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Art Editorial

morethana19.jpg A home banker

‘More Than A Game’ at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery celebrates the world’s most popular sport in this very special year for one of the region’s clubs.

And that club in full: South Shields. 2019 marks their centenary year of Football League membership and they will feature heavily in this exhibition that will chart the Mariners’ evolution from their origins through to their legendary FA Vase victory in 2017 (the image by Robert Patterson above shows their fans at that very same final). The exhibition will also detail the club’s ongoing development and ambitions today. But the exhibition is not just about SSFC. It will explore stories of players, and just as importantly, fans, from the early days up to the present day, from the famous, to the local, to the unsung heroes of the game in South Tyneside. From Hebburn Town FC to celebrated works’ teams, including Reyrolle and Westoe Colliery, this show has got it covered. Back of the net!

More Than A Game: The story of football in South Tyneside, 15 June-12 October, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields. southshieldsmuseum.org.uk