Shildon v Chester-le-Street

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Shildon vs Chester-le-Street Match Preview

by Adam Gill

Shildon take on Chester-le-Street Town in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round at Dean Street on Saturday, as they look to begin their road to Wembley. The Railwaymen progressed to the Second Round Proper of the competition last season, where they were beaten away to North West Counties League Division One North side Lower Breck. Shildon have made an impressive start to their 2020/21 campaign, sitting top of the Northern League Division One after picking up seven points in four games. They will be looking to continue their good start to the season with a win in the FA Vase, which could spark the beginning of a cup run. Alex White, Dominic Curl and Joe Posthill remain doubtful for the clash, after picking up knocks in the first few opening games of the season. They will have a challenge on their hands, as they face Northern League Division Two side Chester-le-Street. The visitors were beaten at the same stage in the FA Vase last season, falling to defeat at home against Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Garforth Town, so they will be looking to go one better.

Chairman’s Update – Covid-19 As you are all aware there have been new restrictions issued for parts of the North East of England with regard to Covid-19. Following previous guidance from the Durham County Football Association and and our continuing wish to play football we will continue to fulfill fixtures at Dean Street - in line with the Governments guidelines.Therefore the scheduled tie in the FA Vase against Chester le Street will go ahead tomorrow (19/9/20) with the maximum number of spectators allowed being 300 We have continued to work hard and improve the Covid-19 plans for the Club, bar, and Clubhouse taking into account changes in guidance as they happen. Portaloos continue to be available within the ground as the bar is closed on match days and entrance to the ground is only allowed to those who have previously applied for tickets.We will continue to use these applications as the basis to collect information to support track and trace. Current advise states “that you should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as a spectator in the areas affected. If you do attend, you must remain socially distanced and groups of no more than 6. When you come to the ground can you ensure the following happens;

Your help and understanding in complying with these restrictions will help us to ensure we can continue to host football games. As and when guidance/restrictions change we well endeavor to keep you informed. Many thanks for your support. David Dent Chairman

SHILDON AFC - HISTORY FORMED in 1890 as Shildon Town, the Railwaymen joined the Auckland and District League two years later and in 1894 merged with the Rangers and Heroes to become Shildon United. In 1900, the club played in the new Northern League Division Two but folded that season due to financial problems – as did the Second Division. A re-formed club joined the Northern League in 1903 to replace Stockton St John’s. In 1907, Shildon joined the semi-professional ranks of the North Eastern League, finishing second in season 1932/33. Before WWII the club won four successive Northern League Division One titles; a record that stood until overhauled by Blyth in 1984. In 1937 the team was unbeaten on their march to the title with Jack Downing firing in a record 61 league and cup goals. A replay win at York City in 1927/28 saw the club reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time. In the first round they have also played Brentford, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic three times.The last time the club reached the first round was in 2003/04, losing out 7-2 against Notts County.The club also reached the second round, in 1936/37 against Dartford. The Dean Street turnstiles and distinctive grandstand were erected in 1923.A £45,000 grant saw new dressing rooms and a social club built beneath the stand 60 years later. Shildon won the Second Division championship in 2001/02, scoring 135 goals and finished runners-up in two cup competitions.The following season they won the Northern League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 golden goal victory over Billingham Synthonia at Feethams. Tragedy struck the club in February 2004 when 26-year-old player, Lee Hainsworth was killed in a road accident on his way to training. He had been with the club for six years.The Brown Street stand was renamed in his memory. Bill Aisbitt, a lifelong stalwart at the club, died in June 2003 and the boardroom was named in his honour after over 50 years loyal service. At the end of the 2004 season, the Railwaymen came under serious threat through financial difficulties when the former chairman severed all ties with the club.At the end of the season all the players and the

