Sunday, December 31, 2006

Goat Frenzy with the HEED ARMY!!!

Here's Billy the Goat with a part of the Heed Army!!!

Private Philly, Billy the Goat, Sgt Young and Petty Officer Percival!!!!


This and the two photo's below taken by Private Goody

Action shot

The Action at Lincoln!!!

It feels like you could be there!!!

Private Goody

Private Goody at Lincoln

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Lincoln 2 Gateshead 4

What a great result for GATESHEAD and what a great day for the HEED ARMY. The trip to LINCOLN by coach can be very long winded but the end result was well worth it with a much deserved 3 points for the lads.

For an away match so close to New Year, the HEED ARMY took a fair few fans and were once again in good voice!

The game started well, with the GATESHEAD looking in fine form. There was only one change made in the side from the Boxing Day game and that was the return of Craig (Nelly) Nelthorpe. GATESHEAD for the first quarter looked the better side and they were rewarded with a goal by Paul (Thommo) Thompson. A superb header that was celebrated with the words “3 more to go”. Let’s hope Thommo can break the record and become the HEED ARMYS all time leading scorer.

LINCOLN responded well and started to get on top of GATESHEAD. A scuffle in the box and a few deflections later, the ball ended up in the net. With the score level at half time the game was there for the taking.

LINCOLN came out in the second half and threw everything at GATESHEAD. They were on top and once again, a scuffle and a deflection led to another scrappy goal. With GATESHEAD now 2-1 down, the long coach trip home was starting to dawn upon me.

But the Boxing Day change in the side proved to be a match winning decision by Tony Lee. It was now time for the young Craig (Nelly) Nelthorpe to turn on the heat and with two top class strikes; Gateshead found themselves 3-2 up in no time. Nelthorpe's goals were both strikes across the box, beating the keeper in the bottom corner. His second rattled the net and it hit home that this young lad has got a massive future ahead of him. He truly is a class act!

GATESHEADS forth came from the work horse himself “Davie Southern”. This lad’s work rate was once again superb and at last he got to slot one home and celebrate in style with a Kilinsman style dive into the corner flag! Southern was taunted all day by LINCOLNS two big centre halves, but he was rewarded in the end and nearly made it 5 with a shot that rolled past the post by inches near the end of the game.

In summary, GATESHEAD played with passion away from home and they got a great result. “Jamie Curtis” looked like he was getting back to his best with a much improved performance and “Craig (Over the hill) Baxter” had a great game down the right. Overall it was a whole team performance and lads pulled together, putting the Boxing Day draw to the back of my mind. Bring on Radcliffe Borough next week!

Man of the match: Craig (Nelly) Nelthorpe 10/10.

The Heed Army Blog would like to thank Private Goody for the match report.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Gateshead 1 Kendal Town 1

Gateshead didn't make this match easy for them selves, with poor defending leading to long spells of Kendal pressure.

Only three names come out of the game with any respect, for tireless hard work and determination. These three player are:

Paul "THOMMO" Thompson
Worked tirelessly up front nodding great through balls on only to find no support from his midfield.

Steve Salvin
The only midfield player to have put in the effort tracking back to help out.

Davie Southern

Scored a great goal, and whipped in about 10 great balls into the box only to find THOMMO marked by three players every time.

Gatesheads goal came from a poor corner, but Davie southern latched onto the loose ball to power home a fantastic goal from outside the box.

In the second half Kendal got the leveller from a cross come shot that deceived everyone.

Line up and ratings:

Bishop 6
Made some great saves, but never commanded his area

Baxter 5
Wasn't switched on, and bottled several tackles on key areas

Baker 5 (Captain)
Played himself into trouble a few times

Curtis 5
Wasn't much better than Baker

Mason 5
Didn't know he was playing at times.

Talbot 6
For playing out of position did well for himself

Salvin 8
Fantastic never gave up, has to be commended for his effort, The HEED ARMY Blog Man of the Match.

Harwood 6 (Debut)
Showed glimpses of talent

Haigh 5 (Debut)
Never got control of the ball

Thompson 8
Showed his experience

Southern 8
The Shining light in our uninspiring season.

Bogie (not used)
Hanson (not used)
Clark (not used)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Merry Christmas From The HEED ARMY BLOG

The HEED ARMY BLOG would like to wish every reader and member a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year!!!!!

