Five places to get your football fix during the international break

Written by on 9th November 2023

Starting November 13, England’s top football leagues will experience a temporary pause, as players jet off to represent their national teams. Fans will have to wait until November 24 for the Championship to resume and November 25 for Premier League football. Eleven days without football may be too much for some fans, luckily there are plenty of alternatives to Premier League and Championship football in the North East.

Unfortunately, there will be a lack of high-level women’s football in the North East over the break. Sunderland AFC Women, Newcastle United WFC, South Shields WFC, Gateshead FC Ladies and Spennymoor Town Ladies FC are all playing away. But here are a few possible games to tide you over during the international break.

South Shields vs Curzon Ashton (Tuesday November 21, 19:45)

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Fresh off a win against league leaders Tamworth, South Shields are looking to build on their great run of form.  The Mariners have kept eight consecutive clean sheets at home and will be eager to make it nine.

Two wins in their last five games see Curzon Ashton sitting mid-table. However, a 2-1 win against high-flying Spennymoor Town in their last game may be the confidence builder they needed.

Match Info – 

1st Cloud Arena, Shaftesbury Ave, South Shields, Jarrow NE32 3UP

Tuesday November 21, 07:45 PM

National League North

Adult £14, Concession £9, Child 13-16 £5, Child 12 & Under £5 (Standing)

Adult £16, Concession £11, Child 13-16 £7, Child 12 & Under £5 (Seated)

Sunderland RCA vs Tow Law Town (Saturday November 18, 15:00)

A bottom-of-the-table clash, both Sunderland RCA and Tow Law Town are still searching for their first win of the season. Now a third of the way through the season, a lone draw has been the highlight for both teams. The pair will be desperate to pick up three points, making the game a proper relegation six-pointer.

Match Info – 

Beechbrooke, Ryhope, Sunderland SR2 0NZ

Northern League Division 1

Adults £7, Concessions £5

Hebburn Town FC vs Sheffield FC (Saturday November 18, 15:00)

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Hebburn Town are looking to continue their fine form as they welcome Sheffield FC. Hebburn are currently top of the table, but Belper Town are hot on their heels. A win against Sheffield is vital to extend their lead at the top. Sheffield are currently bottom of the league. However, if they can take advantage of their games in hand, they can lift themselves from the bottom.

Match Info – 

Hebburn Sports Ground NE31 1UN

Northern Premier League East

Adults £8, Concession £6, U16-U13 £2, U12 free

North Shields vs Penrith (Saturday November 18, 15:00)

North Shields FC Stadium. Credit: Chris Thornley (SportsByte)

North Shields are firmly in the race for promotion. They are currently four points off Birtley Town in third and will be looking to add to their points tally next Saturday. Points have been hard to come by for Penrith so far, making every game a must-win if they want to climb up the table.

Match Info – 

Silkey’s Lane, North Shields NE29 0SS

Sunday November 18, 13:30 PM

EBAC Northern League Division One

Adults £8. Concessions (Senior Citizens) £5. Children £2.

Spennymoor Town FC vs Mickleover FC (Saturday November 18, 15:00)

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FA Trophy action sees Spennymoor Town take on lower-league opponents for the chance to progress to the next round. Spennymoor are currently fifth in the National League, the fifth tier of English football, and the favourites to win this game. However, their opponents shouldn’t be underestimated. Mickleover only play in the division below Spennymoor, where they are currently top of the table. No doubt Mickleover will be looking to cause an upset.

Match Info – 

Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6JN

FA Trophy

Adults £12, Concessions £8 (over 60s), U18’s £4

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