What a game what an atmosphere crowd tipping 8k no other team could go averaging 800 at home to around 7 thousand for that game gives me goosebumps thinking about it its also proofthat the IS can provide quite the occasion with a near full house, wonder if we'llever see that again in our lifetime. If only people wernt so fiercely loyal to Newcastle and the more strong associations of being geordie being assoicated with Newcastle rather than gateshead and these being known to most people, where as people often ask "wheres that" if you tell them your from gateshead, and lets face it most people we know just lie and say there from newcastle anyways for convienence. I personally believe thats the underlying reason well never be well supported in numbers and the locals second team.
I for one never say I'm from Newcastle, wherever I go; always say I'm from Gateshead. That game is the best I have ever attended bar none. When JJ scored that third goal, I'm proud to say I was just emotionally and mentally lost from then until the final whistle. Looking around the Int and seeing grown men in tears, still makes me emotional thinking about it even now. Second best game ever, the Conference North playoff final v Telford in 2009, with 4.5k in the ground. Third would be the FA Cup 3rd round tie at The Hawthorns in 2015, and the unbelievable atmosphere and non-stop singing produced by the Heed Army in the second half. These are the reasons you follow football, because maybe once in every 10 years you experience games like those!
They used to sell dvds of games in the club shop I have the unibond play off final Gateshead 2 Buxton 0 commentary Alan Percival (remember him) shame they didn't show the semi final we absolutely destroyed paul coxs Eastwood with 4 goals in the first 20 mins I also have the DVD of Wrexham 2 Gateshead 7 brilliant commentary by the 2 guys who do Wrexham with a brilliant line bono of u2 would be proud of near the end with the protest against Vaughan taking over " this is no longer a football match this is a protest " A brilliant week which saw us destroy Wrexham then on the Tuesday murder Kettering away 4-1 then the stinkas in the trophy 2-0 Some of the best football I've ever seen from a heed side