Gateshead F.C.

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Gateshead Football Club is a professional football club in Gateshead, England. Established in 1977 after Gateshead United folded, they are currently members of the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, and play at Gateshead International Stadium.

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Full nameGateshead Football Club
Nickname(s)The Tynesiders, The Heed
Founded1977; 43 years ago (1977)
GroundInternational Stadium, Gateshead
ChairmanNeil Pinkerton
ManagerMike Williamson
LeagueNational League North
2019–20National League North, 7th of 22
WebsiteClub website


The original Gateshead club was formed in 1899 as South Shields Adelaide and became members of the Football League in 1919. In 1930 financial problems saw the club moved to Gateshead, where they adopted the name of their new town. However, the club was voted out of the Football League in 1960 and folded in 1973. History repeated itself as the South Shields club formed to replace the original one was also moved to Gateshead, becoming Gateshead United in 1974. However, they were dissolved at the end of the 1976–77 season. A new club was established, taking over from United in the Northern Premier League.[1] After three seasons in the bottom half of the table, they finished eleventh in 1980–81, also reaching the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 1–0 at Lincoln City. The club finished fourth in the league the following season.

The 1982–83 season saw Gateshead win the Northern Premier League with a record points tally (100), scoring 114 goals in the process.[1] As a result, the club were promoted to the Alliance Premier League. After a sixteenth-place finish in their first season in the league, they finished second-from-bottom in 1984–85 and were relegated back to the Northern Premier League.[2] The club went on to win the Northern Premier League at the first attempt, earning an immediate return to the (now renamed) Football Conference. However, they lasted only one season in the Conference, and were relegated back to the Northern Premier League after finishing bottom of the table.

With the Northern Premier League having gained a second division, Gateshead became members of its Premier Division upon their return to the league. They finished eighteenth in 1987–88 and second-from-bottom the following season, but avoided relegation to Division One as no team was relegated to the league from the Football Conference. After this reprieve, the club went on to win the league in 1989–90 and were promoted back to the Football Conference.[2] The following seven seasons saw them in mid-table every season, but after finishing in the relegation zone in 1997–98, they returned to the Northern Premier League.[2]

After two top-five finishes following their return, Gateshead finished in mid-table in 2000–01 and 2001–02. Although they were relegated to Division One at the end of the 2002–03 season, a sixth-place finish in 2003–04 was sufficient to secure a return to the Premier Division due to the creation of the Conference North and South leading to many clubs leaving the Premier Division. A third-place finish in the Premier Division in 2007–08 saw the club qualify for the promotion play-offs, and after defeating Eastwood Town 4–0 in the semi-finals, they beat Buxton 2–0 in the final to earn promotion to the Conference North.[3]

In the 2008–09 season, Gateshead were Conference North runners-up. In the subsequent play-offs, they defeated Southport 2–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals, before a 1–0 win over AFC Telford United in the final saw them promoted to the Conference National. The club adopted a full-time squad for the first time for the 2010–11 season.[4] In 2013–14, the club finished third in the league, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. They defeated Grimsby Town 4–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals, setting up a Wembley final against Cambridge United, which they lost 2–1.[5] In the following season the club reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time; wins over Norton United in the first round and Warrington Town in the second led to a third-round tie with West Bromwich Albion, with Gateshead losing 7–0.[2] The club were suspended from the National League in May 2019 due to financial irregularities,[6] and were demoted to the National League North the following month.[7]

Colours and crestEdit

The club initially played in all red strip with a white and blue vertical slash on the shirt. Gateshead continued to play in odd-coloured variations until the mid-1980s, when the club changed to the colours of the previous Gateshead club – white shirt, black shorts and socks – and have played in these same colours ever since. Since 2011, Gateshead has adopted their original colours of claret and blue as the club's away strip.

