A record attendance and a new goalscoring record have been set in the last 7 days as Birtley continue their excellent season both on and off the pitch. 

518 supporters flocked to the Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium to watch The Hoops beat local rivals Chester-le-Street Town 2-0 on Friday. The attendance was the third time that Birtley have broken their attendance record this season. An initial 409 supporters watched our early season home fixture against Chester-le-Street Town. This figure was then beaten when 432 fans crammed into the Arrowmark for the FA Vase game against Newton Aycliffe. 

Birtley have the highest average attendance in Northern League Division Two.

Chairman Paul Beat was delighted with another record crowd and three points to cap off a brilliant evening for both the club and the town. “Friday night was a fantastic night for the club, and the town as well to be honest. I’ve spoken to several people who couldn’t make it and they’ve commented on all of the cars/traffic and also people walking through the town to get to the game as well. There’s a bit of a buzz going on and long may it continue.”

“A few of us joked before Christmas about whether we thought it’d be possible to beat our 432 attendance record again this season. To be honest, we didn’t think it would be possible, but to add almost another 20% onto that is outstanding, we’re so glad that the lads put in a performance on the pitch and got the result as well.”

“I have to say again, and I won’t ever tire or apologise for this, our volunteers were outstanding all day and night. From the social media team advertising the game, to prep, parking, gatehouse, kitman and clubhouse. We’ve had messages complimenting how smoothly it ran, despite the extra numbers. Huge thank you to all of them for their support.”

“Now we’ve just got to keep our heads down and work game by game, home and away to see how far we can go. Hopefully we can keep the buzz around the place as the atmosphere both on and off the pitch is as good as I’ve seen here in years.”

Rutledge breaks club goalscoring record!

The evening was capped off when ex-Birtley forward Paul Terrell attended the game to present current number 9 Aidan Rutledge with an award for breaking another club record. Tez scored an astonishing 41 goals in 34 appearances during the 02/03 campaign to set a club record for the highest number of goals scored in all competitions within one season. The record has stood for nearly 20 years until Rutledge smashed in another hat-trick away at Billiingham Town to record his 42nd, 43rd and 44th goals of the season. Rutledge then tucked away his 45th goal of the season against Chester-le-Street Town and with 15 games remaining he has the chance to further cement his record for years to come. 

Aidan Rutledge collects his award from Paul Bryson and former record holder Paul Terrell.

Manager Paul Bryson was thrilled that Tez could attend and present Aidan with his award. “Tez was a player, I was at Birtley when he scored all those goals in the 02/03 season. What a goalscorer he was. I am delighted he has come back tonight to present Aidan with his award and see how much the club is moving forward. I have had a little joke with him that I setup at least 40 of his 41 goals that season!”

“To go out and break this record across the season is remarkable but to do with 15 games remaining is astonishing. Aidan has been absolutely brilliant for us. He has a great partnership with Glen and he’s a really popular lad in our dressing room. I know how well thought of he is by everyone at the club from the players, to the volunteers and obviously we couldn’t be happier with his season so far. With 15 games to go I am sure he will build on his 45 goals so far as we push towards the end of the season.”