On behalf of everyone associated with this gobshite fanzine, I’d like to offer the warmest wishes and the bestest of best of luck to the directors, manager, staff, players and fans of Gateshead Football Club as they head to Wembley for their Play-off game versus Cambridge United tomorrow.
This is Gateshead’s first ever trip to the Twin Towers (what do you mean, its changed, no-one told us) and is unquestionably the biggest game in the club’s history.
Fifty-odd years ago, Gateshead was robbed of its Football League status but tomorrow is an opportunity to right a wrong and everyone in the TF bunker will be willing our fellow Geordies on to success. Hell, a few pasty-faced malcontents will even be making the journey there to cheer on The Heed.
My own personal highlight of this last season was being at the International Stadium for the Play-Off game with Grimsby Town and being part of an exuberant support which was completely connected with its Chairman, Manager and players. It was old fashioned, uncomplicated support free of any fear that anyone was taking the piss out of us.
It was marvellous and a reminder of what football should be about.
I’m sure the vast majority of Newcastle United’s support (whey bar a few malcontents from Blyth) will be either at Wembley with Gateshead or glued to a telly tomorrow willing our fellow Black & Whites on.
Having Gateshead FC back in the Football League would be fantastic for the club obviously but also for football on Tyneside and the wider North East.
Howay The Lads