Supporters needed to help revive proud football club

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I WOULD just like to bring to the attention the resurgence of the once great North Shields Football Club and the apathy shown towards it by the people of the town.

Last week third placed Shields had a huge clash against second placed Guisborough Town and the grand total of 92 people turned up to watch.

This is a club who used to regularly get 500 to 600 for games and now crowds are less than 100.

I see no reason for this other than the people of the town have no interest in a club representing their community at the highest level of north east football, or they would rather travel the ten miles to Newcastle for their sporting fix, or, dare I say, to Hillheads to watch their great rivals Whitley Bay.

It pains me to see newspaper cuttings of ‘supporters’ following the FA Vase glory trail with NE29 postcodes and completely ignoring the club on their own doorstep.

Playing in the heart of North Shields at Collingwood playing fields adjacent to the old Ralph Gardner School the club is ideally placed to attract support.

We have worked incredibly hard to promote the club in the local area and the amount of people that say “I used to watch the club all the time at Appleby Park but never now”, has turned from being a novel conversation to one that has now become embarrassing and pitiful.

Whatever happened to supporting a club through thick and thin?

The club needs the people of the town to support it.

Sixteens and under get in completely free and yet we still see very few of the next generation of supporters though the turnstiles.

We encourage and welcome everyone through the gate and with £4 for adults and £2 for OAPs you can have a great day out for less than the cost of the programme at Newcastle United.

We have a website – www.northshieldsfc.co.uk – that keeps the fans updated and chronicles the history of the club as we look to keep our supporters informed.

I’m fully aware the North Shields townfolk can choose to support whatever team they choose, and just because there is a club in the town doesn’t mean you have to support them.

What I would say is come and see the club and its many passionate supporters who have backed them since their demise in 1992 and subsequent reformation.

We are on the verge of a whole new chapter as we close in on promotion.

Over to you the people of North Shields, we’re successfully reviving this once proud club and we need your help.

MARK SCOTT

Commercial manager

North Shields FC