Northumberland and North Tyneside non-league football clubs ranked by number of Twitter followers

Football supporters love to debate the size of their club’s fan base, very often in comparison to their biggest rivals.

Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 3:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th October 2019, 5:56 pm
Non-League football
Non-League football

Twitter gives us one way of doing so by comparing number of followers they have so, for example, Newcastle United can boast 1.4million while Sunderland have 914,600.

Both big clubs, no question, although the numbers pale into comparison with the global giants of the game such as Real Madrid (33m), Barcelona (30.9m), Manchester United (20.3m), Arsenal (15m), Chelsea (13.4m) and Liverpool (12.6m).

But what about the other end of the footballing spectrum?

Blyth Spartans Twitter followers: 21,300 Currently playing in the National League North and managed by former Newcastle and Sunderland player Lee Clark, the club is most notable for its cup exploits, most famously the 1977–78 FA Cup campaign, in which they went all the way to the 5th round only to be beaten by Wrexham in a replay at St James' Park. Website: www.blythspartans.com Address: Croft Park, Plessey Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3JE

Ahead of Non-League Day on Saturday, October 12 – coinciding with the international break – we take a look at the non-league sides between Tyne and Tweed and the Twiter following they have. Who has the bragging rights?

Find out where your club ranks…. but remember it’s success on the pitch that counts!

Berwick Rangers Twitter followers: 12,600 Best known until this season as the only English club plying its trade in the Scottish Football League, relegation has resulted in Berwick Rangers dropping into the Scottish Lowland League. Website: berwickrangers.com/ Address: Shielfield Park, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 2EF
Whitley Bay Twitter followers: 11,400 Most famously, winners of the FA Vase in 2001–02, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, they now play in the Northern League Division One. Website: www.whitleybayfc.com Address: Hillheads Park, Rink Way, Whitley Bay, NE25 8HR.
North Shields Twitter followers: 11,100 FA Vase (Winners): 2014/15, North Shields currently compete in Northern League Division One. Website: www.northshieldsfc.co.uk Address: Daren Persson Stadium, Ralph Gardner Park, NE29 OLH.
Ashington Twitter followers: 9,479 The town which famously brought us Jackie Milburn and Bobby and Jackie Charlton. Ashington Association Football Club are currently members of the Northern League Division One. Website: www.ashingtonafc.com Address: Woodhorn Lane, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9FW
Newcastle Benfield Twitter followers: 9,069 Newcastle Benfield, founded in 1988 as Brunswick Village, now play in Northern League Division 1. They were champions in 2008/9. Website: www.newcastlebenfield.com Address: Sam Smith's Sports Ground, Chesterwood, off Benfield Road, Newcastle, NE6 4NU.
Bedlington Terriers Twitter followers: 7,077 The club are currently members of the Northern League Division Two but had a fine period of success in the 1990s and early 2000s, winning the Northern League for five successive seasons and reaching the final of the FA Vase in 1998/9. Website: www.bedlingtonterriers.com Address: Doctor Pit Welfare Park, Park Road, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 5DA
Heaton Stannington Twitter followers: 5,726 Heaton Stannington are currently members of the Northern League Division Two. They were Northern Alliance Premier Division champions in 2011–12 and 2012–13. Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/heatonstanningtonfc2 Address: Grounsell Park, High Heaton, NE7 7HP
Alnwick Town Twitter followers: 5,672 Formed in 1879, Alnwick Town are one of the oldest football clubs in England, and have been at St James' Park since 1901. After many years in the Northern League, Alnwick are now back in the Northern Alliance, where the club experienced its glory days back in the 1960s and 1970s. Website: www.alnwicktownfc.co.uk Address: St James' Park, Weavers Way, Alnwick, NE66 1BG.
Morpeth Town Twitter followers: 4,923 Morpeth Town is currently enjoying the most successful period in the club's history. It won the FA Vase at Wembley in 2015/16, the Northumberland Senior Cup in 2018/19 and is now competing in the BetVictor Premier Division. Website: www.morpethtownfc.com Address: Craik Park, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2YX
Wallsend Boys Club Twitter followers: 3,925 Wallsend Boys Club has a fascinating and colourful history, originally founded by the Swan Hunter Shipbuilders in 1904. The club is well known for producing professional footballers, including Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick and Steve Bruce. The adult team plays in the Northern Alliance Division 1. Website: www.wallsendboysclub.org.uk/football/ Address: Kirkley Park, Rheydt Ave, Wallsend, Newcastle, NE28 8SX
Spittal Rovers Twitter followers: 3,930 Spittal Rovers reformed in 2015, having previously folded in 2006 following over two decades in the Northern Alliance Football League. Now the Seasiders are back playing in the league's second division. Website: www.spittalroversfc.co.uk Address: Swan Centre, Tweedmouth, Berwick.
Hexham FC Twitter followers: 2,127 Hexham FC Hexham FC currently play in the Reeves Independent (Northern Alliance) 1st Division. Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/hexhamfc2 Address: Wentworth Leisure Centre, Wentworth Park, Hexham, NE46 3PD