Month: November 2021

Next meeting of the Supporters Club

Shildon AFC Supporters Club will be holding a meeting on Sunday 12th December 2021 at 11:00pm in the Blue Diamond Social Club at Dean Street.  All supporters are welcome to attend.

As a result of the membership’s vote to adopt a formal constitution, membership of the Shildon AFC Supporters Club is now charged on an annual basis. Membership is £5 Adults (over 18) and £3 juniors (under 18).  Only current members will be able to vote at the club AGM. The renewal date for membership is the month of September.

For further details on the meeting or membership applications please contact Russ Henderson on 07538 789464.

New Management Team for Reserves

Shildon AFC is pleased to announce Wayne Gredziak and Steven West as the new management team for Shildon AFC Reserves.

Wayne is currently the manager of Darlington under 16’s academy and will be well known to Shildon fans and followers of north east football having played for Shildon, Bishop Auckland, Bedlington Terriers, Hebburn Town, Chester Le Street, Northallerton and Darlington RA.  Wayne has also gained experience in management with spells at Durham & Wolviston.  Wayne will take on the role of Reserve Team Manager.


Steven, also well known in local football, having played at Bishop Auckland, Whitby, West Auckland and Crook, works with Wayne at the Darlington under 16’s Academy and was assistant manager at Bishop Auckland when they won the Durham Challenge Cup.  Steven will be Assistant Manager of the reserve team.



Darren Tait (Shildon AFC Director & Director of Football – Bishop Juniors) said, “I’m really pleased with the appointment of Wayne & Steven. As well as coaching/managing at a Northern League Level they will also bring in a wealth of experience from their playing days.  They both understand the importance of the role & where that lies within the partnership pathway but have also already identified players that they would like to bring into the Club”

Darren continued, “I would also like to say a huge thank you to Wayne Claydon, who along with Mark Hallimond & Lee Bendelow, had a very successful first season gaining promotion to Wearside League Division 1.  I’m also very pleased that Mark will be staying at the Club to work with the new management team”.

Wayne and Steven will be starting work with Shildon AFC Reserves immediately.

We’re backing Play Safe

Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game.

The main element of Play Safe is a series of short films which emphasise the importance of clubs such as ours having safeguarding as an everyday reality. The films also explain to parents/carers and children themselves what to do if they feel unsafe or worried, because nothing matters more than making sure football is safe for everyone, especially children and young people. You can see these films on the front page of our club website.

“As a youth team coach, I will be working with my club to ensure we support the Play Safe messaging,” says FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham. “I am also pleased that the campaign has the support of the former footballers with lived experience of abuse in football, who are on our Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group. The Group has collectively said:

“Learning from the past is crucial, so that we can prevent the horrific experiences that happened to us and so many others in football, from happening again.

“As a group of survivors, we fully support the ethos and important messages that Play Safe conveys – whether to club officials, parents/carers and or vitally, children and young people themselves. Equally important is that Play Safe is not a one-off campaign – it will be used at key points in the football calendar to remind everyone in football, that children’s welfare and keeping them safe, should be at the heart of all that we do.”

As the Survivor Group points out, you’ll see Play Safe appearing at various points throughout the season to keep safeguarding front of mind in football. Together, we want to do everything we can so everyone – particularly children and young people – has a consistently positive experience of our great game.

Vacancy – Reserve Team Coach/Manager

Shildon AFC are seeking a coach/manager for their reserve team.

Shildon AFC is a charter standard club with its first team playing in the Northern Premier League East Division (Step 4 of the national league system), with its reserve’s playing in the 1st Division of the Wearside League.

The Club is looking for a passionate and enthusiastic coach/manager to work within the club’s team structure to support the development of players, supporting the first team and helping support the proven partnership pathway within the Club from junior football through the reserves and into first-team football:


You will hold the relevant FA coaching badges and be willing to commit 1.5 hours during the week and of course matchdays during the season.

This is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience and development in football at a high level and the Club will provide opportunities for support, development and progression within the football club for the right candidate.

The Club is asking all potential applicants to email, Darren Tait, at: with a covering letter and CV before the deadline of 5pm Tuesday 23rd November 2021.

David Dent

Chairman, Shildon AFC