Marske United

One of England’s most famous groundhoppers is George AKA The Oldham Groundhopper. He leads a charmed life of running ultra marathons, groundhopping and keeping Wetherspoons in profits. You can follow him on Facebook where he regales us all with tales of endurance runs, football travel and All Day Breakfasts. I always enjoy his posts because not only is he not a glory-hunter (he passionately supports Oldham Athletic) but also because he does not take himself too seriously ….. others please note!

He recently posted a photo of a Mushy Peas Muffin at Marske United to his 20.000+ followers and in true social media fashion it went viral. Anyway, things are sadly not well at the Yorkshire club and they have asked George to help them.

Yesterday he wrote,


You may remember that in April I posted a photograph of my Batchelors mushy peas on a “muffin” at Marske United and it went VIRAL!!!

Unfortunately in recent days the news has emerged that Marske are set to no longer survive as a football club. The previous chairman has resigned, the club had hoped to move to a Limited Company and to open a share scheme for survival to the end of this season and beyond. It has now been established that this would take 6-8 weeks so unfortunately is not sustainable as the club would not be able to play during that time.

The club have set up a fundraiser but have asked me to share the news and help save the club.

With an idea of a virtual mushy peas for £3 being a way to raise funds for the club.”

George’s tasty Mushy Peas Muffin. If you can help the club please click here Don’t forget to follow The Oldham Groundhopper and share with friends.

Later on that night I heard about the problems at North Shields Football Club further up the coast north of Newcastle. I read this in the Chronicle

“Northern League club North Shields have confirmed they are fighting for their future as they deal with an ‘impossible financial situation’.

The announcement is the latest blow in a challenging period for the club after they were relegated from the Northern Premier League last season after failing to bring their Daren Persson Stadium home up to meet the required criteria to compete in step four of the non-league pyramid.

That came just 12 months after they were crowned as Northern League champions for only the second time in their history after enjoying remarkable success under former management team Marc Nash and Anthony Woodhouse. Former Ryton and Crawcrook Albion manager Daniel Iredale replaced the duo following their departure in the summer and oversaw a major turnover in players as he prepared a new look squad for the club’s return to the Northern League.

However, Iredale and his playing squad have now left the club after the Robins revealed the recent spate of postponed home fixtures over the last two months had ‘financially crippled the club’ and left them with ‘no incoming finance’. The North Shields board are now looking to take steps to rebuild the North Tyneside club but warned a ‘very difficult period’ lies ahead as they look to recover from a devastating blow”

I can’t claim that I have ever been to Marske United’s ground but I did visit North Shields for a pre-season friendly against Glossop North End. Neither Glossop nor North Shields can claim tropical micro climates so it was a surprise to see all the Glossop fans in tutus! ~

Good Luck to Marske United and North Shields in their battle for survival and thanks again to George for his famous Digital Mushy Peas initiative!


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