History: Southport - GATESHEAD (1930)

The history of Gateshead Football Club is a fragmented one, with many different clubs having taken the towns name. The earliest recognised club Gateshead NER FC were formed in 1889 and played in the Northern Football Alliance league until 1903. However the most prominent early club Gateshead Town FC joined the Northern Football Alliance League in 1905, they played their football at The Shuttles and Old Fold Park. The height of the club saw them join the North-East Counties League, turn professional and became a Limited Company in 1911. The club attracted large crowds for the time including a reported 13,000 attendance. However following a few seasons of struggle, it was decided not to re-form after the First World War. 1919 saw a new Gateshead club, originally called Close Works then later renamed Gateshead Town FC. They also played in the Northern Football Alliance League, unfortunately this team only lasted until 1924.
After a six year gap, the town had a new representative. Gateshead AFC originated eight miles (14 km) from Gateshead in the town of South Shields. South Shields were a Football League Second Division team playing at the Horseley Hill Ground. Financially South Shields were struggling and the inevitable happened in 1928 when the club finished bottom and were relegated to the Third Division (North). After two fairly mediocre seasons in the lower division, the club was on its knees so the board took the almost unprecedented step of moving the club lock, stock and barrel to another town with hopefully more support.
Newcastle was mooted as a possible destination, but Gateshead was the chosen due the enthusiastic support of Gateshead Council. A new stadium was built at Redheugh Park in the West end of Gateshead and in August 1930, Gateshead F.C. kicked off a new era when 15,545 spectators watched the home side beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1. Gateshead narrowly missed out on promotion when they finished runners-up (on goal average) in 1932 and again in 1950 (by two points), but stayed in the lower division until the regional divisions were replaced by the Third and Fourth Divisions in 1958.
In their 1950s heyday, Gateshead enjoyed some remarkable FA Cup runs. The 1951-52 season saw Gateshead drawn at home to West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round. The game was switched to Newcastle United\\\'s St James\\\' Park and 39,287 witnessed West Bromwich Albion run out 2-0 winners. Gateshead\\\'s greatest season came the following season (1952-53) as the club made the quarter-finals. Having already beaten Liverpool 1-0 at home in round three (15,193 spectators attended a foggy Redheugh Park), Gateshead beat both Hull City and Plymouth Argyle away to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie with Bolton Wanderers. A sold out Redheugh Park saw 17,692 fans turn up as Gateshead changed from their regular all white shirts to unfamiliar black and white stripes. At 0-0 late on Gateshead could possibly have won the game when Bolton defender Bell handled inside the penalty area (he later admitted the offence), the referee waved play-on Bolton broke away and England international Nat Lofthouse headed in past Bob Gray to give them a 1-0 win. They went on to reach the final.
Missing the cut to form the new national Third Division by only one point, Gateshead were founder members of the Fourth Division. The travelling in the new national Division was difficult for all clubs but especially one as far North as Gateshead. In the first season, (1958-59), Gateshead finished twentieth and the next year Gateshead finished even lower in 22nd place. At that time, the bottom four clubs in the Fourth Division had to apply for re-election.
Gateshead applied along with Southport (applying for the third year running and the seventh time in total), Oldham (applying for the second year running) and Hartlepool (applying for the fourth time). Gateshead had no reason to believe they were at risk, but the Football League failed to re-elect Gateshead.
With no National League System then in place, the club played in various regional leagues before becoming founder members of the Northern Premier League (NPL) in 1968. The club played in the NPL from 1968 to 1970 when they finished bottom and were out. After a season replacing their reserves in the parochial Wearside League, the first team were admitted to the Midland League. By now the club was in financial difficulties and were forced to leave Redheugh Park. They took up residence in the Gateshead Youth Stadium, however the new venue proved no easier on the club bringing the liquidation of Gateshead AFC in late August 1973.
The following season saw a third Gateshead Town F.C. play one season in the Northern Combination League. History then repeated itself, when the reformed South Shields, themselves members of the NPL, moved to the Youth Stadium and became Gateshead United F.C.. Despite relatively successful FA Cup runs, the club only lasted three seasons before they themselves went out of business in 1977.

