Around 13,000 South Shields supporters are getting ready to descend on London as arguably the biggest occasion in the club’s history draws ever nearer.
The Mariners will take on Cleethorpes Town in the final of the FA Vase at Wembley on Sunday.
Whatever happens on the pitch, it promises to be a memorable weekend as the town comes out in force in support of the club.
Shields supporters will be situated on the west side of Wembley Stadium, and as such, have been allocated 13 pubs and bars in and around the ground on matchday.
Mariners supporters will be able to drink in The Green Man, Blue Room, Flannery’s Bar, J.J. Moon’s, Masti, Moore Spice (1966), Station 31, The Arch, The Copper Jug, The Corner House, The Fusilier, The Liquor Station and Thirsty Eddie’s.
Sunday’s match kicks off at 12.15pm, and those who attend will also be able to stay to watch the FA Trophy final between York City and Macclesfield Town, which starts at 4.15pm.
It has been announced that the concourse area at Wembley will turn into a pop-up pub between the two games, and the area in the Mariners’ section has been named The Steamboat to give it that bit more of a homely feel.
The final round of Premier League fixtures will be shown on big screens, while there will be special offers on food and drink, pub furniture, giant dart boards, table football, giant jenga, giant connect four and football freestylers.
Those who do not yet have tickets for Sunday can still purchase them from Mariners Park between 9am and 9pm, priced at £25 for adults, £10 for concessions and £1 for juniors.
They can also still be bought by clicking here, and on matchday at Wembley, where the ticket office will open at 9am for late purchases.
Travel packages for the weekend also remain available with club sponsor Westoe Travel.
One option is a Saturday departure by coach, with a one-night stay in a hotel, which can be bought from £89. Other Saturday options are to take the train and stay in a hotel for one or two nights.
Supporters can also book a day trip by coach at £35 for adults and £34 for senior citizens or children, or a day trip by train from £99. Those prices depend on train times and available hotels at the time of your booking.
For more details, call Westoe Travel on 0191 455 2292.
At Wembley, general admission and hospitality doors will open at 10.45am for those who wish to soak up the atmosphere.
Should the game finish level, it will go to extra-time and, if needed, penalties.
Supporters have been encouraged to arrive early at the stadium to avoid delays in entry because of enhanced searching, and discouraged from bringing large bags or rucksacks, as all bags will be searched.
A list of prohibited items, meanwhile, can be found by clicking here.
Should any supporters need advice in and around the stadium, a team of ‘Connectors’ will be located at Wembley, and Wembley Park station, wearing bright yellow. They are in place to provide support and knowledge to ensure supporters can locate their seat, gate or transport hub.
Fans are encouraged by the FA, if possible, to arrive by public transport. Nearby London Underground stations are Wembley Park (a five-minutes walk from the stadium) and Wembley Central (15 minutes away). On the London Overground system, meanwhile, Wembley Stadium station is five minutes from the ground.
Local buses to the stadium include numbers 18, 83, 92 and 224. It should be noted that London buses no longer accept cash, therefore any supporters travelling by bus will need to pay for the fare using an Oyster card or contact less payment card. A single adult fare is £1.45.
For London tube, road, bus and other services, visit www.tfl.gov.uk. Find train times and fares by clicking here or call 0871 200 4950.
More information on how to get to Wembley is available by clicking here.
Thank you for your magnificent support and we look forward to seeing you at Wembley!
Player sponsorship packages remain available for the Buildbase FA Vase final later this month.
South Shields will take on Cleethorpes Town in the showpiece occasion at Wembley on Sunday, May 21.
Those who purchase a player sponsorship for the match will receive a signed, framed shirt identical to the shirt their chosen player will wear on the big day.
Packages have proved popular so far, but several players remain available.
Call 0191 454 7800 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or would like further details.
Meanwhile, tickets for the FA Vase final remain available by clicking here.
The club would like to say a huge thank you to all supporters for the tremendous backing given throughout the season so far.
The campaign will now finish on Sunday, May 21, with a trip to Wembley Stadium in the final of the Buildbase FA Vase.
The club would like to stress that all tickets for the game are to be purchased from the FA. They can be bought by clicking here, or by calling 0844 826 2010.
Tickets cost £25 for adults, £10 for students and pensioners, and £1 for under-16s.
Tickets for group bookings – parties of between nine and 49 people – are £12.50 for adults, £5 for students and pensioners, and £1 for under-16s.
Those who require more than 49 tickets should contact the FA’s customer relations department on 0800 169 2007, and select Option 7.
On the day itself, the turnstiles at Wembley will open at 10.45am. The FA Vase final between South Shields and Cleethorpes Town kicks off at 12.15pm, while ticket holders can also watch the FA Trophy final between York City and Macclesfield Town at 4.15pm.
Ticket sales to Shields supporters have progressed extremely well since going on sale immediately after the semi-final against Coleshill Town, and over 9,000 tickets have so far been sold to Mariners fans. The club has been informed there will be ample tickets available for supporters.
Those buying tickets online may periodically encounter a message stating South Shields tickets have sold out, but more should quickly become available as new sections of the ground are opened up.
The club has been allocated tickets in the west section of Wembley, and will also use the west dressing room.
Blue badge parking is available at the stadium at a cost of £15 per person via www.wembleyofficialparking.com
A complimentary shuttle bus service will also be in operation, taking supporters from Wembley Park Station to the ground.
Parking spaces should be booked from www.wembleyofficialparking.com
Advanced booking rates are £65 for coaches and mini-buses, £15 for blue badge holders, £30 for cars and £5 for motorbikes and scooters. The club has been allocated the yellow car park at Wembley.
Further information about travelling to the stadium can be found by clicking here.
A list of prohibited items can be viewed by clicking here.
The borough in which the stadium is based is covered by a Controlled Drinking Zone (CDZ).
It is an offence to drink alcohol in any public place after being asked not to do so by a police officer or police community support officer. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £500.
Should any supporters be planning to take a musical instrument to the game, they should get in touch with the club as soon as possible so it can make a request to the FA.
Supporters are able to bring flags to Wembley that measure up to 2.5m at their largest height or width. If a flag is larger than this, they should click here to register details and seek prior approval.
Any flag poles brought to the stadium must be no longer than 1m and no wider than 1cm, and must be made from wood or plastic only. Flags draped over the Level 5 gantry must not restrict the view of supporters below.
The FA has also advised that any flags obscuring views and emergency signage, or impacting the enjoyment of others, will need to be re-positioned or removed.