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New management for Moors hospitality

Spennymoor Town has strengthened the hospitality offering across its venues with the addition of an experienced Group General Manager.

Matthew Hannon, 35, has joined the club after spending 10 years at Bowburn Hall, part of club partner Ramside Estates.

Hannon, from Durham, started this week with a remit to further enhance events and hospitality performance across The Brewery Field, The new Sports Bar and the Moors Tavern.

He joins after a successful decade as Duty Manager with Bowburn.

Tony Wilson, Managing Director at Spennymoor Town FC, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Matthew into the club.  He’s going to add a boat load of experience in driving operational excellence, having come from a company with such pedigree.

“He will be looking at what we offer through the Tavern on a non-matchday as well as what our wonderful new Sports Bar’s offer will be.

“Matthew has worked with Ramside on our matchdays already for a couple of years.  He was the absolute perfect fit when we created this role and quickly made himself the clear choice to hire.  We wish him every success with the club.”

Hannon has expressed his delight at joining a club he has followed for many years with an opportunity to positively affect its upward momentum.

He said: “When the opportunity arose to join a club with the ambition that Spennymoor has, with all the infrastructure that is in place, it was a no-brainer for me.

“I am looking forward to being a part of a football club and I feel that the experience I can bring will help us offer more for supporters, both in the quality of our hospitality and the frequency of events and engagement opportunities.”


Ellison moves onto second loan spell

Spennymoor youngster Craig Ellison has joined Ryhope CW for his second loan spell of the season.

The short-term, three-month loan will see the 18-year-old continue to learn his trade with the Northern League Division One outfit.

Ellison, who earned a six-month contract with Premier League Burnley last season, has appeared eight times for Shildon whilst on loan, but struggled to get the game time he needed.  The striker signed a first-team contract with the Moors at the start of the 2018/19 campaign after an impressive pre season and has drawn praise from the club’s management team.

Jason Ainsley, Manager of Spennymoor Town, said: “It’s important for Craig to continue his footballing education as he matures, and we want him to be playing week-in, week-out.

“Having a second loan spell allows him to do this, so we’re pleased Ryhope will give him that opportunity.

“Good luck to Craig at Ryhope, I’m sure he’ll be popular there.”


Double swoop bolsters Ainsley’s options

Spennymoor Town have added two more new faces as Jason Ainsley puts the finishing touches to his squad for the 2018/19 campaign.

Goalkeeper Chris Elliott and attacker Kevin Hayes signed over the weekend and are available for selection ahead of tonight’s clash with neighbours Darlington.

Elliott, 26, left Alfreton at the end of 2017/18 and has been training with Spennymoor for weeks, finally putting pen to paper before the season opener at Chester, where he was named amongst the substitutes.

Hayes, meanwhile, joins fresh from his unforgettable FA Vase experience with Stockton Town in May, where he walked out onto the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium.  The tricky and versatile attacker is at home anywhere across the front line but was predominantly used out wide in his two seasons with the Anchors.

The 19-year-old travelled with the team to Chester and took part in the warm up, but will be hoping to land a spot in the squad for the Darlington clash tonight.

Jason Ainsley is pleased with the additions, which he feels were essential to bring competition to the squad.

“Kevin is someone we have watched several times and he has impressed every time we have seen him play.  We watched him during pre-season and it looked as though we might miss out after he really impressed on trial with Harrogate Town.  Fortunately for us that didn’t pan out.

“Paul Midgley was instrumental in bringing Kevin to the club, having worked with him at Stockton.  Kevin can play across the forward line and just behind, so he gives us a great option.  He can go both ways and is very quick.

“At just 19 years of age he says his goals are to learn and improve his game, so hopefully he’ll be able to do that with us at Spennymoor.

“I’d personally like to thank Martin, the Chairman, and Michael, the Manager of Stockton Town, for helping the transfer to go through as smoothly as possible.”

Elliott training with Moors ahead of the new season


Goalkeeper Elliott started his career with Bradford City, before having spells with Harrogate Town and Alfreton last season.  With Matt Gould the only ‘keeper in the squad, Elliott represents both cover for and another option to provide competition.

Ainsley said: “It was important to bring in a goalkeeper who I believe will provide competition for Matty and in Chris I believe we have just that.

“He has National League North experience and he’s very vocal.  He’s a great addition and I’m pleased he chose to sign for us ahead of other clubs who were interested.”

You could catch a glimpse of Hayes and Elliott at tonight’s game against Darlington in the Vanarama National League North.  Adult tickets are £14, Concessions are £9, Under 18s are £4 and Under 10s are free with a paying adult.


THANK YOU for your support

The Club would like to thank the generous volunteers and businesses who have supported us this week to try and get tomorrow’s Vanarama National League North fixture vs Leamington to take place.

