A popular up-and-coming local band have hit the back of the net with a new song dedicated to South Shields FC.

Indie rockers Big Romance, who recently drew a line under their old identity and began a new chapter with an even more lively and anthemic sound after previously being known as Deep.Sleep, have written a track which will now be adopted as the club’s walk-out tune at games at 1st Cloud Arena.

Lead singer and guitarist Daniel Frend and his fellow band members Alex Greenup and Louis Hellier were tasked with penning a song which could become synonymous with the club, and it is now almost ready for release.

This Feeling was inspired by Daniel Frend’s father John, who is a season ticket holder at SSFC and has a huge love of all things South Shields.

You can listen to the track by clicking here.

Daniel said: “It was a huge honour to be asked to create a song for the club, and also quite a responsibility for us as a band.

“It’s something we relished and the process of creating this track was hugely enjoyable.

“My dad is the inspiration behind it, with references in the song to South Shields and the River Tyne, both of which he loves.

“He is a massive fan of the club and grew up in Shields and I wanted to give something back to him, as well as of course the club. He is the person behind my love of music and South Shields.

“The last few weeks have been very exciting as we’ve been preparing to release the song. It has been the worst kept secret among our friends and family so it’s very cathartic to finally be able to shout about it properly, and now we can’t wait for the fans to hear it and to get to know the words.

“When that happens, it’s going to be an emotional day for us and I’m sure there will be tears.”

The lyrics pay homage to the club and town, with lines such as ‘my father’s home is where my heart is’ and ‘I wanna marry you my Mariner, you’re the only one who knows’.

The release of the new song comes as the band gears up for a promising career, with further releases planned and ready to hit streaming platforms this year and into next.

One of the most exciting groups to emerge in the North East over recent years, Big Romance have gigged around the UK and abroad, and performed at festivals including Kendal Calling, Tramlines and Hit The North under their previous guise.

Their music has been played regularly at South Shields home games since February, with PA announcer Geoff Main having used the opportunity to spotlight local bands before matches.

Having worked tirelessly on This Feeling, Big Romance are now preparing to release it as a single shortly before the Mariners’ first home league game of the season, against Stalybridge Celtic on August 13.

The track has been produced by Andi Anderson of Push Pull Productions and engineered by Pete Maher, who works with some of the world’s leading artists, producers and labels, including U2, Katy Perry, the Gallagher brothers and Lana Del Rey.

This Feeling will become Shields’ new walk-out tune, replacing AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, which has been the final song played before the players emerge onto the pitch since the 2018-19 season.

Geoff Main and Stu Rounthwaite, both key members of fan group All Things Mariners, came up with the idea of asking a band to create a unique song for the club, and This Feeling is the result.

The recording costs have been covered by SSFC chairman Geoff Thompson and we greatly look forward to playing the song very soon at 1st Cloud Arena.

South Shields rounded off pre-season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dunston on Saturday.

A Joao Gomes brace and another from Darius Osei sealed the win for the Mariners, with the home side creating a wealth of chances throughout.

They now have a week to prepare for their Pitching In Northern Premier League opener against Stalybridge Celtic after recording their fifth straight victory.

Shields had the first sight of goal as Mackenzie Heaney tried his luck from a free-kick, but it was straight at the goalkeeper. Dunston broke away with pace and forced Myles Boney to make an excellent save to keep the scores level.

The Mariners found the breakthrough as Osei received the ball from Will McGowan, set himself and curled a magnificent effort into the far corner.

Blair Adams came inches away from scoring a wonder goal. He showed quick feet to beat a defender and fired a shot which wasn’t too far away from finding the top corner.

Martin Smith did brilliantly to win the ball in midfield and release Osei, but he dragged just wide. Only moments later, Osei had another great chance, but thundered his effort off the post.

Shields were awarded a penalty shortly after the restart after Dylan Mottley-Henry was brought down. Mottley-Henry stepped up, but blazed the spot-kick over the bar.

Heaney, who was a thorn in Dunston’s side all afternoon, was released down the right soon after, but his ambitious lob landed just the wrong side of the post.

Moments later, McGowan was played through on goal, but he couldn’t get enough bend on the ball and his strike was wide.

Shields had chances galore in the second period, and Mottley-Henry was the next to get one. Michael Woods played a great pass through and the forward took a great touch, but couldn’t get his attempt on target.

After applying pressure for large parts of the game, it finally paid off for the Mariners. Sam Hodgson lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and Gomes followed the ball in, making sure that it crossed the line.

Only moments before time, Gomes added another. Robert Briggs fired the ball across the six yard box, and Gomes was waiting at the back post to tap into an empty net.

Shields face off against Stalybridge at 1st Cloud Arena next Saturday, as the Pitching In Northern Premier League begins.

Shields: Boney, Hunter, Adams (c) (Doherty 73), Broadbent (Bodenham 73), Liddle, Smith (Briggs 73), Woods (Trialist 73), McGowan, Heaney (Jenkins 73), Mottley-Henry (Gomes 73), Osei (Hodgson 73).

Goals: Darius Osei (17), Joao Gomes (76, 87).

Attendance: 818

Image: Kevin Wilson.

Striker Lewis Alessandra is to bring his vast experience to South Shields after becoming the Mariners’ eighth summer signing.

Alessandra, who departed Carlisle United in the summer, has spent his entire 15-year career to date in the Football League, making over 400 appearances in the competition.

The 33-year-old is now bringing his talents to 1st Cloud Arena after spells with Oldham Athletic, Morecambe, Plymouth Argyle, Rochdale, York City, Hartlepool United, Notts County and Carlisle.

He said: “South Shields is definitely a club on the up and going places with big aspirations, so I’m delighted to be part of it.

“They made me feel very wanted, which was a big factor in my decision, and I can’t wait to get started.

“I knew a few of the lads here already and they said everything I wanted to hear in terms of the set-up and the way the club goes about things.

“I had a chat with the manager, who has great pedigree as a forward himself, and it will be great to get the chance to learn from him, even at my age.

“He explained what he was looking for in a forward, which suits the way I play, and everything I’ve heard and seen regarding the way the team likes to play has been positive.

“Now I have to prove my worth and try to get into the starting 11 and make the position my own.”

A versatile forward, Alessandra’s best work is usually through the middle, but he is also capable of playing in wide positions.

He is in no doubt as to the Mariners’ target for 2022-23.

Alessandra added: “We must aim to be right at the top of the league.

“It doesn’t always just happen the way you expect and that’s why being professional and setting high standards every day is so important.

“As a full-time squad we have to be as fit as possible and our target has to be promotion.”

South Shields manager Kevin Phillips said: “Lewis is another fantastic signing for the club.

“He is someone who has only ever played league football, so to attract a player of his calibre is a massive coup.

“We’re naturally delighted to have him as he brings added competition to the squad and excellent quality, alongside the players we already have in that position.

“He brings brilliant pedigree, experience and leadership qualities, and fits well with the players we have signed this summer and those who were already here.

“I’m very pleased with the balance of the squad and this will be our last addition for the foreseeable future.”

You can purchase a season ticket to watch Alessandra and his new team-mates by clicking here.

Alessandra is not expected to be available to make his debut in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Dunston.