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Blyth Spartans stars hope for bright future despite Birmingham defeat

The icy morning after the captivating afternoon before, Blyth Spartans’ general manager Ian Evans provided a mini-audit of what another stirring FA Cup run means to a non-league club like Blyth.

Until around 4.45 on Saturday, by when Spartans’ 2-0 half-time lead had become Birmingham City’s 3-2 lead, they were the lowest-ranked and most northerly club left in the FA Cup. That they came so close to knocking out City, five divisions and 120 places above them, barely lessened the drama at Croft Park.

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