Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Burscough Preview

The Heed Army travel to Burscough on Saturday after getting back to winning ways last weekend at home to Osset Town.

Gateshead's 2-1 win last Saturday was the first win for 3 games with former Blyth Spartan man Mattie Moffat (pictured below) and former Darlington and Hartlepool Utd midfielder Ian Clark getting the goals.

Tony Lee's men will be gunning to keep to winning ways down at Burscough who are currently sitting in the play-off places in 5th in the Unibond Premier league.

The Unibond Premier League table

1AFC Telford United31181035525+3064
2Witton Albion2917757135+3658
3Hednesford Town3016863827+1156
6Matlock Town2815674930+1951
8Whitby Town30154114951-249
9Ilkeston Town31138105244+847
10Ossett Town32137124847+146
11Lincoln United331111113043-1344
12Prescot Cables331011124346-341
13North Ferriby United32118134351-841
14Frickley Athletic34118154456-1241
15Fleetwood Town2611694640+639
17Ashton United3197153854-1634
18Kendal Town3389164468-2433
19Radcliffe Borough33511173052-2226
20Leek Town2966172746-1924
22Grantham Town2937192652-2616

Gateshead could climb to 12th in the league with a win at high flying Burscough, if other results go Gateshead's way.

(photo taken by Petty Officer Percival)

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Gateshead 2 Ossett 1

In a game where the was a major lack of communication Gateshead managed to pull off a 2-1 win.

In the first half many senior players seemed to have left there passion, fight and pride in the dressing room, with passes going a stay here there and everywhere.
These bad passes led to Ossett have many chance in front of goal. There goal came from a corner, Peter Keen was unable to get his hands on the ball and it fell to a Ossett player to slot home in the six yard box.

After the break Gateshead started a little better with chances falling to New Striker Mattie Moffat, but his first touch let him down.
On the hour Gateshead started to move through the gears and get a foot hold in the game.

Mattie Moffat levelled the score line with a goal that would have not looked out of place in a world cup final, a swift turn after he flicked the ball over the defender and lobbed the keeper who did get a finger to it. A real touch of class from Moffat.

Although Gateshead leveled the score they still looked shaky at the back, and the next goal was gonna be the winner.

The wining goal came for Gateshead when Ian Clark shot though a crowd and got a deflection to grab the winner in the dieing minutes of the game.

Not the best game to watch, but a win is a win.

Line up and ratings:

Keen 7
Was unlucky to let one in

Baxter 8
stand ed out in a shaky defence
The Heed Army Blog Man Of The Match

Baker 4/5
4 in the first half, 5 in the second. Clawed back some respect with a great tackle in the box.
Curtis 7
Did well with Pace

Pace 7
Solid performance from the youngster

Harwood 7
Played well, made life difficult for his marker

Clark 5 1/2
Had very little impact on the game till his goal.

Salvin 7 (Captain)
Gave a Captains performance. CAPTAIN SALA!!!!

Hughes 7
Should have got a goal

Southern 7
was a hand full for the Ossett defence

Moffat 8
Took his goal well


Thompson 6
Came on late, hadn't the chance to do much

Tablot (Not Used)
mason (Not Used)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Shining Lights

Although this season has not played out as many Gateshead fans predicted, there has been a few shining beacons on the pitch.

Players such as Davie Southern, Chris Hughes, Steve Salvin and Craig Baxter have caught the eye in a mid table team.

Davie Southern a 3 time winner of the northern league title returned to Gateshead to help make and get goals, and that is what he has done. His Likeable personality and ability to make a goal from nothing has made him a firm favourite with the Heed Army Faithful.

Chris Hughes the tireless midfielder arrived at the club from relegated conference North side Scarborough. Chris has had league experience at Darlington before joining Scarborough. His pin point passes from midfield turn defence into attack with one touch.

Steve Salvin the box to box powerhouse, he was not thought to be the strongest signing made in pre season by the Heed Army. But his on pitch displays have shown he was a very important part of the Gateshead midfield/squad this season.

Craig Baxter the shy lad with a gentle personality has the tackle of a demon and the crosses of David Beckham on his day. Craig arrived after being in the Newcastle United youth and reserve teams. A Heed Army favourite.

(All photo's taken by Private Rowan)

Monday, February 19, 2007

New link

The Heed Army Blog is proud to announce a new link between The Heed Army Blog and The KopBlog!!

The Kop Blog is about Liverpool FC the five times European cup winners. The blog is filled with recent information and chit chat about the mersyside club.

The new link is down this blog on the right hand side to
The Kop Blog

Also here is a quick link to The Kop Blog.

Click here to go to Liverpool Kop Blog


Saturday, February 17, 2007

Contact the HEED ARMY!!!!

