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Shildon AFC Achieves Ground Grading

Shildon AFC are delighted to confirm that following a Football Association and Northern Premier League inspection last week the Club has achieved Ground Grading 4 (formerly Grade D).  This means we are fully compliant with all the requirements of the grading which is essential in maintaining our presence in the Northern Premier League East.

The Club were complimented on the excellent changing facilities for home/away players and officials and were commended on the work completed on the community garden as well as the newly installed toilets and medical room.

Chairman, David Dent said: “This represents a massive achievement for the Club and the town.  People don’t appreciate that to play at this level demands serious investment on and off the pitch and we’ve achieved this.  We’ve now got a platform to compete at this level for many years to come and I’ve every confidence that we will.”



Matchday Programme – Long Eaton United FC (12-11-22)


Today’s digital matchday programme for our PitchingIn Northern Premier League East tie against Long Eaton United FC is now available via the links below.  The programme is interactive so adverts will link to websites (where available) and there are also links to Club videos on YouTube.

Matchday Programme – Long Eaton United FC- 12-11-22

You can also scan the QR code below:

Shildon AFC Appoint New Manager

Following the shock resignation of Ian Clark, Shildon AFC are pleased to reveal their interim management structure.  Former Player, Chris Hughes has accepted the position of First Team Manager for the rest of the season, when the position will be reviewed.  Chris will be supported by Alex White who will be Player Coach, whilst Chris and the Club actively look to reinforce the management team over the coming weeks.

Chris said “Thank you to the players, supporters and board members who have made me feel welcome since I returned to the club.  I am really looking forward to continuing the work that has been started with the players.  It is important we have some consistency for the club now so that we can get the results we need to move up the table.  In the short time I have been back at Shildon, it is clear to see there is a strong group of players who want to do well for the club.  It is important we use their togetherness and abilities to build on Tuesday night.  All of the focus is now on getting a positive result this weekend.”

David Dent, Chairman of Shildon AFC said “ This has been an unsettling 48 hours for everyone at the Club. I’m absolutely delighted therefore that Chris feels now is the time for him to step up into this position to take the Club forward.  I’ve known him for a number of years, founded the Clubs Development Centre with him, seen him progress from player, to coach and latterly to Assistant Manager and feel it’s time for him to have the opportunity to manage the Club.  He’s an A licence Coach, was highly thought of at Middlesbrough FC’s Academy, he has the respect of the players, but more importantly he has integrity and I trust him implicitly.  I know he believes in the Club’s development plan and is here for the right reasons.  Now is the time for stability, Chris will therefore get the backing of myself and the Board, and the resources at his disposal to establish ourselves within the NPL this season and hopefully he will continue in the role for many years to come.”

Hospitality Suite – Marske United FC (19/03/22)

Due to a late cancellation the hospitality suite for the Markse United game this coming Saturday (19th March 2022) is now available so why not book and enhance your matchday experience.

Hospitality includes entry to the ground (inlcuding a free programme) and the hospitality suite.  Within the private suite, we offer a fully stocked fridge throughout the game (which can be tailored to guest requirements), the suite has a match viewing area and live BT sports can be shown on the television screen.  There is a choice of meals for guests (choice must be the same for the whole group) and includes: homemade pizzas, hand cut chips, indian banquet, chinese, and traditional english dishes (e.g. fish and chips).

The cost for the day (1:00pm – 5:30pm) is £400 and up to 10 guests can attend.

Booking must be made by the end of today (Tuesday 15th March 2022) – and a 50% deposit must be paid.  Please contact:  briarave@hotmail.co.uk

Sam Barker signs for Shildon

Shildon AFC are delighted to welcome Sam Barker to Dean Street, after the former Pickering Town man penned a deal over the last couple of days.

Sam is a creative midfielder who has impressed when playing against Shildon for both Pickering Town and Garforth Town and is available to be picked for the squad travelling to Stockton Town FC on New Year’s Day. 

His previous clubs include Harrogate Railway, Harrogate Town (U23s), Garforth Town and Pickering Town.

Manager, Daniel Moore said “Sam has been a player who has been on our radar for a while now. His attributes are something we have been looking to add to the squad since the summer. He is a young hungry player that has the desire to play at the highest level and has attracted interest from teams higher up the pyramid. I’m delighted he has joined us and have no doubt that he will be a success at the football club”

Chairman David Dent welcomed Sam to the Club, “Sam is exactly the type of player that we are looking to attract to the Club. He’s young, hungry and wants to play at a higher level. He’s been watched by the management team for sometime and I’m delighted that he’s joined us. I’m sure he will do really well” 

Shildon AFC TV caught up with Sam for a chat after his contract signing: