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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: 2 April 2012, League Cup quarter-final defeat provides hope for the future

Consett’s lingering hopes of salvaging anything from a disappointing season disappeared in the Belle Vue mist on this day back in 2012 when they were beaten in a Monday night League Cup quarter-final by FA Vase finalists West Auckland.

The Steelmen were languishing in 18th place in the 22-team 1st Division, while their visitors were 3rd, and on a high after clinching a trip to Wembley after completing a 4-3 aggregate win over Herne Bay just two days before.

With this being the second of four games his side faced in eight days, Consett boss Kenny Lindoe made three changes to the side which had lost at South Shields at the weekend. Peter Jameson returned in goal in place of Barry Poskett, and Matty Slocombe and John Ewart came into midfield in place of the unavailable David Scorer and cup-tied Lewis Teasdale.

The visitors made six changes to the team which had clinched a Wembley spot at the weekend, and though former Steelmen Steven Brown and Steven Johnson were in the starting XI, striker Mattie Moffat was on the bench.

The changes clearly gave West fresh legs following their weekend exertions, as they went ahead on seven minutes through Elliott Gardner, whose shot across and through young keeper Jameson crept in at the far post, and the teenager will feel he should have done better with it.

Young Consett goalkeeper Peter Jameson

He did better with a shot from Daniel Hindmarsh, while at the other end Michael Mackay was just wide with a chance from 15 yards which he made himself.

On 12 minutes West doubled their lead with a goal-of-the-season contender. Ewart lost the ball out on the left, and Brown picked out Hindmarsh on the left angle of the penalty area with a glorious 30-yard crossfield pass. The No 9 hit a dipping volley over Jameson’s head and into the top right-hand corner – an unstoppable effort.

On 38 minutes West carved out another chance. Mark Hudson exchanged passes with Gardner before playing in Hindmarsh, but Jameson was equal to his low shot.

Five minutes before the break Consett made a decent opportunity of their own, Dale Burrell feeding Mackay, whose shot was parried away by Billy Hanson. The ball looked like it was going to run loose to Gavin Ross, who was playing up front in place of Teasdale, but centre-half Ross Preston reacted quickest to hack the ball away.

The match programme for the quarter-final tie.

When the resulting corner was only half-cleared, Jack Stanger was unlucky to see his chipped effort from 25 yards clear the bar.

It remained 2-0 to Peter Dixon’s side at half-time, but Consett rallied in the second half, and pulled one back on 58 minutes through defender Ryan Bell, pictured top, who headed home Burrell’s free-kick for his first goal of the season.

A minute later Bell almost doubled his tally for the season when he wasn’t too far away with a low drive from 25 yards from a lay-off by Stanger. Consett were the better side now, but still had Jameson to thank for saving with his feet from Martin Young. who was sent through by Hindmarsh.

By the midway point of the half, it was all Consett. Slocombe couldn’t keep his header down from Burrell’s left-wing cross, and young sub Ryan King’s surge forward from the centre circle set up Burrell, who shot wide.

On 70 minutes, a good Ewart pass sent Mackay scurrying down the left. With two team-mates to his right, screaming for a pass, he chose to go for goal, and blazed over from the edge of the box.

Consett striker Michael Mackay

Five minutes later, a move down the right involving King and Burrell saw the ball fed out to Mackay, who made a yard of space for himself and unleashed a shot which went inches wide of the top-right corner.

Young substitute Daniel Halliday put in a great cross for King, who connected too cleanly with his header, and a good delivery by Burrell from a free-kick saw Bell rise highest, but Hanson claimed his header at the second attempt.

Consett even threw keeper Jameson up for a corner as they sought an equaliser to take the game into extra time, but it was not to be, and the visitors held on to keep alive their chances of a Northern League, League Cup and FA Vase treble. The encouraging thing from Consett’s point of view, apart from their overall performance, was the fact they ended the game with six teenagers on the pitch, which could only augur well for the future.

The Steelmen ended the season with two wins, two draws and two defeats from their remaining six games, and finished 15th, while West ended a campaign which had promised so much empty-handed. They were runners-up in the league – their best position for 51 years – surprisingly lost 4-1 to 2nd Division Team Northumbria in the League Cup final, and were beaten 2-0 by Dunston in the FA Vase final.

