It’s Christmas Eve and that means we are today bringing you the final installment in our SSFC Advent Calendar series!

We would like to wish all supporters the happiest Christmas possible and to thank them for their incredible support throughout an unprecedented year.

Today’s feature is kicked off by a video message from club chairman Geoff Thompson which can be viewed in the tweet below.

Over the course of the month, supporters have been able to enter a range of competitions to win prizes courtesy of the club and several of its sponsors.

The final item up for grabs is a season ticket for the 2021-22 campaign.

You have until 5pm on Christmas Eve to submit all of your four answers together via email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

The first question was: Which club did Lee Picton twice win the FA Vase with as a player?

The second question was: The tagline of SSFC Foundation is Creating Incredible what?

The third question was: Who scored our first league goal of this season?

Today’s fourth and final question is: The first game Shields played after Geoff Thompson became the club’s chairman was a friendly against which side?

We are also currently highlighting our sixth and final charity of the month, the If U Care Share Foundation.

The charity provides prevention, intervention training & support of those affected by suicide.

To find out more about the If U Care Share Foundation, click here. To make a donation, click here.

Over the month, donations have also been encouraged towards the club’s charitable Foundation, which works with hundreds of children each week and does such fantastic work within our community.

To support the Foundation with a donation, please click here.

Once again, many thanks to all who have spent the time to enter the competitions we have publicised over the last month, and to all those who have provided donations to our highlighted charities.

Please have the best Christmas possible and we can’t wait to see you back at 1st Cloud Arena as soon as it is deemed safe to do so in 2021.

Honorary President Jade Thirlwall has underlined her support for South Shields Football Club by becoming a shareholder.

The Little Mix star is one of over 750 individuals to have invested as the club takes its first steps towards fan ownership.

The initial target for the investment round was £250,000 but with over £280,000 worth of shares snapped up so far, the campaign has already hit the back of the net.

Every penny raised will remain within the club and be reinvested as part of its plans to continue progressing through the football pyramid while leading and supporting important community projects.

Individuals have until Saturday, November 28 to get their hands on shares before the campaign, which is being hosted by investment platform Seedrs, closes.

South Shields FC Chairman Geoff Thompson said: “We are thrilled with the response we’ve had to our investment round.

“To hit our initial target so early was something which filled us with so much pride and optimism for the future.

“It’s hugely exciting that more than 750 people have shown their support to us in this way and for Jade to be one of them is just another example to show how committed such a global superstar is to not just the club, but her hometown.

“We will continue to welcome new shareholders until the campaign ends on November 28th so any supporter or potential investor who is interested still has some time yet.

“We have had a remarkable journey over the last five-and-a-half years and receiving investment of this nature will help us greatly to continue delivering on our ambition to rise through the football pyramid as a sustainable, community-based club.

“I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has invested so far.”

Jade was named as an Honorary President of the Mariners in August as she again underlined her commitment to her hometown.

She is a proud patron of South Shields-based charity Cancer Connections and recently invested in her own bar, Arbeia, and nightclub, Industry, in the town.

Her role of President at South Shields FC will see the singer help to increase the club’s profile on a national and international scale, further putting the town on the map.

Shares in the club are available from £12.50 with a range of perks available for investors.

All those who invest £25 or more will receive a personalised certificate from the club, with larger investments potentially providing perks including scarves, ties, shirts, a place on a founder shareholders’ wall and hospitality tickets, all the way to a place on the board.

To become a shareholder like Jade, and to find out more about the perks available, visit seedrs.com/southshieldsfc.

Lee Picton has been promoted to the role of Chief Executive and Graham Fenton will take sole charge of the first-team as part of a management restructure at South Shields Football Club.

Lee begins his new role with immediate effect, with Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup match at Cheltenham Town to be the final match led by the joint management team.

Jon Shaw becomes Joint Assistant Manager alongside Brian Smith while Keith Finnigan will now operate in his specialist area of finance.

The day-to-day running of the club will be the responsibility of Lee as positive changes are made to facilitate further growth and development at 1st Cloud Arena.

Keith now has an expanded remit after agreeing to join the board of the club’s main shirt sponsor, Business Energy Claims, while he also continues to lead a separate property development business.

It was therefore deemed appropriate to narrow his role at the football club, but he will have a pivotal position supporting Lee and club Chairman Geoff Thompson by providing the timely and accurate financial reporting essential for any successful business.

