League chairman set for South Shields leg of charity walking challenge

Northern League chairman Mike Amos is set to walk to South Shields' ground, Mariners Park, for their league game on Tuesday.
Northern League chairman Mike Amos is set to walk to South Shields' ground, Mariners Park, for their league game on Tuesday.

Football fans in South Tyneside are being invited to support a league chairman as he readies himself for the latest leg of his charity walking challenge.

Mike Amos, the outgoing chairman of the Northern League, is set to walk a total of 500 matchday miles to the league’s 44 grounds during the course of his 20th and final season in the role, at about 12 miles per ground.

Mike Amos, right, with Marske United commercial manager Peter Collinson ahead of the first leg of the challenge, on August 1.

Mike Amos, right, with Marske United commercial manager Peter Collinson ahead of the first leg of the challenge, on August 1.

Mr Amos, 68, is to take on the fourth leg of the challenge on Tuesday as he walks to South Shields’ Mariners Park ahead of their home game against Heaton Stannington.

He will be joined by Mariners commercial manager Colin Docherty, and is hoping others will join them on the walk, which will begin at Seaburn Metro Station, on Station Road, Sunderland, at 2.30pm. Mr Amos said: “The challenge is going really well, and I’m very much looking forward to the South Shields leg. If any Shields fan would like to support me and the challenge, they’re more than welcome to come along with us. The ice creams are on me, and perhaps the beer as well afterwards!

“People have been extremely kind with donations so far.”

Already, £3,647 has been raised for the ‘Last Legs’ challenge, with Mr Amos’ initial target to reach £10,000, with half of the funds going to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, and the other half being split in £1,000 segments to community-based charities nominated by the league’s clubs.

If any Shields fan would like to support me and the challenge, they’re more than welcome to come along with us

Mike Amos, Northern League chairman

On the South Shields leg, Mr Amos is expecting to walk to the town centre for a stop-off at the Alum Ale House, in Ferry Street, before making his way to the ground for a 7.30pm kick-off.

It is an occasion he is looking forward to, with Shields – who returned to Mariners Park, in Shaftesbury Avenue, in the summer after a two-year exile – having attracted high attendances for their league fixtures so far.

He added: “It’s smashing to see the place reborn.

“I was up for the league inspection a week or two ago, and the improvements – not least in the clubhouse – have been tremendous. Also, to get between 300 and 400 at a Second Division game is great, and if Shields motor on and get promotion, I’m sure the crowds will go up again.”

South Shields FC commercial manager Colin Docherty.

South Shields FC commercial manager Colin Docherty.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/lastlegschallenge.