South Shields have lifted the FA Vase on Sunday, helped by four players who were formerly on the books of Newcastle United.
The final at Wembley Stadium was shown live on BT Sport and the team from the north east didn’t disappoint.
A four goal thrashing of Cleethorpes Town sent the impressive number of travelling fans into ecstasy.
Today continues an astonishing period of success for non-league clubs from the region, with these last nine finals all involving teams from the Northern League.
Even better, eight of the nine years have seen north east clubs bring the FA Vase home.
Today’s match saw former Newcastle player Carl Finnigan score the first goal just before half-time, Cleethorpes conceding a penalty.
That was the way it stayed until the final stages saw Shields add three quick goals to give an emphatic look to the scoreline – Morse and Foley (2) grabbing the goals.
A reported 13,000 South Shields fans were there in person to see their team lift silverware.
As well as the trophy, the winning side also lands a useful £25,000, with the losing Cleethorpes club having to settle for £17,000.
Alex Nicholson, Darren Lough and substitute Michael Richardson were the other South Shields players originally on Newcastle’s books.
Recent FA Vase finals:
2009 Whitley Bay 2–0 Glossop North End
2010 Whitley Bay 6–1 Wroxham
2011 Whitley Bay 3–2 Coalville Town
2012 Dunston UTS 2–0 West Auckland Town
2013 Spennymoor Town 2–1 Tunbridge Wells
2015 North Shields 2–1 Glossop North End
2016 Morpeth Town 4–1 Hereford
2017 South Shields 4-0 Cleethorpes Town
(The 2014 final saw West Auckland reach the final but lose out 1-0 to Sholing)