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South Shields FC History
The history of Shields mark 1 is blurred but reports in
the local Gazette suggest that the South Shields
Association Football team’s first recorded result was a
2-1 win in September 1889 against Gateshead Albion, though
mention was made of three games the previous season. South
Shields Athletic formed in 1897 to play in the Northern
Alliance, but folded in 1902.
South Shields Adelaide, nicknamed the Laddies, were formed
in 1899 by Jack Inskip, and after joining the Northern
Alliance, moved to the North Eastern League in 1908 –
09, becoming a limited company, Adelaide had been dropped
from the name in 1905 and in 1913 the club unsuccessfully
applied to the football league polling no votes.
In 1919 they contested the post war Victory Shield
alongside Newcastle, Sunderland and others, and joined the
extended Football league division two in 1919 – 20
amassing 28 club votes. The first game was a 1-0 defeat at
Fulham watched by 20,000 and though big crowds were
commonplace, at Shields Horsley Hill Ground success proved
The biggest recorded home crowd was in 1926 – 27 when
24,348 turned out for an FA Cup quarter final with Swansea
Town, and the Welsh underdogs from Division Three (South)
spoiled the party.
Relegation came the following season, and after two Division Three (North) seasons the club folded in 1930 despite finishing seventh, and was taken over in its entirety by Gateshead.
That was it until 1936 – 37 when, with financial support
from the Shields gazette, the team re – formed in the
North Eastern League and enjoyed immediate success in both
league and Durham Challenge Cup before war broke out.
Gates often exceeded 10,000. The record at Simonside Hall
(the clubs home from 1951) is thought to be 18,000 for the
1957 – 58 FA Cup tie with York City, though the figure
21,000 has also been reported.
Numerous great FA Cup days included the 4-1 defeat at QPR
in 1970, and the 10 goal feat by Chris Marron – claimed
to be an FA Cup record – in the 13-0 win over Radcliffe
welfare in 1947.
Enforced moves resulted from the folding of the North Eastern League in 1957-58, the Midland League in 1959-60, the northern Counties League in 1961-62, the re-formed North Eastern League in 1963-64 and the North Regional League in 1967-68.
The Northern Premier League was next stop, and though the
League didn’t fold, the club did, in 1974. Its demise
was common knowledge before the event, and even though the
club reached the FA Trophy semi-final losing 3-0 on
aggregate to a Morecambe side it had beaten 6-0 and 7-1 in
the League – only 1117 bothered to watch the home leg.
The club in its present form was born that year, a phoenix
from the ashes, after a second defection to Gateshead by
the towns Northern Premier League club, and the sale of
Simonside Hall, given to the club by supporters. The
re-formed club under chairman Martin Ford, was based at
the councils Jack Clark Park, and began a 17 year crusade
for a home of its own.
After two title winning seasons in the Northern Alliance,
and a run to the Quarter finals of the FA Vase, Shields
joined the Wearside League. Ultimately it fell to chairman
John Rundle and his family to provide the holy grail of a
new ground at Filtrona Park, which was generously
re-developed and first used by the club in 1992.
The first time a team ran out at Filtrona was an emotional
day for every follower of the club, in particular for
President Dick Butler who died in September 1996. South
Shields mark 3 celebrated its 25th birthday in the summer
of 1999 but the party didn’t last too long. After an
opening day draw with mighty Bedlington raised hopes, the
season turned sour and the mariners entered the new
century marooned at the bottom of the first division. Set
against one of the seasons more disturbing stories in
Northern Ventures Northern Gains chairman John Rundle
publicly threatening to fold the club if relegation
followed, this wasn’t the way the old millennium was
meant to end. Despite relegation in 1999 – 2000 the
chairman happily changed his mind.
However the chairman John Rundle announced on 4th Feb 2006
that the club was to fold, local people were incensed that
a club like South Shields was going to the wall, and after
a meeting with John Rundle decided to take the club on. Vice Chairman Gary Crutwell,
secretary Phillip Reay, assistant secretary Dick Bailey
and Brinley Griffiths now run the club.
Against the odds and the deduction of six league points
which were incurred from the previous management team, new
manager Mick Taylor and his brother Joe as his assistant
together with some new players fought off the threat of
relegation and kept South Shields status In the Northern
League secure, beating Penrith in the last game of the
season 2 – 1. Club President the Rt. Hon David
Miliband who is now the new secretary of state for the
environment called in to wish the club well.
During the 2006 / 2007
season due to work commitments, the manager Mick Taylor
and his brother Joe left the club in a healthy position.
Mr. Gary Steadman was promoted from player coach to
manager with Mr. Tony Gibson a previous South Shields FC
manager coming in as his assistant.
Leading the division for most of the season South Shields
FC ended up in fourth position just missing out on
The 2007 / 2008 season
brought more changes, Tony Gibson retired due to personal
reasons and Mr Justin Perry came in to assist the manager.
Mr Gary Crutwell was appointed chairman.
The Mariners had an excellent season finishing in 2nd
place and promotion to the 1st division on the Northern
League. with the success of the team on the pitch this saw
an increase in the number of fans coming to watch the team
& this season also saw the reformation of the South
Shields supporters association.
The 2008 / 2009 was a
season to stabilise the club in the first division and to
that aim they were successful finishing 19th, gaining valuable
experience in a more competitive league.
2009 / 2010 the club had a
great start and were 3rd in the table at Christmas, but unfortunately
due to a lengthy break and harsh winter conditions the
team finished the season in 11th place. However the team
put together a great run in the league cup, winning the
final against Ashington on penalties. The first silverware
the club has ever won in the Northern League.