FA Vase celebrations continue in the sun

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Members of the FA Vase winning North Shields squad have enjoyed a celebratory holiday in the sun.

Some of the players jetted out to Benidorm last Thursday for a weekend in the sun after their memorable victory at Wembley.

The Robins, who came from behind to beat Glossop North End after extra time, enjoyed balmy temperatures of 34C after getting time off their day jobs.

Celebrations show no sign of letting up for the club, who became the first side to win both the FA Amateur Cup then the FA Vase.

A DVD of their Wembley showcase has been produced, and will be going on sale at the club’s presentation night on Thursday.

And the players and staff will be enjoying an open top bus parade through North Shields and Tynemouth on Friday, May 22, leaving the Daren Persson Stadium at 6.30pm.

North Shields have thanked Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Sunderland and Aston Villa for allowing them to use their facilities to train in the run up to the FA Vase final.

Reflecting back on their Wembley triumph, manager Graham Fenton said late fitness tests to key players – including goalkeeper Chris Bannon and match winner Adam Forster – meant the team sheet was handed in late.

Fenton said: “With so many checks on Saturday morning we just couldn’t name a side until the very last minute, so late in fact that the referee came banging on the door for the team sheet.

“It all worked out brilliantly however, despite all and cramp creeping in the spirit wouldn’t wilt.”