Anthony Nelson introduced to crowd ahead of Birtley game

Anthony Nelson introduced to crowd ahead of Birtley game

The club was delighted to welcome Commonwealth, English and Northern Area boxing champion Anthony Nelson to Saturday’s game against Birtley Town.

Nelson 1 smallerAnthony is an example of a superb South Shields sporting success, and the football club recently announced a partnership with the boxer, nicknamed ‘Babyface’.

The Mariners will sponsor the talented super-flyweight ahead of his next bout, which he hopes will be a high-profile TV contest.

Ahead of the Birtley game, Anthony was introduced to the 900+ crowd at Mariners Park, and then watched the game from the O’Brien Lounge with Mal Gates, who trains him at the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare Ground.

Nelson 2smallerAt half-time, he was brought back onto the pitch with South Shields midfielder Julio Arca, who himself is in training for a charity boxing match at the Rainton Meadows Arena in May.

Anthony brought all three of his title belts with him to Mariners Park, and displayed them proudly for the crowd to see.

After the partnership was announced last month, South Shields FC managing director Michael Orr said: “This is a great example of two sports joining together with the common aim of promoting sporting achievement, whilst raising the profile of the town of South Shields to a wider audience.

“Having met Anthony, I have no doubt he will reward our contribution with the utmost dedication and determination to achieve his ambitions. We wish him all the success he deserves.”

Below is a slideshow of images from Anthony’s visit to Mariners Park, as captured by Peter Talbot. They can be viewed in full here: In Pictures – Anthony Nelson at Mariners Park

Created with flickr slideshow.