Liam has been regarded as one of the Northern League’s top goalkeepers for a number of years, having made his name with Dunston UTS.

Experienced but with plenty years ahead of him, he ended a seven-year stay with Dunston – where he became captain – to sign for South Shields in the summer of 2016.

He arrived at Mariners Park with already two appearances under his belt for Shields, having had a short spell at the club as a teenager in 2005.

His other former clubs include Gateshead, Ryton, Chester-le-Street Town, Durham City and Tow Law Town, but it is at Dunston where he is most fondly thought of, having kept well over 100 clean sheets there.

Liam was also a key part of the team which won the FA Vase at Wembley in 2012, beating West Auckland Town 2-0 in the final.

Craig is a firm favourite with supporters of Gateshead, and was much sought-after following his departure from the International Stadium in the summer of 2016.

The right-back spent nine years with the Tynesiders across two spells, playing a key role in their progression through the leagues to the National League before stabilising there.

Strong going forward and a rock at the back, Craig was a key part of the Gateshead team which made it to the play-off final in 2014, before losing out to Cambridge United at Wembley.

That dream-like season for Gateshead started just a year after Craig had been released by the club in 2012, dropping into the Northern League with Bedlington Terriers for a season.

The Tynesiders soon saw the error of their ways, re-signing him in 2013 just in time to play a crucial role in a season which almost saw the club promoted to the Northern League.

In 2016, Craig was released for a second time by Gateshead as the club changed almost their entire playing staff over the summer, and this time he opted to join South Shields.

He played against Shields at Mariners Park in February 2016 as part of the Gateshead side beaten 3-2 in the Durham Challenge Cup.

Gavin is a familiar face to regular Northern League watchers, having been a constant source of goals wherever he has been.

He moved to South Shields in the summer of 2016 after a hugely successful spell with Spennymoor Town, where he established himself as a club legend.

The forward scored the opening goal in their 2-1 FA Vase final victory over Tunbridge Wells at Wembley in 2013, and did the same in their Evo-Stik Division One North play-off final victory over Northwich Victoria three years later.

Pacy Gavin will be hoping to create new memories with Shields as he aims to have a similar impact at Mariners Park.

‘Titch’ was part of the Spennymoor side which won promotion from the Northern League in 2014, and set his sights on another title at Shields after joining the club in 2016.