Players known to have played for both teams

Armour Ashe, Colin Beardshaw, Richard Brodie, Lee Ellison, Harry Hawkins, Matt Hocking, Andrai Jones
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

Season Player From To Value
2007/2008 Matt Hocking SOUTHPORT GATESHEAD (1930) Free
2013/2014 Richard Brodie GATESHEAD (1930) SOUTHPORT Free Transfer
2013/2014 Richard Brodie GATESHEAD (1930) SOUTHPORT Loan
2014/2015 Richard Brodie GATESHEAD (1930) SOUTHPORT
2015/2016 Andrai Jones GATESHEAD (1930) SOUTHPORT
2018/2019 Daniel Hanford GATESHEAD (1930) SOUTHPORT

Match Statistics

Match Types:


Results include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,
Venue P W D L F A GD
Home 23 11 6 6 33 28 +5
Away 23 4 5 14 29 50 -21
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0
Total 46 15 11 20 62 78 -16

Date Comp Venue Score Att
02/01/1960 League / D4 H 1 - 0 3389
29/08/1959 League / D4 A 0 - 1 6187
28/03/1959 League / D4 A 1 - 1 4040
08/11/1958 League / D4 H 2 - 2 3704
01/03/1958 League / D3N H 1 - 0 2643
19/10/1957 League / D3N A 1 - 2 4955
06/04/1957 League / D3N H 2 - 3 4226
24/11/1956 League / D3N A 1 - 3 2831
12/09/1955 League / D3N A 0 - 2 2332
06/09/1955 League / D3N H 2 - 0 3806
30/08/1954 League / D3N A 0 - 1 4781
24/08/1954 League / D3N H 1 - 2 6638
19/12/1953 League / D3N A 0 - 1 4787
22/08/1953 League / D3N H 2 - 4 5572
03/01/1953 League / D3N A 2 - 1 5268
30/08/1952 League / D3N H 3 - 2 4808
29/12/1951 League / D3N A 0 - 3 6461
01/09/1951 League / D3N H 0 - 2 6617
30/04/1951 League / D3N A 3 - 1 3006
27/01/1951 League / D3N H 1 - 0 2599
14/01/1950 League / D3N H 0 - 3 7765
10/09/1949 League / D3N A 2 - 3 14254
15/01/1949 League / D3N H 0 - 3 4604
04/09/1948 League / D3N A 2 - 2 6359
24/01/1948 League / D3N A 2 - 3 7048
13/12/1947 League / D3N H 2 - 1 5065
18/01/1947 League / D3N H 2 - 1 4729
14/09/1946 League / D3N A 2 - 2 4322
31/12/1938 League / D3N H 2 - 0 6395
03/09/1938 League / D3N A 0 - 0 10742
02/05/1938 League / D3N A 0 - 5 1614
23/04/1938 League / D3N H 0 - 0 4253
10/04/1937 League / D3N H 3 - 0 3817
05/12/1936 League / D3N A 4 - 5 2502
28/03/1936 League / D3N H 1 - 1 2160
23/11/1935 League / D3N A 1 - 3 2360
05/01/1935 League / D3N A 2 - 1 2929
01/09/1934 League / D3N H 1 - 1 3342
24/02/1934 League / D3N H 1 - 1 2028
14/10/1933 League / D3N A 2 - 2 5562
25/03/1933 League / D3N H 4 - 1 3503
12/11/1932 League / D3N A 1 - 4 3997
27/02/1932 League / D3N H 1 - 1 5719
17/10/1931 League / D3N A 0 - 2 8904
14/03/1931 League / D3N H 1 - 0 3644
08/11/1930 League / D3N A 3 - 2 7439