Darlington friendly

South Shields’ first game back at Filtrona Park will be against Darlington on Saturday, July 11.

The friendly game will kick-off at 3pm at the venue, which is set to be renamed Mariners Park.

It will see Shields and Darlington face each other for the first time since January 2013, when Darlo ran out 3-0 winners at Mariners Park in front of a crowd of 858.

The club is very much looking forward to the fixture, which has been arranged following Friday’s announcement about the Mariners’ imminent return to the ground.

Shields will be going up against a Darlington side which has just won promotion to the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.