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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.

Shildon AFC Reserves Covid-19 Update

Today (25/09/20) one of our reserve team coaching staff received a positive test result for Covid-19 and is now isolating at home with his family and will obviously not be attending any activities in relation to Shildon AFC/Reserves during that isolation period.

All of our football sessions are held in compliance with FA guidance and all protocols have been followed by both the club and the venue.

None of the players, management, or club officials are showing any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 at this time and everyone is aware of their responsibilities in reporting such symptoms and appropriate actions to take.

As a result of this, in line with local government, health, and FA guidelines and our own stringent Covid-19 Risk Assessments, we are still in a position where we can fulfill our fixtures and train.

As a club, we will continue to monitor and review the situation.

David Dent


Shildon AFC set up a Reserve side

Shildon AFC are delighted to announce that a Reserve side, affiliated to the Club will be playing in the Wearside League next season, subject to League approval.
This forms part of the Clubs plan over the next few years to have a side which bridges the gap between the First Team and the Academy, creating a pathway for promising young players and also giving players in the First Team squad minutes should they be coming back from injury and the like.
Wayne Claydon, Reserve Team Manager said “ As a Shildon lad I fully understand how much Shildon AFC means to the local community and the establishment of a Reserve side just reinforces those links and helps the Club with their overall ambitions. I feel privileged be given the opportunity to be Manager of the Reserves in their first season “
Darren Tait, Academy/ Reserve Director said “These are really exciting times to be involved with Shildon AFC & there is a lot of hard work still going on behind the scenes for the forthcoming season. The new reserve set up will set us apart from anything else that’s going on in the area & will provide a realistic opportunity for youngsters to progress from U18s football into adult football with Bishop Juniors FC & Shildon AFC Community FC being at the forefront for providing young players.” 
The following Facebook & Twitter pages have been set up to keep you up to date.
Twitter : @afc_shildon
Shildon AFC reserves will play their home games at Sunnydale Leisure Centre

Reserves announce friendlies

For the first time, Shildon Football Club will have a reserve side this season, playing in the Durham Alliance League and based at Sunnydale Leisure Centre.

The reserves will be joined in the league by reserve sides from Spennymoor Town and Bishop Auckland along with a minimum of 14 other sides. Playing last season as Durham Stonebridge, the side finished fourth in the league.

The side has announced a series of pre-season friendlies which will give Shildon fans the opportunity to go along and see the latest additions to the growing number of teams representing the club and the town this season.

The friendlies will be played at Sunnydale Leisure Centre with dates and kick off times as follows:

Sat July 5th: Shildon Reserves v  Silksworth CWFC, 2pm
Wed July 9th: Shildon Reserves v  Rutherford FC, 7pm
Sat Jul 19th: Shildon Reserves v  Easington CWFC, 2pm
Wed July 23rd: Shildon Reserves v  Ashbrooke Belford House, 7pm
Sat July 26th: Shildon Reserves v  Sunderland West End, 2pm
Sat August 2nd: Shildon Reserves v  Swallwell, 2pm

Entry to all reserves games – friendlies and league matches – is free.

Shildon Reserves’ league campaign will kick off on Saturday 9th August. Fixtures are not yet available. You can also follow the Reserves on twitter at their account @ShildonReserves where they will be tweeting all their news and live matchday scores.