Rebecca Wayman

South Shields FC expands partnership with Sunderland dealer

Pulman Group has extended its sponsorship of South Shields FC into a fifth season.

The partnership is said to have driven benefits for both parties since Pulman became the club’s official media sponsor in 2015.

As well as continuing as the Mariners’ media sponsor, Pulman now also has its logo featured on the club’s first-team shirts after becoming its back-of-shirt sponsor.

This year, Geoff Thompson took over as South Shields FC’s chairman and returned the club to Mariners Park after a two-year exile in Peterlee.

Chris Slater, Sunderland site manager, said: “It is fantastic to team up with South Shields FC once again. Here at Pulman Group we are passionate about supporting our local area and community.

“Teaming up with the Mariners is a great way to support Tyne and Wear. We can’t wait to see what South Shields FC do this season.”

Pulman was one of the first companies to throw its support behind Mr Thompson’s venture and, since then, the Mariners won three promotions between 2015 and 2018, lifting a national trophy at Wembley and harbouring ambitions to reach the English Football League (EFL).

The club also plans to continually improve its Mariners Park ground, with a planning application having recently been made to introduce a new 902-seater stand in summer 2020.

The ground’s current capacity is 3,450 and attendances average around 1,500.

The club submitted its application to South Tyneside Council in September 2019 to mainly improve the matchday experience of supporters and satisfy a greater demand for tickets.

The Mariners’ long-term challenge is to make it to the EFL and its ground plans centre around ensuring Mariners Park is ready to host Football League matches.

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