South Shields and North Shields WILL sell tickets for the League Cup final

The final will take place at Hillheads, in Whitley Bay. Image by Peter Talbot.
The final will take place at Hillheads, in Whitley Bay. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields FC have rebuked claims from the Northern League that the club refused to sell tickets for the League Cup final - after a revised procedure was announced.

The league issued a statement on Thursday claiming that the finalists - South Shields and North Shields - had refused to sell tickets to their own supporters for the game, on May 6.

The Northern League said that tickets would only be available to buy from the ground of the host club, Whitley Bay.

However, it has now been announced that both finalists will be selling tickets - which has prompted the Mariners to respond.

A club statement said: "Following a further update from the Northern League regarding the distribution and sale of tickets for the League Cup final, the club would like to clarify the situation.

"Originally, SSFC were allocated 2,000 tickets, and North Shields FC 1,000 tickets, with both clubs expected to sell the tickets and receive no share of the gate receipts.

"North Shields FC informed the league that they were unhappy with the fact they had been given a smaller allocation, and had been required to sell tickets with no recompense. The final is expected to be attended by more than 3,000 supporters.

"SSFC approached the league management committee to see if it was possible for the gate receipts to be split equally between the two finalists and the Northern League, similarly to the process in the Durham Challenge Cup.

"It seemed unfair that the host club, with no disrespect to Whitley Bay FC, stood to benefit more than the finalists financially.

"This request was rejected by the Northern League as it would be against the rules of the competition.

"However, at no time did South Shields FC refuse to sell tickets from our ground to our supporters.

"The Northern League circulated an initial press release on Thursday morning without any further conversations with the club.

"Following further representation on Friday from South Shields FC, the Northern League's management committee have issued a revised procedure, and the clubs will each have an initial 1,250 tickets to sell from their grounds.

"The tickets are not yet with us. A further update will be released on Monday.

"The club apologises for any confusion or inconvenience experienced by our supporters over this matter."