The club's crest incorporates an image of the statue the Angel of the North which is a symbol both in the club and in the borough.[8]


The club have played at the Gateshead International Stadium since their establishment. The record attendance of 11,750 was set in a 1995 friendly match with Newcastle United.[9]

The stadium planned in 2009

On 28 October 2009, Gateshead unveiled plans for a new 8,000 capacity stadium to be built in the town centre opposite the Gateshead Civic Centre, formerly the home of North Durham Cricket & Rugby Club.[10] However, after the failure of England's bids to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022, the stadium, which would have acted as a training base for teams playing at nearby St James' Park, was put on hold indefinitely. In 2014 it was reported that chairman Graham Wood "no longer considers a new purpose-built football ground vital to the future of Gateshead Football Club".[11] In December 2015, the club's new owner Richard Bennett announced that the club had restarted the search for a new stadium location, while describing the International Stadium as "fabulous".[12]


Current squadEdit

As of 9 September 2020[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos. Nation Player
GK   ENG Sam Guthrie
DF   ENG Nathan Dale
DF   ENG Elliot Forbes
DF   ENG Kallum Griffiths
DF   WAL Alex Nicholson
DF   ENG George Smith
DF   ENG Mike Williamson
MF   ENG Nicky Deverdics
Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG Danny Greenfield
MF   ENG Jack Hunter
MF   ENG JJ O'Donnell
MF   ENG Greg Olley
MF   RSA Matty Pattison
FW   IRL Ruairi Keating
FW   ENG Macaulay Langstaff
FW   SCO Jordan Preston

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos. Nation Player
FW   ENG Paul Blackett (at Blyth Spartans for the 2020–21 season)[14]

Non-playing staffEdit

Coaching staff
Position Name
Manager Mike Williamson
Assistant Manager Ian Watson
First Team Coach
Goalkeeping Coach
Academy Coach Matty Pattison
Physio Chris Bell
Kit Man JJ O’Donnell
Non playing staff
Position Name
Owners Neil Pinkerton & Trevor Clark
Chairman Neil Pinkerton
General Manager Alisha Henry
Media Manager Jack McGraghan
Club Secretary

Managerial historyEdit

Years Manager
1977–1986 Ray Wilkie
1986 Terry Hibbitt
1986–1990 David Parnaby
1990–1993 Tony Lee
1993–1994 Tommy Cassidy
1994–1997 Colin Richardson
1997 Jim Platt
1997–1998 John Carroll
1998 Alan Shoulder, Gary Robson (co-caretakers)
1998–2001 Matt Pearson
2001–2002 Paul Proudlock
2002 Gary Gill
2002–2004 Derek Bell
2004 Alan Bell
2004–2005 Tom Wade
2005–2006 Colin Richardson
2006–2007 Tony Lee
2007–2012 Ian Bogie
2012–2013 Anth Smith
2013 David Rush (caretaker)
2013–2015 Gary Mills
2015 Malcolm Crosby
2015 Ben Clark, Micky Cummins (co-caretakers)
2015–2017 Neil Aspin
2017 Micky Cummins (caretaker)
2017–2019 Steve Watson
2019 Ben Clark
2019 Dave Dickson
2019– Mike Williamson


  • Northern Premier League
    • Premier Division champions 1982–83, 1985–86
    • Challenge Shield winners 1985–86
  • Conference North Playoffs winners 2008-09


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Our History Archived 22 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine Gateshead F.C.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gateshead at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ 2007–08 Northern Premier League Football Club History Database
  4. ^ Bowron, Jeff (28 April 2010). "Gateshead confirm Ian Bogie as full time manager". Gateshead F.C. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012.
  5. ^ Cambridge United 2–1 Gateshead BBC Sport, 18 May 2014
  6. ^ Gateshead: Club suspended from National League after 'multiple breaches' of financial rules BBC Sport, 24 May 2019
  7. ^ "Gateshead relegated to National League North after financial breaches". BBC Sport. 8 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p32 ISBN 978-1869833695
  10. ^ Gateshead FC unveil new stadium site Gateshead F.C., 28 October 2009
  11. ^ Book reveals Gateshead might ditch new stadium plans Chronicle Live, 27 July 2014
  12. ^ Gateshead have restarted the search for a new home, says Tynesiders owner Richard Bennett Chronicle Live, 13 December 2015
  13. ^ "First team: Squad". Gateshead F.C. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  14. ^ McGraghan, Jack (9 September 2020). "Blackett joins Blyth Spartans on loan". Gateshead F.C. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  15. ^ Gateshead FC: James Curtis one of nine players released by National League side BBC Sport, 3 May 2016

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