Wake up the neighbours, Redcar Athletic finally play football today!

A fortnight in the making, the Steelmen this afternoon return to the hallowed turf at Green Lane, three postponements deep.

Since the bitter defeat to West Allotment Celtic, Redcar have managed simply a training bout with Whitby Town, with the tallying remaining at just four competitive outings since the turn of the year.

Relieved to make the grass this afternoon, Carl Jarrett’s men will face a stern task, as a new look feel to North Shields brings swathes of fans from north of the Tyne in bold anticipation.

Whilst the Redcar boss has all but written off this season in preparation for better fortunes next year, three points today still feels a necessity. Confidence and momentum are both valuable assets in the Northern League, and both currently lack within the squad.

A mild Saturday afternoon, a perfect pitch, and an exciting bout in prospect, there’s no better place to be than BM Bi-Fold Green Lane.

Here’s everything you need to know as North Shields become the second side to visit Green Lane in 2024…

WHO ARE YA?

Formed in 1896 as North Shields Athletic, the Tyneside outfit prove one of the oldest clubs in the division.

A force to be reckoned with in North East football, Athletic – as they were then known – transcended the pyramid from the South Shields and District League, before the Great War hampered their success.

In 1928, Preston Colliery FC emerged, a club which would later be renamed to form the North Shields AFC that exists today.

The Robins enjoyed extensive local support in their early days, with over 12’000 watching a derby bout with South Shields in 1936.

Their pinnacle of success came at Wembley in 1969, as goals from Richie Hall and Brian Joicey clinched the FA Amateur Cup over current football league side, Sutton United.

North Shields went on to turn their Amateur Cup triumph into a historic double. Adam Forster netted the winning goal in the FA Vase final, as the Robins overturned an early deficit to sink Glossop North End by the same scoreline.

The Tynesiders most recent contribution to their history books is rather less favourable, as a strong season in the second division of the Northern Premier League was marred by an inability to meet ground grading, and one of the clubs’ greatest modern achievements proved all but wiped out.

CURRENT FORM

One competitive outing in three weeks, form seems somewhat of an ambitious word in Redcar’s case.

At the helm for just over a month, this afternoon marks only game number four for the new boss, two of which culminating in bitter defeats.

Carl Jarrett opened his Redcar tenure at the start of January, sinking Northallerton Town by a lone goal through debutant Adam Boyes.

Since, the Steelmen twice succumbed to defeat: on the road at Heritage Park, and at Green Lane just two weeks ago, as West Allotment Celtic proved the more determined over 90 minutes.

Visiting the Redcar seafront this afternoon, North Shields have fared in no such way when it comes to vital minutes.

The Robins are six games into the new year, picking up seven points during such time.

Shields touch down at Green Lane unbeaten in three, last losing out to Guisborough Town in a two-goal shut-out to close out January.

LAST TIME OUT

Three red cards, James Sayer between the sticks and a nine man point on the road: just an average afternoon in the Ebac Northern League Division One.

In perhaps one of the wildest games of the season, Redcar Athletic twice fought from behind to snatch a point from the grasp of the then title-hopefuls, despite harbouring a severe man disadvantage.

Jack Norton saw red in the aftermath of a shock opener for North Shields, forcing the live-wire of young James Sayer to don the gloves in his absence.

The midfielder produced a catalogue of stunning saves to keep the Steelmen alive in the bout, whilst relying on Matty Tymon to twice deliver the final blow and poise Gary Forster’s men for a deserved share of the spoils.

A last man challenge forced by desperate defending paved the road for Danny Boyle to become Redcar’s second absentee, whilst pure frustration from Luke Salmon evened the playing field slightly four minutes into stoppage time.

TEAM NEWS

Hampered by so little competitive minutes, the Steelmen come into this afternoon’s clash less than 48 hours off a narrow defeat to Whitby Town, behind closed doors.

The training match offered vital game time to a squad in such desperate need, with countless arrivals and lack of minutes on the field a poor match.

Two of such introductions are in line to make their Green Lane debuts this afternoon, in fullback Charlie Graham and talented winger Jack Blackford.

The pair were signed last Friday to further bolster Carl Jarrett’s wide options, yet have since seen no action thanks to a streak of postponements.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us on the Redcar seafront today? Here’s all of the boring details that may be of interest.

FINDING BM BI-FOLD GREEN LANE

Nestled just off the coast road – with impeccable views out to sea, and across Cleveland – Green Lane sits off a residential road of the same name.

The ground can be found using the postcode TS10 3RW, just opposite the rugby and squash clubs at the foot of the street. 

ADMISSION

Affordable football for all, admission into Green Lane costs just £7 for adults, whilst those eligible as a concession – students and OAPs – pay £4.

Those under-16 can gain entrance to the ground for a mere £2, whilst members of the club’s junior section are admitted for free under their existing fees. 

A matchday programme will also be on sale for just £2 at the turnstile.

PARKING

In courtesy of our neighbours, please park respectfully in designated car parks in the vicinity of Green Lane.

There is to be absolutely NO street parking.

WHAT’S ON?

A hub of entertainment and a fantastic match day experience, there’s more than just football going on at Green Lane.

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