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Gateshead Football Club is an association football club, based in Gateshead, Durham. Founded 46 years ago in 1977, the team currently compete in the National League, the 5th tier of English football.

They play their home matches at Gateshead International Stadium, and are nicknamed "The Tynesiders".

The team's playing kit is manufactured by Puma.


Gateshead AFC was formed in 1930 when neighbours South Shields moved to Gateshead due to financial difficulties.

The newly formed 'Tynesiders' almost immediately achieved promotion to the second division, but were denied by Lincoln City's superior goal average.

Despite an average placing of ninth in 21 Third Division North campaigns, Gateshead were voted out of the League in 1960 and were forced to join the Northern Counties League and then the Northern Premier League.

They became founder members of the Northern Premier League, but their stay in the new competition lasted only two years.

Gateshead then became a phoenix club, eventually becoming a full-time professional club in 2010 and won back-to-back promotions to reach the Conference Premier.

They reached the FA Cup Third Round in 2013 and played in the Conference Premier until 2018.

That year, they were taken over by a fan-led consortium and were demoted to the National League North.

In 2021, the Heed defied 20/1 odds to become Vanarama National League North champions and return to the National League.