first summer signing, in the shape of former Hartlepool United attacking midfielder Lewis Green.

The 23-year-old spent last season with Thornaby in the Northern League 1st Division, and scored against Consett in the 1-1 draw at Belle View last August.

It was his second spell at the club, with some time at 2nd Division Easington Colliery in-between.

He started at Hartlepool United Academy, and also has Northern League experience with Billingham Town and Norton & Stockton Ancients.

Cake Corner grabs a slice of the action by sponsoring two Consett players and taking a Belle View board

Cake Corner is the latest local business to get behind Consett AFC by sponsoring two players and taking a pitchside advertising banner for next season.

The vintage tearoom and ice cream parlour, run by Consett supporter Jason Barron and his fiancee Joanne Algeo, will be sponsoring Luke Carr and Darren Holden for 2020-21.

It will also have a pitchside advert at Belle View Stadium which will be seen by thousands of people who use the facility every week, as well as on matchdays.

Based at 1A Aynsley Terrace, Consett, Cake Corner has been in business for two years, with its official ribbon-cutting opening carried out by Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell!

It has built a fine reputation thanks to its friendly staff and great cakes, and has been open for takeaway treats throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Last season was Cake Corner’s first as a club backer, sponsoring Darren Holden.

“We are sponsoring Darren again, and, after his excellent season, decided to sponsor Luke as well,” said Jason.

Commercial manager Peter Foster said: “It’s great to see local businesses like Cake Corner becoming club sponsors, and their backing is very much appreciated.

“Most of the squad are still available to sponsor for 2021-21, and at £100 it’s great value – especially as you get your player’s shirt at the end of the season!”

For details of player availability, or general sponsorship inquiries, contact Peter Foster on 07767 794119.

  • Please support the local businesses which are backing your local football club.

Consett AFC’s main club sponsors are Premier Insurance, and our other major long-term sponsors include CM Flooring and Specsure Opticians.

New sponsors who have signed up for the 2020-21 season include Consett Computers and Ray Lambert Building Services.

Ray Lambert Building Services is latest local business to back Consett AFC’s ambitions

Local bespoke building firm Ray Lambert Building Services are the latest local business to show their support for Consett AFC.

Owner Ray, who is Consett born and bred, is a keen supporter of the club, and has signed up for a pitchside advertising banner for the 2020-21 season.

His business, which has been around for the best part of a decade, specialises in stonework and new-build accommodation, and we’re delighted to have his backing as a sponsor.

He’s the second summer signing made by commercial manager Peter Foster, after Consett Computers, and we hope there will be many more to follow.

Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell said: “We’re building something special here at Belle View, so what better sponsor to secure than a firm like Ray Lambert Building Services?

“I’d like to thank all the local businesses who sponsor us – your support really is much appreciated, especially in such trying times. Hopefully together we can build a football club for the town to be proud of.”

Ray Lambert is showing his support for Consett AFC by becoming a club sponsor.
  • Please support the local businesses which are backing your local football club.

Consett AFC’s main club sponsors are Premier Insurance, and our other major long-term sponsors include CM Flooring and Specsure Opticians.

  • Any local businesses which would like to sponsor Consett AFC for the 2020-21 season (or discuss a longer-term deal) should contact commercial manager Peter Foster on 07767 794119. Sponsorship is also available for individual players, for our home or away strip.

Consett Computers sign up as a new Consett AFC sponsor for 2020-21

Consett Computers have become Consett AFC’s first summer signing after agreeing to join our growing ranks of club sponsors for the 2020-21 season.

The local business has agreed to take out a pitchside banner at Belle View Stadium, which will advertise its services to thousands of potential customers every week.

The firm, run by directors Phillip Wallace and Darren James, is based in Store Unit 1 inside Morrisons supermarket in Front Street, where it has been located for six years.

It can repair or refurbish your current machine at a fraction of the cost of buying a new personal computer or laptop, build PCs to your specifications, or give advice on what you need.

The owners won’t baffle you with jargon, preferring to speak in layman’s terms which customers understand. They offer an excellent service at a very reasonable price.

Consett Computers can carry out formatting, reinstallation and virus removal on existing PCs, laptops, iPads and tablets, as well as supplying a range of cables, memory cards, paper and ink cartridges for printers including Epson, Canon, Kodak and HP, to name just a few.

Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell said: “We’re delighted to welcome another local business on board, to join those existing sponsors who already give us such marvellous support.

“We recently appointed Peter Foster as our commercial manager, and hopefully he will help many more local businesses connect with our community-based football club, which I believe is on the verge of achieving something very special – with your support.”

* Please support the local businesses which are backing your local football club. Visit Consett Computers inside Morrisons, phone 01207 593727 or visit their website at www.consettcomputers.co.uk

Consett AFC’s main club sponsors are Premier Insurance, and our other major long-term sponsors include CM Flooring and Specsure Opticians.

* Any local businesses which would like to sponsor Consett AFC for the 2020-21 season (or discuss a longer-term deal) should contact commercial manager Peter Foster on 07767 794119.

Consett AFC’s stance on training after FA allows socially-distanced sessions of up to six people

Consett AFC is reviewing communications from the FA and the Government regarding permitted grassroots football activity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Relaxation of some Covid-19 restrictions from 1 June means that the following outdoor football activity is now permitted:

• Playing football individually. For example, practice of individual skills or fitness activities;

• Playing football with your family or other people living in your household;

• Football training or fitness activities in groups of no more than six, keeping two metres apart at all times.

