Squad is ready for Wembley showpiece

The North Shields squad ahead of the FA Vase final, with Newcastle United's Steven Taylor.
The North Shields squad ahead of the FA Vase final, with Newcastle United's Steven Taylor.

North Shields are relishing what could turn out to be a momentous season.

A fourth place in the Northern League First Division – their first back in the top flight after a 25-year absence – and back at Wembely some 46 years after their FA Amateur Cup triumph when Frank Brennan was at the helm.

Manager Graham Fenton will choose his 16-man final selection from Michael Robinson, Chris Bannon, Stuart Donnison, John Parker, Kevin Hughes (captain), Marc Lancaster, Curtis Coppen, John Grey, Joe Elliott, Ben Richardson, Adam Forster, Michael McKeown, Keiran Wrightson, Ryan Carr, Dean Holmes, Denver Morris, James Luccock, Dean Walker and Gareth Bainbridge.

If long serving keeper Michael Robinson plays at Wembley it will be his 200th game for the club – and he has three goals to his name against Crook, Pickering and Morpeth.

The prolific Gareth Bainbridge is hoping to add to his 102 goal tally whilst centre half John Parker is the only one of the squad to have appeared on the lush turf previously having turned out for West Auckland.

Opposition Glossop North End are North West Counties League champions by ten points and are double couple winners and on their way to the final saw off Northern League outfits Ryhope CW and Dunston UTS.

The Derbyshire side, who were beaten 2-0 by Whitley Bay in the 2009 FA Vase final at Wembley, only lost four of their 40 league games and scored 100 goals while conceding only 23 in the process.

They beat AFC St Austell 2-1 in their two-legged semi-final.

The Robins will be hoping to emulate their famous 1969 team which brought the FA Amateur Cup home to the north east following a 2-1 win over Sutton United at the old Wembley Stadium.

BT Sport will be showing a recording of the game on Saturday night from 10pm.

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