Consett: 1 Peter Jameson, 2 Michael Pearson, 3 Anthony Lund, 4 Jack Stanger, 5 Ryan Bell, 6 Carl Piecha (captain), 7 Matty Slocombe, 8 Dale Burrell, 9 Gavin Ross (sub Ryan King 61), 10 Michael Mackay, 11 John Ewart (sub Daniel Halliday 76). Subs not used: Damien Maw, David Robson, Barry Poskett.
West Auckland: 1 Billy Hanson, 2 Neil Pattinson, 3 Andrew Green (sub Matthew Coad 77), 4 Steven Brown (sub Paul Garthwaite 61), 5 Ross Preston, 6 John Parker, 7 Steven Johnson, 8 Mark Hudson, 9 Daniel Hindmarsh, 10 Stuart Banks (sub Martin Young 46), 11 Elliott Gardner. Subs not used: Mattie Moffat, Michael Rae.

On this day in our history: 31 March 1981, Consett win through to their first League Cup final

Consett have been famed cup fighters over the years, but one competition where they didn’t enjoy much success for many years after joining the Northern League was the League Cup.

All that changed on this date in 1981, when, despite it being an otherwise nondescript season, they reached the League Cup final for the first time, with a 2-1 semi-final win over Billingham Synthonia at our old Belle Vue Park ground.

Synners were proving to be one of the teams of the season as far as cups were concerned. After enjoying a good run in the FA Trophy, they also reached the semi-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup.

They had beaten South Bank on penalties and Ashington to reach the League Cup semi-final, while Consett had knocked out Durham City and North Shields. The match was originally scheduled to be on March 4, but was postponed until 31st.

The match programme warned: “The winning of tonight’s match is vital if Consett are to retain any major interest in proceedings up to the end of the current season.

“Our current lowly league position [they were 13th] can certainly be improved upon, but how nice it would be for all connected with our club if we could go on and win our first trophy since our entrance to the Northern League 11 years back.

“Perhaps the biggest disappointment to our supporters this season has been our inability to score goals, a trait seldom missing from Consett performances over the past seasons.

“Although missing 8 games this season, Terry Breen has been the only player to equal the scoring records of past players such as Kevin Cross, Steven Newstead, Dave Rutherford and Bobby Parkinson.

“Another factor contributing towards this season’s poor results has been the excessive injury problems thrust upon us for the second season running. At no period throughout the past two seasons have we been able to give any selected side a prolonged run of matches.”

Just as important as the result was the fact that the tie guaranteed £200 prize money for the winners, and the chance to pick up another £600 if they managed to lift the trophy, or £400 for being runners-up.

Despite their goalscoring problems, Consett went through to the final of the league cup – known for this season only as the Turney Wylde Cup for sponsorship reasons.

Their former West Brom striker Barry Donaghy opened the scoring in the first half, but Steve Griffiths equalised for Billingham eight minutes into the second half.

It was fitting that it was long-serving skipper John Swinburn – in his ninth season with the club – who grabbed the winning goal six minutes from time.

Club records show that the match was played before a crowd of 165, and Consett lined up as follows: 1 Dave Pollard, 2 Brian Anderson, 3 John Swinburn, 4 David McGinn, 5 Jack Sheekey, 6 Peter Bragan, 7 John Morrisroe (sub Terry Breen), 8 Malcolm Wood, 9 Barrie Fowler, 10 Barry Poole, 11 Barry Donaghy.

Consett – whose club colours at the time were all tangerine with black trim – went on to face Spennymoor United in the final at Blyth Spartans’ Croft Park ground, but lost 2-0.

A first success in the competition would have to wait another few years – until 1995 to be exact, which remains the only time the club has ever won the competition.



Consett face end-of-season fixture pile-up after the League Cup game at North Shields is postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Consett’s scheduled League Cup quarter-final at North Shields tonight was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – and the Steelmen now face an end-of-season fixture pile-up.

A new date for the game at the Daren Persson Stadium will now have to be found, and it’s to be hoped Saturday’s visit to Whitley Bay, just up the coast, goes ahead, as we already have a heavy end-of-season fixture schedule caused by our progress to the semi-finals of the FA Vase.

After our second-leg tie against Bitton on Saturday, March 28, we already have 10 league games to play in 25 days in April, and now a re-scheduled League Cup quarter-final to fit in somewhere.

Date set for Consett’s cup visit to ‘The Morgue’ while West Auckland game is put back due to FA Vase progress

Consett have some new dates for their fixture list as a result of progressing to the 6th Round of the FA Vase.

