Former Aston Villa star Graham Fenton aims to build on North Shields FC’s FA Vase win

Glossop North End vs North Shields - North Shields celebrate their 2-1 victory in extra time over Glossop North End - Pic By James Williamson
Glossop North End vs North Shields - North Shields celebrate their 2-1 victory in extra time over Glossop North End - Pic By James Williamson

Proud North Shieds FC boss Graham Fenton says he wants to use Saturday’s FA Vase win over Glossop North End as a springboard for further success.

The former Aston Villa man masterminded the North East side’s 2-1 Wembley win over Glossop and declared he is determined to take his side even further.

It had looked like the day would end in defeat until Gareth Bainbridge levelled on 80 minutes, before Adam Forster hit the winner in extra-time.

“I am very proud of the lads,” said Fenton. “They showed great belief and heart and did not give up.

“We were very poor in the first half, it took the players a while to get accustomed to the surroundings, but we were much better in the second half.

“We told the lads at half-time to believe in themselves, and to believe that they were better than what they showed in the first half.

“I thought Glossop looked tired once we got our goal and we pushed on.

“We struggled in the first couple of rounds, but once we got throug them we started to play good football and show the qualities we possess.

“This has been a long journey for us. We breezed through the league last year and we have added quality this year.

“We have progress well on and off the pitch in the last few seasons. We just want to improve each season and to build on this.”

And for Fenton the FA Vase win was even more special than when he won the League Cup with Aston Villa back in March 1994.

Added Fenton: “Winning at Wembley as a player was very special, but this is the best Wembley win for me.

“When you are a player you only really have yourself to think about, when you are a manager you have an entire club and are responsible for all the players.

“It is a very satisfying win. The lads have really enjoyed the experience.

“I am delighted for the fans and delighted that we could give them the win that their day out needed. This win has helped out pride back in the local area.”