South Shields FC fans launch fighting fund as Mariners take on FA over league decision

Supporters have rallied around South Shields FC as it faces £200,000 in costs for challenging the FA over its decision to end the season.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 3:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 3:38 pm

The club’s promotion hopes were dealt a fatal blow earlier in June after an appeal against the FA’s decision to declare their campaign null and void was dismissed.

But while other leagues have been offered the chance to play to a conclusion, or have seen promotion and relegation decided via sporting merit scenarios, the Northern Premier League was declared null and void.

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This meant that Shields was denied promotion, leading to the launch of a legal challenge and appeal in a bid to overturn the decision.

Now fans are pulling together to raise £100,000 towards covering the cost of the legal battle.

Shields supporter David Charlton has started a Go Fund Me fundraiser in a bid to reimburse the club for their efforts.

Mariners Park, the home of South Shields FC.

Set up on June 25, the page has has raised £2,725 in just a matter of days.

A message to supporters on the page read: “Our Chairman Geoff Thompson didn’t take this sitting down, he bravely and boldly challenged the decision - becoming the figurehead of 200 plus disgruntled teams who wanted to have a voice heard, and rightly co-signed an appeal to the FA, after ratification by the FA Council.

“I really hope that we can witness the same rallying support financially, in an attempt to recoup at least a percentage of these obscene costs and personally reimburse Geoff Thompson, in a way of appreciation and thanks.”

In a message to fans on Twitter in June chairman Geoff Thompson said: “Sadly it is true that our total bill is £200,000 as the FA have insisted we pay the arbitration panel costs plus a significant proportion of their own legal bill. It means that small clubs simply can’t afford to challenge them.”

Mariners Park.

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