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.

All Consett AFC games are OFF until further notice due to Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions

Consett AFC first-team games and training are being postponed until further notice, due to Covid-19 precautions.

This is due to the Government’s decision to place the North East into Tier 4 restrictions to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

That means our first scheduled game of 2021, the Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town this Saturday, January 2, is OFF.

Northern League fixtures, which were hoping to restart on Saturday, January 9, will not be resumed until further notice.

That means our next scheduled home game, v Seaham Red Star on Saturday, January 9, is OFF.

Subsequent fixtures will depend on which tier of restrictions we’re placed in at the next review.

The Northern League management committee meets on Monday, January 4, to consider options available for the rest of the season.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “Sadly, we have entered Tier 4, and we won’t have football for some weeks.

“However, I believe it is in all our safe interests. Please take care, and I hope to see you all soon.”

Consett’s cup tie at Birtley is switched to a Saturday afternoon

Consett’s Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town has been rearranged for a second time.

The 1st Round tie – postponed last week due to a waterlogged pitch at the Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium – was initially rescheduled for this Wednesday, December 23.

But following an agreement between the two clubs it will now take place at the same venue at 3pm on Saturday, January 2.

Birtley advise us that the crowd limit is 150, but it’s home supporters only, who will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If there are any changes to the limit or entry arrangements, we’ll let you know.

The reward for the victors is an away tie at either Crook Town or Willington.

Consett’s hopes of a double date at Wembley go West as they suffer FA Vase KO

Consett’s hopes of making it to Wembley twice in one season were shattered today when they lost to West Auckland Town in the FA Vase 3rd Round.

The Steelmen, who are still waiting to play last season’s final, were beaten 2-1 at Belle View Stadium, despite dominating the opening period.

They could have already been three up by the time Dale Pearson put them ahead in the 15th minute with his 16th goal of the season, finishing from 12 yards after great work on the left by Darren Holden.

But West turned the game on its head with two goals in six minutes. They levelled in the 17th minute through Consett old boy David Dowson.

And in the 23rd minute their captain Jamie Harwood headed home from Michael Hoganson’s corner to make it 2-1 to West.

In the 35th minute things got worse for Consett when they lost influential playmaker Luke Carr with a dislocated shoulder after a heavy challenge by Gary Brown.

Just before half-time a great run and cut back by Jermaine Metz set up sub Matty Cornish, but West’s debutant keeper Decklan Greenwood made a good save.

Ten minutes into the second half the keeper – signed yesterday from Brandon United – made an even better save from Pearson’s well-struck shot.

Midway through the half Consett had Holden sin-binned for something he said to an official, and West almost took advantage of their extra man, with Kyle Hayes making a fine save to deny Jordan Blinco.

Matty Slocombe then cleared off the line from Dowson’s header from a corner as Consett found themselves on the ropes.

Even after Holden returned to the action, Consett found themselves unable to find an equaliser, and after six minutes of added time it was West who progressed to the last 32.

  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Penrith and Ashington games are OFF as Northern League delays its restart – but our cup ties go ahead

Consett’s next two Northern League games, against Penrith and Ashington, have been postponed after the league management committee decided to delay the restart of fixtures.

However, this Saturday’s FA Vase 3rd Round tie v West Auckland Town is unaffected, and will go ahead as planned, with a 3pm kick-off at Belle View Stadium. The game is now sold out and no admission will be available on the day.

Our away Durham Challenge Cup tie at Birtley Town, which was postponed this week, has been rearranged for Wednesday, December 23, KO 7.30pm.

The decision to delay the restart of league fixtures follows a meeting of the league management committee (LMC) to discuss club responses to the Government’s changes to Tier 3 restrictions, which allow up to 150 spectators to attend fixtures, but means clubhouses must remain closed.

A number of clubs were prepared to resume fixtures from Saturday December 19, but some have been told by their local councils that they are not permitted to sell refreshments.

The majority had already indicated it isn’t financially viable to play games with attendances pegged at 150, and with no income from food and drink, they would still have significant levels of expenditure, with no grants available to cover any deficit.

Some clubs felt a change to Tier 2 restrictions allowing attendances to rise to 300 could allow a return, but the LMC decided to postpone this weekend’s fixtures even before today’s decision to leave the North East in Tier 3.

The situation will be reviewed again by the LMC on Monday, January 4, with a possible resumption date of Saturday, January 9.

A LMC spokesman said: “The committee fully understands and shares the frustration at the situation we find ourselves in, and we are grateful for the patience of officials, volunteers, players and spectators.

“In the meantime we will be writing to all the relevant local authorities to see if they are willing to address the issue of the sale of refreshments at grounds in their area, as this provides such crucial revenue for clubs.”

Our game at Penrith was due to take place on Monday, December 28, and the home game v Ashington on Saturday, January 2. New dates will be set by the league in due course.

At the moment our next scheduled league game is on Saturday, January 9, when we are due to entertain Seaham Red Star. However, at the moment both clubs are still involved in the FA Vase, and the next round is due to be played on that date.

Season ticket holders get first option to secure their place at Consett v West Auckland FA Vase tie

Consett season ticket holders are being invited to book their place at next weekend’s big FA Vase tie v fellow Northern League side West Auckland Town.

