Police called following trouble at South Shields FA Cup match

South Shields FC's home ground Mariners Park.
South Shields FC's home ground Mariners Park.

Police were called in after away fans became "unruly" at a South Shields match at the weekend.

The Mariners took on Stockport County in the FA Cup at Mariners Park on Saturday afternoon.

Stockport County won the encounter 2-1 following a late winner.

A spokesman for South Shields FC said today that the police were called due to the behaviour of a "small number" of away supporters.

He said that some supporters ran onto the pitch following the winning goal and had to be removed by security staff.

One person was made to leave the ground, but no arrests were made.

Comments made on social media mentioned trouble flaring at the game.

A spokesman for South Shields FC said: "The club notes comments made on social media following Saturday's game.

"A small number of away supporters became unruly during the match, and the club decided to request a police presence to diffuse any potential situations.

"The situation was quickly dealt with by police, stewards and our ground staff.

"One person was ejected from the ground but no arrests were made.

"When Stockport scored what proved to be the winning goal, a handful of supporters encroached onto the pitch and were quickly removed by security staff.

"After the game, the referee commented on how well the situation had been dealt with by the club.

"We thank our supporters for the way they backed the team throughout the game and created such a positive atmosphere."

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At 3.28pm on Saturday, police received a report of a disturbance at Mariners Park, South Shields, involving a section of away supporters.

“At the request of the club, officers attended the stadium.

“No arrests were made.”