Month: June 2021

Squad sponsorship opportunities available

Every fan has their favourite player and, ultimately, the players are what the fans come to see. With the management team, they bear the burden of responsibility for bringing success to the club.

Here at Shildon, the players are the embodiment of the team spirit that runs through the club and the relationship between the players and fans here is very special.

The forthcoming season (2021/22) will be the highest level the club has ever played at.  To associate your name with a member of the Shildon Football Club squad is to associate yourself with hard work, fair play, high performance, and team spirit.

We offer the following opportunities to sponsor your favourite member of the squad:

Player’s Shirt:  Home £30;  Away £30;  Both £50
 – Invitation to the end-of-season party.
 – A photograph taken of you and your chosen player.
 – Your name listed against the player profile in both the matchday programme and on the official website.

Management team £30
 – Invitation to the end-of-season party.
 – A photograph taken of you and your chosen team member.
 – Your name listed against the individual’s profile in both the matchday programme and on the official website.

Squad members can be reserved by sending an email to confirming which player(s)/team member(s) you want to sponsor and how you are going to pay.  Sponsorship can be paid for online (via Bank Transfer – SHILDON AFC LTD,  40-41-24, 10739634), in cash at the ground, or through the till at the clubhouse.  

Payment MUST be made within 5 working days to secure your player(s)/team member(s) of choice.
Many thanks for your sponsorship.

Enterprise Travel Become Official Travel Partner Sponsor

Shildon AFC are delighted to announce that Enterprise Travel will become the club’s Official Travel Partner Sponsor for the 2021-22 season.

Enterprise Travel will provide VIP transport to all the club’s away matches for the 2021-22 season, our first in the Northern Premier League East Division.

Started initially by Barbara and Brian Brown, the husband and wife duo worked with many local schools, colleges and UK based tour clients, as they continued to enjoy operating their fleet of five high quality vehicles. In 2015, they decided it was time to hang up their coach keys and agreed to sell their business to the European Travel Group.

Since that time, Enterprise Travel has continued to grow, from five to sixteen vehicles. It has continued to develop on an already well established reputation. Working closely with every school and college in Darlington, the company continues to go from strength to strength locally. Enterprise also continues to develop on the ever growing touring arm of the business, now with five touring vehicles that often find themselves in every corner of the UK and Europe.

Having a professional company to transport players and officials to away games is very important and means players arrive relaxed and ready for the game.

Further information on Enterprise Travel can be found here:


ParkPlay – Be a ParkPlayer

ParkPlay is designed to encourage everyone to be a little more active, bring communities together and experience the life-changing positive impact of play, sessions will be held on a Saturday morning in Hackworth Park and will be full of fun and games for all – and our very own captain Ben Trotter will be holding sessions!

The events start on the 10th July 2021 in Hackworth Park at 10:00am – and it’s FREE!

To register and get further details:


Craig Moody signs contract


Shildon AFC are delighted that Craig Moody has signed a new contract for the coming year after stepping up from a successful spell in the reserve side to the first team.

Craig made 3 appearances for the first team last season coming off the bench.
We hope to see Craig continue to develop at the Football club.


FA Competitions for the 2021-22 Season

Please see below correspondence received today from the Football Association regarding the FA Competitions for the 2021/22 Season:


We have received an application from your Club to enter one or more of The Emirates FA Cup, The Buildbase FA Trophy, The Buildbase FA Vase and The FA Youth Cup Competitions.

On Friday 2 July 2021, Clubs shall be notified of the following information for each of The Emirates FA Cup, The Buildbase FA Trophy, The Buildbase FA Vase and The FA Youth Cup Competitions;

   – List of participating Clubs

   – List of Clubs to receive exemption

   – Round Dates

   – Prize Fund


The Emirates FA Cup – Step 6 Clubs to be accepted

As the Competition was oversubscribed, it will not be possible to accommodate all Clubs that have applied to enter. As a result of the recent restructuring of The FA National League System, the maximum number of Clubs that can be accepted to participate in the Competition in its current format shall be 729. All Clubs that applied to enter the 2021-22 Competition that will be competing at Step 5 of The FA National League System or higher for the 2021-22 season shall be accepted. Taking into account the number of Clubs that have been uplifted in the recent restructuring, it means that only eight places will be available in the Competition for Clubs competing at Step 6 of The FA National League System.

A draw will be conducted to determine eight of the 17 Step 6 Leagues which will be represented in the Competition. Each of those eight Step 6 Leagues will then be represented by one Club. This Club will be the highest ranked Club within that Step 6 League that was not successful in receiving upward movement to Step 5 of The FA National League System in the recent restructuring.

Whilst we accept this method would not ordinarily be used to determine entries into the Competition, we believe it to be the fairest method in the current set of exceptional circumstances, to ensure the Competition has a fair balance of Clubs across all the divisions of Step 6 of The FA National League System.


The Emirates FA Cup – Step 4 Clubs receiving exemption

Similar to previous seasons, in order to maintain the number of participating Clubs at a similar level and for the Competition to retain its current format,   it will be necessary for a number of Clubs at Step 4 of The FA National League System to enter the Competition in the Extra Preliminary Round instead of the Preliminary Round. For the 2021-22 Competition there shall be 21 Clubs at Step 4 required to enter the Competition in the Extra Preliminary Round instead of receiving exemption to the Preliminary Round, which is the round where the remaining Step 4 Clubs shall enter. This shall comprise of three Clubs from five of the eight Step 4 Leagues, which means there will be two Clubs from each of the remaining three Step 4 Leagues.

Draws shall be conducted for each Step 4 League to determine which Clubs shall enter the Competition in the Extra Preliminary Round.

Competition Draws

Draws for the following fixtures shall be released on Friday 9 July 2021;

   – The Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round & Preliminary Round

   – The Buildbase FA Trophy – First Round Qualifying & Second Round Qualifying

   – The Buildbase FA Vase – First Round Qualifying & Second Round Qualifying

   – The FA Youth Cup – Preliminary Round and First Round Qualifying

Competition Rules

The Rules of each Competition are currently being reviewed. These will be communicated to all participating Clubs as early as possible following the release of the draws for the opening two rounds of fixtures on Friday 9 July.

Please note the above information is correct as at the date of this communication, but remains subject to change.

Kind Regards

FA Competitions