Well after all of the ball-ache associated with following Newcastle United there was a a slice of football salvation this afternoon as Gary Mills’ Gateshead overcame a resolute Grimsby Town to make it to Wembley and a Play-off final with Cambridge United. The prize? A return to the Football League.
For those in a crowd of over 8000, the game had everything – great football, 100% commitment, incident and a second goal which was an absolute peach and deserving to take The Heed for their first ever trip down Wembley Way.
There were surreal moments. Hearing the Gateshead Chairman and owner Graeme Wood’s name chanted in praise and appreciation was a shock to the system as was seeing a grey-haired manager lap up the adulation of a straightforwardly enthusiastic crowd relishing the sheer joy of sporting success.
Clearly, every single person associated with this half-arsed fanzine wishes Gateshead all of the very best and we call upon the whole of Tyneside and beyond to do everything it can to support Gateshead FC and its bid to get back in the Football League.
Seeing that second goal and the joy it generated amongst an overwhelmingly Geordie crowd was a timely reminder about how great following football can be.
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