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

South Shields supporters eagerly watch their team on the attack in the Northern League cup final.

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 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 now 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 interest in the club.

Julio Arca played 293 league games for Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Having played Northern League football myself the changes taking place at the club are truly remarkable and a far cry from my memories of playing at Filtrona.

With Sunderland and Middlesbrough having lost their Premier League status and Hartlepool relegated from the Football League, it is good to see the progress being made by at least 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 the dramatic upturn in fortunes.

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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