Shields to face Sunderland in pre-season opener

Shields to face Sunderland in pre-season opener

South Shields will welcome Jack Ross’ Sunderland side to Mariners Park in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

The Black Cats will visit South Tyneside on Thursday, July 11 for a 7.30pm kick-off.

Ticket prices will be £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s.

Sunderland are to be given an allocation of tickets to sell, and full ticketing arrangements for both sets of supporters will be announced in due course.

With demand for tickets expected to be high for this fixture, fans are advised to buy tickets in advance.

Sunderland finished fifth in Sky Bet League One last season before, like Shields, narrowly missing out on promotion through the play-offs.

Ross is set for his second season in charge of the Wearside club and will be targeting promotion back to the Championship in 2019-20.

Further announcements about this game will be made as soon as possible.

It takes the number of confirmed pre-season friendlies for Shields to six.

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

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