South Shields FC supremo Geoff Thompson has revealed £4million plans to build a new stand and community hub at Mariners Park, report The Shields Gazette.

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The ambitious development is part of a bid to create a 5,000-capacity mini-stadium capable of helping the Mariners sustain full-time football. The club has bought a huge warehouse on the other side of Shaftesbury Avenue whih they hope to demolish and build a huge new stand in its place, as well as moving the road slightly and potentially having a residential development on the site as well.

“We want this to be a great place for people to come and enjoy,” Mr Thompson said in a Q&A with fans. “The council are very supportive of what we’re trying to achieve.

“We need to go through a planning process. The plan is to build a stand to house 2,300 seats.

“We need to get planning approval for that. It will cost about £3million to build.

“It would be across where Shaftesbury Avenue currently is and will be a bit of a showcase. It will help us create a capacity of about 5,000 for the ground.”

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