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Back From the Brink – The Rise and Rise of South Shields Football Club

 

With two successive promotions, recent attendances in excess of 3000 fans, match day executive boxes and record club merchandise sales the rise of South Shields Football club is one of the biggest stories in North East football.

Contrast this to just three years ago when the club were languishing towards the bottom of Northern League division 2, having been evicted from their ground due to not being able to pay the lease on Filtrona Park and with average attendances of around 60 fans.

This remarkable turn around began in the summer of 2015 when local businessman Geoff Thompson bought both the club and stadium which has been renamed Mariners Park.

Last season the club made a statement of their ambition with the signing of former Sunderland and Middlesbrough favourite Julio Arca. Arca’s presence has proven to be a catalyst both on the pitch and in attracting fans old and new to the club.

Having played Northern League football myself, including against South Shield’s at Filtrona, the changes taking place at the club are truly remarkable.

In a season in which Sunderland and Middlesbrough lost their premier league status and Hartlepool were relegated from the football league it is good to see the progress being made by one North East club.

With plans announced by the chairman  for a new £10 million stadium and an ambition to play National league football, I was keen to speak to fans to get their perspective on their dramatic rise.

What better to place to find out about the South Shields revolution than in the Northern League cup final in a derby fixture with fierce rivals North Shields.

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