Call to use empty pitch as South Shields FC leaves Peterlee’s Eden Lane

DEPARTURE ... From left, South Shields committee members Gary Crutwell, Haydn Wright and Bob Wray leave Eden Lane for the final time.
DEPARTURE ... From left, South Shields committee members Gary Crutwell, Haydn Wright and Bob Wray leave Eden Lane for the final time.
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A FOOTBALL club which is set to leave Peterlee after a two-year spell has urged a team in the town to take on the ‘first-class’ facility.

South Shields FC, who play in the second tier of the Northern League, have been based at Peterlee’s Eden Lane since the summer of 2013 when the lease on their former ground ended.

Peterlee has a first-class facility, and it’s a shame no-one in the area is able to put a club together to make the town proud.

South Shields FC vice-chairman, Gary Crutwell

But, a deal has now been reached to take it back to Filtrona Park, in South Shields, in time for the 2015-16 season, subject to league ratification and final checks.

Gary Crutwell, who has been chairman of the club since 2008 but will now become vice-chairman in the new structure, has paid tribute to Peterlee Town Council for their help over the last two years.

He said: “Without Peterlee Town Council, the club’s future would have been at serious risk.

“We would like to give them our whole-hearted thanks to the leader, as well as Sharon Pounder, the council’s sports development officer, and Brendan Arnell, the parks supervisor, who have looked after the club in the two years we have been in Peterlee.

“They have been absolutely first-class with us. Anything the club required, they helped us out with. We’d also like to thank Global Sports – who are based at the facility – for their contribution, and Jackie Brown for her help on match days with refreshments.

“Peterlee has a first-class facility, and it’s a shame no-one in the area is able to put a club together to make the town proud. There should be a team playing there, and hopefully one will come forward to do so.”

Before the Mariners played at Eden Lane, the facility was used by Peterlee Town FC, before they folded.

The ground could now be left empty, unless another team comes forward to use it.

Sharon Pounder, sports development officer at Peterlee Town Council, said: “We are looking for a team to represent the town. We have got a fantastic facility at Northern League standard that is going to be empty if we don’t find a new team to play there. South Shields have been absolutely brilliant, and did a lot of work in kind for us to bring the facility up to the required standard, and we’re sorry to see them go. However, we’re happy for them that they are now returning to South Shields, and wish them every success for the future.”