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Tears And Beers, South Shields Fly The Flag For The North East In The F.A Vase

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South Shields manager Graham Fenton refused to hide his pride as South Shields put on a show and made it through to the F.A Vase final.

There was only really one team in it as the Northern League side beat Coleshill 4-0 to make it through to Wembley. They will meet Cleethorpes there of course after the beat Bromsgrove Sporting 2-1 on aggregate.

Fenton joined from rivals North Shields are that gamble looks to have paid off and the club will be favourites to continue the North East’s dominance in the competition in May.

He wouldn’t play down the achievement following the one sided second leg and he praised a club record crowd who cheered the team through.

“I thought we were fantastic,” said Fenton, who played in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers before trying his hand in management in Non-League.

“We knew we had to perform in front of a big crowd and we did. There was even some tears in the changing room, it was an emotional day.

“They are already excited about Wembley and it will be a huge day for everyone associated with South Shields. It’s the home of football and the players deserve to play there, I’m very proud.”

And he is in confident mood despite telling his players to now focus on the league until the final comes around.

“We’re not saying we’re going to go there and win it but we’ve got a good chance with the squad we’ve got,” the manager said.


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