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Gateshead F.C

Gateshead FC Logo
Full name Gateshead Football Club
Nickname(s) The Tynesiders, The Heed
Founded 1889 (Reformed in 1977)
Ground Gateshead International Stadium
Ground Capacity 11,800
Chairman Graham Wood
Manager Gary Mills[1]
League Conference Premier
2012–13 Conference Premier, 17th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Gateshead Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. The club participates in the Conference Premier, the fifth level of English football.

Gary Mills is the current manager, taking over from Anth Smith who resigned in August 2013.


Early Clubs in Gateshead – 1889 to 1924

The first-ever recognised club was Gateshead NER FC, who were formed in 1889, playing in the Northern Football Alliance until 1903, however the earliest prominent club, Gateshead Town FC joined the Northern Football Alliance in 1905, they played their games at The Shuttles and Old Fold Park. The reputation of the club saw them join the North-East Counties League, turning professional and becoming a Limited Company in 1911. The club attracted large crowds at the time, including a reported attendance of 13,000. However, things started to backfire following a couple of seasons struggle, it was later decided that the club would not re-form after the end of the First World War. In 1919, a new club was reformed, originally known as Close Works, then eventually to be later renamed, Gateshead Town F.C.. Gateshead Town F.C. also played in the Northern Football Alliance League before folding in 1924.

South Shields FC

No club in Gateshead was the forerunner of Gateshead FC. Gateshead Football Club started as South Shields F.C. which was a formed in 1899 eight miles (14 km) from Gateshead in the town of South Shields by Jack Inskip. They played in the Northern Alliance then the North Eastern Leagues before joining the extended Football League Second Division in 1919–20. The mid-to-late 1920s saw South Shields struggling financially before in 1928 the club finished bottom and were relegated to the Third Division (North). After two unsuccessful seasons in the lower division, the struggling club took the step of not just leaving the Horseley Hill Ground but of moving the club to another town in search of more support. Newcastle upon Tyne, was mentioned as a possible destination, but Gateshead was eventually chosen, mainly due to the enthusiastic support of the Gateshead Council.

Gateshead AFC – Football League Years – 1930 to 1960

After a six-year absence, the town of Gateshead had a new representative football club. A new stadium was constructed at Redheugh Park in the West end of Gateshead and South Shields FC was relocated. In August 1930, Gateshead A.F.C. started a new era when 15,545 supporters watched Gateshead beat Doncaster Rovers 2–1. Gateshead missed out on promotion, finishing runners-up decided by goal average at a time when only one promotion place was available. They were runners up again in 1932 and in 1950, but they still stayed in the lower divisions until the regional divisions were replaced by the third and fourth divisions in 1958.

In the 1950s, Gateshead enjoyed some relatively successful FA Cup runs. The 1951/52 season saw Gateshead drawn at home to West Bromwich Albion in the fourth-round. The game venue was re-located to Newcastle United's St James' Park, where 39,287 fans witnessed West Bromwich Albion coming out on top, winning the match 2–0. One of Gateshead's greatest ever seasons occurred the following year in 1952/53, the club reached the quarter-finals, having already beaten Liverpool 1–0 at home in the third-round. 15,193 spectators attended the match in the foggy Redheugh Park). Gateshead beat both Hull City and Plymouth Argyle away from home to set up a 1952–53 FA Cup sixth-round tie against Bolton Wanderers. A sold out Redheugh Park saw 17,692 fans turn up as Gateshead changed their traditional plain white shirts to an unfamiliar black and white stripes. At 0–0 late on in the match, Bolton defender, Eric Bell, handled the ball inside of the penalty area (Bell later admitted the offence), but the referee waved play-on and Bolton quickly broke away and England international Nat Lofthouse headed the ball past Gateshead goal-keeper Bob Gray to give Bolton a winning 1–0 lead. During this time the club regularly included the brothers Tom and Jack Callender, who's combined appearances for Gateshead, established a record for the most by two brothers at a single club.[2] Jack Callender also set a personal record for the most Football League appearances for the club with a total of 470.[3]

