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On this day: 21 November 2001 – Tiger’s return sparks a win at last for Consett, but Tomma grabs the headlines

Consett ended an awful run of 18 Albany Northern League games without a win on this day 19 years ago when they recorded an emphatic 5-2 midweek victory over Billingham Town to move them off the bottom of the table.

Included in the Consett line-up was former favourite Tony Halliday, who had returned to Belle Vue Park after a spell at Esh Winning, while inspirational skipper Jeff Sugden was also back in the side after missing several matches through injury.

The match marked the return to Consett of Tony ‘Tiger’ Halliday. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

The Steelmen produced their best form of the season in the first half as they blitzed the visitors with four goals.

They took the lead after seven minutes when Andrew Thompson’s shot was parried by Simpson, and Chris Hodgson was on hand to tap the ball into the empty net.

Consett doubled their lead four minutes later. Following a cross from the left by Johnny Brown, Colin McLeod’s header was only pushed out by Simpson and McLeod reacted first to force the ball home.

The Steelmen’s third goal came after 35 minutes when Thompson steered the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

With the visiting defence ragged Consett continued to push forward and they added the fourth on the stroke of half-time. Thompson played a fine through ball into the path of Rod Butler, who capped the move with a fine finish.

Half-time: Consett 4 Billingham Town 0

Consett continued in the same vein at the start of the second half, netting the fifth only three minutes after the interval. This time Thompson beat the offside trap and after his initial effort was saved he made sure at the second time of asking.

Andrew Thompson finished the season as Consett’s top scorer. Pic: John Paul Hardy.

It took the young midfielder’s tally to six goals in his last two matches, after he scored all four in a 4-3 FA Vase win at Peterlee Newtown in the previous game.

Just 18, he had signed from Wearside League neighbours earlier in the season, and would go on to be top scorer.

Billingham began a mini-revival after 54 minutes when Rowntree scored. Town’s prolific striker pulled another one back after 63 minutes from the penalty spot after Butler had fouled Gallagher.

But Consett saw the rest of the game through without conceding again to record a welcome win and pick up three vital points to lift themselves to third-bottom.

This game would mark the beginning of a nine-game unbeaten run in the league, but Colin Carr’s side’s relegation fears were not allayed until the very last game of the season, when they beat Durham City to ensure 1st Division survival.

Consett: 1 James Platten, 2 Gareth McKenna, 3 Ian Davison, 4 David Gray, 5 Jeff Sugden (sub Roy Gordon), 6 Johnny Brown, 7 Rod Butler, 8 Andrew Thompson, 9 Colin McLeod, 10 Chris Hodgson (sub Eddie Sharp), 11 Tony Halliday.

On this day: 16 November 1996 – Consett make the FA Cup 1st Round for the first time in 38 years

Yesterday’s memory match was one you’d have to be a good age indeed to remember, but today’s is one which many more supporters will recall.

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On this day – 7 November 1998: Late goal wins it for Consett in FA Vase thriller at Selby Town

Just before lockdown Consett were handed an FA Vase tie against Northern Counties East League (NCEL) side Maltby Main, from South Yorkshire.

It immediately sent us scuttling to the record books for games against other NCEL clubs, and we found one on this very day against a North Yorkshire side, Selby Town.

Colin Carr’s Steelmen, who were mid-table in Northern League Division One, travelled to The Robins’ Flaxley Road ground on Saturday 7 November 1998 for the 1st Round tie. It was a ground which had once held 7,000 for an FA Cup tie against Bradford Park Avenue.

Selby were founded in 1919 and were members of the Yorkshire League throughout its existence, until 1982. For 1982-83 they became founder members of the NCEL, and by 1998 were in the Premier Division, having been promoted from the 1st Division as champions a couple of years earlier.

They’d won 3-1 at local rivals Tadcaster Albion to set up the tie, while Consett had won by the same scoreline at Northern League 2nd Division side Evenwood Town.

On paper there wasn’t much between the teams, and so it proved on grass as well, as Consett edged a 3-2 victory to give them a place in the last 128.

The home side enjoyed the better of the early stages and young keeper Andy Allen did well to keep them at bay.

Consett went ahead against the run of play on 15 minutes when man of the match Gary Cowley did well down the right to find Colin McLeod, who released Tony Halliday to fire into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Tony ‘Tiger’ Halliday put Consett ahead at Selby Town.

It was Tiger’s eighth goal in nine appearances since signing from Evenwood – one of many reasons why he was quickly becoming a crowd favorite.

The Steelmen enjoyed a good spell, creating a couple more chances, and went 2-0 up when the keeper failed to hold left wing-back Mark Lee’s cross, and Steven Robson forced the ball home from five yards.

