Celebrating Non-League Day at South Shields FC
Saturday’s game against Stafford Rangers at 1st Cloud Arena coincides with Non-League Day.
This is a special day on the calendar for all teams which sit below the Football League, with supporters from across the country encouraged to attend their local team’s match on Non-League Day.
Set up in 2010 as a social media experiment by James Doe, Non-League Day is always scheduled to coincide with an international break, handing clubs an opportunity to have their moment in the spotlight.
The day is regularly promoted by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.
We would be honoured if you choose to spend this season’s Non-League Day with us at 1st Cloud Arena.
The 2015 event arguably acted as a catalyst for the huge growth in support the club enjoyed in the 2015-16 season.
While attendances had been steadily growing following the Mariners’ return to the town from a two-year spell in Peterlee, and the signing of Julio Arca had also piqued interest, the match against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion moved things to the next level.
A crowd of 1,045 cheered Shields to a 4-0 victory, which was the largest attendance at 1st Cloud Arena in more than 20 years.
Let’s hope for another bumper gate on Saturday as the season reaches a crucial stage.
As part of our Non-League Day celebrations, up to 200 guests from Epinay School will be at the game after students participated in a school takeover with the club and SSFC Foundation this week. Pupils will acts as mascots and flagbearers as part of their experience.
We will also be opening the ground at the earlier than usual time of 11.45am so supporters can take in the atmosphere and perhaps get on TV, with BBC Football Focus set to be broadcast live at 1st Cloud Arena between 12pm and 1pm.