Mariners visit Wembley for first time as FA Vase final plans stepped up

Mariners visit Wembley for first time as FA Vase final plans stepped up

The club made its first trip to Wembley on Thursday as plans for the Buildbase FA Vase final with Cleethorpes Town were stepped up.

Over 19,000 tickets have been sold for non-league finals day so far, with both the FA Vase and Trophy finals to take place at Wembley on Sunday, May 21.

SSFC at Wembley 2More than 9,000 of those have been snapped up by South Shields supporters, so it promises to be a tremendous occasion in London.

On Thursday, club chairman Geoff Thompson, managing director Michael Orr, joint manager Graham Fenton, secretary Philip Reay and director Stephanie Smith made their way to the home of English football for the first time since the semi-final was won.

While there, they met with some of their Cleethorpes counterparts, as well as representatives of the Football Association, to discuss plans ahead of the big day.

For Mr Thompson, it brought it all home about just what an incredible occasion it promises to be.

He said: “When you walk down Wembley Way and start looking at the scale of the stadium, it’s just amazing.

“It was fantastic to then get into the stadium and have a look around.

“We got on the pitch and it was great to imagine what it will be like for the fans and players. It’s going to be incredible.

“It was a really special day for all of us.”

SSFC at Wembley 3This will be Shields’ first-ever match at Wembley, and tickets remain available online.

They can be bought by clicking here, and the club would appreciate as much support as possible on the day.

Please encourage your friends, family and acquintances to join us at Wembley for what will be a historic occasion, regardless of the result.

For those within the club, preparations for the final will now step up.

Mr Thompson added: “We came away from Wembley with a long list of things to discuss before we come back down to London again for the final.

“There was a detailed checklist for us and there are a lot of things for us to consider, but it’s all positive and about making the experience as memorable as possible for our supporters.”