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Thank you, Ormston!

North Shields FC would like to announce that Gary Ormston has decided to leave the club.

On behalf of the whole town we would like to thank Gary Ormston for his time and effort he has given at North Shields Football Club.

Gary went on to make 263 appearances for The Robins scoring 21 goals during him time since joining from Dunston UTS in 2015.

The midfielder, ex-assistant manager, bloke who fixes fences, a real man of many talents, Gary has made a pathway into everyone’s lives at North Shields FC, from standing on the terraces to putting an arm around our youngsters – Gary has played with NSFC running through his veins.

Here is a round up from the legend himself

It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to move on next season.

Having spoken in depth on numerous occasions to my wife Gemma, family and close friends, the time has come to leave as the travel commitments will be too much.

I have absolutely adored every single year I have been at NE29 and can’t thank the people enough who have made this so, from the wonderful fans, committee and each management team I have played for and been part of. Every team mate I have played with has one way or another made it all the more worth while. It really has been the most pleasurable experience.

A few key moments stand out for me in my time as a North Shields player-

Vs Blyth in the Senior Cup final, possibly the best game of football I have been involved in and to score at the Gallowgate, with my hardened Newcastle supporting family there, is the stuff of dreams.

Vs Newcastle at home to get to the above final was a moment to treasure, having opened the scoring in the penalty shoot out to it going all the way round to the keepers and back to me to score the winner.

Most of the vase teams we have played. From Padiham, that gave us the belief- to Vauxhall Motors, the wild welcome party off the bus from the magnificent fans, culminating with the epic late goals and off field celebrations with those brilliant lot. Then onto North Ferriby, Whickham with the ref sending a man off, only to recind it after around 10 minutes of mayhem but let’s not forget that crazy game down at Barton, wow, and being honoured with my flag! Harbrough was special too, with my Daughter, Sommer, being “famous” and in the celebration photo with team at the end. It really has been a truly epic season packed full of memories I will treasure for life.

And finally,
Vs Whitley Bay to wrap up a first league title, season and Shields career with THAT penalty into the fans

My family are North Shields fans for life now.

There are too many people to thank in person so thank you all and I look forward to coming to watch a game soon. Oh, and if you ever need a fence fixing you know who to call 😉 X!”

Manager Marc Nash has reflected on his time he’s had with Gary,

Gary is one of a rare breed that has continued to play into his late 30s but not only play, he was also an integral part of the last few years whilst we built a squad capable of winning the Northern League, something he was desperate to achieve. His love of the game and this club has saw him make all of his 250 plus appearances in his 30s which again is testimony to him and his family who will be missed around the place. I wish him nothing but the best.

Please join all of the committee, management team and players at North Shields FC in wishing Gary all the very best for whatever the future may hold and we can’t wait to welcome you back to The Daren Person Stadium very soon!

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