Allen did well to tip a powerful shot from Collier over, and Lee cleared off the line from the resulting corner to ensure the score remained 2-0 to Consett at half-time.

Gary Cowley was Consett’s man of the match. Pic: Andrew Pearson.

A late tackle cost Consett the services of inspirational defender David Gray on 62 minutes, and Selby reduced the arrears when Peter Collier fired in at the far post.

Consett almost made the game safe when Halliday had a shot saved and Robson’s goalbound attempt from the rebound was cleared off the line.

Selby were awarded a penalty when Allen was harshly judged to have fouled centre-forward Gary Cygan, and although the 18-year-old keeper did brilliantly to save the penalty, Collier followed up to claim his second goal of the game and level the scores.

The winning goal came in the 87th minute when Consett scored with the best move of the game. Kieran McGinley played a great crossfield ball to McLeod, who sent over a fine near-post cross for Steven Robson to expertly flick the ball home.

Consett striker Colin McLeod. Pic: Andrew Pearson.

Consett had to ensure almost 10 minutes of stoppage time, but held out to win what really was an excellent cup tie.

The Steelmen side exited the Vase in the next round, losing 3-1 at Mossley, who were third-top of the North West Counties League. But they did go on to finish 8th in the Northern League – their best for eight years.

Selby finished 11th in the NCEL that season, and were in the Premier Division until 2011-12, when they were relegated to the 1st Division, where they remain.

Selby Town’s Flaxley Road ground.

On this day in our history: 8 May 1995 – Consett make it fourth time lucky by lifting the League Cup at last

Consett won their first major trophy for 26 years on this day in 1995, enjoying a comfortable victory over favourites Whitby Town in the Northern League Cup final.

And it was fourth time lucky for the Steelmen, who had been beaten finalists in their previous three finals, in 1979, 1981 and 1992.

It was the second trophy which long-serving manager Colin Carr would deliver to Belle Vue Park, following the 2nd Division championship in his first season, 1988-89.

And it would pave the way for further success, with a run to the 1st Round proper of the FA Cup in 1996, and a Sunderland Shipowners Cup win in 1998 (recalled here).

Although Consett had finished a creditable 9th in the season just ended, they were up against one of the Northern League’s big guns of the time.

Whitby had just missed out on being league runners-up by goal difference, and had recorded their fifth consecutive top-six finish, which included being crowned champions in 1993.

They had enjoyed the upper hand in the two league meetings between the sides during the season, winning 2-0 at the Turnbull Ground the previous October, with the return match at Belle Vue in March ending 1-1.

So for although by the time of this game, played at Crook Town’s Millfield, Consett were an established 1st Division side, they went into it very much as underdogs.

And, as Ian Hamilton (who was club secretary at the time) revealed this week, the Steelmen’s preparations for the game weren’t exactly orthodox.

Consett pose for a team picture before kick off. Pic: Andrew Pearson.

He said: “The Consett squad had just endured their end of season booze-a-thon, which was a two-day booze-filled weekend at Southport.

“I think 9 of the squad for the cup final were on that trip and there were no beer shirkers! I don’t know how the lads managed to even turn up for that game, never mind win it!”

But win it they did, despite having a scare early on, when Paul Quinn had to clear an effort off the line after goalkeeper Dickie Lee had made a fine save.

A rare action shot from the Northern League Cup final v Whitby Town. Pic: Andrew Pearson.

David Bayles shot into the side netting after 22 minutes, and then his pass put Gary Cowley in the clear six minutes later. ‘G.C.’ lobbed the ball over the keeper, but unfortunately also over the bar.

Robinson headed just over for Whitby after 29 minutes, and then a mistake by Johnny Brown let Robinson in, but Lee again came to the rescue with a good save.

Consett made the vital breakthrough three minutes before half-time. Colin McLeod made a good run down the left and his excellent pass found Paul Staff, who drew the keeper before firing into the net from 10 yards.

Consett lift the Northern League Cup for the first time. Pic: Andrew Pearson.

Whitby went close after 52 minutes when Lee saved from Pitman, but the expected pressure from the Seasiders failed to materialise, as they strangely lacked urgency.

McLeod forced a save from keeper Robinson after 68 minutes, and then Consett clinched the game with 13 minutes left on the clock. Carl Rowell latched onto a loose ball to superbly lob it over the advancing keeper and make it 2-0.

There was almost a third goal two minutes later when substitute Gary Davies shot narrowly wide after playing a one-two with McLeod, but it mattered not, as Consett held on for a comfortable win.

