AS far as first seasons as a membership go, few within the Wearside League would have had a greater one than Shotton Colliery FC.
Shaped within the early phases of the coronavirus lockdown, the membership was constructed from scratch by a dedicated group.
In a matter of months, there was a squad filled with gamers lined up in top of the range equipment which was made doable by the sponsorship of native companies.
Simply over a yr after the group first met to debate forming the membership, “the yakkas” picked up a primary piece of silverware, beating Hebburn City Underneath 23s within the Durham Minor Cup Remaining in June.
On the day following England’s penalty shoot-out defeat within the Euro 2020 ultimate, the membership introduced the information that their attraction to be promoted to division one of many Wearside league had been profitable, which means that the primary season as a membership has led to double success.
Membership chairman Gareth Coxon believes the membership turned a “effectively oiled machine” over the course of the season.
He stated: “Trying again, a yr in the past from now, we had nothing.
“After we first bought going I knew the potential to attain was superb then it simply began to snowball right into a effectively oiled machine.
“I believe we exceeded many expectations by successful a cup in our first yr and pushing a workforce brimming with some Northern League stars all the way in which to the top.
“Looking forward to subsequent season, we construct on what we have began, we’ll proceed to enhance on the pitch, but additionally off the pitch will look to take care of and enhance the house floor working with our parish council and construct higher connections with the neighborhood to get as many individuals on board and supporting this soccer membership.”
Adam Cockcroft, who’s co-manager of the workforce with Ian, added: “After we began the membership. There have been loads of unknowns. Add into the combo a worldwide pandemic that’s stopped the world functioning as we all know it and I look again and suppose ‘wow’, speak about a baptism of fireside for our first season and that’s earlier than a ball was kicked. We may rapidly see that the neighborhood was already behind us although and it confirmed with the sponsorship from so many native corporations, who with out them this membership couldn’t perform. We as a membership can’t thank them sufficient.
“The season on a complete has been an awesome success, notably the Durham Minor Cup win. I personally really feel the gamers confirmed a personality the village could be happy with.
“The supporters that night time had been nothing wanting excellent and the lads actually felt that on the pitch.
“We’ve had different highs by the season, successful video games akin to 7-0 at dwelling to a number of league winners Wheatley Hill and on the flip aspect we floor out a 1-0 win in opposition to South Moor the place it took a Harry Winwood surprise strike to take the three factors and a load of grit to see the sport out.
“We’ve got had an awesome first season however this isn’t the place we relaxation and pat ourselves on the again. We hope to make this a catalyst and an indication for future successes.”
Their marketing campaign for the brand new season begins at dwelling on July 28.