Youngsters in South Tyneside are set to receive Tickets To The Future at Mariners Park as part of a heart-warming fan-led initiative.
South Shields supporter Jeff Bell, who lives in London, started things off by purchasing eight child season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign before donating them back to the club.
Jeff’s wish was for the tickets to be given to deserving children who would not usually have the opportunity to attend games at Mariners Park. The club has committed to working with SSFC Foundation to identify those children.
After Jeff’s generosity was publicised on social media, a host of other figures came forward to donate tickets.
Fellow supporter Dan Duggan followed up by snapping up two tickets of his own, while SSFC vice-president Bob Scott and his wife Viv also added tickets to the fund.
Gordon Picton – the father of Shields joint manager Lee – was another to donate tickets, along with SSFC business development manager Colin Docherty and his son Scott, club media manager Daniel Prince and supporter Roger Askew, among many others, including Alan Winstanley, the father of former SSFC Academy player Joe, who provided five tickets.
By close of play on Wednesday, the total number of season tickets donated stood at 35.
If anyone else would like to purchase Tickets To The Future and donate them, please call 0191 454 7800, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here and select the type and number of tickets you would like to donate.
Thank you for your magnificent support.
The club is delighted to welcome four new vice-presidents after their incredible contribution to South Shields FC was recognised.
The honorary title has been bestowed to club stalwarts including the greatly-missed Richard Bailey and Gerry O’Reilly in the past, with the newly-appointed quartet joining Bob Wray and Darren Wright as vice-presidents.
David became a referee in 1966 and after 25 years of service as a match official, became involved with South Shields FC.
The club played at Jack Clark Park when David joined but quickly moved to what was then known as Filtrona Park.
He was instrumental alongside chairman John Rundle in the transformation of the ground and its facilities, including the construction of what is currently the main stand at Mariners Park.
David held the role of secretary until leaving the club because of work commitments in the mid-2000s, although he continued to regularly be seen at games as a supporter.
He came back on board as treasurer after retiring and has been involved on the club’s committee since then, including playing a key role during the Peterlee years when survival was achieved.
He can still be seen working at Mariners Park every matchday at the turnstiles.
John is the club’s longest-serving sponsor, with his company TGS Industrial Supplies having sponsored Shields for more than 30 years.
It is no exaggeration to say that without the support of John and people like him, the club would simply not have survived the last three decades.
He has backed the club through thick and thin, including the two-year exile in Peterlee when he continued to sponsor the club while others were unable to.
John has allowed the club to use company vehicles when required in the past and has been a great help at fundraising events over the years.
Whatever has been asked of him has not been too much hardship, and he is a shining example of what South Shields FC is all about.
Bob is one of the club’s longest-serving supporters and has always lended a helping hand with whatever has been asked of him.
He was involved with the club’s Supporters’ Association and committee, and has been a huge help with fundraisers including Christmas and summer draw tickets in the past.
He is the leading figure behind the club’s Bingo Lottery scheme, which has been of great benefit to both South Shields FC and many of its supporters over the years, and his meticulousness is second to none.
He has always been willing to do whatever it takes to help the club thrive and is still a hugely popular figure today.
Bob is behind the counter with his wife Viv at the club shop at every Mariners Park matchday and is regularly at the ground on non-matchdays to help out wherever he can.
Few at South Shields FC can match Janet Davies for longevity.
While she would insist that she is merely a supporter, she has been so much more than that over the years.
Her loyalty and commitment has been and remains phenomenal. She is simply part of the furniture at Mariners Park and we are fortunate that she remains so heavily involved.
She has helped out with fundraising activities for several decades and whatever has been asked of her – just like the three individuals previously mentioned – has not been too much.
She has been a key part of the club’s catering team for many years – she truly came into her own during the testing two-year period in Peterlee – and still works at Mariners Park today every matchday at the burger van.
All four newly-appointed vice-presidents richly deserve this recognition.
The club’s end of season presentation night was held on Saturday at The Mile Bar, in South Shields.
The night featured entertainment from magician George Dunn, while there was also a buffet, disco and raffle.
The main event of the evening was the presentation of the end of season awards to the club’s first-team players. All award winners were presented with an inscribed salver.
The club thanks all players for their efforts last season, and congratulates all award winners on their achievements.