manager left the club, leaving it crippled. But during the close season, the club appointed a new chairman, Brian Burn who ensured its survival.The club survived a relegation scare and since then has gone from strength to strength. In 2012-13, the club reached two cup semi-finals.A depleted side lost in the Durham Challenge Cup to Spennymoor Town.The match brought an end to the playing career of midfielder Chris Hughes after he suffered a knee injury.And there was more heartbreak as the side narrowly missed a dream day out at Wembley after losing their two-legged FA Vase semifinal to a late extra-time goal in the second leg at home. In season 2013-14, the management team further strengthened the playing squad, bring in several experienced players in a determination to bring silverware back to Dean Street for the first time.The investment paid off with the club narrowly missing out on the league title, remaining competitive until the final weeks of the season. But the club were able to avenge the semi-final defeat of the previous season when they faced Spennymoor Town in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup. On an historic Good Friday, Shildon striker, Billy Greulich-Smith added a new chapter to the club’s history books with two late goals – the winner in added time at the end of the 90 minutes – to overcome their local rivals by two goals to one.After missing out on the Northern League Championship in the 2014-15 season by one point, the team re-grouped and won the Northern League Cup and became Champions of the Northern League the following season. Following the sudden departure of the Management Team, Chairman David Dent appointed Daniel Moore in January 2017 and Moore guided us to 3rd position in the League and a Durham Challenge Cup SemiFinal. The first piece of silverware came at the start of the 2018/19 season with a 4-1 Penalty victory against Dunston UTS. During this season Daniel Moore guided us to another top 6 finish and the season finished as it started with silverware coming back to Dean Street after the Club defeated South Shields 1-0 in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup held at the Stadium of Light.

Shildon AFC Dean Street Shildon DL4 1EZ Chairman Secretary Treasurer


David Dent Martyn Tweddle Diane Dent



Academy Director


Alan Boddy Brian Burn Andrew Finch Carolyn Mulley Paul Mulley Norman Smith Darren Tait

Partnership Manager


Andrew Jinks



John Atkinson



Daniel Moore



Mark Hudson Danny Craggs Carl Morris



Adam Summerbell

Kit Lady


Sue Charlton

Many Thanks to all our volunteers for all their invaluable help during the season Volunteers Head Of Matchday Operations Paul Mulley Gatemen


Peter Quinn Andy Hilling



Daniel Tatham Kieran Dent

Event Co-Ordinator Matchday Operative Video Interviews Gill Match Reports Programme Article


Carolyn Mulley David Race Michael Wilson Wilf Tray / Chris Pearce / Adam


Adam Gill Peter Sixsmith

Kitchen/Bar Manager 50/50 Ticket Sales Half Time refreshements -

Jeanne Carlyle Liam Stockley Sue Clarkson Sid Dent

PA Announcer Photography

Dennis Duncan Tom Clegg & Amanda Scaife


Our Squad DANIEL MOORE Manager Sponsored by Mark Solan Solan Connor Fawcett Trust

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CARL MORRIS Goalkeeping Coach Sponsored by Available

ADAM SUMMERBELL Physio Sponsored by Available

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BRANDON MALLABURN Midfield Sponsored by Available

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SHAUN NEWBROOK Goalkeeper Sponsored by H: Peter Devlin A:Available

Our Squad DOM CURL Defender Sponsored by Paul Barker

MICHAEL SWEET Striker Sponsored by Liam Stockley

JOE POSTHILL Winger Sponsored by Prince Bishop Hospital Radio

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Our Squad BILLY GREULICH-SMITH Striker Sponsored by Jean & Graham (Doncaster)

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Adam Gill talks to Joe Posthill Previously at Stockton Town, Joe signed for Shildon from Thornaby during the 2019/20 Northern League campaign. The midfielder’s excellent attitude, combined with his bundles of energy and quality in the final third, has made him a crucial member of the squad. Shildon have made a good start to their 2020/21 campaign, starting out with two wins, a draw and a defeat, which sees them sit top of the league. The month of September always looked to be a tough start for Shildon, playing the likes of Hebburn Town, Newton Aycliffe and North Shields. On his sides start to the season, Joe said:“We knew September would be a tough month for us playing some teams that we know will be in and around the top of the league come the end of the season, but up to now I think we’ve been solid.” “The first four games or so are always hit and miss as teams find their feet but I think if we can pick up another few wins come the end of the month it will be a good start and we can kick on.” The FA Vase is a competition that every player wants to win.The chance for a final at Wembley and some silverware is what every player dreams of, and Joe feels the same way ahead of Shildon’s FA Vase clash against Chester-le-Street. “At this level the FA Vase is massive for every player.The chance to test yourself against some quality sides and then have the chance to play at Wembley is what everyone dreams about growing up.” “It’s all about that run to Wembley with your teammates beside you and having some top class days out on the way! All the lads are busting for Saturday and can’t wait to get the run started!” Despite picking up a knock at the start of the season, Joe is eager to get back out on the Dean Street pitch and help his side push for promotion. “Personally, it has been slightly frustrating having picked up a knock in the first game of the season, but I can’t wait to be back out there with the lads!”

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Supporters Club Membership Renewal Annual membership is now open for the Supporters club.The final date for you to renew your membership will be Friday 25th September in the Social club from 7pm to 9pm Renewal is priced as follows: Adults - £3 Under 18's - £1 Over 65's - Free Away Travel Due to the ongoing issues with Covid-19 unfortunately there will be no Away travel organised by the Supporters Club.

Peter Sixsmith Column CHESTER-LE-STREET TOWN 2020 Today is the first Qualifying Round of the 2020-21 FA Vase ,a round that is being played before the winners of the 2019-20 competition have yet to be crowned – if they ever are. Consett and Hebburn Town having made it to Wembley, now have to wait to find out if or when they will clash at Wembley or The Stadium of Light or St James’ Park. Because, as we know, football, like life in general is very much up in the air.This game was doubtful at 6.00 on Thursday night after a mini-lockdown for 7 areas was announced.The local authorities have allowed games to be played this weekend but future games will depend on how well conducted ties like ours are. Any serious breaches of the Rule of Six will see a suggestion that people should not go to football will be replaced by a return of the draconian measures that were introduced in March after the football at Liverpool and the racing at Cheltenham infected half the nation. All over the country, teams are gearing up for a “Run in the Vase.” In the FairTrade town of Garstang, a spit and a throw away from Lancaster,a hardy bunch of Garstangonians will be perhaps be setting off for the West Yorkshire canal side town of Silsden, hoping to make the next round and a home tie with either Guisborough or Washington. Devotees of our one-time FA Cup opponents, Shirebrook Town will be polishing their shoes and donning their best coats as they set off on the short journey to Teversal. One hopes that, should they win,Teversal’s supporters will be more graceful in defeat than Shirebrook’s were to us when we beat them all those years ago. In the leafy suburbs of Surrey, Banstead Athletic will be looking forward to welcoming local rivals Guildford City, while further west, the inhabitants of the beautiful cathedral city of Wells, will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Godolphin FC hordes, released from Newquay for the day to start out on the road to Wembley. By the time you read this, there will be some disappointed clubs already bidding farewell to the only national competition they have a chance of winning.Will there be a trail of tears from Willington to Thackley, near Bradford if Durham City triumph on Friday night? Will Milton Keynes Irish be celebrating with pints of the black stuff after having tamed Thame Rangers? And will Virginia Water be turning cartwheels if she – sorry, I mean they – triumph over Reading City? Only time will tell….

Chester-le-Street are not frequent visitors to Dean Street but it a pleasure to welcome them this afternoon.They are one of those clubs who, for the last few years, have always looked comfortable in Division Two – often on the fringe of the promotion candidates and rarely, if ever, struggling at the bottom end of the table.Their Chester Moor ground is easily accessible by car and bus (but don’t leave your vehicle in the pub car park) and they have a well appointed club house. Their sole game, prior to this one, was a narrow defeat by the odd goal in seven, in the” El 167o”with Birtley Town. It would have drawn a good crowd but for Gateshead Council’s decision to instruct Birtley to play the game bcd – a set of initials that became all too familiar to us over the last six weeks. They may be tad rusty and that gives us an opportunity to move into the next round where we would make the long trip to the bottom of Ryhope to play RCA. On the other hand, they could be fit and raring to go and in the mood to deliver us a bloody nose, in which case, they will make the short journey across the A183 to the edge of Sunderland.We don’t need reminding that Town beat us in their last first division season, one of the very few games they won that year and which led to Gary Forrest leaving the club. We can welcome back Matty Robson today from his voluntary exile at Tow Law, where the wind doth blow so cold and wish Dom Curl good fortune in his loan spell there. If you can play football at Tow Law, you can play it anywhere. As expected, Durham City exited the Vase last night with Thackley barely raising a sweat as they won 4-0. City are very much a work in progress with their team of young, mainly French, players.They have the skills but they appear to be rather disorganised on the field. Hopefully they will gell and will add some glamour to the Second Division. Milton Keynes Irish will have terrible hangovers this morning after their 6-0 thumping of Thame Rangers – I can hear them belting out “The Wild Rover” and “Whiskey in The Jar” as I write.Alas Reading City broke Virginia Water’s heart with a 1-0 win and they move into the Second Qualifying Round where they meet Woodley United. Sounds a cracker. Enjoy the game. Stop Press; Milton Keynes Irish are now known as Milton Keynes Robins.What a cop out…….