Gateshead missed the chance to become a member of the new National Third Division, losing out by only one point. Gateshead were founder-members of the Fourth Division. The distance in travelling between the clubs of the new National Division proved difficult for many, but especially for one as far North as Gateshead. In the 1958/59 season, Gateshead finished in twentieth (20th) position at the end of the season, then the following season, the 1959/60 campaign, Gateshead finished the season even lower than the previous one, finishing in twenty-second (22nd) position. At that time, the bottom-four teams in the Fourth Division had to apply for re-election. Gateshead applied along with Southport, who applied for the third year running, and for the seventh time altogether. Oldham, who were also applying for the second year in a row, and Hartlepool, who were applying for the fourth time. The Football League failed to re-elect Gateshead.

Post Football League and liquidation – 1960 to 1973

With no National League System in place at the time, the club played in various regional leagues before becoming founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968. The club played in the Northern Premier League for two seasons, 1968–1969 and 1969–1970 when they finished bottom of the division and were not re-elected. After a season replacing their reserves in the parochial Wearside League, the first team were accepted to play in the Midland League. At this point, the club was in severe financial difficulties and were eventually forced to leave Redheugh Park. They took up residence at the Gateshead Youth Stadium, however the new venue did not alleviate the financial problems. Gateshead AFC resigned from the Midland League and went into liquidation in August 1973.

Alternative Clubs – 1973 to 1977

The next year (1974) saw yet another Gateshead club formed, Gateshead Town F.C.. Gateshead Town F.C. only managed to complete one season in the Northern Combination League before folding again. The same year, history repeated itself when the reformed South Shields, members of the Northern Premier League, moved to the Gateshead Youth Stadium and became Gateshead United F.C.. Despite having relatively successful runs in the FA Cup, the club only lasted three seasons before they went out on existence as well in 1977.

Resurrection – 1977 to today

Four years after going into liquidation, Gateshead was reformed in 1977, this time as Gateshead F.C.. The club were immediately accepted into the Northern Premier League. By this time, their home ground, the Gateshead Youth Stadium, had been upgraded and renamed as Gateshead International Stadium with facilities good enough for a higher grade of football.

after six years of consolidation, Gateshead won promotion from the Northern Premier League to the Alliance Premier League in 1983, with a record tally of points and goals scored. With a relatively lucrative sponsorship, Gateshead spent several seasons in the Football Conference. However the sponsorship money dried up, and the club started to decline, spending the 2003–04 season in the Northern Premier League First Division. A 6th place finish was enough to gain promotion to the Premier Division due to the restructuring of the National League System.

A new board was appointed under the Chairmanship of Graham Wood, which saw Gateshead regain its momentum with the appointment of Ian Bogie as manager. On 3 May 2008, Gateshead beat Buxton 2–0 in the Northern Premier League Premier Division Play-Off Final and were therefore promoted to the recently formed Conference North.

Gateshead FC absorbed local club Low Fell Juniors to form Gateshead Juniors from the start of the 2008/09 season expanding the number of teams under the club banner.

Gateshead finished the 2008–09 season in the Conference North in second (2nd) place. They qualified for the play-offs along with Alfreton Town, A.F.C. Telford United and their semi-final opponents Southport. Gateshead beat Southport 2–1 on aggregate and won the Play-Off Final 1–0 against Telford, earning promotion back to the Conference Premier where they remain.

Gateshead announced on 13 October 2009 that they would be moving to a full-time employed playing squad for the beginning of the 2010–2011 season.[4]

On 10 December 2012, manager Ian Bogie and assistant Terry Mitchell were relieved of their duties at the club. Reserve team manager Anth Smith named caretaker manager.[5] Three days later, Smith was named permament manager and given a contract until the end of the 2012–13 season.[6] On 18 August 2013, David Rush, Smith's assistant, was named as caretaker manager after his resignation,[7] before former York City manager Gary Mills was appointed on 3 September 2013.[1]


Gateshead currently play their home games at Gateshead International Stadium.

