THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Notable kits of yesteryear

blythe1502 May ~ Blyth Spartans began 2005-06 with a new kit manufacturer, Hummel, and main sponsor, Drager, for what would ultimately be the most successful season in the club's history. The German firm specialises in breathing apparatus for the fire services and diving industry and has long been a significant employer in the town. Drager took over from the Federation Brewery whose LCL lager brand adorned the Spartans' green and white shirt on and off for a decade; before that the magazine Viz had been one of the club's main backers.

Club legend Robbie Dale won the FA Pyramid top scorer award as his 37 goals helped drive Blyth to the Unibond Premier Division title. After a whirlwind start to the next season in the Conference North which saw Blyth lead the table, they would eventually finish in seventh place, narrowly missing out on the play-offs.

The manager at the time, Harry Dunn, was still in charge for FA Cup run of 2008-09 when Shrewsbury and Bournemouth were beaten before Blyth went out by a single goal to Sam Allardyce's Blackburn Rovers in the third round. Despite the club earning around £400,000 and widespread national exposure from their Cup exploits, they parted company with Dunn at the end of 2008-09 following a poor league performance. Mark Godfrey

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