Alex White

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Name: Alex White Nickname: Whitey Position: Centre Back Birth Place: Bishop Auckland Previous Clubs: Hartlepool United, Gretna fc, Stranraer fc, Blyth Spartans, Ilkeston town,Workington,Whitby, Spennymoor, Jarrow roofing,Whitby What was your best moment in your career till now? Winning Promotion with the following clubs Stranraer, Spennymoor or playing in the fa cup 3rd round for Blyth Spartans. Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions? I have a routine but no superstitions as such What are your goals/expectations for the season? Win the league/promotion and FA vase Favourite team in the UK: Manchester United Favourite team outside the UK: None Childhood Hero: Favourite Drink: Coca Cola Favourite Band/Artist: House music Go to Karaoke song: Sweet Caroline Best player played with:To many to name one. Best player played against: Kieran Dyer

Team Mates Best Trainer : Postie Best Mate at Club :All the lads Biggest Moaner :Aidan Hardman : Deano Quickest : Postie Slowest : Shaun Future Manager : Chay Best Nickname : None Stand Out Best Dancer : Palmer Hardest Shot : David Craggs Longest in the Shower :There are a few that take a while

Wilf's Quiz 1.Which World Cup finals were the first to use substitutes? 2. For which Brazilian club did Pele make 638 appearances? 3. In the Northern Irish League, which clubs are known as Belfast’s big two? 4.Which Russian footballer was nicknamed the Black Panther? 5. Real Madrid won the first five European Cups,Which club was the second to win it? 6.Who is the oldest manager in Premier League history? 7.Which Italian footballer was. nicknamed the White Feather? 8. How many clubs have played in every single premier league season? 9.Which manager was in charge of Manchester City when they won their first Premier League title? 10.Who was the first ever winner of the Premier Leagues golden boot?

Answers at the bottom of Fixtures page

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Fixture List 20/21

Quiz Answers: 1. Mexico 1970 2. Santos. 3. Linfield and Glentoran. 4. Lev Yashin. 5. Benfica. 6. Roy Hodgson 73. 7. Fabrizio Ra

avanelli. 8. 6. 9. Roberto Mancini. 10.Teddy Sheringham.

Appearances 2020/21

Chester-le-Street - History The club was founded in 1972 when a group of enthusiasts got together in a local public house and formed a football team which was called Chester-le-Street Garden Farm after the pub in which the idea germinated.The club entered the Newcastle City Amateur League that same year and played on a pitch in Low Fell because none were available in Chester-le-Street. However, after one season, they were allotted a pitch at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street which was to be their home until 1977. In 1975 the Cestrians joined the Washington League, winning the Championship, the Durham Minor Cup and the Washington Aged Miners Cup. By then flourishing, the team moved to the Sacriston C.W. ground in 1977 and were admitted into the Wearside League.The following years, they changed their name to Chester-le-Street Town Football Club. Over the next few years, the club won the Wearside League title and the Monkwearmouth Cup on two occasions. In 1980 the club moved to what is still its present home at Chester Moor.The old Colliery Welfare Ground only had dressing rooms and a perimeter fence. Over ÂŁ100,000 was spent bringing the ground up to Northern League standards. A stand seating 160 and covered terracing were built. In recent years, new floodlights have been erected and new dressing rooms were built in 2000. The club was admitted into the Northern League in 1983 and won the Second Division Championship at their first attempt.Their best run in the FA Vase came in 1985 when they reached the Fifth Round only to lose to eventual

runners-up Fleetwood Town in a second replay. Since then they have been relegated twice, the last time in 1996-97 and they again won the Second Division Championship the following season.They returned to the First Division in 2015-16 but their stay only lasted one year. Last year the club lifted it's first trophy when they won the Ernest Armstrong Cup. The club is proud to call itself a family club, catering to the needs of the district by providing football for all.They currently run 20 youth teams, Under 23 side plus two ladies teams. The new MUGA was opened in March 2016.

