Picton and Fenton surprise loyal fans with pre-Christmas visit

Picton and Fenton surprise loyal fans with pre-Christmas visit

Lee Picton and Graham Fenton visited lucky South Shields fans at their homes to deliver a Christmas surprise.

The club’s joint managers rewarded three families for their loyal support by handing over some gifts from the club.

The lucky winners were chosen at random from a database of supporters who have regularly pre-bought tickets for games this season.

Picton and Fenton handed over a hospitality package for four for a future match at Mariners Park as well as a shirt signed by all players and staff.

Roy Hammonds was among the winners and received his prize with grandchildren Aaron Strasenburgh and Zach Lavery, who accepted a hospitality package for the game against Workington on Saturday.

Roy said: “It was a brilliant gesture from the club and the best Christmas present we could have hoped for!

“It’s a pleasure coming to watch South Shields and for them to do this for us is an honour.

“We were really surprised to see Lee and Graham and can’t thank them enough for taking the time out to do this.”

Another family visited by the joint managers were Sandra and Amy McFaulds, who were joined by niece Kirsty McNair and nephew Calum McNair.

They will be attending the match against North Ferriby United on New Year’s Day with their hospitality package.

The final supporter visited was Mike Dent, who will also be going to the North Ferriby game.

Picton said: “We saw this as an ideal way to thank some of our loyal supporters for the tremendous backing they have given the club throughout 2018.

“It was a pleasure to visit them at their homes and it was brilliant to see the surprise on their faces when we handed over the prizes.

“This is just a small gesture from us to show how valued our supporters are, and we plan to surprise more fans in the New Year.

“We hope all of our magnificent supporters have a brilliant Christmas and New Year.”

The club plans to surprise more supporters at random in the coming months.

Simply buy tickets in advance of games or become a season ticket holder to give yourself a chance of a surprise visit!