However, the club is looking into the stringent measures which will be required to ensure a safe return to football for our children, coaches, parents and staff.

At this time we request that all of our coaches, parents and players remain patient and DO NOT UNDERTAKE ANY COACHING ACTIVITY until such time as the club has a standardised safe approach as to how this will restart.

For now NO JUNIOR TEAMS ARE PERMITTED TO TRAIN until further notice. Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and cooperation.

Consett AFC thank Dan Hawkins for his service as he decides to end his five-year spell at the club

Consett AFC today wished Dan Hawkins well after the popular midfielder decided to leave the club after five years, in search of more regular game time.

The 28-year-old’s contract recently expired, and he has agreed to join fellow Northern League 1st Division side Seaham Red Star, where he had a successful loan spell last season.

Consett AFC chairman Frank Bell said: “From the day he arrived at the club, Dan was extremely loyal and an excellent asset.

“He played just about everywhere but in goal for us, and showed tremendous character by coming back from a horrific injury.

Dan Hawkins in action against Whitley Bay. Pic: Gary Welford.

“We’re disappointed that he’s decided to leave, but fully understand his desire to start games on a more regular basis.

“He leaves on good terms with our best wishes, and he knows he will always be welcome back at Belle View.”

Dan signed for Consett in the summer of 2015, having spent the previous season with Blyth Spartans in the Evo-stik League Premier Division, and helping them to the 3rd Round proper of the FA Cup.

An ex-Middlesbrough Academy player, he had previously spent four years at Bishop Auckland, helping them to lift the Durham Challenge Cup in 2013.

Dan, pictured with Willie Donachie and Mark Eccles, was Player of the Year in 2016-17.

He arrived at Consett as a midfielder, but showed his versatility by also playing at right-back, centre-back and centre-forward.

Named vice-captain for the 2016-17 season, he responded by turning in some excellent performances, and being voted Player of the Year.

Sadly, he suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury in December 2017 in a League Cup tie v. Tow Law. It needed two operations and ruled him out for more than a year, but Dan slowly regained fitness and became a regular squad member again last season.

His last appearance was against Atherstone Town in the 6th Round of the FA Vase on 7 March, when he made a little bit of club history by becoming our first-ever ‘fourth sub’ during extra time.

Dan made seven starts and 10 substitute appearances last season, scoring once, at Brandon in the League Cup. His overall record as a Steelman is 134 games and 14 goals.

Dan Hawkins became Consett’s first-ever ‘fourth sub’ in the FA Vase at Atherstone.

Consett club stats will stand for 2019-20, the season that never was after Covid-19 caused it to be declared null and void

After careful consideration by the club, it has been decided that all Consett AFC’s appearances and goals from the abandoned 2019-20 season WILL STAND.

Although the season was declared null and void after football was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, club officials felt it unfair that the statistics from the season simply cease to exist.

Therefore, although there won’t be any sort of presentation night, it’s only fair to recognise some of the individual achievements from the season that will be wiped from the record books.

Jermaine Metz

We used 30 players over the course of 44 competitive games. No one was ever-present, but Jermaine Metz and Calvin Smith both figured in all but one match, while Kyle Hayes missed just three, and also recorded his 100th appearance. A total of 12 players made their debuts.

Dale Pearson

One of them was Dale Pearson, who enjoyed an excellent first season in our colours, and was top scorer with 30 goals in 34 games. We hope there’ll be many more to come once football can resume – whenever that might be.

Calvin Smith heads home

Calvin Smith had his best-ever season in front of goal, scoring 18 times. That gave him membership of an exclusive band of players who have netted 50 or more goals for Consett.

If the season had reached a natural conclusion, Calvin would also have passed 350 appearances as a Steelman. He’s on 347 – a total only a dozen or so players have bettered in our history.

Matty Slocombe

Matty Slocombe‘s not far behind, on 338 appearances, and might have reached 350 too – we had a minimum of 11 games remaining, and potentially as many as 14, depending on further cup progress.

Of the current squad, Michael Mackay leads in terms of games and goals, successfully returning from a long-term injury to take his totals to 323 goals and 410 games – a true club legend.

Luke Carr

Others who enjoyed a good season in front of goal include vice-captain Luke Carr, whose total of 14 beat his previous season’s tally, and Ali Alshabeeb, who had 13 and was improving all the time when the season came to its premature end.

Arjun Purewal and Ross Wilkinson

Other mainstays of the team which took us into the FA Vase semi-finals for the first time in our history were our skipper and leader Arjun Purewal, his central defensive partner Ross Wilkinson, marauding full-back Darren Holden, ever-reliable utility man Nick Allen, and classy midfielder Jake Orrell.

And let’s not forget the likes of Max Russell, Dan Hawkins, Simon Jakab, Thomas McAloon and Dean Briggs, whose combined efforts contributed a total of 66 appearances and a couple of goals to the cause.

Players who have moved on and others who made just the odd appearance are also part of the club’s history – whatever other record books might say about a season which officially didn’t exist.

It would be remiss not to put on record our thanks to manager Terry Mitchell, his assistant Graeme Coulson, goalkeeping coach Ben Cole and physio Rachel Davison for their efforts, the committee, matchday helpers, our sponsors, and, of course, each and every supporter who cheered on the lads, home and away.

Stay safe and well, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at Belle View Stadium when the whole Covid-19 crisis is over.