Saturday 29 February will now see the club contest the quarter-final of the national competition for the first time in our history.

This means the scheduled league game against West Auckland Town has had to be switched, and it will now take placeon Tuesday, 14 April, KO 7.30pm. At the moment that will now be opur last home league game of the season.

A date has also been fixed for our visit to North Shields’ Daren Persson Stadium – affectionately known as ‘The Morgue’ – for our League Cup quarter-final.

That game will take place on Wednesday, 11 March, KO 7.30pm, and must be settled on the night, with penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

We will find our opponents in the next round of the FA Vase at about 1pm tomorrow. The other clubs through to the last eight are Bitton, Corinthian, fellow Northern League side Hebburn Town, Leighton Town, Plymouth Parkway, Wroxham and either Atherstone Town/Worcester City, who drew yesterday.

Consett drawn at home to Whitley Bay in the next round of the League Cup

Consett have been handed a home tie against Whitley Bay in today’s draw for the League Cup Round of 16.

The Steelmen will face the Seahorses at Belle View on Tuesday, 28 January, for a place in the quarter-finals.

Amazingly, since we joined the Northern League in 1970, the clubs have only met twice in the League Cup.

The first was in the 2nd Round in 2006-07, when we won 6-3 at our old Belle Vue Park ground, and the second was in 2012-13, when we lost 3-1 at Hillheads, at the same stage of the competition.

Michael Mackay helped himself to four goals in the first game, and was also our goalscorer in the second.

The rest of the draw is as follows:

Whickham v Guisborough Town

Shildon v Jarrow

North Shields v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion

West Allotment Celtic v Heaton Stannington or Seaham Red Star

Ryhope CW v Newton Aycliffe

West Auckland Town v Sunderland RCA

Hebburn Town v Thornaby or Newcastle Benfield

Ties to be played January 28/29.

Consett top their League Cup group with a 100% record on a night of firsts at Brandon

Consett eased into the knockout stage of the League Cup as they beat Brandon United on a night of firsts – one of them unwanted.

It was the Steelmen’s first visit to the Welfare Ground in 15 years, and they won 5-0 to top Group D with a 100% record, with four wins from four games.

Michael Brown made his first start for the club, and scored his first goal, while Dan Hawkins got his first goal in more than two years after recovering from a career-threatening injury.

But Matty Slocombe also made history of the unwanted kind, becoming the first Consett player ever sent to the sin bin, for dissent to the referee late in the game.

The hosts made things hard for their visitors in the first half an hour, working hard and denying them space. Their best chance came in the 28th minute, when Calvin Smith hit a superb effort from 25 yards, which young keeper Callum Simms touched onto and over the bar.

But the midfielder, who is enjoying his best-ever season in front of goal, was not to be denied, and broke the deadlock a minute later, firing in from eight yards after Andrei-Vasile Ardelean had headed down Jake Stafford’s corner. It was Smith’s 11th goal of the season.

Three minutes later it was 2-0, as Dan Hawkins cut in from the left and fired past the keeper, with the aid of a deflection.

It was the midfielder’s first goal since August 2017, when he scored in a 4-3 win at Stockton Town, though he has spent much of the intervening time injured.

It remained 2-0 at half-time, but within nine minutes of the restart it was three, as Hawkins turned provider for Michael Brown to lash home his first senior goal for the club on his first competitive start.

It was Brown’s last part in the game, as he was replaced by Dale Pearson, and the big striker made it 4-0 in the 77th minute, firing in left-footed after a free-kick from fellow sub Jake Orrell. The goal was Pearson 11th in his last nine games, making him joint-top scorer.

Slocombe, who had come on for Smith at half-time, earned his dubious place in club history in the 84th minute, when he was sin-binned for dissent after contesting the award of a free-kick against him a little too vigorously with the referee.

But the 10 men of Consett made it 5-0 in the 87th minute when Orrell’s cross from the left saw Andrei-Vasile Ardelean volley in from six yards to complete the scoring.

Pearson’s late winner gives Consett the edge over Thornaby in seven-goal League Cup thriller

Dale Pearson’s ninth goal in his last seven games gave Consett a 4-3 win over Thornaby in a cracking League Cup encounter at Belle View Stadium tonight.

The victory means that with one game still to play, the Steelmen are virtually assured of progressing to the knockout stage of the competition.

They had to come from behind twice to claim the three points in the Group D game, with the Teessiders leading twice in the first half.

