South Shields Football Club
The third club of this name, it was formed in 1888. The team played in the Football League during the 1920s.They won the Wearside League in 1977 and remained at this level for 15 years before moving next to the Filtrona factory for 1992. The club also won the Wearside League in 1993 and 1995. The club earned promotion to the Northern Football League first division, remaining there for four years until relegation in 2000. In 2015, the club was purchased by Geoff Thompson who would oversee several promotions and increased attendances. After several high-profile signings, the Mariners earned several promotions to the Northern Premier League and also won the 2017 FA Vase Final.
South Shields are no strangers to playing Gloucestershire teams, last season they lost 3-1 away to Cheltenham in the first round of the FA Cup.
Match report and highlights – Cheltenham Town 3-1 South Shields – BBC Sport
The team now competes in the Northern Premier League, the seventh tier of the English Football League System.
The team is often nicknamed as the Mariners.
The image and motto on the badge may be related to the town’s role as the location of the first lifeboat station service. ‘Always ready’ probably refers to the availability of the lifeboat. 1850 was the year that South Shields was incorporated as a borough with its own charter.
The team play in claret & light blue shirts.
For a detailed history of South Shields FC – History – South Shields FC
As well as being the oldest and largest town in South Tyneside, South Shields is also one of the region’s most popular seaside resorts. From 1985 to 2009 the area marketed itself as “Catherine Cookson Country” (she was born in South Shields), which attracted many visitors.
The town and region include:
- The reconstructed Roman Fort and excavations at Arbeia, which form part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site
- The town’s museum & art gallery, including a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and times of Catherine Cookson
- The home to the Barbour headquarters, warehouse and factory
- The Customs House theatre and arts venue and the historic Mill Dam riverside
- Traditional, continental and farmers’ markets and high street shopping
- Seafront complete with promenade, parks, fairground and amusement arcades, crazy golf, skate complex, quasar laser, miniature steam railway and boating lake and live entertainment
- Coastal scenery, beaches and dunes at Littlehaven, Sandhaven and MarsdenBay
- National Trust -owned Souter Lighthouseand The Leas cliff tops
- St Hilda’s Church, reputedly built on the site of Hilda‘s own seventh-century chapel
- Haven Point
- The combined Jubilee Clocktower and WouldhaveMemorial, which stands on Pier Parade alongside “Tyne”, Britain’s second-oldest preserved lifeboat.
- An extensive network of cycle paths and trails.
- A newly refurbished multi-purpose family-friendly complex at the seafront, including a bowling alley, a soft play area, a fully licensed bar, Italian restaurant, an arcade called Dunes Adventure Island and a renowned Amphitheatre.
More information on South Shields attractions and hotels & restaurants – Official tourist information for South Shields (visitnortheastengland.com)
Sandy the South Shields mascot – thankfully not a lion or dog.
People born in South Shields are considered to be Geordies, a term commonly associated with all residents of Tyneside.
A less commonly used colloquial term is sandancer (sometimes sanddancer). It is presumed to originate from the town’s beach and history.
In 2017 before their FA Vase Final there was a vote to name the mascot. The options were all essentially variations on the name Sandy so perhaps unsurprisingly Sandy won. Sandy has a beard and wears a sailor’s outfit, so now you know what Captain Birds Eye does on his days off.