Month: November 2018

Shildon AFC Supporters raise £6,000 for Worthy Causes

Several charities have benefited from the fundraising efforts of Shildon AFC supporters in the past 12 months.

On Friday evening Dean Street club house hosted an event organised by supporter Gillian Clarkson in aid of the Lullaby trust raising £3,000.  The trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome and provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies.

Norman Smith, Shildon AFC director and club house manager said : “this charity is one which has recently touched our football community and we are just happy to help as much as we can.  People were so generous leading up to the event and on the night. There was an auction led by auctioneer Mike Amos, raffles and bonus ball numbers were sold in the weeks prior to the night to win a signed shirt donated by Middlesbrough player Lewis Wing.

In October, Shildon AFC’s kit lady Sue Charlton raised £2,800 in memory of her husband who sadly died in January 2013 whilst supporting his team.  The money will be split between Diabetes Uk, The Prosthetic Limb Centre at James Cook University Hospital and Shildon AFC.

The club collected £560 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and over the year the Shildon Supporters Club have contributed towards local charitable causes such as the All Saints Beavers Clubs and Scouts of Shildon.

David Dent, chairman of Shildon AFC said : “We are lucky to have such a strong football community that are actually more like a family unit.  These aren’t the only times supporters of Shildon have dug deep for worthy causes, they take part in and run events every year which help hundreds of people”

They have recently launched a food collection which will be donates to Shildon food bank to help alleviate the strain the food banks face in the festive period.  Any donations are welcome and can be dropped off at Shildon AFC or at  Livin Foundations building, Main Street, Shildon.

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ENL1 RESULT | Shildon 1 Ashington 1

Shildon drew 1-1 with Ashington

Zak Atkinson gave the visitors the lead half way through the first half after charging down a clearance from Shildon goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook.

After 60 minutes Shildon were awarded a penalty when Aidan Heywood was pulled to the ground in the box. Nathan Steel then sent the Ashington keeper the wrong way to level the scores.

Final Score : Shildon 1 Ashington 1

Shildon AFC Supporting Shildon Foodbank this Christmas

Shildon AFC are looking for donations to give support to the Shildon Foodbank this Christmas.
If anyone would like to donate over the next 3 weeks they can drop items off at the Club with Norman.
The foods they need in particular are as follows:
Breakfast cereals
Pasta sauce
Tinned meat
Tinned vegetables
Tinned fruit
Tea or coffee
Rice pudding/steamed pudding
Snacks/Chocolate/Selection Boxes
All donations much appreciated.

Shildon’s new sporting director invites fans for Q and A

Martin Gray has wasted no time is taking steps towards building on Shildon AFC’s strong foundations to help them realise their full potential.

Over the past week Gray and chairman David Dent have met with Shildon’s long-standing board of directors, Shildon Development Centre CIC and key sponsorship partner Livin to discuss their future steps.

He has spoken with the players and coaching staff and made himself available at games, including recent away match at Barton Town which saw them take home a 2-0 victory, sending them through to the next round of the FA Vase. He was also at Tuesday’s eBac Northern League Division One home defeat to Dunston UTS.

As part of these next steps, Martin Gray has invited Shildon fans to an open Question and Answer session on Friday November 23 from 7pm to 9pm at Dean Street, Shildon.

Martin Gray said : “Shildon AFC are renowned for their strong community support and the introduction of a new face, in a new role, can cause some unrest and I understand some people may be sceptical and wonder what the agenda is.

“But I need the fans to understand that the agenda is simple. I want to make this football club successful and help achieve the chairman’s ambitions and we need to listen to them and work together. I want to provide reassurance and an open platform for fans to get to know me and see how I fit into their community and most importantly how we can work together to take the club forward”.

“I know they must have plenty of questions. What is a sporting director? What can I bring to the club? What are the long term aims?
“It is an opportunity to share our thoughts and aspirations with the fans but it is important that we listen too. I want to embrace what the club has and bring even more of the community on board. To do that I know we need to listen the fans.