Mariners to take on Boldon CA for Sam Bartram Cup

Mariners to take on Boldon CA for Sam Bartram Cup

South Shields are to travel to Boldon CA on Wednesday, August 1 in what has become an annual pre-season tradition.

The Mariners will face the Wearside League side for the Sam Bartram Memorial Trophy.

The friendly honours South Shields-born goalkeeper Bartram, who played for Boldon Villa before going on to have a superb career with Charlton Athletic.

Last year’s match saw the cup shared, with Michael Richardson and Carl Finnigan scoring the Mariners’ goals in a 2-2 draw.

Joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton are expected to send a mixture of first-team and academy players to the Boldon CA Sports Ground as they continue their preparations for the season.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

There are plenty of parking places at or around the ground (postcode NE35 9HX).

Boldon Colliery can also very easily be reached by public transport, with a number of buses passing through the village and Brockley Whins Metro Station under a 10-minute walk away.

Bartram played for clubs including Boldon Villa and Boldon Colliery Welfare before achieving fame with Charlton Athletic, who he represented between 1934 and 1956.

During World War Two, he made guest appearances for Notts County, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Brentford, Crystal Palace, York City, Bradford and West Ham United.

He won three unofficial England caps and won the FA Cup in 1947.

Many regard him as one of the greatest goalkeepers never to win a full international cap.