Chester-le-Street - Pen Pics Maximiliano Coombes (gk) - 20 years old keeper a product of Carlisle Park View Academy joined the club mid season 2018 -19 Daniel Hepplewhite 25 years old defender. Signed from Birtley Town at the start of 2013/14 season.A who has matured into a solid defender since joining the club. Calum Greaves 21 Year old Defender, joined the club in pre – season 2017 -18 and has showed well in the games he has played.A member of the successful DFA County squad in season 2016 -17 alongside, Dan McGuire and Alexander (Ban) Walker Alexander Walker 20 year old Defender played at U18 level in season 2016/17 in a central defender role in the successful DFA County youth team. He has become a regular member of the squad and has shown commitment and willingness to learn to improve his game. Supporters Player and Young Player of the year 2018 -19 Adam Thirlaway 19 year old player signed from Durham City in Oct 2019. Player of the Year for Durham in 2018-19. Fraser Colling 19 year old player signed from Tow Law in March 2020. Previously at Silksworth CW. Craig Marron Age 38. (Maz) was a former Youth player with the club in 1996, when he made his club and Northern League debut. He went on to have spells at Birtley Town,Washington, Esh Winning, Ryton and Ryhope CW with Chester le Street Town in between a couple of those clubs and finally returned to the club in 2013-14 for the third or possibly fourth time.A steady influence in midfield he gained runner up in the Northern League Player of the Year awards 2016 -17 and club Player of the Year & Players Player 2018 -19 Luke Collins 20 year old midfield player previously at Jarrow FC Niall Fingleton 20 year old previously with Brandon United Owen Henderson 21 year old wing player joined the club in the early part of 2018 – 19 season from Dunston UTS Jak Mitchell 23 year old signed in the close season having previously played at u18 level for the club and Team Northumbria in the ENL

Keir MacDougall 20 year old, a tenacious mid-field player who joined the club at the end of September 2019 from Easington. Possess composure and tenacity to the centre of the park Kieran Alderson 21 Year old midfield player signed December 2019 from Brandon United having spent two years there following a successful period with St Mary,s Boys club Bishop Auckland. Michael Hepplewhite 29 years old signed in 2012 - 13 season, from Dunston, can play striker or midfield, an influential player who has scored some valuable goals for the club. Andrew Clarkson 28 year old Striker, transferred from Esh Winning in July 2017, previously played for Brandon United James Connor 26-year-old joined the club in Nov 2019 from Brandon. Previously at Easington Colliery and Jarrow. Jack Brown 18 year old player who has returned to the club after a short spell at Easington. Previously at Spennymoor Town U18's and Lumley Juniors. Currently at Carlisle Park View Academy. Colin Wake – Manager Colin joined the club in 1995 from Ferryhill Athletic as a midfield player signed by then Manager Peter Mulcaster. He went onto make a record 610 appearances for the club scoring 10 goals retired from playing in 2010 and taking up the position of Manager in season 2010-11. Barry Fleming – Asst Manager - Joined the club as Assistant Manager at the start of the 2013 -14 season. Barry's playing career spanned Hartlepool, Sunderland RCA,Whickham, Birtley Town,Washington and Esh Winning where he had the role of Player Manager. He also held the position of manager at Birtley,Washington, and Ryton along with Paul Brown as his Assistant Paul Brown – Asst Manager Paul joined the club as Assistant Manager at the start of 2013 -14 season, having previously worked with Barry Fleming at Esh Winning, Birtley Town,Washington, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion. Prior to moving into management he had a successful Northern League career as a tenacious midfielder at Dunston, Durham City and South Shields Dean Simpson - Goalkeeper Coach - Qualified at Level 3 FA Youth Module and possess a Full FA Youth Award. Joined Chester le Street Town FC mid way through season 2015 -16 as Goalkeeping Coach Josh Riding – Club Physio -Joined the club in the close season, recently graduated in Sports Science at Teesside University Also Qualified Level 2 First Aid for Sport

SHILDON v CHESTER-LE-STREET Shaun Newbrook (gk) Matthew Bateman (gk) Aidan Heywood Jordan Lavery Alex White Daniel Moore Dom Curl Jack Vaulks Billy Greulich-Smith Ben Trotter Chay Liddle Danny Craggs Brandon Mallaburn Jack Naylor David Palmer Zak Atkinson Kurt Matthews Dean Thexton Joe Posthill Michael Sweet Matty Robson

Referee Assistants

Maximiliano Coombes (gk) Joshua Akal Kieran Alderson Nathan Armin Jack Brown Andrew Clarkson Fraser Colling Luke Collins James Connor Kevin Dixon Liam Dixon Niall Fingleton Michael Graver Calum Greaves Owen Henderson Daniel Hepplewhite Michael Hepplewhite Matthew Keogh Keir MacDougall Craig Marron Jak Mitchell Alex Ramshaw Jay Smyth Adam Thirlaway Alexander Walker

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