We had more than 50 people in total over the course of the week volunteer their time to help roll out pitch covers and clear snow from the pitch and the surrounding area.

We would also like to thank James Burrell Builders Merchants and Buildbase UK for the donation of snow shovels, wheelbarrows and clearing equipment, which has contributed to protecting the pitch and clearing the stands this week.


There is no pitch inspection planned at the moment, but a health and safety assessment will take place this evening to determine whether the game against Leamington should go ahead.

PITCH INSPECTION | Time confirmed for early check

Tomorrow’s essential pitch inspection ahead of Spennymoor Town’s FA Trophy replay with Bromley will take place at 8:30AM.

The results of the inspection and their impact on the playing of the tie will be communicated as soon as a conclusion is reached.

This is intended to prevent any wasted journeys for players, officials or fans.

Results will be publicised via Twitter, Facebook and this webpage.




FUTURE FAN SCHEME | U18s go free in February


Spennymoor Town FC has removed entry fees for all young people under the age of 18 for its four home fixtures in February.

The “Future Fan Scheme” discount applies to home league games (excluding the FA Trophy) this month and will be valid from this Saturday’s match against former Football League giants Kidderminster Harriers.

With the Spennymoor team occupying a playoff berth in the National League North, fresh from promotion into the league, the club is making a concerted effort to improve attendances and attract more supporters of all ages to The Brewery Field.

Bradley Groves, Chief Executive of Spennymoor Town FC, said: “Our fans have shown terrific support throughout the season and we are going to need them now more than ever.

“We have four more home games during February and we hope to see as many people there supporting us as possible.

“We’re acutely aware of making Spennymoor Town an attractive proposition for younger people, so the Future Fan Scheme aims to create a new generation of supporters, whilst also boosting our attendances short-term.”

Jason Ainsley salutes the home fans at The Brewery Field

Jason Ainsley, Manager at Spennymoor Town, said: “Many don’t understand just how significant the impact of a good, supportive crowd is at this level of football.

“Our fans have been incredible all season.  The scenes when they followed us in huge numbers to Bootham Crescent in York made for a special day.  They’ve made The Brewery Field a fortress and the players and I really appreciate it.

“We hope this scheme attracts even more young people to experience the hugely enjoyable atmosphere at Spennymoor Town.”


The home games this offer applies to include:

  • Kidderminster Harriers (10 Feb)
  • Nuneaton Town (17 Feb)
  • AFC Telford (20 Feb)
  • Boston United (27 Feb)


NOTE: ID may be requested on entry to The Brewery Field as proof of age.



Moors launch crowdfunder to boost ground development fund

Spennymoor fans and non-league football supporters can now contribute to a crowdfunder to aid ground developments at The Brewery Field.  

These improvements include increases to capacity, an extra 503 seats, new turnstiles, new terracing, officials’ rooms, a spectator first aid room, a new PA and CCTV system.

They are essential to allow the club to take part in the National League North playoffs, which has become a significant possibility through its excellent league performance.

Clearly, such dramatic developments will come at a significant cost to the club.  Spennymoor Town FC is proud to be embedded in the heart of the community and will endeavour to continue to be an asset for Spennymoor and County Durham.  To this end, the club is asking fans to donate anything they can to help drive these improvements.

Club Captain Chris Mason shows off the fans’ plaque on the wall at the main stand.

Today, a Crowdfunder campaign has launched online.  It will run alongside the season-long “Chuck It In The Bucket” collections on match days and all proceeds will be added to the ground development fund.  The total so far from the bucket collections stands at £914.32.

Mike Rowcroft, Head of Supporter Engagement, said: “We enjoy a great relationship with our fans, who showed the club significant support last season to refurbish our existing seats.  We’ve installed a commemorative plaque on the north side of the Ramside Estates Main Stand, which lists the name of everyone who gave to the fund.

“Firstly, I’d like to thank those who have already contributed this season through Chuck It In The Bucket, whether they be Spennymoor or visiting fans.

“The club is showing real ambition to thrive at the next level and I hope our fans, and fans of North East football in general, can give us a helping hand in achieving our goals.”


You can contribute via the Crowdfunder page here.



£30 Platinum Club entry for FA Trophy tie

Experience the most exclusive way to watch Spennymoor Town at an accessible price


You can watch our big FA Trophy game against National League South side East Thurrock United from the Platinum Club for just £30 this Saturday.

– Champagne reception on arrival
– Access to the Platinum Club Suite from 1:30PM and players’ marquee post-match
– Two-course hot buffet provided by award-winning caterers Ramside Estates
– Free match programme and team sheet
– Private bar
– Reserved stand seating
Enjoy Moors’ FA Trophy run in style.
Simply email [email protected] to enquire.
If you have questions, you can phone 0191 500 5700 Mon-Fri 9-5.