South Shields F.C. (1889)
Reports in the local Gazette suggest that the South Shields team's first recorded result was a 2–1 win in September 1889 against Gateshead Albion, though mention was made of three games the previous season. South Shields Athletic formed in 1897 to play in the Northern Alliance, but folded in 1902.
South Shields Adelaide, nicknamed the Laddies, was formed in 1899 by Jack Inskip, and after joining the Northern Alliance, moved to the North Eastern League in 1908–09, becoming a limited company. "Adelaide" was dropped from the name in 1905. In 1913 the club unsuccessfully applied to join the Football League, polling no votes.
In 1919 the club contested the post-war Victory Shield alongside Newcastle, Sunderland and others, and was elected to the extended Football League Second Division in 1919–20 with 28 votes. Its first League game was a 1–0 defeat at Fulham watched by 20,000 spectators, but although the team frequently attracted big crowds, playing success proved elusive.
Honours and league records
- North Eastern League/Northern Counties league
- Champions 1913–14, 1914–15
- Runners-up 1912–13
- Football League
- Division 2: 1919–1928 (9 seasons)
- Division 3 (North): 1928–1930 (2 seasons)
- Highest league position: 6th, Division 2 1921–22
- Lowest league position: 10th, Division 3 North 1928–29
The team played at Horsley Hill during its Football League career.
1. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
2. Players with full international caps.
3. Players that hold a club record or have captained the club.
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