Boxing Day derby with Hebburn Town postponed
It is with great regret that the club can confirm the Boxing Day derby with Hebburn Town has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
All tickets are valid for the rearranged date, which will be communicated in due course.
The Boxing Day match was an occasion the club was greatly looking forward to, but unfortunately the adverse weather of the weekend, and rainfall since then, have left the surface saturated.
In line with a Northern League directive regarding the protocol of Boxing Day games, the club has made the decision to call the match off today.
The chances of the surface recovering in time for Saturday’s game were deemed extremely slim, and when the weather forecast of heavy rain between now and then was taken into account, the only decision left was to postpone the match.
The club also took the decision to make the announcement early to give supporters an opportunity to make alternative plans for Boxing Day.
Thanks to your phenomenal support, Mariners Park was once again set to break the attendance record for Northern League Division Two, with a crowd of around 2000 expected.
If you have a ticket, please keep hold of it so you can use it to gain entry to the rearranged fixture. Details of the new date will be released as soon as the Northern League allocates one.
The club apologises for the postponement, but hopes that supporters will understand the situation, and the ultimately impossible challenge it would have had to ensure the game went ahead. The Hebburn game remains one of great excitement for us and we look forward to your magnificent support at the rearranged fixture.
The bar at Mariners Park will be open on Boxing Day from 4pm until late for anyone who would like to come along. Guitarist and vocalist Tony Bengtsson will perform after that, while the match programme from the planned Boxing Day game will be available to buy.
The Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support to date and wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.