South Shields Football Club was a football club based in South Shields, England. It was the first and most successful of three clubs consecutively bearing that name.
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.
The club was relegated in 1928, and after two seasons in Division Three (North) the club folded in 1930 – despite finishing seventh – and was taken over in its entirety by Gateshead.
Honours and league records
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.