More than a Game

The story of football in South Tyneside

Fans at SSFC FA Vase final 2017


Until Saturday 12 October

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First floor temporary exhibition space

Free, donations welcome

[Image: Fan Scott Tooley in the stands at South Shields F.C. FA Vase final 2017, courtesy of Robert Patterson.]

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A new exhibition exploring stories of players and fans from the early days and up to the present day, from the famous, to the local and unsung heroes of the game in South Tyneside.  

More than a Game highlights the centenary of South Shields FC’s entry to the Football League, and also Hebburn Town FC, the many amateur teams of the Borough’s yesteryear to works’ teams including Reyrolles, Leslies and the colliery welfares, through to church and school teams.

Highlighting players like Mary Lyons of Jarrow, who was and still remains to this day the youngest player to play and score for England in a senior international match,and Demi Stokes, currently on the England team. 

See a wide range of team photos, as well as programmes, medals, cups, trophies, strips and kit from the late 19th century up to the present day.

Featuring loans from the Fans MuseumNational Football Museum and Charlton Athletic Museum, including objects associated with South Shields’ born Stan Mortenson, who was the only player to score a hat-trick in a Wembley FA Cup Final.