On 28 October 2009, Gateshead unveiled plans for a new 7,856 capacity football stadium to be built in the town centre. The stadium will be built on a derelict site opposite the Gateshead Civic Centre, formerly the home of North Durham Cricket & Rugby Club.[8]


Current squad

As of 20 October 2013.[9]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Adam Bartlett
2 Northern Ireland DF Carl Magnay
3 England DF Luke O'Brien
4 England MF Jamie Chandler (vice-captain)
5 England DF James Curtis
6 England DF Ben Clark (captain)
7 Republic of Ireland FW Colin Larkin
8 England MF Phil Turnbull
9 England FW Liam Hatch
10 England FW Richard Brodie
11 Republic of Ireland MF Micky Cummins
12 England FW Adam Boyes
No. Position Player
13 Australia GK Alex Bard
14 England FW James Brown
15 England DF Joe Tait
16 England DF Craig Baxter
17 England MF Josh Walker
18 England MF James Marwood
19 England DF Dan Smith
21 England MF Rob Ramshaw
22 England DF Lewis Sirrell (on loan from Middlesbrough)
25 England MF Marcus Maddison
26 England MF Callum Hope (dual registration with Birtley Town)
29 Wales MF John Oster

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
20 England MF Luke Carr (at West Auckland Town)
23 England FW Callum Patton (at Sunderland RCA)

Manager history

A list of Gateshead FC managers from 1990 onwards.

Years Manager
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– Gary Mills

Club Colours

Gateshead AFC played their final season in South Shields wearing claret and blue colours for the first time, after moving to Gateshead in 1930 the club continued to play in these colours, until 1936. The 1937 season saw Gateshead change from claret and blue to their, now familiar plain white shirts, black shorts and socks. However, Gateshead briefly altered the style to play in black and white stripes for their FA Cup quarter-final match against Bolton, before reverting to what it was previously, a plain white shirt, black shorts and socks. The club continued to play in this combination until the late 1970s when they changed to an all-white strip after they had moved to the Gateshead International Stadium.

Gateshead United slightly altered the all white kit and added a second colour, a green front panel in a similar fashion to Ajax's famously known shirt.

1977 saw Gateshead F.C formed in the year of the Silver Jubilee, and they subsequently played in an 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 back to its more traditional colours of a white shirt, black shorts and socks and they 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.


Gateshead (1) (1930–73):

  • Football League Third Division North
    • Runners-up 1931–32, 1949–50
  • FA Cup
  • Tyne Tees Wear Cup
    • Winners 1944–45
  • Durham Senior Professional Cup
    • Winners 1930–31, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1958–59
  • Northern Regional League
    • Champions 1963–64

Gateshead (2) (1977–present):

* Reserve team


When Gateshead AFC were previously a Football League club, their main rivals used to be Hartlepool United, Darlington and Carlisle United.

Due to geographical isolation for the level of Non-League football clubs, Gateshead originally didn't have any strong local rivalries. However, a bitter local rivalry developed with Blyth Spartans at the beginning of the 1990s, when Gateshead and Blyth were in the Northern Premier League together. Other rivalries involving Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor and Whitby Town also existed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

For the 2010/11 season, Gateshead's rivalry with Darlington began again, after Darlington were relegated from The Football League to the Conference Premier. However the demise of Darlington FC saw this come to an end.

Club officials

Coaching and fitness Staff


  • Chairman: Graham Wood
  • Vice Chairman: Brian Waites
  • Club & Match Secretary: Mike Coulson
  • Finance Manager: Gary Davidson
  • Treasurer: Ronnie Spraggon
  • Commercial Manager: Grahame McDonnell
  • Commercial Team: Brian Waites, Jeff Lee, Laurence Dinning, Dick Davies, Stephen Gilhespy
  • Media Manager: Jeff Bowron
  • Life President: John Gibson
  • Vice-president: Bill Gibson

Further reading


External links

  • Gateshead FC – official website
  • Gateshead F.C. on Club statistics
  • Gateshead at the Football Club History Database
  • Gateshead Reserves at the Football Club History Database
  • Gateshead Low Fell at the Football Club History Database
  • Gateshead North Eastern Railway at the Football Club History Database
  • Gateshead Town at the Football Club History Database
  • Gateshead AFC at the Football Club History Database
  • Gateshead AFC Reserves at the Football Club History Database
  • Gateshead United at the Football Club History Database
  • Heed Army fans website

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