Month: April 2022

Vacancy – First Team Manager

Shildon Association Football Club is inviting applications for the position of First Team Manager.

An advert with the requirements of the role is available here:

Advert / Post Requirements

Please apply with your current CV and covering email/letter to the Club Chairman, David Dent  (

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 3rd May 2022, with interviews to be held on 7th May 2022.

The Club will only accept direct applications from individuals and will not pay agency introduction fees for this role.

Moore Leaves the Railwaymen

Shildon Association Football Club can confirm manager Daniel Moore has left the Club.

The club have held extensive talks with Daniel in recent weeks and a mutual decision was taken not to extend his current contract at Dean Street.

‘Bobby’ has amassed almost 500 appearances over two spells with the Railwaymen and has enjoyed success as both a player and a manager.

After moving into the dugout in January 2017, Daniel has led the club to three top six finishes in the Northern League and played a significant role in our first ever promotion into the Northern Premier League.

A historic first season in step four of the non-league pyramid has been a success with the club securing a play-off place and producing some moments that will live long in the memory.

Silverware also arrived in the form of the Cleator Cup, and of course, the memorable 1-0 win against South Shields in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup.

However, after a series of meetings in the last fortnight, a decision has been taken by both parties to bring an end to his time with the club as Daniel feels that a move will allow him to progress on to the next step in his managerial career. His Assistant, Mark Hudson also leaves the Club.

Club chairman David Dent said: “I will never forget how Dan stepped into the job in extremely difficult circumstances.  We have both grown together over the years and with the backing of the Club, he has taken Shildon AFC to a level that we have never played at before where we have surprised a few people in the NPL getting into the play-offs in our first season.  Mark, as well has also played a big part in our success.  It has become evident that Dan needs to move on, which he believes is best for him and it’s also best for the Club. This is the end of an era and we now look forward to starting a new chapter as we look to build upon our great start within the NPL.”

Further announcements will be made in due course. 

Everyone connected with Shildon AFC wishes Daniel and Mark the best of luck in their next venture.

Marske United FC vs Shildon AFC Ticket Info.

We have received confirmation that the ticket prices for Tuesday’s PitchingIn Northern Premier League East Play-off tie against Marske United will be:

Adults – £10

Over 65’s, 16-18 year olds and students – £5

Under 16s £3

The game is not all-ticket but we are advising that supporters purchase their tickets in advance.

The link to purchase tickets is:

Marske United v Shilldon NPL Play Off Semi Final | Northern Premier League | Marske United FC Web (

Community Garden Opening Ceremony & Easter Holiday Activities Awards

A community has celebrated the official opening of a new community garden created on waste land inside the football ground of Shildon AFC.

The ceremony held on Thursday 14th April 2022 was attended by community leaders, funding partners, representatives from the Northern Premier League and Shildon AFC staff.

The Community Garden has been created to provide an all-year round outdoor facility for the local community.

The ribbon was cut by Shildon AFC captain and local lad Ben Trotter.


David Dent, Shildon AFC Chairman said: “This is a special day for myself, my family, and the Club. I came back to Shildon to build a successful football Club and to put something back into the town that I grew up in. Thanks to Buildbase and our partners we now have an asset which the whole community can use and with our new CIC we will extend even further our reach into the local community, making Shildon AFC a true community football club”.

A community interest company (Shildon AFC CIC) has been set up to manage the facility and a Community Development Officer appointed to further integrate the garden into the local community.

Funding for the Garden was made possible by the Club’s successful bid to the Buildbase Community Club Award, which resulted in an award of £25,000.  The Club were also successful in achieving funding from the Councillors Neighbourhood Budget (which is administered by the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership).

Construction of the Community Garden was completed by Westholme Construction.

Children have already been using the Community Garden this week as part of the Easter Holiday Activities scheme which provides sporting activities alongside a healthy breakfast and lunch.  Today marked the final day of activities and has once again proved extremely popular.  Each child participating was awarded with a medal, t-shirt and Easter Egg, all presented by Shildon AFC Manager Daniel Moore.

The Easter Holiday Activities scheme was funded by Livin, Fun & Food (Durham County Council), Bishop Auckland & Shildon Area Action Partnership, Shildon Alive and the PitchingIn Trident Community Fund.  

Special thanks also to Christian Taylor and Ben Trotter who facilitated/coached the activities during the four days of the scheme.

March for Mental Health – ManHealth

From April 13 to April 18 2022 a team of men from ManHealth will be walking over 130 miles in 5 Days to raise awareness of men’s mental health in the North East.  The men who all struggle with mental health conditions have benefitted from using the peer support groups and other services of ManHealth and are looking to raise awareness of the crisis in men’s mental health and raise funds for ManHealth to continue and extend their work.

They are planning to visit over 17 Football Club Grounds as part of their route and we are pleased to confirm that the march will arrive at Shildon AFC’s Dean Street ground on the evening of 16th April and depart again on the morning of 17th April.  The ground will be open for their arrival and departure and anybody can come along and welcome them to the ground or wave them off – an invitation is open to take part in the march.


As ManHealth planned the walk they heard the terrible news that one of their group had lost his son and the walk is now being done in loving memory of Harvey McWilliams.  Harvey was young lad from Darlington and was football mad.

Further details on the march can be found here:  March for Mental Health

ManHealth are a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting men through difficulties in their mental healthare.

Further information ManHealth:  ManHealth