9th August 2006
The current home of the third reincarnation of South Shields FC at Filtrona Park lies just outside Shields next to the Simonside Industrial Estate in Jarrow,the ground has been home to the Mariners since 1996 after they moved from their old home at Simonside Hall.
The present Shields club was formed in 1974 and progressed to the Northern League via the Wearside League in the 1995/96,winning promotion in their first season.
The name Filtrona derives from the nearby Filtrona factory which manufacters cigarette filters,and the ground was also 'home' to Gateshead in April 2003 when the International Stadium was out of bounds due to the installation of a new athletics track.
The ground is in great condition with a main stand in the club colours of blue and SSFC lettering running through the back of the stand in maroon,with matching coloured seats.Theres also a small covered terraced stand inbetween the main stand and the clubhouse known as 'The Mariner Stand' overall Shields have a smashing little grounds which I like a lot and look forward to returning to,especially after winning a bottle of vodka in the half-time raffle,the one and only time during my groundhopping adventures world wide:-)
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