Sam Bartram Cup preview

By Daniel Prince

South Shields and Boldon CA will compete for the annual Sam Bartram Memorial Cup on Saturday (2pm kick-off).

The match will take place at Boldon Colliery Welfare (Post code NE35 9AN) at 2pm, and will be another chance to see Jon King’s new-look side in action.

In last year’s match against Boldon, Shields came from behind to retain the cup, with makeshift striker Colin White scoring twice and Barry Marshall grabbing the other.

The Mariners will go into tomorrow’s game on the back of an entertaining 3-2 victory at Seaham Red Star on Thursday, which was secured by late goals from Stephen Ramsey and Gilberto Chapim.

The match is always a highlight of the pre-season schedule, and honours South Shields-born goalkeeper Sam Bartram, who played for Boldon Villa before going on to have a superb career with Charlton Athletic.

He was a left-half with Boldon Villa, but was persuaded to play in goal in a cup final as their regular goalkeeper was injured, and a Charlton scout present at the game was impressed with what he saw.

He joined the Addicks, who he stayed with for 22 years between 1934 and 1956 – excluding the war years – as he made 623 appearances, winning the FA Cup along the way.

Bartram also won three unofficial England caps during the Second World War, and during the war, he played in guest matches for the likes of Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Ham United.