Consett manager Colin Carr plants a kiss on the league Cup. Pic: Andrew Pearson.

Skipper Gary Cowley collected the League Cup – their first major honour since 1969 – from MP Hilary Armstrong, and then the celebrations could really begin!

Consett: 1 Dickie Lee, 2 Colin Woodward, 3 David Hagan, 4 Rod Butler (sub Daryl Smith 75), 5 Johnny Brown, 6 Paul Quinn, 7 Carl Rowell, 8 Gary Cowley, 9 Colin McLeod, 10 David Bayles, 11 Paul Staff (sub Gary Davies 60). Subs not used: Trevor Ball, Stephen Beckwith, Colin Teasdale (GK).

  • Many thanks to Andrew Pearson for the pictures, most of which are being seen here for the first time.
In time-honoured fashion, the cup is filled with bubbly. Pic: Andrew Pearson.

On this day in our history: 19 April 1989 – Consett clinch the 2nd Division title in style with a club record 8-0 away win at Willington

Winning silverware is always enjoyable, but doesn’t get much better than on this day back in 1989, when Consett clinched the 2nd Division championship with a club record 8-0 away win at Willington.

It was a stark contrast to the end of the previous season, when, after a few years of decline, the club was relegated for their first time in their history, signalling the end of former Newcastle United and Luton Town pro Gordon Hindson’s spell as manager.

The close season had seen a new man installed in the hotseat, local schoolteacher Colin Carr, and his reshaped side took the Skol Northern League’s 2nd Division by storm.

Colin Carr was in his first season as Consett manager.

Their promotion challenge was built on the back of superb home form, which saw them go the whole season unbeaten in the league at Belle Vue Park.

A stuttering start – two 1-0 home wins and three consecutive away defeats – gave little indication of the season which was to follow, but Carr found the right blend of youth and experience to lead the rejuvenated Steelmen back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

His side only lost two more league games all season, and by the time this final away game rolled around, a Wednesday night trip to Hall Lane looked a bit of a given, as Willington were struggling at the foot of the table, and fighting to avoid having to apply for re-election – automatic relegation and promotion from the Northern League not being a thing in those days.

The match programme.

So it turned out, as Consett clinched not only promotion but the champinship with this crushing win, which, 31 years later, remains their biggest-ever away victory in the Northern League.

Local paper the Consett Guardian reported that Willington showed some neat moves in the opening minutes and Jim Simpson and Mick Jones looked to unsettle the Consett defence, but a well-marshalled rear-guard gave little away and looked comfortable.

Consett opened the scoring after 12 minutes when the home defence hesitated in their box as Ian Robb played in a dangerous high ball, and David Fox coolly swept the ball in to open the scoring.

The Steelmen took total control in the 35th minute when Willington defender Douglas, attempt to clear a cross from Gary Best, succeeded only in heading into his net for an own goal which made it 2-0.

Dave Dent in the Willington goal did well to keep out a good effort from Willard Wright after good work by Fox, but he could do little about Consett’s third goal just before half-time when Ian Candlish made sure as John Gray’s corner curled in.

Consett striker Ian Candlish helped himself to four goals.

Gary Best was on the mark with a header seven minutes after the interval when Gary Cowley had pumped the ball back in after Gray’s corner was only half cleared, and a defensive mistake from Willington let in Candlish for his second goal of the evening. A poor back-pass from Bennett was intercepted by the big man and he raced goalwards with Dent advancing and pushing him wide but he showed class to recover and slot home.

Candlish’s hat-trick came in the 67th minute when he powered a header home following a cross from Willard Wright, and eight minutes later Consett were awarded a penalty when Best’s shot was handled on the line and Candlish blasted home the spot-kick to make it seven.

With the game over as a contest, Consett gave a run-out to two subs, John Curran and Trevor Ward, and the home keeper was beaten again in the dying minutes as Gary Cowley made it 8-0, firing in at the second attempt after Dent parried his first effort.

Gary Cowley rounded off the scoring to make it 8-0.

A jubilant Colin Carr told The Journal afterwards: “We have gone up in style. Willington battled hard, but we were too strong for them.”

Consett would go on to win their last two games, both at home, to make it a whole season unbeaten at Belle Vue Park, and to finish nine points ahead of runners-up Alnwick Town. After just one season, the Steelmen were back where they belonged.

Consett: 1 Tony Morris, 2 Jeff Sugden (sub Trevor Ward), 3 John Gray (sub John Curran), 4 Jeff Wright, 5 Ian Robb, 6 Andy Edwards, 7 Gary Cowley, 8 Ian Candlish, 9 Gary Best , 10 David Fox, 11 Willard Wright.