Ex-Sunderland keeper signs for Blyth Spartans

New Blyth Spartans signing Tony Norman
New Blyth Spartans signing Tony Norman
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Former Sunderland stopper Tony Norman has been appointed the new goalkeeper coach at Blyth Spartans.

The vastly experienced 57-year-old has already started work at Croft Park and he says he is "delighted" to have joined the club.

Norman played for Hull City between 1983 and 1988 and holds a club record of 226 consecutive appearances out of a total of 372. He was transferred to Sunderland and played for them at Wembley in the FA Cup Final when the Black Cats lost to Liverpool 2-0.

He is the only Sunderland keeper to have played at Wembley twice and he turned out for them 198 times.

Norman, who represented Wales five times, left Sunderland in 1995 to play for Huddersfield and retired in 1997 aged 39.

"I’m delighted to be at Blyth, to be honest," said Norman.

"It’s a smashing move for me and I was more than happy to join after manager Tom Wade asked me.

"Training with the lads is going really well. Both Fabian [Otte] and Adam [McHugh] are at a good age to develop well. This is the time they can learn and improve. They are both good keepers but everyone can improve by slight tweaks here and there.

"But they’re both hungry to get better, they listen and are not afraid of hard work. I told them from the start it would be hard work but enjoyable!

"When I trained I used to feel invigorated afterwards and I hope the lads will too."

Tony played against Blyth for Hull City in 1980 in three memorable FA Cup 2nd round games at Hull, then a replay at Croft Park before a deciding replay, which Blyth lost, at Leeds United’s Elland Road.