Birtley Town will open their 24/25 campaign with a trip across the A66 to Penrith AFC. 

The Hoops make one of the longest journeys of the season as they travel to Penrith on Saturday 27th July. Birtley will be hoping for a similar result to last season when they travel to Cumbria. A Kyle Wharton goal secured all three points in a thrilling 4-3 victory.

The Hoops then travel to North Shields before hosting Tow Law in the first home league game of the season on Saturday 3rd August. Birtley have 8 scheduled games in August including trips to Marske United, Redcar Athletic, Guisborough Town and Boro Rangers.

New manager Reece Chapman can’t wait for the new season to start: “Like many management teams and players involved in the league, my phone was bouncing on Saturday with the release of the fixtures. Everyone looks at the first game and for us its Penrith Away. It’s a tough start – they were fantastic when we visited their place last season, so we’ll need to hit the ground running”.

Birtley travel to Penrith on the opening game of the season

“August looks very busy for everyone in the league but we are likely to put some miles in with visits to Boro Rangers, Marske, Guisborough and Redcar all within three weeks.”

“August also sees the return of the FA Cup and FA Vase. It would be great to get a home tie in one or both of those and have a real good go in the early rounds. Obviously, the draw will be kinder to some than others but lets see what hand we’re dealt and give it our best shot”.

The Hoops host Newcastle Blur Star during the September international weekend with the club expecting to hold a special event for the game. 

“I won’t go through every team, but in September we play all three of the promoted sides from last year’s division 2. I watched all of them a few times last season and have seen the moves they have made in the summer. I’m certain that they will all have good seasons, they will look at what we did with Brysa, Foss and Robin and think there’s no reason why they can’t give Northern League One a real good go”.

The October version of Non-League Day will see Birtley host West Allotment Celtic. The Hoops are scheduled to host Whickham AFC on Boxing Day with the reverse fixture on 4th January. 

“Hopefully we have a decent winter as we welcome Whickham to the Arrowmark on Boxing Day, that should be a fantastic occasion, I’d hope to see a good crowd for that one”.

Birtley finish their league campaign with a home tie against Seaham Red Star. The Hoops will also be looking forward to the upcoming FA Cup and FA Vase draws alongside the return of the Northern League cups. Hoops supporters can look forward to visiting new grounds at Kendal Town in November and Newcastle Blue Star early in the new year. Birtley will also travel to Marske United for their first time since 2010. 

“Ultimately, and every other management team will say the same, but we’ve got to play 42 league games and we’ve got to play everyone twice. Every side will give us a different challenge, but we’ve just got to take it one at a time and give the best version of ourselves”.

Birtley will travel to Marske United for the first time in 14 years.

A full breakdown of the fixture list can be found here. All fixtures are subject to change.