A presentation night was held earlier this month to celebrate the achievements of South Shields’ junior teams.
The event was held at The Mile Bar, in South Shields, on Sunday, July 20.
It follows a memorable season for many teams within the Mariners set-up.
The Under-10s finished fourth in their Mini Soccer League (RFYL) and have just won a trophy in a World Cup competition held at Monkton Stadium, in Jarrow, winning their final 5-4.
For the Under-12s, last season was their first in the league (RFYL), and they are are going to 11-a-side football in the new season.
The Under-13s play in the Pinpoint League against teams from North of the Tyne. They reached their League Cup final and were narrowly beaten in the final.
The Under-14s won their division (RFYL) after being formed just before the start of the 2013-14 season. They won every league game and finished with a plus 151 goal difference.
The Under-14 AC Raiders finished third in the Chase Holmes Premier League last season after being promoted the season before.
The Under-15 Raiders play in the Russell Foster Youth League, and will start the season in Division 3.
The Under-14s Raiders won the Chase Holmes Premier League with a 100% win record, and also won the Premier League Cup with a 4-0 win against South Shields United (not part of the club).
By Daniel Prince
South Shields retained the Sam Bartram Memorial Cup by coming from behind to beat Boldon CA 3-1 at the Villa.
Makeshift striker Colin White scored twice for the Mariners, while substitute Barry Marshall scored the other as Jon King’s side recovered from going in 1-0 behind at half-time.
Anton Crann gave the home side the lead on 13 minutes when his free-kick deflected in off the post.
The first half was even, though, with both teams failing to create many clear-cut chances.
Barrie Smith sent a long-range effort over the bar for Shields, while goalkeeper Brett Wilson did well at the other end to keep out a 20-yard shot.
A short-corner routine almost reaped dividends for the Mariners just after the half-hour, but Chris Feasey’s cross was blocked by the goalkeeper.
Andy Renton should have levelled the scores six minutes before the break.
A ball over the top was flicked on by White perfectly into Renton’s path, but after trying to round the goalkeeper, he saw his shot saved.
That ensured the sides went at half-time level, but Renton immediately set about changing that after the restart.
He cut in from the left and unleashed a curling right-foot shot which came back off the bar, while White saw a low shot saved on 48 minutes.
It seemed just a matter of time before Shields equalised, and two minutes later, they did.
A superb run and cross from Chris Locke on the right was slid in by fellow substitute Marshall in the six-yard box.
On 57 minutes, the Mariners took the lead.
After White was fouled on the right near the corner flag, Barrie Smith’s free-kick was sent into the perfect area. The towering White nodded it in, and that was not to be his last activity in front of goal.
On the hour mark, Abu Salim’s cross found Marshall in the box, but he was off balance and skewed his shot wide.
It could have been 3-1 to Shields on 66 minutes after Marshall controlled a Locke cross, turned and then fired at goal, but the Boldon goalkeeper did well to palm it over.
Two minutes later, though, the game-clinching goal was scored by White.
A terrific through ball sent him in on goal on the right of the box, and he slotted it into the opposite corner.
Boldon saw two shots from range go just over, while Salim could have made it four for Shields, but failed to round the goalkeeper. The ball was then played back to Smith, and his shot went well wide.
The Mariners had done enough to clinch the cup, though, as they completed their pre-season preparations in good style.
They kick-off the new Ebac Northern League Division Two season at Willington, on August 9.
South Shields team: Wilson, Stephenson (Locke 38), Feasey, Burn, Halliday (Stephenson 75), Houshby (Marshall 38), Renton (Salim 52), Smith (c), Maitland (Black 52), Molloy, White (Houshby 73).
South Shields and Boldon CA will compete for the Sam Bartram Memorial Cup tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Boldon Colliery Welfare Ground.
Here, club committee member Bob Wray looks at the life of Bartram, who is now the subject of the annual event.
Sam was born in Simonside, South Shields, on January 22, 1914. The family had a green grocers shop on Green Lane by the bridge, not far from where the Simonside Social Club now is…
He died in Harpenden, London, on July 17, 1981, aged 67 years.
Boldon Colliery School and Sunderland School Boys, Durham County School Boys. Hylton Colliery Welfare, December 1931. Sunderland AFC as an amateur. Chester-le-Street, Jarrow, Boldon Villa, Boldon Colliery Welfare, Reading trial March 1933. Easington Colliery Welfare, late 1933. North Shields July 1934. Signed for Charlton Athletic September 1934-1956.
York City manager March 1956-July 1960, Luton Town manager July 1960-June 1962, and thereafter became a sports reporter for the ‘Sunday People’ for some years and as a private business had a sports shop.
His signing for Charlton was following the Tyne Alliance League Challenge Cup Final Replay on Saturday, April 21, 1934 at the Harton Colliery Athletic enclosure on Green Lane, South Shields, between Boldon Villa and Pyman’s.
Boldon Villa’s regular ‘keeper was injured and aspiring goalkeeper and team left half Sam persuaded the club to let him play in goal, and the rest as they say is history…….
At one time he worked in a coal mine, and liked tennis as a sport a well as football, and originally only took up goalkeeping in an emergency club situation.
In WW2, he guested with Notts County 1939/40. Bournemouth 40/41. Liverpool 40/41. Brentford 41/42. Crystal Palace 41/42. York City 42/43. Bradford City 42/43. Birmingham (not the one known as City!) 42/43. West Ham Utd. Jan 1943. Crewe Alexandra 44/45. Millwall March 1945, and RAF football during his WW2 service.
He never got a full England international cap! He did, however, win unofficial England caps on three occasions during the war and the FA also on six occasions 1939-1951.
FA Cup Winner 1947. Finalist 1946. League Cup South Winner 1944. Finalist 1945. Represented the FA and the RAF.
Sam was one of the greatest goalkeepers NEVER to be capped in a full international for his country.
He played for 22 years with Charlton Athletic and was never dropped or rested during this time, a remarkable achievement.
A 9-foot bronze stature was unveiled just outside the club ground of The Valley in 2005 in honour of his memory, on the occasion of the club’s 100th birthday.
The Sam Bartram Memorial Trophy was presented by his daughter Moira (in 2008 for an annual challenge match to perpetuate his memory locally) who lives in Canada to commemorate a most famous career of her illustrious father, who is one of the game’s greatest ever and much loved players, and who is an absolute legend at Charlton Athletic, where he made a most remarkable total of 623 appearances.