Category Archives: SportsByte

Ken Nottage on his career dilemma before becoming a Sunderland & England basketball star

Originally published on SportsByte on September 15th, 2014.

Ken Nottage was a basketball star in the 80s and 90s, rising to prominence in Milton Keynes before moving to Sunderland, going on to claim over 50 caps for England.

He was the only English player to top the scoring charts in the English League and, after a 19-year career, he held the individual appearance record, having played over 400 games.

But it all very nearly didn’t happen. Continue reading Ken Nottage on his career dilemma before becoming a Sunderland & England basketball star

‘We want this Non-League Day to be the most successful yet’, says North East Ambassador

Originally published by SportsByte on September 2nd 2014.

The North East ambassador for Non-League Day says that he hopes this year’s event will be the most successful yet. Continue reading ‘We want this Non-League Day to be the most successful yet’, says North East Ambassador

Wearside and Northern Leagues gear up for Non-League Day

Originally published on SportsByte on September 1st, 2014.

There will be no Premier League fixture for Sunderland this weekend due to England playing on Wednesday and the following Monday, but fans are being encouraged to turn to non-league to get their football fix.

Non-League Day was set up in 2010 in a bid to get football fans around the country to go and watch non-league football during the international break. Continue reading Wearside and Northern Leagues gear up for Non-League Day

Aussie Rules: Wearside Wallabies shortlisted for Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving grant

Originally published by SportsByte on August 29th 2014.

Sunderland Aussie Rules side Wearside Wallabies have been shortlisted for a prestigious funding grant to help them to continue to grow the sport in the area. Continue reading Aussie Rules: Wearside Wallabies shortlisted for Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving grant

Sunderland fans’ floral tribute to MH17 crash victims delivered to St James’ Park

Originally published on SportsByte on July 22nd 2014.

The fundraising page set up by a Sunderland fan in tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney has now raised £29,000 – and flowers have now been delivered to St James’ Park. Continue reading Sunderland fans’ floral tribute to MH17 crash victims delivered to St James’ Park