The handful of remaining tickets went on Thursday for the Dunston v Gateshead match this lunchtime.

A sold out 2,500 crowd set to see who goes through to the first round proper of the FA Cup.

Whoever wins the tie is also guaranteed a minimum £25,000 in prize money, great to see the local non-league teams getting this boost – both in terms of profile and financially.

No doubt a fair few Newcastle fans will be there in Dunston for the 12.30 kick-off before rushing over to St James Park for the 3pm match against Brighton – but if you haven’t got a ticket you can still see the game.

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The sold out signs will be shortly going up on Tyneside ahead of Saturday’s football.

However, it is the Dunston v Gateshead match that is the hot ticket this weekend.

Whilst at St James Park, tickets all around the ground remain unsold for the Newcastle v Brighton match, with NUFC heading for their lowest attendance of the season so far. None of the four home matches played at St James Park have sold out this season, despite all four clubs bringing 3,000+ supporters – Brighton not expected to bring  anything like those numbers.

Over at Dunston, only 500 tickets remain on sale and these are expected to go quickly, priced at £6 (£3 concessions), these are on sale from Dunston’s ground on Wednesday (5pm-7pm), then if any remain, they will be sold on Thursday, also between 5pm and 7pm.

Gateshead quickly sold their 500 tickets and it is looking a guaranteed 2,500 sellout on Saturday.

The match is a fourth qualifying round FA Cup match and guarantees that at least one of the two local clubs will be in the FA Cup first round proper in November.

Good luck to both clubs and may the best team win.

The 12.30pm kick-off will allow fans to watch the Dunston v Gateshead match before then getting over to St James Park for the 3pm start of Newcastle  v Brighton.

The tie will also be streamed live on the BBC Sport website and app and Connected TV from 12:20 BST on Saturday.

Former Newcastle players Steve Watson and Mike Williamson are now with Gateshead, Watson as manager and Williamson signing on as a player this summer.

As well as the glory, whoever wins Saturday’s tie will then be guaranteed a minimum of £25,000 in prize money for progressing.

Dunston official announcement:

“TICKET UPDATE.

“Due to unprecedented demand our FA Cup game against Gateshead FC on Saturday 20th October will be an ALL TICKET MATCH.

“We have 500 tickets remaining which will be on sale at the UTS ground 5PM until 7PM Wed and Thurs.

“You will not be able to pay at gate on the day.”