Also a Merry Christmas to all the staff at Gateshead FC, to the players and everyone involed with the club.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The New Blog Badge

The Heed Army Blog is proud to present its own badge.

The Blog would like to thank Wing Commander Robinson for bringing the design to life.

The Badge will be used in match reports and other Articles.


Sunday, December 17, 2006

Gateshead 0 Burton Albion 4

Gatesheads dreams of staying in the FA Trophy got smashed to pieces after Burton went to town on the HEED ARMY!!

A 4-0 drubbing wasn't what everyone was expecting, but its what Gateshead got. Lazy defending and bad errors lead to Gateshead downfall.

Some Players need to have a good long look at them selves after Saturdays match!!!

The Heed Army Blog Man of the Match goes to TONY LEE as he looked at deaths door with flu.

Line Up and Ratings:

Bishop 5
Could have stopped the own goal

Talbot 5
Never got into gear

Baxter 5
Had a mare

Hanson 4 (Captain)
Never looked interested and gave up several times chasing the ball!

Curtis 6 1/2
Unlucky with the own goal, but got his mind back on the job

Johnston 5
Never got much in this game

Nelthrope 6
Had few chances to score, but never hit the onion sack

Hughes 7
Had a goodish game considering the result

Salvin 7
Much the same as Hughes

Southern 6
Got balls to the wings and up front, but was heavily marked

Tarrant 5
Never got in the right area at the right time

Deverdics 5
Couldn't change the game

Thompson 6
Game was over when he came on

Baker 6
Same as Thompson

Swann (not used)
Mason (not used)

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Norway Connection

The Heed Army Blog is Proud to say that we have some new Members in the ranks from European neighbours Norway.

Arvid and his fellow Countrymen visited the heed last season and have been keen followers of Gateshead ever since.

The Norway Platoon is:

Private Arvid
Private Jan
Private Joachim
and last but not least Private Aleksander.

We hope to see the Norway Platoon in the new year!

Also a photo of our boys in Norway should be on the Blog soon.

The Heed in the Europe

Private Baldwin showing off his Gateshead top in Prauge.

It looks like a Shandy in his hand though, the light weight.

Thanks to Private Baldwin for the photo

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A Look to the Past: FA Cup run of 52/53

Gateshead AFC as the club was known then reached the 6th round of the FA Cup in the 1952/53 season.

This is the round by round journey to the 6th round:

1st Round Gateshead beat Crewe 2-0 at Home

2nd Round Gateshead beat Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 Away

3rd Round Gateshead beat Liverpool 1-0 at Home

4th Round Gateshead beat Hull City 2-1 Away

5th Round Gateshead beat Plymouth 1-0 Away

6th Round Gateshead's FA Cup dream came to a end at Home with a 1-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.

Two games from Wembley was the team of 52/53, a cup run yet to be matched by any Gateshead team. YET!!!

A Brief History of Gateshead FC

There has been a few teams Under the banner of Gateshead throughout the years, but Gateshead FC 's origins start not in Gateshead but South Shields.

South Shields Football club was in the Football League Div 3 North when they moved to the borough of Gateshead and became Gateshead AFC in 1930.

Gateshead AFC two years later in 1932 failed to clinch promotion on goal difference, Gateshead stayed in the Football League Div 3 for a further 8 years. In 1960 the Tyneside team fell out of the Football League.

After ten years in the Football League Gateshead found them selves in Non-league and spent time in the Northern Premier League between 1968 and 1970.

Gateshead AFC went under in 1973, and reformed when South Shields again moved to Gateshead. This time making Gateshead United and playing at Gateshead International Stadium.

Gateshead had been playing at their own home of Redhugh park before running costs took their toll on the club.

Gateshead United lasted only three season before having money troubles and going under as well.

1977 was the year when the Current Gateshead FC was formed, and had players such as Bob Topping (the Current top goal scorer For Gateshead FC 1977) and Terry Hibbitt play for them in the coming seasons.

Gateshead FC Spent nearly 10 years in the National Conference, the highest any North East Non-League team has ever played.
In 1997/98 season Gateshead were relegated to the Northern Premier league were they have stayed for all but one season.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Frickley 1 Gateshead 1

Gateshead Travelled to Yorkshire on a Cold Decembers evening and managed to get a 1-1 draw with Frickley.

Adam "Magic"Johnston getting the Gateshead goal.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Gateshead 2 Hednesford 3

A game that had everything From goals, bad refereeing and dives that would not have looked out of place in the Olympics.

