The club is delighted to confirm that strikers Jon Shaw and Warren Byrne, as well as manager Jon King and assistant manager Lee Picton, will take part in Friday’s question and answer session at Mariners Park.

The Q and A is taking place as part of a night of entertainment at the ground which gets underway at 7pm and is free to attend.

The club’s new away kit will also be launched, while there will be a casino event and live music.

Supporters will get the chance to put their questions to the previously mentioned quartet, just over a week before the new season gets started. The rest of the Shields squad will also be in attendance.

The away kit launch, meanwhile, will see the winner of the competition to design it revealed.

Schoolchildren across South Tyneside were invited to send in their designs, and a lucky winner has been chosen after well over 160 entries came in. Their name will be printed on every shirt.

The club would really like to see you on the night – we hope you can make it.

Warren Byrne’s incredible goal for South Shields against Tow Law Town in April gained yet more recognition as he picked up a Best of South Tyneside Award on Thursday.

The striker was invited to the Quality Hotel, in Boldon, as one of three nominees for the Sporting Excellence award on a night organised by the Shields Gazette.

Warren Byrne award 2And he beat off strong competition from swimmer Josef Craig and fitness instructor Ant Clennan to win the prize.

The Mariners were also nominated in the Sports Team of the Year category, but were beaten by champion gymnasts Kristie Harrington, Sofie Lincoln and Gabrielle Evans.

After Warren was presented with his award, host Ray Spencer interviewed him on stage while the large audience was shown the remarkable goal on a giant screen.

It follows on from Warren winning the Budweiser Dream Goal competition, appearing on Sky Sports show Soccer AM and several regional news shows, and in both local and national newspapers.

Warren Byrne award 3He also won the award for CNN’s Goal of the Week, while the goal has now been viewed well over 5million times online, and several million more times on Budweiser TV adverts.

Warren was involved in an inspiring night at the Quality Hotel, when many of South Tyneside’s unsung heroes and top achievers were recognised.

The club would like to congratulate all of those who won awards and all of those who were nominated. Community heroes were rightly hailed on what was an emotional and uplifting night.

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Pallister was at Mariners Park on Sunday to hand over the prize for Warren Byrne’s Budweiser Dream Goal.

Gary presented the club with a cheque for £50,000 on behalf of Budweiser after Warren selected South Shields as the non-league club of his choice.

Gary and Warren smaller 1Warren’s incredible goal against Tow Law Town in April gained worldwide attention, and the 33-year-old beat off competition from thousands of other non-league players to be selected as Dream Goal winner.

His strike was analysed on TV by former England internationals Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp, and also shown by broadcasters across the globe.

Part of Warren’s reward for winning the Dream Goal prize was a £50,000 grant for the non-league club of his choice, and on Sunday, former defender Pallister – who also represented Middlesbrough during his playing days – was on hand to present the money to the Mariners.

It is now expected to be spent on ground improvements this summer, with the club having already invested in a new drainage system for its pitch at Mariners Park, and also planning to erect a new stand and make other improvements.

Warren’s goal at Tow Law was one of 31 he scored during the season, which ended with Shields being crowned champions of Ebac Northern League Division Two.

However, it is one strike in particular that he will always be remembered for.

He said: “There has been a lot of attention, and I think my wife is sick of hearing about it now!

“The publicity has been good for myself and brilliant for the club as well.

“It was great to meet Gary, who played for the club I support, Middlesbrough.

“He seems like a very nice bloke and it was fantastic that he was able to come down, visit the club and hand over the cheque.

Smaller 2“I’m sure the money will help the club a lot with ground improvements this summer, so it’s great all-round.”

Warren met Gary and showed him round Mariners Park before the cheque was handed over.

Gary – who won four Premier League titles and three FA Cups in his playing days – was at the ground to present the cheque as Budweiser’s designated ‘FA Cup legend’.

He was hugely impressed with Byrne’s strike against Tow Law, which saw him flick the ball up with his right foot, hook it over his head and then volley into the opposite corner with his left foot.

The former defender said: “It was a stunning goal.

“To win a competition like this, you have to do something a bit special, and Warren certainly did that.

“He’s a thoroughly deserved winner, and a great guy to boot.

Smaller 3“I’ve seen some of his other goals as well and he certainly seems to have an eye for the spectacular.

“I’m sure the money will help the club a great deal, and it’s great to see the improvements which are being made.

“I played in the Northern League at the start of my career with Billingham Town, and I know how difficult it can be to keep clubs at this level going.

“I’m very impressed with the facilities at Mariners Park, and hopefully after the promotion last season, the club can go on to bigger and better things.”

Watch out for a video interview with both Warren and Gary on Monday.