The club was afforded a civic reception on Wednesday evening as South Shields players, staff, committee and board members were invited to the Town Hall.

The evening was in recognition of the Mariners’ achievement of winning the Ebac Northern League Division Two title.

Smaller 3At the Town Hall, the club was greeted by the new Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith and his wife Councillor Moira Smith.

Other council dignitaries were also in attendance, while the club was led by chairman Geoff Thompson, managing director Michael Orr, manager Jon King and captain Leepaul Scroggins.


An enjoyable evening was had by all, with the Mayor kicking proceedings off with a speech, during which he revealed he had supported the Mariners as a boy, and congratulated the club and several individuals on their success over the last 12 months.

Food was also laid on, while the players, staff and Mayor and Mayoress posed for photographs with the league trophy in the beautiful Town Hall.

South Shields manager Jon King said: “It is great that the council has given us this sort of recognition after what has been a very good season for us.

“The lads had all been really looking forward to it, and realise this is not something that comes along very often.

“Recognition like this makes all of the hard work over the season worthwhile, and further underlines that the town is behind what we’re trying to do. It was a nice reward.

“As well as the players, it was very good for those behind the scenes at the club to enjoy a night like that, particularly those who helped it survive during the dark years in Peterlee, and those who have really helped us push on over the last 12 months.

“On a personal note, with myself and my family all being from South Shields originally, it was an honour to lead my football team into the Town Hall.”

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith, said: “It was a privilege to welcome members of South Shields FC and The Mariners into South Shields Town Hall.

“The Mayoress and I were delighted to be able to congratulate the club and the players on winning the Northern League Division Two title last season.

“It was a pleasure to meet everyone associated with the club and to wish them good luck for the future on behalf of the people of South Tyneside.”

The club would like to extend warm thanks to those who put on the civic reception, and for inviting us along.

IMAGES: Peter Talbot.

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