The Heed Army Blog is aware that we have some readers across the globe,
from Oslo Norway to Red Deer Alberta Canada

We would like to hear from any reader from any part of the world, to see how far the word of the Heed Army and Gateshead Football Club has spread!

You can contact the Blog using this e-mail address:


The Blog Looks forward to hearing from you!!!

HEED ARMY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ilkeston 4 Gateshead 2

Gateshead Travelled to Ilkeston with leading goal scorer Davie Southern and Team Captain Steve Baker both missing the game through suspension.

Gateshead took the lead with Jamie Harwood getting his 5th of the season in a Heed shirt.

Half time score 1-1

After the break Gateshead took the lead again with Craig Nelthrope (pictured under) getting the ball in the onion sack.
This lead was short lived as Ilkeston leveled the score soon after.

Ilkeston took a 3-2 lead midway through the second half, and took there lead to 4-2 soon after.

Full Time score 4-2

(Photo taken by Private Rowan)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Player Profile: Paul Tablot

Gateshead FC Player and Staff Profiles

Name: Paul Talbot

Age: 27

Position: Left back

Previous Clubs: Newcastle United, York City, Queen of the South, Burton Albion

Favourite ground you have played at: St James Park

Favourite Football Player of all time: Roy Keane

Best player you have played against: Nolberto Solano

Favourite Film: The Bourne Identity/Supremacy

Favourite Music Group/Artist: Coldplay

Heed Army Blog would like to thank Paul Talbot for his time answering these questions.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Visit Private Smiths Blog

Private Shaun Smith of the Heed Army has a Blog Dedicated to the Ground hoppers of this world.

His blog the 100 Football Grounds Club displays his passion and humour for all things football and football grounds.

In the blog there are many photo's of football grounds he has visited, also there are write ups on the match he seen while at these grounds.

Shaun also adds a little bit of history in his articles which add to the experience of visiting his blog.

If you have visited more then 100 Grounds yourself, join his club!!!!

Please visit the 100 Football Grounds Club:

Monday, February 12, 2007

balst from the Heed Past

Thanks to Private D. Armstrong for supplying the Blog with some Heed Holiday snaps from a few years ago In Kos 94.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Heed Army Flag!!!!!

The New Heed Army Flag was on Display At the Abandoned game with AFC Telford, the pride and joy of Wing Commander Robinson!!!!!

Gateshead vs AFC Telford

The Match between Gateshead and AFC Telford was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, the ground staff worked tirelessly to get the game on only to have the rain fall none stop.

The referee started the game, but conditions did not get any better so he abandoned the game on 15 minutes.

(photo of the pitch at the Telford match)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Double Signing

Gateshead Have resigned Fan favourite Peter "KEENO" Keen, and hope to have him in the Team for the visit of AFC Telford.

Peter Started his Days at Newcastle Utd before moves to Carlisle United and Darlington.

Also Gateshead have completed the Signing of striker Mattie Moffat from Local rivals Blyth Spartans.

Staff Profile: Derek Bell

Gateshead FC Player and Staff Profiles

Name: Derek Bell

Age: Well past the come back!! (After the Emmerdale match)

Position: Chief Executive (plus any other duties)

Favourite ground you have played at: Old Trafford

Favourite football player of all time: Paul Gascoigne

Bast player you
have player against: In training Peter Beardsley, you could not get the ball off him, pure brilliant. Clive Allan when at QPR, scored a fantastic hat-trick at St James Park.

Favourite film: One flew over the cuckoo's nest

Favourite music group/artist: 1st "THE HEED ARMY" and 2nd U2

Message to the Gateshead fans: The loyalty the fans showed to myself and the club over the past few seasons has been superb. The Chairman, Board of Directors and Tony wish to thank you for your support. We are working tirelessly to bring in a team to move up the pyramid system and put things in place in the background to support this. The forefront of this will be a new stadium! Be patient and keep up you invaluable support. "HEEEEEEEEEEED ARMY"

The Heed Army Blog would like to thank Derek Bell for his time answering these questions.

Player Proflie: Craig Baxter

Gateshead FC Player and Staff Profiles

Name: Craig Baxter

Age: 20

Right back

Previous Clubs: Newcaste United

Favourite ground you have played at: Old Trafford

Favourite football player of all time: Paul Gascoinge

Best player you have played against: Alan Shearer

Favourite film: Usual Suspects

Favourite music group/artist: Razorlight

Message to the Gateshead fans: Keep Singing!!!

The Heed Army Blog would like to thank Craig Baxter for his time answering these questions.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Player Profile: David Southern

Gateshead FC Player and Staff Profiles

Name: David Southern

Age: 24

Previous clubs: Dunston Fed, Newcastle Blue Star.