The visitors opened the scoring after just three minutes when Consett went to sleep at a throw-in. The ball was crossed in deep from the right, headed back into the middle, where Thornaby captain Joe Scaife-Wheatley was on hand to make it 1-0.

It took just four minutes for Consett to level, as Thornaby failed to deal with a corner, and Andrei-Vasile Ardelean headed in from close range to make it 1-1.

It was a good, open game, with both sides intent on attacking, and Pearson almost gave Consett the lead with a cross from the left which caught on the breeze and hit the bar.

Nick Allen almost scored in the 21st minute with a fine acrobatic effort from a left-wing cross, but Thornaby keeper Adrian Beblowski pulled off a superb save, diving low to his right to scoop the ball away.

On the half-hour the keeper then saved well from Pearson, and Consett penalty claims were waved away as Ali Alshabeeb appeared to be fouled as he prepared to finish the loose ball.

Seconds later the Steelmen were behind again, as a swift counter-attack saw Thornaby striker Daniel Chapman make it 2-1.

A minute before half-time it was all square again, as Alshabeeb found Luke Carr at the end of a mazy dribble, and the No 10 finished into the bottom corner.

The first minute of added time saw Consett go in front for the first time, with a superb goal from top scorer Calvin Smith. The midfielder picked the ball up 20 yards out, looked up, and curled an unstoppable effort into the top-right corner to give his side a 3-2 half-time lead.

Thornaby looked dangerous on the break all night, and in the 56th minute Ian Ward made it 3-3 via the underside of the bar.

The last half an hour belonged to Consett, and if it hadn’t been for Thornaby keeper Beblowski, the home side would have enjoyed a comfortable victory.

He made fine saves from Carr, Jake Orrell and Alshabeeb before Dale Pearson got what proved to be the winner in the 80th minute. Carr fed the ball to the in-form striker on the edge of the box, and he unleashed a thunderbolt into the top corner to make it 4-3.

Consett take control of their League Cup group with a win over Bedlington Terriers

Consett went top of Group D in the League Cup tonight with a comfortable 3-1 away win at 2nd Division Bedlington Terriers.

A dominant first-half performance laid the foundations for the victory in the Steelmen’s first visit to Dr Pit Welfare Park since April 2016.

Andrei-Ardelean opened the scoring on 15 minutes with his first goal in 10 games, controlling Jake Stafford’s ball into the box superbly before turning and shooting into the far corner.

A minute later Calvin Smith made it 2-0, firing home from the edge of the box, with his shot beating the keeper with the aid of a wicked bobble. It was the midfielder’s 9th goal of the season – his best-ever tally for the club.

Just before half-time, recent signing Jake Orrell – making his first start after being given his debut as a sub at Stockton on Saturday – made it 3-0.

Jermaine Metz was fouled out wide on the right, and with everyone waiting for Orrell to deliver the free-kick into the box, he spotted a gap at the near post, and beat the keeper from an acute angle.

Jake Orrell accepts the congratulations of his teammates after his free-kick made it 3-0.

Consett had chances to increase their lead in the second half, most notably when Ardelean rolled a shot inches wide after drawing the keeper, pictured, while Orrell hit the bar with a follow-up after unselfishly setting up Ardelean and seeing his initial effort blocked by the keeper.

Substitute Leighton Hopper grabbed a consolation goal for Bedlington in the 88th minute when a long clearance from the keeper sent him clear, and he kept his cool to fire past Kyle Hayes to make the final score 3-1.

Thomas McAloon played the full 90 minutes in his first appearance since rejoining Consett, while latest signing Wouter Verstraaten came on at half-time for his debut.

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  • Full match report and more pictures to follow.

Cup games cause several of Consett’s fixtures to be changed

Despite the fact the new season is just a week old, Consett fans already have a raft of fixture changes to add to their diaries.

For a start, yesterday’s FA Cup draw with Dunston means we will now replay the tie at the UTS Stadium at 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 13. Admission is £7 for adults and £4 for concessions.

This means the home league game which was meant to be played that night against Guisborough Town has been rescheduled, to Tuesday, September 17.

Meanwhile, Whickham’s progress in the FA Cup means our home league game against them, which was due to be on Saturday, August 24, will now take place on Tuesday, August 27 – cup replays permitting, of course.

Finally, Bedlington Terriers have moved their midweek games from Tuesday to Wednesday, which means our League Cup game at Welfare Park will now take place on Wednesday, October 2, a day later than scheduled.