Supporters of South Shields and Whitley Bay raised almost £400 for Prostate Cancer UK on Non-League Day at Mariners Park.
Collections were made for the day’s official charity at the Northern League Division One fixture, which the Mariners won 4-2.
Overall, a fantastic £394.61 was raised. We would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to the cause.
Peter Talbot, Graeme Kelly, Colin Porter and Ken Smith helped out with the collections on the day.
In the picture above, from left to right, are Ken, Colin and Graeme with their Prostate Cancer UK buckets.
For more information on Prostate Cancer UK, visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/
South Shields take on Whitley Bay on Saturday as Non-League Day is celebrated at Mariners Park.
The Northern League Division One encounter is a rematch of last month’s reverse fixture at Hillheads, which resulted in a 3-3 draw.
The Mariners will be aiming for a fourth consecutive win, which would have the potential to send them top of the table.
Whitley Bay, though, are one of just three unbeaten sides in the league, and have taken points from Shildon and North Shields as well as the Mariners so far.
With Premier League and Championship clubs off-duty because of the international break, it is hoped that there will be a healthy crowd at Mariners Park for the visit of the North Tynesiders.
Fans have been encouraged to wear fancy dress – there will be a prize for the best costume – while there will be a dizzy penalties competition at half-time.
Funds will also be raised for Prostate Cancer UK, which is the official charity of Non-League Day.
For Shields manager Jon King, though, the main focus is on the pitch, where he is expecting a difficult game.
Bay struck a stoppage time equaliser to snatch a point against the Mariners a fortnight ago.
King said: “That was two points dropped, because they scored in the 92nd minute.
“It’s going to be another tough game, but if we had the personnel then that we do now, I don’t think we’d have dropped those points.
“Whitley Bay are a good team who are up there in the table and have had some excellent results so far.
“They’ve got four good forward players who we’ll have to be on our guard against.”
Carl Finnigan and Ben Clark are in contention to make their home debuts for Shields, while David Foley (groin) and Gavin Cogdon (hamstring) are doubtful.
Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 3pm, and the club would very much appreciate your support at the game.
Admission prices – to be paid at the turnstiles – are £6 for adults, £4 for over-65s and £2 for under-16s.
The club has now been handed a home fixture on non-league day, which this year falls on Saturday, September 3.
The Mariners will host Whitley Bay in a 3pm kick-off in Northern League Division One on a day when non-league football will be pushed to the front of the national attention, with no games in the top two tiers of English football.
Shields had been left without a game when the away fixture against Whitley Bay was brought forward, but they will now face the same opposition, albeit at Mariners Park.
The club will be raising funds on the day for the official charity of non-league day, Prostate Cancer UK, while we are also encouraging supporters to wear fancy dress, with a superhero theme.
There will be a prize for the supporter who wears the best fancy dress on the day, and although it is mainly aimed at our younger fans, all are welcome to take part and help create a party-like atmosphere at the ground.
Last year, a crowd of 1,045 watched Shields beat Ryton and Crawcrook Albion on non-league day, and we would very much appreciate another large support this time around.
In addition, the Mariners are now at home on Saturday, September 10, with Ryhope CW to visit Mariners Park.
Hospitality packages for both the Whitley Bay and Ryhope matches are now available at a cost of £25 per supporter.
Guests will be invited to watch the game from the O’Brien Lounge, while they will get a three-course meal, match programme, the chance to vote for and present the man of the match award as well as, of course, entry to the ground for the match. To book, call us on 0191 454 7800.