As we all know Gateshead used to be a Football League side in the old 4th Division.
They were voted out of the league in 1960 as part of the old voting system. I remember that well and was really disappointed at the time as a teenager.
Well Gateshead are on the way back and have a strategy to get back in the Football League within 5 years – it sure seems exciting to us – read on.
Gateshead Blog Heed Army - supporting Gateshead Football Club’s ambitious plans
Gateshead is very much in the shadow of their Tyneside neighbors Newcastle United but there has never been any animosity between the two clubs. In fact the opposite has been true and there has been a warm relationship between the clubs. Newcastle are north of the River Tyne and Gateshead just across from us in County Durham. Many Gateshead fans are Newcastle United fans and support Gateshead while Newcastle are away, this is how Gateshead’s attendance at home games can be 454 one game and 250 at the next.
Current Chairman Graham Wood and Gateshead Fan since the 1950â€™s has a dream of returning his boy hood team back to the football league and the goal is within the next 5 years. Also the Chairman hope to have a Football ground built for Gateshead Football club by within 3 years. Gateshead’s vice chairman is Graham Wood who was vice chairman at Sunderland AFC and was the project leader on Sunderlandâ€™s Stadium of light, so he knows what heâ€™s doing.
Some former Newcastle players have joined Gateshead and from all accounts are doing really well there. Jamie McClen has been great for them and other former Newcastle Reserve players, Craig Baxter and Phil Cave are also at the club. In fact Gateshead have just signed Kris Gate and he is bedding in across the river. Star Players for Gateshead are Davie Southern who was last season’s UniBond League top scorer with 31 goals for Gateshead. Steve Bowey is captain and in his second stint with Gateshead after playing for Scottish Side Queen of the South and Conference side.
And of course our very own Andrew Carroll hails from Gatehead.
How do I know all this?
Because there is new web-site created by David Gaddess and he asked if it was OK for our Newcastle United Blog to link to David’s Gateshead blog â€“ which is called The Heed Army
So we have a link now to this Gateshead Blog which was started a year ago by David. We exchanged notes yesterday and it turns out that David is doing the site as a labor of love, which is why we started the Newcastle blog in April. By the way – don’t believe there’s lot of money in this – if I did it for the money I’d end this blog tomorrow – period.
Seems to us having looked over David’s great site that his blog replicates closely that of NUFC.COM blog. They are both close to their clubs and report all kinds of useful information about the club. Every club needs one of these blogs that has reports on youth games and reserve games and all kinds of good useful information in general on the club.. We’ve always thought NUFC.COM was excellent and does a great job for Geordie fans. Seems to us that David is doing a similar thing for Gateshead, which is excellent!
Gateshead are managed by former Millwall, Preston North End and Newcastle player Ian Bogie. David says Ian has installed a great work ethic with the players and the Gateshead team battle for every ball and have flair with the ball. Hey – that’s what Newcastle need – flair. Gateshead’s form of late has been great and home crowds have trebled in the last 6 months from 130 average to 454 last week. David says there’s lots of singing and chanting at thr games and Gateshead shirts (which we remember as white – like Bolton’s strip) are a real buzz. Nearly all fans wear the Gateshead shirt at home games now. Here’s the strips below with their really keen and loyal supporters.
How are they actually doing in the Unibond Premier League - they’re top.
UNIBOND PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE P W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Gateshead 8 7 1 0 26 8 +18 22 2 Witton Albion 9 7 1 1 17 2 +15 22 3 Guiseley 10 6 3 1 22 9 +13 21 4 Fleetwood Town 8 6 0 2 17 11 +6 18 5 Matlock Town 9 5 2 2 13 9 +4 17 6 Eastwood Town 9 5 1 3 12 10 +2 16 7 Ossett Town 10 4 2 4 11 9 +2 14 8 Lincoln United 10 4 2 4 13 15 -2 14 9 Marine 10 4 1 5 15 15 0 13 10 Ashton United 9 3 3 3 17 14 +3 12
Here are some interesting sites on Gateshead FC
We’ll be following Gatehead very closely from now on – that’s for sure.
Comments very welcome.