The club would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the 2015-16 presentation night at Mariners Park on Sunday.
You can watch a video of the highlights from the evening above.
Five awards were handed out to South Shields players, while the club’s volunteers and staff were also recognised, and there was a performance from singer and guitarist Tony Bengtsson.
The first award of the night went to Warren Byrne, who was given a trophy for finishing as the club’s top goalscorer, with 31 strikes this season. He is pictured below receiving his award from club secretary Philip Reay.
Barrie Smith then stepped forward as the winner of the Supporters’ Player of the Year award, with votes having been cast online to choose the winner. Over 500 votes came in, and Barrie edged out stiff competition from the likes of Byrne, Michael Turner and Julio Arca to win with 22% of the votes. Barrie is pictured below collecting his award from Janet Davies and Bob Scott.
Michael Turner (below) was named the Young Player of the Year for his outstanding performances in defence, both at left-back and in the centre. One of his most memorable moments this season was the winning goal he scored at Easington Colliery to seal promotion in April.
Smith was again called to the stage after being named as the Players’ Player of the Year. This saw all of the Shields players cast votes, and Barrie came out on top with eight. The votes were made on video and then played back to the crowd on presentation night, and some of the selections prompted plenty of chuckles – particularly Leepaul Scroggins’ vote for ‘Barry Hall’. You can see the votes in the video at the top of this page, and also in a separate video below – although the below video will not be available to view on mobile devices.
Finally, Smith completed a hat-trick of awards – for the second season in a row – by claiming the club’s Player of the Year award. Below, he collects that from club sponsor Shaun Matthias.
Once again, we would like to thank everyone who attended the night, and we hope you enjoyed the evening.
Some more of the best images from the night are below.
VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGES: Peter Talbot.
South Shields secured promotion to Ebac Northern League Division One as Michael Turner’s header earned them a hard-fought win on a joyous night at Easington Colliery.
In what turned out to be one of the club’s most memorable nights for many a year, Shields were backed by an away contingent of hundreds.
They knew a win would be enough to seal promotion, and they had to wait until the 63rd minute for Turner to make the breakthrough.
It paved the way for a deserved victory for the Mariners, who were solid and composed, and always looked to be the side carrying the greater threat, although Easington kept them honest throughout and were well-organised.
With five games to spare, Shields are now assured of Northern League Division One football next season.
They were made to work hard by Easington, though, who have taken numerous scalps this term after winning promotion from the Wearside League last time out.
One of their best victories came against Shields at Mariners Park in September, but the Mariners controlled the game throughout last night.
Easington did, though, create the first opportunity, with Bradley Varga flashing a shot wide from a corner.
Shields almost took the lead within 12 minutes when Robert Briggs’ shot from the edge of the box came back off the post, and Martyn Coleman blazed the rebound over.
The former Penrith striker went close soon after when he turned his man and saw his effort deflected just wide, while Briggs also hit a shot not far past the post.
Eight minutes before half-time, a long throw from the right by Ben Riding was dropped by home goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson, and Daryll Hall’s volley through a sea of bodies was just kept out.
At the other end, Aidan Heywood sent a shot wide on the break, but the Mariners had more than edged the first 45 minutes.
They stepped things up after the break, and after Briggs and Hall were denied by Donaldson, the deadlock was broken in the 63rd minute.
Briggs delivered a superb corner into the danger zone from the right, and there to head it into the bottom corner was the ever-reliable Turner as the vocal travelling support was sent into raptures.
Coleman could have all but sealed it two minutes later when he was sent through on goal, but Donaldson did brilliantly to save with his foot.
A period of home pressure did not materialise, and Ian Redman almost scored an own goal as Shields harried their opponents.
Riding and Coleman went close in the latter stages, and the final whistle then confirmed the Mariners’ promotion to spark scenes of celebration.
It was perhaps fitting that the game was played in the shadows of Peterlee’s Eden Lane, where the Mariners played their home matches for two years prior to this season.
They can now look forward to hopefully better times ahead, and could move a step closer to clinching the title tomorrow when they travel to Tow Law Town.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Pocklington, Smith, Turner, Hall, Carson, Riding, Brown, Scroggins (c), Ramsey (Foley 86), Coleman, Briggs. Subs not used: Richardson, Hassan, Hughes, Byrne.
Goal: Turner (63).
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Peter Talbot.
South Shields were dominant as they defeated Stokesley Sports Club 3-0 on Saturday.
The Mariners never looked likely to drop points against Ebac Northern League Division Two’s bottom side, with goals from David Foley and Michael Turner putting them 2-0 up within the first six minutes.
Martyn Coleman added the third goal late on as Shields moved to within two wins of promotion.
Above are the highlights from the game.
VIDEO: Daniel Prince. STILL IMAGE: Peter Talbot.