The club is delighted to confirm a friendly has been arranged against Blyth Spartans at Mariners Park this coming Tuesday.

The game will be South Shields’ last of pre-season, and will take place at 7.30pm.

It is sure to be a stern test for the Mariners against Blyth, who are established as one of the leading non-league clubs in the North East.

Tom Wade’s side finished sixth in the Northern Premier League Premier Division last season, and enjoyed a tremendous run in the FA Cup, reaching the third round of the competition.

In the second round, they earned a famous win at Hartlepool United live on the BBC, while their match-winner that day, Jarrett Rivers, has since earned a move to League One side Blackpool.

Blyth’s win over Hartlepool secured them a place in the prestigious third round, where they hosted Championship outfit Birmingham City, who they led 2-0 at half-time before eventually succumbing to a 3-2 defeat.

Further updates regarding admission prices for Tuesday’s friendly will be made in due course.

The earlier-arranged friendly against Norton and Stockton Ancients has since been cancelled.

By Daniel Prince

Goalkeeper Gareth Young says it is “happy days” after he completed a move to South Shields.

The 28-year-old, who has played for the likes of Spennymoor Town, Bishop Auckland, Durham City and Ryhope during his career, has impressed during pre-season with the Mariners.

He will now compete with fellow new boy Ryan Beal and Steven Hubery for the No1 spot next season in Ebac Northern League Division Two.

In the video above, Young discusses his move to the club, describes his style as a player and talks about his career so far.

The club is delighted to confirm the signings of five new players after they impressed during pre-season.

Ryan Beal

Goalkeepers Gareth Young (main picture) and Ryan Beal (above) have joined South Shields from Spennymoor Town and West Allotment Celtic respectively, and are now set to compete with Steven Hubery for the No1 jersey at Mariners Park.

Adam Curry

Left-back Adam Curry (above), formerly of Seaham Red Star Under-18s, has also completed a move to the Mariners, while midfielder Adam Sakr (below) has joined after leaving Bishop Auckland.

Adam Sakr

A further addition to the squad is midfielder Kenny Ball (below), who has returned to Shields having played 13 times for the club in his first spell at Mariners Park.

Kenny Ball

We would like to welcome all five players to the club, and wish them all an extremely successful time at Shields.