The club mini bus will unfortunately not be available for the transport of supporters to the pre-season friendly fixtures, and probably also during the season due to a possible usage requirement for the players to alleviate transport problems.

Hence the post concerning empty seats in cars, for the attention of drivers intending to travel to games, that may be available for those without transport that will help this situation whilst the club plays its home games at Peterlee.

The assistance and co-operation of those able to please help is very much requested and would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

The club now is in process of the removal of all its effects from Filtrona Park, for transport to its Peterlee temporary home at the Eden Lane Community Sports Facility, or storage locally for the return to Shields.

With the final vestiges of this now in being, the last act of its 21 years sojourn at its former home closes and is consigned to history and memories.

On a personal note, Filtrona Park has been the home to some of the finest memories of my 25+ year football career, and its with a heavy heart that the door closes on this chapter for our home town club.

Long live South Shields FC ! !

– From Simon ‘Cat’ Parkin.

South Shields are exempt from the first round of the FA Vase, which takes place on September 7.

In the second round, to be played on September 21, the Mariners are drawn at home to play Billingham Town.