The title is theirs.
South Shields FC finally got their hands on the Northern League Division One trophy on Saturday.
With an estimated 750 away fans behind them, the Mariners won 3-2 at Guisborough Town to complete a memorable league campaign.
Club captain Leepaul Scroggins got the celebrations started as he held the trophy aloft, leading fans to take to social media to bask in the glory of their team’s success ahead of Shields’ venture into three cup finals next month.
On Twitter, Polly Taxis posted: “A fantastic day all round and hopefully more to come. Wouldn’t get days like this in the EPL.”
Neil Fawcett added: “Restoring my faith in football was never gonna be easy but now I eat sleep & breathe South Shields FC #champions”
Restoring my faith in football was never gonna be easy but now I eat sleep & breathe South Shields FCNeil Fawcett
Jackie Graham wrote: “Big shout out to the crowd at today’s game. Never stopped singing.”
Phil Gibson posted: “Well that was fun! Congratulations South Shields FC and thank you for an awesome season! Can’t wait for our finals – and next season!”
There were also congratulations from South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, who had special words for Mariners chairman Geoff Thompson ahead of the club’s trip to Wembley in the FA Vase final.
She wrote: “Congratulations to South Shields FC, Geoff Thompson and all those involved on becoming champions of the Northern League. See you at Wembley.”
Shields’ victory saw them end the season on 108 points, with the season having included a record-breaking 32-match winning run.
Jahan Miah posted on Twitter: “Well done! What a points tally! Roll on to Wembley and to next season afterwards! #Mariners”
Andrew Purcell wrote: “I wasn’t as Guisborough today, but it sounds like it was amazing. What an atmosphere it’s going to be at the three cup finals.”
The Mariners now have over a week to prepare for three cup finals.
They will compete in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup on May 3, League Cup on May 6 and FA Vase on May 21. The club’s supporters are heading into those big matches full of hope – and pride.
On Facebook, Stephen Ayton posted: “Well done, had a great day with the boy, very loud today, great atmosphere. Utm”
Louise Tebble added: “I’m so proud of my hometown team restored my faith in football....UTM!!!!”
George Gibson wrote: “Well done Shields, now just the matter of the cups. Howay Shields, really proud of you.”