Gateshead started the game with crisp clean and fast passing to leave Hednesdford chasing the ball. In the 6th minute Gateshead took the lead through a Davie Southern free kick.

Hednesford got level after James Curtis slipped on the box to leave the Hednesford attack open to score.

Gateshead regained the lead with Captain Chris Hanson Scoring before half time.

After half time Gateshead started much the same as the start of the first, but a penalty awarded to Hednesford got the game level again.

Persistent diving from the Hednesford front line never let the game run as before and the referee not wanting to stamp it out.

Gateshead fell to a sucker punch in the dieing second of the match to loose a game they had dominated.

A mass brawl broke out and the referee lost all control of the match, both the referee and his lines man missed hand raised from both sets of players.


Line up and ratings:

Bishop 7
Did well and could do much about the goals

Talbot 8
In classic form

Baxter 9
Ran the show from the right back position
The Heed Army Blog Man of the Match

Hanson 8
Took his gaol well

Curtis 6
Didn't look in top form and was behind the pace at times

Nelthrope 7
Did well and ran his heart out

Salvin 7
Won every header and kept play moving

Hughes 8
Looked tired in the second half, but played was still a key player

Southern 8
Great free kick and all round play

Tarrant 7
Was involved in must attacks but was very deep when needed in the box for all the crosses

Johnston 7
Showed some flashes of last season

Thompson 6
Didn't have the time to make any impact

Mason 7
Claered and important ball

Deverdics (Not used)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Gateshead 0 Whitby Town 0

This was a game that never really got going, a stop start ref never let the game flow for either side.

The first half was full of chances for Whitby but very poor finishing left the back of the net without a ripple.

Gateshead had their chance but had the same trouble as Whitby.

The second half was much the same, with Gateshead making a sub at the break. Steven Istead came on for a struggling Adam Johnston.

A bore draw, and Gateshead was lucky to get the draw.

Line up and ratings:

Bishop 7

Came out to clear the ball to many times, where was his defence

Tablot 8

worked very hard

Baxter 6

Didn't really get into this game

Hanson 7

Played well, but to many he was caught out

Baker 7

The same as Hanson

Nelthorpe 7

Looked good but had no body to aim the ball to up front

Johnston 6

Wasn't his day on the pitch

Salvin 7

Played well, but was left out of the game when long ball started

Hughes 8

when he got the ball he used it well

The Heed Army Blog Man Of The Match

Southern 6

Nothing came off for him

Tarrant 6

Much the same as Southern


Thompson (Not used)

Deverdics (not used)

Istead 6

Never got a foothold in the game

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Gateshead 2 Marine 0

Gateshead carried on from last weekend with good win against high flying Marine at the International Stadium.

Simon Bishop made some good saves throughout the match, while at the other end Davie Southern and Neil Tarrant was a hand full for the Marine defence.

Chris Hughes open the scoring with a great finish while running on to a good through ball.

After half time the crowd had a good laugh when the ref tripped over the ball and needed the Gateshead physio to give him treatment. the crowd felt his pain!

Craig "NELLY" Nelthorpe rapped up the game when he was given a great ball from Davie Southern, Nelly powered it past the Marine keeper.

Line up and ratings:

Bishop 7
Was like a brick wall

Talbot 7
Ran like mad, he must have been tired

Baxter 7
did well

Hanson 7
kept them out

Baker 9
His best game in a Gateshead shirt.
The Heed Army Blog Man Of The Match

Nelthorpe 8
Took his goal well, and ran the show down the left

Hughes 8
A midfield general, great goal

Slavin 7
Won every header

Johnston 7
He's getting back to his old form

Tarrant 7
looked Sharpe, due another goal

Southern 8
The ball was his friend in this match

Deverdics (not used)

Thompson 6
Didn't set the pitch alight, but the good time will come with fitness.

Istead 6
wasn't his best appearance

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Match Preview: Marine

Gateshead take on the Merseyside team for the second time this season, in the first encounter Steve Salvin (pictured in the 8 shirt shirt) got Gatesheads goal in the 1-1 draw at marine.

James Curtis will still me be missing from action with a broken toe, and will be a big miss.

The team will be looking to follow up there great win against Workington Reds last weekend in the FA Trophy.
The Heed Army Blog predicts a 2-2 draw.