Boldon CA vs South Shields XI: Sam Bartram Cup
🏆 Sam Bartram Cup
⚽️ Boldon CA vs South Shields XI
📍 Boldon Colliery Welfare Ground
⏰ 2.30pm, Saturday 12th December
The Mariners go head to head with Boldon CA in the annual Sam Bartram Cup match on Saturday. Shields will make the short journey down the road to play in front of fans for the first time in over a month.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of Saturday’s 2.30pm kick-off.
The annual game between Shields and Boldon honours South Tyneside-born goalkeeping great Sam Bartram.
Bartram started his career playing as a centre-forward or winger, playing non-league football throughout the North East. It wasn’t until he was asked to fill in for an injured goalkeeper before a cup final for Boldon that he began to play between the sticks. Angus Seed, a scout from Charlton Athletic, was watching this game and Bartram’s performance convinced him to recommend the Boldon keeper to his employers.
Batram went on to play for the Addicks for 22 years – excluding the war years – racking up a club record 623 appearances until his retirement in 1956. He is regarded by some as Charlton’s greatest ever player. Although touring Australia with an England XI during 1951, he didn’t make an appearance, burdening him with the unwanted praise as “the finest goalkeeper to never play for England”. He won three unofficial caps for England, though.
Following retirement, he went on to manage York City for 211 games and then moved to Luton Town after four years. He remained at the Bedfordshire outfit for two seasons. A nine-foot statue of Bartram was built outside Charlton’s stadium, The Valley, in 2005 to celebrate the club’s centenary.
Last year, Shields ran out 1-0 winners over Boldon thanks to a goal from Sam Hodgson, and will be hoping to retain the cup on Saturday, following defeat at Ashton United in the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy on Tuesday.
The Mariners last played Boldon in August, winning 3-1 against the Wearside League team in a pre-season friendly at 1st Cloud Arena.
Some familiar faces for South Shields fans are in the opposition’s squad, with Jonny Wightman, Dan Wright and Stephen Ramsey all former Mariners now plying their trade down the road for Boldon. With Ramsey injured, Wightman and Wright could be taking on their former side on Saturday.
Due to the current tier restrictions across the North East because of Covid-19, attendance will be limited to 100, and it’s first come, first served.