Newcastle and Gateshead FC are forging a close relationship which can only be a win-win for both clubs in the future.
Ian Bogie - Gateshead manager
Since Alan Pardew came to Newcastle, he has been keen to get the Newcastle youngsters out on loan, and Gateshead has been a destination for a number of them.
They include James Tavernier and Jóan Edmundsson last year, and now young Welsh Under-21 defender Paul Dummett is currently on loan there, and Jeff Henderson and Phil Airey have also played for the club situated just over the River Tyne from Newcastle.
There are a lot of advantages to Newcastle sending youngsters on loan to Gateshead, since the players don’t have to move out of Newcastle, and Newcastle club officials can easily watch the lads, and check on their progress.
That will help Newcastle but it should also help Gateshead too, as they get a number of top Newcastle youngsters playing for them.
Gateshead are currently 8th in the Football Conference with 70 points form their 43 games so far this season, and they are 4 points out of a play-off position with only three games to play.
The Heed won 1-0 yesterday at home to Forest Green Rovers, and who knows, if they can win their last three games they could possibly qualify for a play-off position.
Ian Bogie is the Gateshead manager, and he has talked today about how well young Dummett is doing for Gateshead:
“Paul’s done well, he’s come in to cover at left-back but he’s playing centre-back at this moment in time,” “He’s done a sterling job, and I can see him going far.”
“It’s always difficult to say that a young player is going to go from Gateshead to playing in the Premier League.” “But in developing their game, you just have to look at James Tavernier.”
“He came here and did outstandingly well. He went to Carlisle United, to Sheffield Wednesday to MK Dons and now he’s back in the first-team picture at Newcastle.” “So it’s been great progression for him.”
“He goes back and sends favorable vibes to the players and staff, so Newcastle know what we’re doing across here.” “We’re well run, we do everything properly. We’re professional in everything from training to travelling.”
“So they get well looked after when they come here, and we like to think we’re helping with their football careers.” “That link has been massive for us, and we’re forever grateful to Newcastle.”
“Over the last few years we’ve struck up a great relationship in terms of bringing over a few of their young players and giving them a good grounding.” “This is what it’s all about in the lower reaches of football. The real game, as I say.”
“Alan Pardew’s been fantastic in that respect, because it was difficult in the past to get players.” “But since Alan’s been there, and obviously John Carver’s got connections from having played for Gateshead.”
“And I grew up as a young apprentice under Peter Beardsley, who’s been great for us, they know what we’re all about here.” “It’s tough and competitive, and Alan, John and Peter have been great about getting these lads across. Long may it continue.”
Gateshead are on their way back up the leagues, and it would be terrific if they can keep climbing over the next few seasons, with a little help from some of Newcastle’s top youngsters.
Sounds good to us.