Gateshead: Are Their Heeds In The Clouds?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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11 Responses

  1. Mick says:

    No it won’t work……….do you want to write the hardluck story now – 18 months in advance

    They will be bleating on about a lack of support from the town etc and asking for charity when they enter Adminstration.
    They will of course be just as deserving of support as the circus that is Accrington, only Gateshead will not be able to ‘cash-in’ on a milk advert and will be unable to fool the public and other clubs into believing that they are not to blame for their large debts

  2. Al says:

    I think they’d be OK if it wasn’t for the stadium bit. There’s teams in Scotland, in the grey zone where they yo-yo between Div 1 and 2, who move between full and part time and mix of the two as finances dictate- generally you can’t stay 100% full time if you spend more than one season in the 2nd (gates too low) but if you’ve got serious ambitions in the 1st you need to (and can) be full time.

    It seems to work- it’s worked for as long as I can remember. There’s usually a bit of wailing from fans when a team isn’t able to field a starting XI who’re full time any more, and it must be a bit odd at the mixed-status clubs, but it keeps the sensible clubs afloat. The clubs that go bust are those that try and break out of this by paying above their means.

  3. Paul says:

    I would have expected that their attendances to have improved this season playing in a higher league and with the goings on down the road with the Toon but I guess that those that stopped watching Newcastle are not interested in watching live football at a lower level and certainly not in an athletics stadium therefore Gateshead’s plans, in the current climate, for a 9,000 capacity stadium and full-time status seemed somewhat flawed.

    Does any one know whether other non-league clubs attendances in the Tyne area have improved this season with the demise of Newcastle United?

  4. Dan says:

    You fail to note that Gateshead are currently 1 of only 7 semi-pro teams in the 24 team Conference Premier League, and that’s likely to be down to about 4 next season. Will a semi-pro team be able to do much more than try to keep their heads above the water, doubt it.

    From the money side of things. The club isn’t self sufficient at the minute and may never be, but one things for certain is that it has zero chance of being that whilst playing at the council owned International Stadium. The majority of money made on match day through food/drink etc goes straight back into the councils pocket. The club can’t make any none matchday revenue off the current stadium neither. Most non-league clubs are massively supported by their clubhouse/bar takings matchday and non matchday, Gateshead have none of this.

    Regarding the 9,000 capacity. This surprised me too, however this is 9,000 because 3 sides don’t have seats in. Put the seats in and it drops to 6,000 and most Conference stadiums are about that capacity so is it that big of a deal?

    It’s all funded by the Chairman at the minute and to outsiders Gateshead are an easy target for unbalanced lazy snap judgement cheap shots, but as a supporter I know the build it slow and steady plan will never work for Gateshead in its current state. These things need to put in place so the 80,000 people of Gateshead are slapped in the face with the evidence of the football clubs existence.

    If it doesn’t work in 3 years time then you can have your chuckle. But for the minute this article is poorly balanced, it reads as someones instant thoughts without asking any questions to gain a balance.

  5. Martin says:

    It’s probably yet another daft money-laundering operation or tax dodge.

    File under seen it all before.

  6. bob says:

    Dan’s penultimate paragraph sums up exactely Gateshead’s situation.

    Anyone knowing Gateshead’s financial history over the last 20 years
    can only be too aware that the current owner offers the best and probably only chance they have or as ever likely to have of progressing onwards and upwards.

    There is no other option but stagnation at the very best and at the worst I hate to even contemplate.

    So if the chairman wishes to take, what is an extremely risky course of action, it is his own money he is puting in jeopody whilst we as fans are the ones who benefit, with no risk to ourselves. From a fan’s point of view it is be a win – win situation with a downside we have all experienced to some extent before.

    The concensus is that the Chairman is and has proved by his actions to-date to be a genuine Gateshead fan with the club’s best interests at heart is and worthy of all the support he can be given so lets be thankful he is prepared to take the gamble on.

    Finally I think the greater Gateshead population is closer to 120,000 which is a solid enough number , even excluding the Newcastle fans, on which to support Gateshead FC as they progress. However how to build on this base a well supported club is the non-football challenge the Chairman and the club face and I and many others wish them all the luck in the world in this endeavour.

  7. Darlo Fan says:

    How much is this new stadium costing ?

  8. Bob says:

    In 2010 the population of gateshead was near enough 215,000 believe it or not!

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