Gateshead International Stadium Founded 1889 The Heed

Reaching Wembley for the first time in their history and coming within ninety minutes of returning to the Football League, Gateshead are showing positive signs. Off the field they are still hoping to move to a new stadium if they can find a new site for the development. The Heed have got plenty of history and the former Football League side, who exited the old Division Four back in 1960 have been on a long journey back. Liquidation, name changes and promotions have been all part of the roller coaster the club find themselves on. A new stadium may well attract larger support and could be the catalyst for Gateshead’s return to the Football League but after last season they may not need a new home.

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Conference Premier: 3rd

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 2nd Round

County Cup: 3rd Round

Top Scorer: James Marwood

Average Attendance: 885

Four straight defeats to open a campaign is never ideal, a draw and a win later and manager Anth Smith left the Tynesiders. The circumstances in which Smith left with the news leaking on social media was the last negative news for the Heed. Gateshead employed a man with know how, a man that git his squad to gel and time their run to become the form side as the playoffs arrived. Six wins from seven in late September to the end of October moved the Heed into the top half. By mid January the Tynesiders reached fourth. Ending this term on 12 matches unbeaten secured the clubs highest ever non league finish. In the playoffs, Gateshead defeated Grimsby Town 4-2 on aggregate to reach Wembley for the first time in their history. However with one obstacle remaining, Cambridge United returned to the Football League at Gateshead’s expense.

The Manager – Gary Mills

That man with the know how was Gary Mills who propelled Gateshead up the Conference Premier table into fourth. A hugely experienced footballing pedigree, Mills played for Nottingham Forest winning the European Cup in 1980 and Leicester City where he made 200 appearances. After spending non league life on the field with six clubs, the 52 year old is familiar with the scene outside the Football League. As a manager, Mills has won the Southern League Midland Division with Grantham in 1997/98, Conference North with Tamworth in 2008/09, Conference Premier playoffs with York City in 2011/12 and in the same season lifted the F.A Trophy. His individual honours as a boss include the Conference North Manager of the Year when he won the title with Tamworth and last season’s National Game Awards Manager of the Year. Mills has certainly moved Gateshead in the right direction and will be hoping to repeat the success he had with York City to take the Heed back into the Football League.

The Summer

Former record-breaking goalscorer Jon Shaw returns to Gateshead from champions Luton Town, the 30 year old scored 56 goals in 96 appearances whilst at Gateshead. Also arriving from the Hatters will be JJ O’Donnell who spent the second half of last season on loan at the International Stadium. Mills raided his former club York City in bringing in Michael Rankine and Tom Allan. Rankine scored the winner which took Hereford United outside of the relegation zone last term but his efforts turned out to be in vain. Right back Andrai Jones had limited opportunities at Barnsley and joins the Heed. One player Mills has worked with before is Alex Rodman whilst at York City and Tamworth, the midfielder signs for Mills again having spent last term with Grimsby Town.

Eleven players were not offered new contracts including strikers Adam Boyes and Richard Brodie. After making 77 appearances for the Heed, Carl Magnay leaves. Liam Hatch, veteran striker Jack Lester and Colin Larkin are others included in the departures list.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Dartford 0 Gateshead 1 – Conference Premier – 23 November 2013

Double defeat and a double blank for the Darts as they completed 180 minutes without scoring against the Heed. This time the deficit was half of the previous fixture despite ten men Dartford coming close to earning a point. Lee Noble was red carded in the second half and a last minute James Brown header sent the Tynesiders home with three points.

Gateshead 2 Dartford 0 – Conference Premier – 5 October 2013

The Heed dominated for long periods of this encounter and took the lead when James Marwood converted Craig Baxter’s cross. Rob Ramshaw scored Gateshead’s second with a header from close range as the Darts struggled to get to grips with their opponents.

Next Meetings

Saturday 13 September 2014 at the Gateshead International Stadium

Saturday 21 February 2014 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

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Best Performances

6th Division Two (1921/22) F.A Cup Quarter Final (1952/53) F.A Trophy Semi Final (2010/11)

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