Newcastle legend Alan Shearer’s Twitter message to promoted South Shields FC

Alan Shearer opened the new South Shields Football Club facilities at their Mariners Park.

Alan Shearer opened the new South Shields Football Club facilities at their Mariners Park.

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Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has sent South Shields FC a congratulations message after they clinched promotion to the Northern League Division One.

The Mariners last night secured their return to the top flight after beating Easington 1-0.

King hails volunteers and owner after promotion

The club has been reborn since chairman Geoff Thompson took over in the summer, with the businessman buying the ground and moving the club home after their spell at Peterlee.

And success has continued off the pitch with the club storming to the top of Division Two and sealing promotion with six games left.

Shearer, a friend of Thompson, opened the revamped clubhouse back in November and last night sent the Shields owner and the club a message on Twitter.

Geoff Thompson and Alan Shearer

Geoff Thompson and Alan Shearer

He said: “Well done Geoff. Congratulations @SouthShieldsFC.”