The 3rd Round game is at Belle View Stadium on Saturday, December 19, with a 3pm kick-off.

Tickets go on sale at 9.15am on Monday, December 14, priced £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £2 for under-16s.

A limited number will be available in person from the club or by phoning (01207) 588886. Contact details must be taken for track and trace purposes.

Any remaining tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday, however, the number available could increase, depending if the North East is moved from Tier 3, which the Government is due to decide that day.

The teams have already met at Belle View this season in the league, with Consett winning 3-2 back in September.

Dan’s the man as Consett beat Crook in a friendly arranged to prepare for the Northern League’s restart

Dan Marriott’s first goal for the club gave Consett a 3-2 win over Crook Town today as the clubs met in a friendly intended to help get players match-fit before the Northern League restart.

And with supporters allowed back into Belle View Stadium, a good crowd was able to see the young midfielder’s superbly-executed 40-yarder, pictured top, which was the difference between the two sides.

Consett manager Terry Mitchell used the game to give his full squad some minutes, with the exception of in-form striker Dale Pearson, who was rested ahead of next week’s FA Vase tie v West Auckland.

The Steelmen took the lead on 13 minutes when Darren Holden played the ball inside to Ali Alshabeeb, who found the far corner from the edge of the box with the help of a deflection.

Crook equalised on the half-hour when Corey Nicholson, who had a spell at Consett a few seasons ago, cut in from the right and his shot beat Kyle Hayes with the help of a huge deflection off Holden.

The visitors almost took the lead four minutes before half-time when Jamie Tumilty hit the post.

But it was Consett who went in 2-1 ahead at the break when Luke Carr’s left-wing corner in added time produced a bit of a scramble, and Calvin Smith fired home.

Consett rang the changes for the second half, making six substitutions, and it was one of the newcomers, Dan Marriott, who scored what turned out t be the winning goal in the 54th minute.

Crook goalkeeper Ronan Makepeace rushed out of his area to beat Jermaine Metz to a through ball, but his headed clearance only went as far as Marriott.

The young midfielder, who has impressed enormously in his performances this season, showed tremendous vision, confidence and technique to lob the ball into the empty net from about 40 yards – the sort of goal Calvin Smith has scored a few of over the years.

To Crook’s credit they responded well, and on 74 minutes they got a goal back when Joey Smith scored with a back-post header from a left-wing cross.

Consett had further chances in the closing stages through Nick Allen, Luke Carr and Matty Cornish, but couldn’t add to the scoreline, and an entertaining, well-contested game finished 3-2.

  • Full match report and more pictures HERE.

Consett get the go-ahead to admit home supporters – starting with a friendly this Saturday v Crook Town

Consett have today been given the go-ahead for the return of home spectators to Belle View Stadium.

It means up to 150 supporters will be able to attend our next game, a home friendly v Crook Town on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.

Tickets are on sale from 7.15pm tonight to season ticket holders, priced £5 for adults, £3 for OAPs and £2 for under-16s. Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from 9.15am tomorrow.

As usual, places must be reserved in advance, and track and trace details are required. Call at the clubhouse or call (01207) 588886.

A guidance note issued by The FA said: “It is extremely important that spectators remain in their household or social bubble in groups of six, do not mix with any other spectator groups, or travel between tiers to attend fixtures, as enforceable by law.

“If breaches of spectator limits or social distancing are reported, clubs and leagues may face returning to fixtures being held behind closed doors.”

Consett draw fellow Northern League side West Auckland in FA Vase 3rd Round

Consett were today handed a home tie against fellow Northern League Division One side West Auckland Town in the FA Vase 3rd Round.

The game will take place at Belle View Stadium on Saturday, December 19, with a 3pm kick-off.

However, it is not known at present if spectators will be allowed to attend, due to the North East being subject to Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions.

The clubs have already met in the league this season, with Consett winning 3-2 at Belle View back in September. This will be our first-ever meeting in the FA Vase.

Like ourselves, West have just entered this season’s Vase, due to their exploits last season, when they reached the 5th Round. They progressed on Saturday with a 4-1 win at North West Counties League side 1874 Northwich.

Consett’s away match at Northallerton gets a new midweek date due to league’s Covid-19 break

Consett’s away trip to Northallerton Town – postponed because of the Northern League’s two-week coronavirus-related shutdown – has a new date.

The Division One game was originally due to be played at the Calvert Stadium this Saturday, December 12.

But the league’s decision to postpone all fixtures after 37 of its 40 clubs were placed in Tier 3 areas following the lifting of the second national Covid-19 lockdown means it has had to be rearranged.

Ironically, Northallerton is in North Yorkshire, which is in Tier 2, but the league decided to cancel all games until December 16, as most clubs said playing behind closed doors was unviable.

The Northallerton v Consett game will now take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Last season’s encounter – our first visit to Ainderby Road since 2012 – ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw.

Jake Orrell’s shot is saved in last season’s game at Northallerton. Pic: Gary Welford.

Our home game against Ryhope CW, which was due to take place on Saturday, December 19, will also be rearranged due to our progress in the FA Vase, with the 3rd Round scheduled to take place on that date.