Gateshead F.C.

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Gateshead
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Full nameGateshead Football Club
Nickname(s)The Tynesiders, The Heed
Founded1977
Ground Gateshead International Stadium
Capacity11,800
ChairmanNeil Pinkerton
Manager Rob Elliot (interim)
League National League
2022–23 National League, 14th of 24
Website Club website

Gateshead Football Club is a professional association football club based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. The club competes in the National League, the fifth level of the English football league system, as of the 2023–24 season. The team play their home matches at the Gateshead International Stadium.

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Established in 1977 after Gateshead United folded, the club are known as the "Tynesiders" or the "Heed". There had been a Gateshead A.F.C. in the Football League from 1930 to 1960, which had folded before Gateshead United had been established. The current incarnation of the club began life in the Northern Premier League, winning Premier Division titles in the 1982–83 and 1985–86 seasons. However they were relegated from the Football Conference in 1984 and 1987. They secured promotion back to the Conference at the end of the 1989–90 season, though would remain there until another relegation in 1998. The club were further relegated from the Northern Premier League Premier Division in 2003. They won the First Division play-offs in 2004 and the Premier Division play-offs in 2008, before winning promotion from the Conference North with a second-placed finish in 2008–09. Gateshead spent the next decade in the top-flight of English football's non-League system, losing a play-off final in 2014, before they were demoted into the National League North in 2019 due to financial irregularities. They returned to the National League after winning the National League North in 2021–22.

History

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. [1] 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. [2]

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 following season saw the club win the Northern Premier League title and the league's Challenge Shield, [3] 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. [2]

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 Conference. After this reprieve, the club were runners-up in 1989–90 and were promoted back to the Conference, [2] as champions Colne Dynamoes were ineligible for promotion. 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. [2] Although they were relegated to Division One at the end of the 2002–03 season, [2] 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. [4]

In the 2008–09 season, Gateshead were Conference North runners-up. [2] In the subsequent play-offs, they beat 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. [2] The club adopted a full-time squad for the first time for the 2010–11 season. [5] In 2013–14, the club finished third in the league, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. They beat Grimsby Town 4–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals, setting up a Wembley final against Cambridge United, which they lost 2–1. [6] [7] 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 Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, with Gateshead losing 7–0. [2] The club were suspended from the National League in May 2019 due to financial irregularities, [8] and were demoted to the National League North the following month. [9]

The curtailed 2019–20 season saw Gateshead finish seventh (with the league table calculated on points-per-game), qualifying for the play-offs. [10] [2] However, after beating Brackley Town on penalties after a 1–1 draw in the first round, they lost 5–3 to Boston United in the semi-finals. [11] In 2021–22 Gateshead were National League North champions, earning promotion back to the National League. [12] The 2022–23 season saw them reach the final of the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium, where they lost 1–0 to FC Halifax Town. [13] They reached a second successive FA Trophy final in the following season to play Solihull Moors on 11 May. [14]

Colours and crest

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 incarnation – 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.[ citation needed ]

The club's crest incorporates an image of the statue the Angel of the North. [15]

Stadium

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. [16]

The stadium planned in 2009 Gateshead FC New Stadium Graphic.jpg
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. [17] 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". [18] In December 2015, the club's new owner, Richard Bennett, announced that the club had restarted the search for a new stadium location, although he described the International Stadium as "fabulous". [19]

Current squad

As of 27 February 2024 [20]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Eddie Beach (on loan from Chelsea)
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Robbie Tinkler
3 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Regan Booty
4 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum Whelan
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kenton Richardson
6 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Louis Storey
7 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Tom Allan
8 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ed Francis
9 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Marcus Dinanga
10 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Greg Olley (captain)
11 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Worman
12 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Kieron Evans (on loan from Cardiff City)
13 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Harrison Bond
14 FW Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM Dajaune Brown (on loan from Derby County)
17 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Connor Pani
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Grayson
19 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke Hannant
20 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Lirak Hasani
21 FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Connor McBride
22 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Will Constantin
26 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Kain Adom
27 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Knight
28 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jack Stott(on loan from Middlesbrough)
30 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Mamadou Jobe (on loan from Cambridge United)
31 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Nathan Harness (on loan from MK Dons)
33 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Matty Cassap
37 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Lucas Lowery
44 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Cole Sharp
- FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Sonny Fish (on loan from Crawley Town)

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
15 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordan Hunter (on loan to South Shields) [21]
16 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Aidan Rutledge(on loan to Darlington) [22]
39 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Oli Thompson(on loan to Blyth Spartans [23]

Non-playing staff

As of 19 January 2024 [24]
Coaching staff
PositionName
Manager Rob Elliot (interim)
Assistant ManagerLouis Storey (interim)
First Team Coach Carl Magnay
Goalkeeping CoachDale Walker [25]
Under-19 CoachIan Skinner
Community Officer Ben Clark
PhysiotherapistFrazer Bell
Kit ManagerMark Walton
As of 12 February 2023 [24]
Non-playing staff
PositionName
ChairmanNeil Pinkerton
Vice-ChairmanBernard McWilliams
DirectorsGareth Mordey, Laurence Dinning, Mark Nellist, Tony Carter
Media managerJack McGraghan

Managerial history

YearsManagerRef
1977–1986Ray Wilkie
1986 Terry Hibbitt
1986–1987George Smith
1987–1988Dave Parnaby
1988Billy Bell
1988 John Carver (caretaker)
1988–1990Dave Parnaby
1990 Jim Pearson (caretaker)
1990–1991 Tony Lee
1991–1993 Tommy Cassidy
1993–1997Colin Richardson
1997 Jim Platt
1997–1998John Carroll
1998 Alan Shoulder, Gary Robson (co-caretakers)
1998–2001Matt Pearson
2001–2002Paul Proudlock
2002 Gary Gill [26]
2002–2004 Derek Bell
2004Alan Bell
2004–2005Tom Wade
2005–2006Colin Richardson
2006–2007 Tony Lee [27]
2007–2012 Ian Bogie [28]
2012–2013 Anth Smith [29]
2013 David Rush (caretaker) [30]
2013–2015 Gary Mills [31]
2015 Malcolm Crosby [32]
2015 Ben Clark, Micky Cummins (co-caretakers)
2015–2017 Neil Aspin [33]
2017 Micky Cummins (caretaker) [34]
2017–2019 Steve Watson [35]
2019 Ben Clark [36]
2019–2023 Mike Williamson [37] [38]
2023– Rob Elliot (caretaker)

Honours

Records

See also

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