South Shields’ matchday programme – The Mariner – has come out on top in the annual Soccer Club Swap Shop Programme Awards.
The Mariner was named as the top programme for 2021-22 in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division, and joint-10th for all programmes in English non-league football.
The 2021-22 season was a record campaign for programme sales at 1st Cloud Arena, with supporters able to read regular manager and captain columns, long-form interviews, insightful features and key focuses on the club’s Academy, Ladies and Foundation teams.
The programme was edited by the club’s head of media and communications, Daniel Prince, with key contributions during the season from Adam Sproates, Kieran Regan, Dan O’Neill and Rebecca Johnson on a range of topics. Each issue was illuminated with tremendous images from Kev Wilson. It was designed and printed by Aztec Colour Print.
Prince said: “This has been another year of record sales for The Mariner, and it is the backing of supporters which makes all of the hard work involved so rewarding.
“I was helped tremendously all season by a small but dedicated team, and would like to thank them all for their efforts, particularly Aztec Colour Print’s Geoff Smith, whose tireless work on it was simply invaluable.
“Kev Wilson’s incredible imagery has also brought the programme to life, and it simply would not be an attractive product without his outstanding work.
“Volunteers including Adam Sproates, Kieran Regan, Dan O’Neill, Ciaran Lines and Rebecca Johnson provided superbly-written articles on a range of topics.
“We are also indebted to Steve Camm, Kevin Phillips, Graham Fenton, Blair Adams, Andy Inness, Jon Shaw and Wess Brown for the time they spent helping us put the programme together, as well as players, management staff, opposition media teams, former players, supporters, our secretary Philip Reay, photographers Kev Wilson Craig McNair and team analyst Ryan Chipperfield for their contributions and assistance.
“This award is one deserved by all of them and we thank Soccer Club Swap Shop for their recognition.”
Phil Watkins, from Soccer Club Swap Shop, said: “Congratulations on winning this award, as the programme editor is often the forgotten vital link within the club, but not by Soccer Club Swap Shop, who have done these awards for 30 years now.”
If anyone has a feature idea or would like to get involved in The Mariner next season, please contact the club via email at email@example.com.
The programme – edited by Daniel Prince and designed by Nenad Mijaljević – has had 36 issues so far, and has been well-sold throughout the campaign.
In the yearly competition, it ranked first in Northern League Division Two, and third in the Northern League overall.
In first place was Bedlington Terriers, with North Shields second, South Shields third and Jarrow Roofing fourth.
The club would like to thank all fans for their support of the programme so far this season.
It sold out within 30 minutes of kick-off ahead of the club’s first game back at Mariners Park, so a number of extra copies will be printed to satisfy demand.
Anyone who would like a copy of the programme, costing £1.50, can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the club on Twitter (www.twitter.com/southshieldsfc) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/southshieldsfc) so it can be arranged.
The 32-page, full colour edition features columns from chairman Geoff Thompson, manager Jon King and captain Leepaul Scroggins, as well as an extended interview with the latter.
There is also a focus on a special season in the club’s history, interviews with a number of players, information and history on Darlington FC and a whole host more, including a guest column with Ebac Northern League chairman Mike Amos, pen pics of the senior squad and an article on the club’s Under-18s side.
Those who would like a copy are asked to register their interest as soon as possible.