August 25th 2008 3 pm Kick off
Weather Dry And Dull + 14
Away Support 1/5
Beer 4/5 ( £1.00 Pint Boddingtons In A Good Club House Under The Main Stand )
Not Gateshead, St.James's Park Up The Road
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 forth round. The game was switched to Newcastle United's St James' Park and 39,287 witnessed West Brom run out 2-0 winners. Gateshead's greatest season came the following year (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 setup 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).