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Daren Persson Stadium

Daren Persson Stadium

North Shields F.C. Daren Persson Stadium, Ralph Gardner Park, NE29 6UA

North Shields FC Moved to the site of the old Ralph Gardner School playing fields in 1997 having previously played at Percy Main and the Barking Dog Sports Field in Wallsend after eviction from Appleby Park in 1992. The club originally played for two seasons on the railed lower pitch (which is still in use today) before moving to the adjacent pitch in 1999 and developing the pitch into a stadium of Northern League standard. The ground was enclosed with fencing and a 100 seated main stand constructed on the West Percy Road end. The club was assisted by North Tyneside Council in building the stadium and took a 60 year lease out at the venue. The final piece of the puzzle was the installation of 6 musco floodlight pylons at the ground giving the stadium the required facilities for promotion in 2004.

There is covered standing for 100 on the opposite (South) end of the ground. Both areas behind the goals have hard standing.

In 2011 the club built some terracing on the West Percy Road end alongside the grandstand which has become known as "The Curva Nord" by the North Shields "Ultra" supporters. The stadium has been nicknamed "The Morgue" since the sponsorship deal with Daren Persson Funeral Services began in 2011. The club has an on-site toilet block, a canteen and a hospitality room on the West side of the ground from which the players enter the stadium from the changing rooms directly behind.

The club opened a clubhouse building in 2016 adjacent to the ground perimeter with entry directly to the stadium. It is fully licensed and serves a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks.