Ross Coombe has left South Shields following the expiration of his deal with the club.

The goalkeeper made five appearances across two ultimately curtailed seasons at 1st Cloud Arena and provided valuable competition for Myles Boney between the sticks.

We would like to thank Ross for his important efforts over the last two years and wish him all the best for his future in the game.

Academy graduate Aaron Steavens will now join the first-team training environment as his development continues to be monitored closely.

Over the last 13 days, the SSFC Advent Calendar has begun to spread some festive joy.

Congratulations to Cain Dring on Facebook, who won the competition for a haircut, deluxe shave and products voucher courtesy of our sponsors Stoney’s Barbour Shop.

The winner of a signed SSFC shirt was Ian Scott.

Day 13 of the SSFC Advent Calendar is introduced by Ross Coombe in the tweet below.

In the video, Ross asks the first question to go towards a competition to win a South Shields FC mascot package.

For each of the next four days, a question will be revealed and when the final question is published on Wednesday, supporters will have until 9am the following day to submit all of their four answers together via email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

Today’s question is: Ross Coombe made his league debut for Shields against Radcliffe last December. What was the final score that day?

We also today highlight our fourth charity of the month, the Customs House.

The Customs House is synonymous with South Shields as the breeding ground of some of the area’s brightest entertainment talent, and offers entertainment to all.

To find out more about the Customs House, click here. To donate financially, click here.

Over the month, donations will also be 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.

Thank you for your continued support and keep an eye out for Day Fourteen – and the launch of another competition – tomorrow!

South Shields players at first-team and Academy level have followed in the footsteps of supporters and club officials by donating to the Tickets To The Future initiative.

More than 500 season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign have now been snapped up after a surge in sales over recent days.

Over 80 of those are junior tickets which have been donated back to the club to distribute to deserving children ahead of the season, with the assistance of SSFC Foundation.

Club captain and Head of Professional Development Jon Shaw, centre-back Dillon Morse, goalkeeper Ross Coombe and teenage talents Will Jenkins and Sam Hodgson are among those to have donated tickets to the initiative.

Midfielder Nathan Lowe, meanwhile, donated a child AND adult season ticket, while Academy players Joe Lockey, Joe Ames, Aaron Steavens and Ben Errington all added tickets to the fund, as did Academy graduate Will McCamley, who is now with Huddersfield Town.

Jordan Hunter – who excelled on loan with the Mariners from Sunderland in the 2019-20 campaign – also provided two child season tickets.

He said: “I think everyone knows how much I loved the last season at the club.

“I donated because you can see how much the club means to the town and this initiative will help to get children through the gates who wouldn’t normally get the chance to, and gives them an opportunity to have that enjoyment on a Saturday afternoon.

“It has been great to see so many people get on board with it and hopefully it continues to go from strength to strength, and then next season those young fans can watch the team achieve the promotion we deserved to get this year.”

The Tickets To The Future initiative was kicked off by Shields supporter Jeff Bell, who lives in London. He purchased eight child season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign before donating them back to the club.

Jeff’s wish was for the tickets to be given to deserving children who would not usually have the opportunity to attend games at Mariners Park. The club has committed to working with SSFC Foundation to identify those children.

After Jeff’s generosity was publicised on social media, a host of other figures came forward to donate tickets.

Among them were club officials Bob and Viv Scott, Daniel Prince, Colin Docherty, Kev Wilson and Janet Davies.

One supporter, who wished to remain anonymous, donated 10 junior tickets on Friday and the total amount of donations is expected to exceed 100 in the coming days.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Those who would like to make a donation of either junior, concession or adult season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign – or indeed buy a season ticket for themselves – can do so in one of two ways.

Please call 0191 454 7800 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays to buy and donate over the phone, or click here to buy online. If you buy online and would like to donate your ticket(s), please follow up your purchase by sending an email signalling your intention to do so to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

Thank you for the continued outstanding support and we hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.