A crowd of 300 is expected at 1st Cloud Arena on Wednesday as a South Shields XI take on Boldon CA.
It will be the first match played in front of supporters at the ground since March’s season-ending victory over FC United of Manchester.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm and a live stream will get underway at 7pm, with commentary to be provided by Chris May and Myles Boney. There will be a charge of £2 to watch the stream, which can be accessed and paid for by clicking here.
If you are attending the game, please familiarise yourself with our Spectators Code of Conduct, which can be read by clicking here.
The turnstiles will open at 6pm, with turnstile 1 and turnstile 3 to be open. The downstairs TGS bar and upstairs Barbour Lounge will be open and supporters are reminded that they must be seated when drinking inside, otherwise they will be asked to take their drinks outside.
Supporters must have a valid ticket for this game to be permitted entry, with no tickets available on the day of the game and season tickets not valid for this fixture.
Please respect social distancing and stand or sit in your social bubbles of no more than six people. Please wear a mask when singing. Seats in the stand are extremely limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The balcony will be closed. Above all else, enjoy the game!
South Shields squad (from): Ross Coombe, Aaron Steavens, Dom Agnew, Josh Croft, Ben Errington, Joe Lockey, Mathew Wade, Joe Ames, Joe Davey, Joao Gomes, Will Jenkins, Will McCamley, Will Morris, Dom Price, Jamie Whitehead, Jamie Hanson, Sam Hodgson, Trialist.
A South Shields XI will take on Boldon CA on Thursday at 1st Cloud Arena in what will be the first home fixture played by the Mariners in front of supporters since March.
Due to FA guidelines, there will be a maximum attendance of 300 for the game.
Tickets will be made available free of charge from 12pm on Tuesday to all 2019-20 season ticket holders who waived their right to a partial refund. This was a promise made by the club to supporters when those refunds were waived.
The tickets will be available to claim over the phone only by calling 0191 454 7800 and will be restricted to one ticket per season ticket holder on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not walk to the 1st Cloud Arena office in an attempt to claim tickets as they will only be available over the phone to make it a fair process for all.
Kick-off in Thursday’s game is at 7.30pm.
Two more fixtures have been added to South Shields’ pre-season schedule as preparations for the 2019-20 campaign continue to be stepped up.
The Mariners will travel to Boldon CA on Thursday, July 18 to compete for the Sam Bartram Memorial Cup, and will take on National League North outfit York City at Mariners Park on Tuesday, July 23.
The meeting with York will conjure fond memories for Shields supporters.
The last time the clubs faced each other, the Mariners triumphed 3-2 in a classic FA Cup tie at Mariners Park in September 2017.
Kick-off in the friendly will be at 7.30pm and admission prices will be £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s.
Five days before that, Shields will make the short journey to Boldon CA for what has become an annual pre-season meeting.
The game will be held at The Villa (NE35 9HX), and kick-off is at 7pm. Admission prices will be £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.
The Mariners are the holders of the cup, having won 5-1 at Boldon last pre-season.
Lee Picton and Graham Fenton fielded a mixture of first-team and academy prospects in the match, and eventually ran out comfortable winners against the Wearside League outfit. A similar mixture of youth and experience is expected to be fielded in this year’s fixture.
The friendly honours South Shields-born goalkeeper Bartram, who played for Boldon Villa before going on to have a superb career with Charlton Athletic.
Bartram played for clubs including Boldon Villa and Boldon Colliery Welfare before achieving fame with Charlton Athletic, who he represented between 1934 and 1956.
During World War Two, he made guest appearances for Notts County, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Brentford, Crystal Palace, York City, Bradford and West Ham United.
He won three unofficial England caps and won the FA Cup in 1947.
Many regard him as one of the greatest goalkeepers never to win a full international cap.
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
Thursday, July 18 – Boldon CA (A), 7pm kick-off
Tuesday, July 23 – York City (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