Wembley fever grips town ahead of FA Vase final

Footballers have been put through their paces by youngsters ahead of their biggest game of the season.

Schoolchildren were on hand to help North Shields FC prepare for their Wembley adventure on Saturday in the final of the FA Vase against Glossop North End.

North Shields FC goalie David Morton with some of the schoolchildren that put him through his paces before the team's trip to Wembley. Picture by Jane Coltman

North Shields FC goalie David Morton with some of the schoolchildren that put him through his paces before the team's trip to Wembley. Picture by Jane Coltman

Fans will be hoping North Shields can win the trophy in 90 minutes but just in case, around 120 pupils from schools in the town put the Robins’ goalkeeper David Morton through his paces in a special penalty shoot-out.

During the event on Wednesday afternoon, the town’s Northumberland Square was transformed into a football-filled arena where other football-themed activities also took place.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We’re absolutely delighted for North Shields FC and we wish them all the luck in the world in the upcoming final on May 9.

“There’s a lot of passion in the area for football and it’s great to see so much support for one of our local clubs – we’re all very proud of them.

We’re absolutely delighted for North Shields FC and we wish them all the luck in the world in the upcoming final

Mayor Norma Redfearn

“I know the children were really looking forward to meeting the players and getting the chance to practice football skills with them.”

The town has been going football mad in the run up to the final with North Tyneside Council helping North Shields Chamber of Trade produce and distribute 500 ‘good luck’ posters for businesses to display.

The council has also created a small exhibition of North Shields Football Club’s memorabilia at the town’s Customer First Centre.