South Shields Football Club are one of the success stories in non league football at the moment.

Image – Jason Button

Following on from a promotion from the Northern League in the 2016/17 season, they repeated the feat the following year.


This season they were on the brink of a third successive promotion, but ultimately lost in the playoff final against Warrington Town.

They have regularly got attendances upwards of 2,000 this season and joint manager Lee Picton puts this down to the ability of the club to feel like part of the community: “We know that this football club is built on really solid foundations now.


“It has the potential to really continue to grow and be a fantastic success story. What we’ve been able to do is tap into a certain amount of disillusionment with Premier League football or football from the big clubs in the area.


He also credits the owner of the club, Geoff Thompson for adding to the community feel: He want this football club to be community focused and I think we’ve made massive, massive strides in that respect.”