In recent years I've not had much to cheer from a football point of view [ref 1, 2]. You can sometimes question whether it really matters as much to those making the decisions and those playing as it does to the fans. But watching a small, local club, close to your heart win a cup at the national stadium makes for a pretty special day.
Some photographs below...
|The huge arch|
|An impressive stadium|
|Memories of 1966|
|North East vs North West|
|The hallowed turf|
|Shields win the game 2-1 with a goal in extra time|
|Souvenir programme, scarf and tickets|