Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meanwhile, Back at in South Shields. FA VASE FINALSouth Shields 4 Cleethorpes 0

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meanwhile, Back at in South Shields. FA VASE FINALSouth Shields 4 Cleethorpes 0

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Byline: Simon Meechan Reporter simon.meechan@trinitymirror.com @@SimonMeechan_90

WHAT a result.

South Shields fans who couldn't make it to Wembley gathered at the club's Mariners Park to watch the FA Vase final in the stadium bar.

The Mariners' bar and function suite was packed with supporters and well-wishers keen to watch South Shields beat Cleethorpes and round off a wonderful season with a fourth trophy.

From the off, the atmosphere was nervy, but expectant. The Maroon and Blue Mariners, backed by 13,000 Sanddancers in Wembley, started brightly.

But as the minutes wore on, and Shields dominated the early part of the first half without scoring, you could feel tension mounting.

Just before half-time, the atmosphere became much more relaxed, as South Shields won and converted a penalty, before almost making it 2-0 ahead of the break.

Watching the match were South Shields fans Marilyn and Jim Richardson. They couldn't make it to London, but were represented at the national stadium by their two sons, and a German Borussia Dortmund fan who they recruited for the day.

The couple held hands through the game and were glued to the TV screen. For Marilyn, an FA Vase win would represent the "icing on the cake" for her club's season.

Speaking at half-time, she said: "I'm so emotional, because the sons are down at Wembley and they've got a German coming along - a Borussia Dortmund fan. My sons have converted him, bought him a strip and everything."

"I'm very emotional, I'm Shields through and through. This is wonderful, it's the icing on the cake, isn't it?" Sunderland fan Kati Bohill was at Mariners Park to cheer on South Shields. Wearing a maroon and blue club scarf, she was impressed by the lads' first half.

"I thought for the first 20 minutes they totally dominated. They looked a little bit shaky at the back at some points, but I think they want it more," said the Stadium of Light season ticket-holder.

Wearing the captain's armband at Wembley was 36-year-old Julio Arca, a former Sunderland and Middlesbrough player from Argentina.

After retiring from professional football, Arca remained in the North East, turning out in a Wearside pub league before signing for South Shields. …

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