Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has sent South Shields FC a congratulations message after they clinched promotion to the Northern League Division One.
The Mariners last night secured their return to the top flight after beating Easington 1-0.
The club has been reborn since chairman Geoff Thompson took over in the summer, with the businessman buying the ground and moving the club home after their spell at Peterlee.
And success has continued off the pitch with the club storming to the top of Division Two and sealing promotion with six games left.
Shearer, a friend of Thompson, opened the revamped clubhouse back in November and last night sent the Shields owner and the club a message on Twitter.
He said: “Well done Geoff. Congratulations @SouthShieldsFC.”