South Shields FC vice-president Bob Scott has hailed supporters for their continued support to the club’s bingo lottery initiative.

Bob has co-ordinated the scheme since it was launched in September 2013 as a way of raising funds during the Mariners’ first of two seasons in exile in Peterlee.

It has grown from an initial base of 48 entrants to the current figure of 247 players. Over £35,000 has been paid out in prize money over the last seven-and-a-half years and the same amount has been raised for the club, which are remarkable figures that are testament to the support the initiative has received and the dedication of Bob in continuing to ensure it runs smoothly.

The game continues to go from strength-to-strength, despite the challenges the last 14 months have imposed.

Bob said: “The bingo lottery started as a fundraiser for the club as we adapted to life in Peterlee, which was a time of huge financial difficulty for us.

“We tried to think of ways to raise more funds and we approached another club who were running a similar bingo lottery scheme for details on how it worked. It went from there really.

“For it to have raised over £35,000 and paid out over £35,000 is incredible and I’d just like to say a personal thank you and a thank you on behalf of the club to everyone who has supported it over the years, and continue to support it.

“The first-team players and staff from across the club also take part in it and play a major role in ensuring the continued success of the game, so a massive thanks go to them too.”

The game was suspended between March and September 2020 as a result of the first coronavirus lockdown, but has since returned and again proved to be a regular source of income for the club.

Over £5,700 has been raised through the bingo lottery since the start of 2020 despite that six-month suspension, with Bob having redoubled his efforts to ensure it has continued despite the various challenges of the pandemic.

Bob added: “This has has been a vital and regular source of funds for the club and also provided some very welcome jackpots to participants.

“It has surpassed my expectations from when we started.

“We decided to continue it when we returned home because, as a committee, we felt it was important to continue with our fundraising efforts and to do everything we could to help the club in whatever way we could.

“Thanks to the support we have received, the jackpots and therefore the funds raised for the club have continued to improve.

“The support has been unbelievable.”

The highest jackpot paid out so far has been £1,131, with the game based on each Saturday’s National Lottery draw.

The latest prize was won last weekend, meaning a new game is starting this Saturday.

Participants select six numbers between one and 59, and can also enter with more than one set of numbers for £1 per week per line.

Each Saturday, any numbers which come out on the National Lottery draw are ticked off until the first participant(s) match all six of their selections, therefore winning the prize.

Entry tickets can be obtained by calling Bob on 07920 554377 or sending an email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk. Cash, cheque and bank transfer payments are acceptable, and can be arranged on an individual basis with Bob.

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 info@southshieldsfc.co.uk 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 Fall

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 Gray

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 Scott

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.

Janet Davies

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.