Mariners to take on York City and Boldon CA in pre-season

Mariners to take on York City and Boldon CA in pre-season

Two more fixtures have been added to South Shields’ pre-season schedule as preparations for the 2019-20 campaign continue to be stepped up.

The Mariners will travel to Boldon CA on Thursday, July 18 to compete for the Sam Bartram Memorial Cup, and will take on National League North outfit York City at Mariners Park on Tuesday, July 23.

The meeting with York will conjure fond memories for Shields supporters.

The last time the clubs faced each other, the Mariners triumphed 3-2 in a classic FA Cup tie at Mariners Park in September 2017.

Kick-off in the friendly will be at 7.30pm and admission prices will be £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s.

Five days before that, Shields will make the short journey to Boldon CA for what has become an annual pre-season meeting.

The game will be held at The Villa (NE35 9HX), and kick-off is at 7pm. Admission prices will be £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

The Mariners are the holders of the cup, having won 5-1 at Boldon last pre-season.

Lee Picton and Graham Fenton fielded a mixture of first-team and academy prospects in the match, and eventually ran out comfortable winners against the Wearside League outfit. A similar mixture of youth and experience is expected to be fielded in this year’s fixture.

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

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.

Here is the pre-season schedule so far:

Thursday, July 11 – Sunderland (H), 7.30pm kick-off

Saturday, July 13 – Cleethorpes Town (H), 3pm kick-off

Wednesday, July 17 – Huddersfield Town (H), 7.30pm kick-off

Thursday, July 18 – Boldon CA (A), 7pm kick-off

Tuesday, July 23 – York City (H), 7.30pm kick-off

Saturday, July 27 – Guiseley (A), 3pm kick-off

Tuesday, July 30 – Hebburn Town (A), 7.30pm kick-off

Saturday, August 10 – Ossett United (A), 3pm kick-off