Mr Thompson said: “As part of our ongoing development, we have reviewed our structure and put in place what we feel is the most appropriate management team to move the club forwards.

“I firmly believe Lee is the perfect candidate for this new role and am delighted he has accepted it.

“His expertise, extraordinary knowledge of the game and strong experience of the club and all who work within it are invaluable assets to us and I’m hugely excited to see how South Shields FC will continue to develop in his image.

“I’m equally delighted that Graham has agreed to become Manager, ably assisted by Jon Shaw, Brian Smith and the rest of our outstanding coaching team.

“Graham and Lee have achieved incredible success over the last four years as Joint Managers and I have full confidence that the positive work and upward trajectory will be maintained by our new management team.

“Jon will be a tremendous addition to that as he steps up from his Academy duties and continues his impressive development as a coach, alongside his playing responsibilities.

“Keith Finnigan will remain a key and valued figure operating in his specialist area of finance. His contribution to the club over the last three-and-a-half years has been invaluable and I can’t stress enough how important he is within our management team.

“I’m hugely enthused about the future at the club as we look to further our progression with an excellent team behind the scenes both in football and non-football roles all pushing in the same direction to deliver success for our town, our magnificent supporters and our loyal sponsors.

“I firmly believe that the years ahead will be very bright and these changes make me even more confident that will be the case.”

Chief Executive Lee Picton said: “Working alongside Graham over the last four seasons as Joint First-Team Managers has been an absolute pleasure and privilege.

“As everyone knows our partnership has been a longstanding one, and although I now move on from it with a heavy heart, I take away with me a multitude of incredible memories and experiences of managing the team together, that I will cherish forever.

“The support Graham has given to me during our time working alongside each other at the club thus far has been fantastic, and I greatly look forward to hopefully many more years of working together but now just in slightly different roles.

“Being asked to take on the role of Chief Executive at our fantastic football club is such an exciting prospect and challenge for me.

“I want to publicly thank Geoff Thompson for his trust in me. I completely appreciate the responsibility that comes with such an important role and I fully intend to give my absolute all in the pursuit of driving the club to yet greater heights, both on and off the pitch, and to build on the tremendous work that Keith Finnigan has carried out and overseen in recent years.

“Undoubtedly, the single biggest thing that fills me with such optimism, hope and motivation in my new role moving forwards, is that our club is awash with great people.

“From our first-team management to our junior section, committee, back office staff, matchday volunteers and incredibly loyal fans and sponsors, we are truly blessed with the people that are tied to our club.

“My job moving forwards is to harness the energy of all these people in the most positive and effective way possible, and if this can be achieved then I truly believe the possibilities for our club are unbelievably exciting.”

First-Team Manager Graham Fenton said: “I’m hugely excited to have been given the responsibility of sole management of the first-team and I’d like to thank Geoff for the faith he has shown in me by giving me this role.

“Myself, Jon and Brian will continue the hard work and will of course be aiming to build on the success that the joint management team has enjoyed over the last four years.

“I know the addition of Jon to the first-team coaching staff will be well-received within the dressing room as he is a much-liked and respected member of the squad and as we all know, has huge knowledge and experience within the game.

“Together with Brian, we are hugely enthused by the prospect of working as a team and feel we will compliment each other exceptionally well.

“I’d like to personally wish Lee well in his new role and I know he will do a fantastic job in progressing the club in other areas.”

Joint Assistant Manager Jon Shaw said: “I want to thank Graham for the opportunity and asking me to join the management team. I can’t wait to get started and help out in any way I can and repay his faith in me to do the job.

“It’s an exciting progression in my career which of course is something I am proud and pleased about but as always my focus will be on the club being successful, and I can’t wait to get started with Graham, Bri, Phil Naisbett, Andy Morris and all the staff and players in continuing that.

“I’m going to miss the 16-19s job but I’m always going to be thankful for the opportunity I had to come over and work alongside and learn from Wess Brown and Jamie Williams. The 16-19s will still be a big part of my job as we’ve told those lads to push for first-team shirts and I’ll no doubt continue being part of their development through watching them play and coaching them.

“I want to thank Lee for the way he has coached and managed me over the last four-and-a-half years as I’ve learned a lot. There’s a part of me that’s sad he won’t be a part of the team now but I’m really happy for him that he’s going to continue here in a role that will no doubt help the club move forward.”