South Shields’ defence of the Durham Challenge Cup will begin at home to Jarrow Roofing on Tuesday, October 24.
Confirmation of the date of the fixture had been awaited, but supporters are now able to pencil it into their diaries.
Kick-off will be at the earlier-than-usual midweek time of 7.30pm, with the match to take place at Mariners Park.
The Mariners won the competition last season, beating Billingham Synthonia in the final at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park in May.
Among the opponents they defeated on the road to the final were Jarrow Roofing, with Shields winning 2-1 in early-January thanks to goals from Gavin Cogdon and Carl Finnigan.
Northern League outfit Roofing are 17th in Northern League Division One.