One down, three to go for South Shields FC after league title triumph

The team is now aiming to win three more trophies this season. Image by Peter Talbot.
The team is now aiming to win three more trophies this season. Image by Peter Talbot.

One down...three to go.

South Shields FC celebrated winning the Northern League championship in euphoric scenes on Tuesday night.

The party was in full swing after the final whistle on Tuesday. Image by Peter Talbot.

The party was in full swing after the final whistle on Tuesday. Image by Peter Talbot.

But the season is far from over for the Mariners, who have already turned their attention to other tasks.

Shields will play in three cup finals next month as they aim to make it a remarkable quadruple.

Whatever happens, though, 2016-17 will go down in club folklore, with record-breaking crowds, promotion, a trip to Wembley, the league title and an incredible 32-match winning run already in the bag.

The Mariners won the Division One title with a 4-1 victory at Ashington on Tuesday.

To see that reaction and how much it meant to everyone was brilliant

Gavin Cogdon

The bulk of the 1,097 crowd were Shields supporters, who serenaded their heroes after the final whistle, with many of them celebrating with the players on the pitch.

One of the central figures behind the club’s success this season, striker Gavin Cogdon, was blown away by the support – but warned Shields’ rivals that they are far from done yet.

He said: “Everyone was over the moon, which you could see with the scenes at the end.

“To see that reaction and how much it meant to everyone was brilliant.

South Shields joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton have won the league title in their first season in charge. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton have won the league title in their first season in charge. Image by Peter Talbot.

“There were a lot of children there celebrating as well, which is really good for the club.

“The club has done a lot of work to attract supporters of all ages and to see that sort of turnout on a Tuesday night was fantastic.

“We really wanted to win the league, and that has been ticked off now.

“It doesn’t stop, though. We’ve got training tonight and a game on Saturday, and we’ve got to keep going.”

South Shields players and supporters celebrate after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields players and supporters celebrate after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

Strike partner David Foley, from South Shields, scored twice in Tuesday’s win, and had a similar message.

He said: “The attitude in the camp is that this is one down, three to go.

“We want all the trophies, and we’ve said that from the start.

“We’ll prepare properly for those tests and hopefully pick up some more silverware.”

Joint manager Lee Picton has promised the Mariners will be doing everything in their power to add to their trophy collection as they prepare for finals in the FA Vase, Durham Challenge Cup and League Cup.

He said: “If a team ends a season with two trophies, it is something special, three is virtually unheard of and four would just be out of this world.

Barrie Smith salutes the fans after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

Barrie Smith salutes the fans after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

“We’ll give it the best shot we can and see how many we end up with at the end of the season.

“I know that the lads are hungry for more, and hopefully we’ll end up with more than one.”

Shields will be presented with the Division One trophy after their game at Guisborough Town on Saturday.

MESSAGES FROM FANS

South Shields supporters have been taking to social media to express their joy ever since the final whistle blew at Ashington on Tuesday.

The 4-1 victory at Woodhorn Lane secured the Mariners’ first piece of silverware this season, as they claimed the Northern League Division One title.

Hundreds of supporters made the journey north to cheer their team to a bit of history as Shields won the Northern League for the first time.

And they could not contain their delight on social media.

On the Gazette’s Facebook page, Dave Whalen posted: “Well deserved too we’ve been the best and most entertaining team all season, now to finish the job and win the rest of the cups!”

Phil Gibson wrote: “I’ve waited a long time for this, well done to everyone at the club!”

George Gibson added: “Well done Shields well deserved, now for the cups.”

John Staines said: “Thoroughly deserved-----they are a great side---well done lads.”

Ann Mather posted: “The best thing to happen in Shields for years. Don’t stop now!”

Doreen Thompson wrote: “Congratulations well done everyone.”

Thomas Bradley said: “Well done the Mariners, championys.”

Linda Whale added: “Well done South Shields. Now for the cup next month.”

South Shields vice-chairman Gary Crutwell is embraced by a supporter after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields vice-chairman Gary Crutwell is embraced by a supporter after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields players celebrate after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields players celebrate after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

Club captain Leepaul Scroggins embraces defender Jon Shaw after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

Club captain Leepaul Scroggins embraces defender Jon Shaw after Tuesday's game. Image by Peter Talbot.

The Mariners travel to Wembley for the FA Vase final on Sunday, May 21. Image by Peter Talbot.

The Mariners travel to Wembley for the FA Vase final on Sunday, May 21. Image by Peter Talbot.