South Shields have been handed a high-profile tie against National League side Scunthorpe United in the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The match is due to be played on the weekend of Saturday, October 15th at 1st Cloud Arena, with the date and kick-off time to be confirmed in due course.
Scunthorpe are 21st in the top division of non-league football after their 72-year stay in the Football League ended with relegation last season. The Iron were in the second tier as recently as 11 years ago.
They are led by interim manager Tony Daws and have players including former Middlesbrough midfielder Jacob Butterfield, ex-Bournemouth striker Liam Feeney and former Sheffield United forward Caolan Lavery among their ranks.
The Mariners met Scunthorpe in the first round of the FA Cup in the 1971-72 season, with the original tie finishing 3-3 before Shields won 3-2 at the Old Show Ground in a replay.
Shields reached the final qualifying round with victories over Workington (3-2), Shildon (5-0) and Marske United (5-2).
Ticket and hospitality information regarding the Scunthorpe match will be confirmed in due course.
As a result of the club’s progress in the competition, the Pitching In Northern Premier League match away to Radcliffe – previously scheduled for October 15th – will be given a new date.