On Saturday 22nd July kick-off 3pm, FC United travel to the North East of England to play FA Vase finalist South Shields in a pre-season friendly. The match will be plays at Mariners Park, which is situated east of Newcastle, just south of the River Tyne.
Saturday 22nd July kick-off 3pm
South Shields FC v FC United
South Shields, NE32 3UP
Admission is pay on the gate
£8 Adult, £6 Concession and /£4 under 16.
Next season South Shields FC will play in the Northern Premier League Division One North (Step 4) having been crowned Champions of the Northern League last season, losing just two league matches all season. They also won the Northern League Cup and Durham Challenge Cup this season.
On Sunday 21st May South Shields won the FA Vase beating Cleethorpes 4-0 at Wembley.
In 2013 the club celebrated its 125th anniversary, but also found itself homeless after the lease on Filtrona Park, where it had played since 1992, expired. With no alternatives in the local area, the club was forced to temporarily move to Peterlee, 20 miles away. As a result, crowds dropped to an average of about 50 and the club faced a real battle to survive.
A seven-strong committee kept the club alive during an extremely difficult two-year spell in Peterlee, before local businessman Geoff Thompson came on board and offered to help. He ended up doing much more than that, buying Filtrona Park (which he renamed Mariners Park) and moving the club back there, becoming chairman in the process. Since then the Mariners have won back-to-back promotions and are a club very much on the rise.
Those small attendances are now a thing of the past, with two crowds of more than 3,000 recorded at Mariners Park this season, and an average of more than 1,250.
The joint managers are Lee Picton and Graham Fenton, who led the team on a remarkable run of 32 consecutive victories earlier this season. Former Sunderland and Middlesbrough star Julio Arca leads the way in midfield.
For a full history of South Shields visit
First Posted ~ 12:00 Tue 16 May 2017
News ID ~ 7453
Last Updated ~ 13:23 Thu 1 Jun 2017