Favourite ground you have played at: Stadium of Light

Favourite football player of all time: Alan Shearer

Best player you have played against: Julio Arca

Favourite Film: Home Alone

Favourite music group/Artist: Madonna

Message to the Gateshead fans: Best fans to play for! but i dont have Chicken Legs!!!

The Heed Army Blog
would like to thank David Southern for his time answering these questions.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Staff Profile: Tony Lee

Gateshead FC Player and Staff Profiles

Name: John Anthony Lee

Age: OLD

Position: Manager

Previous Clubs: Whitby, Billingham Syn, Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor, Newcsatle Blue Star, and Gateshead(2)

Favourite ground you have played at: Old Ayresome Park Boro

Favourite football player of all time: George Best and Paul Scholes

Best Player you have played against: Dave Mackey (Spurs)

Favourite film: Rocky (all of them)

favourite music group/artist: The Drifters

Message to the Gateshead Fans: I think the fans we have are quality, we could do with more. I honestly think we are looking to really push on over the next couple of seasons. Derek Bell and Greame Wood are very positive people and are working tirelessly to get a new ground, also to promote Gateshead as the top North East Club.

The Heed Army Blog
would like to thank Tony Lee for his time answering these questions.

Player Profile: James Curtis

Gateshead FC Player and Staff Profiles

Name: James Curtis

Age: 24

Position: Centre Half

Previous Clubs: Washington, Kennek Ryhope

Favourite ground you have played at: Roker Park, Telford

Favourite football player of all time: Roy Keane

Best player you have played against: Tore Andre Flo

Favourite Film: Men Of Honour

Favourite music group/artist: John Legend

Message to the Gateshead fans: I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

The Heed Army Blog
would like to thank James Curtis for his time answering these questions.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Photo's from Blackpool

This is the Photo's from the night out in Balckpool after the Fleetwood game.

A great time was had everyone down there , with players and fans painting the Town red!!!!

HEED ARMY!!!!!!!!

Fleetwood Town 1 Gateshead 0

In a Hostile setting Gateshead found the game hard going, with plenty of incidents.

Key Moments in the game:
Tony Lee being sent off. Fleetwood goal keeper coming in on Davie Southern with high feet outside the box. Davie Southern having his penalty saved. Ref Leaving his balls in the changing room!!!!! (Spoiled it for both side's)

Gateshead started the game with a new formation 352, With new loan signing Pacey in defence along side Curtis and Baker.

Davie Southern was threw on goal when the Fleetwood keeper came racing out the box and seemed to kung fu tackle Davie in the head. the Ref came racing over going for his cards only to show a yellow (Pure disbelief was the fans). once Davie had the blood wiped from his ear, Gateshead Carried on.
Fleetwood's goal came from a sweeping counter attack down the left hand side of the pitch and was slotted home with power.

Soon After Tony Lee seen red after an altercation with Fleetwoods coaching staff.

After half time Paul Thompson came on to replace a Struggling Ian Clark, Gateshead looked a lot better going forward with a target man nodding ball on for Southern and Nelthorpe.

Marc Bell the Gateshead Goal keeper suffered a knee injury while heading a ball clear and landing badly,
Byrne came off the bench to stand in for the injured ball. Warren Byrne also made a fantastic save that got a round of applause from all the ground.

late on in the game Craig Nelthrope was brought down in the box, Davie Southern Stepped up to take the penalty only to see his effort saved by the keeper.

It ended 1-0 to Fleetwood, not a match anyone would like to see.

Line up and ratings:

Bell 7
Hope his injury inst to bad

Curtis 7
Worked well in the back three

Baker 7 (Captain)
Much the same as Curtis

Pacey 6
A Young Lad with a lot to learn, spitting image of Curtis

Baxter 6
Formation didn't help his game

Clark 5
Started poorly, and never got going till late in the first half.

Salvin 7
Covered every blade of grass

Hughes 7
In a packed midfield, did he job well

Harwood 7
Played well, but never stood out

Nelthorpe 7
Would have been a 8 if he stayed on his feet in the box.

Southern 7
Would have been a 8 if he converted the pen, but was heavily marked throughout the game.


Thompson 7
Changed the flow of the game in attack when up front, had two great chances

Bryne 8
Made a Great Save when he went in goal for the injured Bell

Mason (Not Used)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Fleetwood Preview

Gateshead travel to Fleetwood Town this weekend, for their fourth game of 2007.

Gateshead hope to include new signing, former Scarborough midfielder Karl Heineger to the team for the trip.

The Heed Army will be wanting to get back to winning ways after their 5 match unbeaten run came to an end last weekend against Prescot Cables.

Paul "Thommo" Thompson is only Two gaols away from becoming the Clubs record Goal scorer, lets see if he can make history down Fleetwood.

(Photo taken by Private Rowan)