Ex-Foreign Secretary David Miliband delighted by ‘rise and rise’ of South Shields FC

Club president David Miliband has watched the fortunes of South Shields FC from afar this season.
Club president David Miliband has watched the fortunes of South Shields FC from afar this season.

Former South Shields MP David Miliband has heaped praise on the ‘rise and rise’ of South Shields Football Club.

Mr Miliband, who has been president of the Northern League club since 2002, has been watching the Mariners’ progress from afar this season.

It has been a long road, but it is heartwarming to see the effort pay off

David Miliband

He is now the CEO of the International Rescue Committee, based in New York.

Mr Miliband said: “News travels fast, and it is great to read and hear about the rise and rise of SSFC.

“With the return to Mariners Park and the drive and skill of new players, the club is going from strength to strength.

“It has been a long road, but it is heartwarming to see the effort pay off.

“Let’s not count our chickens, but the start to the season has been top drawer. I really hope the town gets behind the club as it pushes on.”

Since returning to the borough after a two-year exile in Peterlee, Shields have risen quickly, both on and off the field.

They are currently on a run of 17 consecutive victories, and have had three attendances of more than 1,000 at Mariners Park.