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Gateshead fans form new club and set fundraising target – Asking for your help

2 years ago

I live in Gateshead and can see St James Park from my house.

Like many others, but not enough, I get along to watch them the odd time when Newcastle aren’t playing.

I’m not from Gateshead but like to see them do well and I also think a successful Gateshead Football Club can only be good for Newcastle United, especially if they managed one day to get into League Two and beyond.

A club on the doorstep where promising young Newcastle players could go on loan and play at a decent standard as they develop.

Plus of course many other ways where there could be a mutually beneficial relationship between the two clubs.

However, that is of course a very distant proposition as you look at the situation now.

Sadly, Gateshead have landed themselves with an owner in Ranjan Varghese who gives Mike Ashley a run for his money.

Gateshead fans have now called time on the whole circus and are now taking ambitious steps to ensure they will still have a club to support.

The supporters have now put in motion a plan to form their own Gateshead Football Club, with a campaign kicked off to raise a fighting fund to try and help make sure they have a new club and team ready for next season.

It is ambitious but this could really be the making of Gateshead as a football club.

Their initial target is £50,000 and obviously any help from the wider football community would be appreciated.

In less than 24 hours the total is now set any minute to pass the £5,000 mark (so far 223 people have contributed £4,914) and obviously a long way to go – but they are on the way to making their dream a reality, as well as putting this nightmare behind them.

The online fundraising page can be found HERE and below is the explanation of what Gateshead fans are hoping to achieve.

Gateshead Soul Supporters Association needs your help to save football in Gateshead:

‘Our club, Gateshead FC, has been completely decimated by a spiteful and morally bankrupt group of charlatans following the end of the 2018/19 season.

The current situation at ‘Gateshead Football Club’ is nothing short of abysmal and a complete insult to the borough of Gateshead which has had a football club proudly representing it for almost 80 years.

Following the sacking of all staff members via email, the Gateshead Football Club we used to know is no more.

Countless lies have been told over the course of the season as the 79-year tenure of a football club under the Gateshead name playing in Gateshead is set to come to a shameful end.

And with no players, staff or home – it’s heartbreaking to admit that the evil which somehow got its clutches onto our once proud football club has well and truly killed it.

‘Gateshead Football Club’ is now nothing more than a name owned by some charlatans who seem perfectly content destroying it with no sense of remorse or decency. It is beyond saving and we cannot afford to wait any longer for the FA to act.

As previously mentioned, our only option as a committee of fans that will ensure football survives in Gateshead under the Gateshead name is to form a new club together.

Establishing a new club would be a real project that we want everyone to be part of. New clubs will be considered for step 7 in the non-league pyramid, but can get special dispensation to achieve as high as step 5.

We would look to have a competitive budget which can be achieved through various income streams the most important of which will be this Go Fund Me page.

This will help provide a solid foundation and starting point to allow a new club to hit the ground running for the 2019/20 season.

We will need as many backers as possible but the end result could be something truly special.

We will have a club to support, one that we can be proud of on and off the pitch.’


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