Saturday’s game against Stafford Rangers at 1st Cloud Arena coincides with Non-League Day.
This is a special day on the calendar for all teams which sit below the Football League, with supporters from across the country encouraged to attend their local team’s match on Non-League Day.
Set up in 2010 as a social media experiment by James Doe, Non-League Day is always scheduled to coincide with an international break, handing clubs an opportunity to have their moment in the spotlight.
The day is regularly promoted by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.
We would be honoured if you choose to spend this season’s Non-League Day with us at 1st Cloud Arena.
The 2015 event arguably acted as a catalyst for the huge growth in support the club enjoyed in the 2015-16 season.
While attendances had been steadily growing following the Mariners’ return to the town from a two-year spell in Peterlee, and the signing of Julio Arca had also piqued interest, the match against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion moved things to the next level.
A crowd of 1,045 cheered Shields to a 4-0 victory, which was the largest attendance at 1st Cloud Arena in more than 20 years.
Let’s hope for another bumper gate on Saturday as the season reaches a crucial stage.
As part of our Non-League Day celebrations, up to 200 guests from Epinay School will be at the game after students participated in a school takeover with the club and SSFC Foundation this week. Pupils will acts as mascots and flagbearers as part of their experience.
We will also be opening the ground at the earlier than usual time of 11.45am so supporters can take in the atmosphere and perhaps get on TV, with BBC Football Focus set to be broadcast live at 1st Cloud Arena between 12pm and 1pm.
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.