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Ambitious Northern Premier League club launch ‘Project EFL’

The chairman of South Shields, Geoff Thompson, has called on local businesses and fans to support his new project to try and get the club back to the Football League.

Since he took charge of the club back in 2015, they have won three consecutive promotions and won the 2016/17 FA Vase Final.

The Mariners currently sit 5th in the Northern Premier League Premier Division and are just three more promotions away from reaching League Two.

The town of South Shields has not had a Football League club since 1930, but the chairman reveals that he can get the club there.

Speaking to the Shields Gazette, he said: “This is a tremendously exciting time for the club after a period of almost unparalleled success. We are now looking to take the next step in our journey and want the community to feel like they are a huge part of things.

“They are absolutely central to our ambitions, because without the support of both the business community and general public, we will not get to where we want to be. To talk about reaching the Football League as a ‘dream’ would be incorrect, because it implies that we don’t fully believe we can get there.

“We absolutely do believe we can, and hope many others in South Tyneside and beyond share that belief and ambition. Every decision we make at the club – on and off the field – will now be made with Project EFL in mind.

“We want to grow our fanbase and network of sponsors to help us achieve what would be an incredible thing for the town.”

He added: “We have a tremendous team of staff at the club who are all working towards our targets and delivering our ambitions. We can’t do it alone, though, and we want people to feel engaged enough to get behind this.

“Imagine how brilliant it would be to reach the Football League. It’s certainly possible. Please get behind us and help us create history.”


After announcing the news of their plans for the project, fans have given their thoughts, with many feeling optimistic that it can happen – check out those tweets on the next page.


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