Author: Martyn Tweddle

Extension of Smoking Ban within the Ground at Dean Street

As you will be aware smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces has been illegal in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 2007 and in Scotland since 2006.   Shildon AFC has now taken the decision to extend this smoking ban to a number of outdoor areas of the ground at Dean Street.  This will also include the use of e-cigarettes/vaping devices.  This will be effective from today.

There are a number of reasons we have taken this decision including:

 – The protection of fans, players, staff and guests from the health hazards of second-hand smoke.

 – To minimise the potential fire hazards presented by lit tobacco use.

 – To minimise the amount of tobacco-related litter.

 – and to respect the right to good health and breathe clean air for all people in the ground.

The Club hope this will result in a safer and more comfortable environment for everybody attending the ground.

We have therefore identified a number of designated non-smoking areas around the ground, these will be clearly signed and active enforcement will be undertaken whenever the facility is in use.  These areas are:

 – Anywhere in and in front of the new seated stand.

 – In front of the old stand extending down to the area behind both the home and away dugouts.

 – The turnstiles and entrance area.

 – The raised standing area at the hospitality suite.

We hope you understand the reasons for this ban extension and agree that it will lead to a more enjoyable experience at Dean Street.





Loan Signing – Ryan Bolton

Shildon AFC are pleased to announce the loan signing of Ryan Bolton.  Ryan has joined us on a short term loan from Gateshead FC.

The defender joined the Gateshead FC first-team setup having spent the 2020/21 season with the under-19 squad.

Ryan appeared for the Gateshead first team during the club’s 2020/21 pre-season schedule, and was included in the 18-man squad to face Farsley Celtic in last season’s Buildbase FA Trophy.  He also appeared for Northern League Division Two side West Allotment Celtic prior to the cancellation of the 2020/21 season.

Ryan is eligible to play against Cleethorpes Town FC today.

Welcome to Shildon AFC Ryan.