When South Shields played at Simonside Hall

Relaying part of the Simonside Hall pitch during the close season.
Relaying part of the Simonside Hall pitch during the close season.

The Mariners may be looking forward to their trip to Wembley, for the final of the FA Vase, but today we look back, at the time South Shields played their home games at Simonside Hall.

We have images from winter, spring and summer – showing groundsmen battling against the snow and ice, and lifting turf ready to relay part of the pitch.

In the modernised directors' room at Simonside Hall are, left to right, chairman Mr Jimmy Crawford, Mr Billy Rogers and a member of supporters club, Mr I Wilson..

In the modernised directors' room at Simonside Hall are, left to right, chairman Mr Jimmy Crawford, Mr Billy Rogers and a member of supporters club, Mr I Wilson..

One of the pictures, taken in August 1965, shows the newly-modernised directors’ room at Simonside Hall.

From left to right are: – chairman Mr Jimmy Crawford, Mr Billy Rogers and a member of supporters club, Mr I Wilson.

What are your memories of the ground and the players from that era?

Digging snow from the pitch.

Digging snow from the pitch.

South Shields Football Club groundsman Gordon Owen takes a hammer to the frozen Simonside Hall pitch.

South Shields Football Club groundsman Gordon Owen takes a hammer to the frozen Simonside Hall pitch.