Mariners Park additions completed

Two new dugouts and a turnstile block have been installed at Mariners Park as part of planned summer improvement works.

The dugouts have been moved to the side of the pitch closest to the current main stand in order to give quicker access to the dressing rooms and improve the vantage points on the Shaftesbury Avenue side of the ground ahead of the planned installation of a new stand within the next year.

Read Daniel Prince’s article on the Official Club Website HERE.

 

South Shields FC reimbursement of costs – A Fan’s Initiative

Picking up the tab for challenging the FA.

If you’ve been following the developments of the curtailment of the BetVictor Northern Premier League 2019/20 season for steps 3-7, you’ll already know that The divisions were declared ‘null & void’ way back in March without adequate consultation, a decision most of us feel was premature and unjust, as surrounding leagues were allowed a great deal more time to conclude and complete the season on average PPG, highlighting a disjointed inconsistency in the football pyramid, in turn raising serious concerns over the governing body.

Our Chairman Geoff Thompson didn’t take this sitting down, he bravely and boldly challenged the decision – becoming the figurehead of 200+ disgruntled teams who wanted to have a voice heard, and rightly co-signed an appeal to the FA, after ratification by the FA Council.

A legal team was appointed, and the decision was challenged in court – the appeal was sadly rejected, and we lost the case, leaving us with astronomical costs.

Geoff was not only standing up for our Club, but the integrity of Non-League football as a whole. He is now left with an incredible bill to pay, and the last I heard, was going to have to pay the FA’s costs in addition, totalling a ridiculous £200,000.

I for one, and I know I speak for 1000’s of other football fans in the Non-League community, appreciate the efforts made by Geoff and our Club to overturn a crazy decision and make a statement of intent that we will not be walked over.

It’s been heartwarming to see an overwhelming support from the footballing family’s lower leagues, including club chairmen, supporters and media on all social platforms rally together to have one big voice.

I know it’s going to be difficult in these trying and unprecedented times, but I really hope that we can witness the same rallying support financially, in an attempt to recoup at least a percentage of these obscene costs and personally reimburse Geoff Thompson, in a way of appreciation and thanks for trying to stand up for the little people.

Fingers crossed, and I hope we can all help as a community – it’s a monumental ask, but I believe in the amazing Non-League family that we all love being a part of, and I’m confident that it is a realistic goal.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, if you can assist in any way big or small I’m sure it’s going to be appreciated. Please share the appeal with your friends and let’s try to get this to the biggest footballing audience as possible, far and wide.

Stay safe everyone, and let’s look forward to getting back to our team’s grounds and getting behind them again for 2020/21 whenever it’s safe to do so. ⚽️

UP THE MARINERS!

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New home and away kits available to pre-order

South Shields’ new home and away kits for the 2020-21 season are now available to pre-order online.

Supporters are able to order the kits online via the club’s new online shop, which will be viewed by clicking here.

Home and away shirts are priced at £37 for adults and £32 for juniors, with shorts and socks also available to pre-order.

Training wear is also available to pre-order, with training shirts, hoodies, zip tops and rainjackets among the items which appear on the online shop.

All items are pre-order only at this stage, with the stock expected to arrive at Mariners Park ready for collection and deliveries from mid-August.