Saturday, May 19, 2007

Bowey Returns

Gateshead have signed Heed Legend Stevie Bowey for the Second time, Bowey has been at Queen of the South (where he was captain) and York City during his 5 years away from the Heed.

Stevie joins Gateshead after York missed out on promotion to the football league in their conference play-offs. Stevie scored a penalty in the play-offs but it wasnt enough to help York.

Bowey was a big part of the team that made it to the second round of the FA CUP in 2000. Gateshead Beat Halifax Town 2-0 at the Shay to reach the second round away to Swindon Town.

Our Man In Afghanistan

Here's a pic of Paul Goodfellow with his Gateshead Top on and his Scarf on his barracks in Afghanistan. Great to see the Heed Army protecting Queen and Country!!!!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Information about our friends DC United

Here is some information on our new friends at the DCenters Blog about DC United and their fans.
History: In the twelve seasons of Major League Soccer, the top division of US Soccer, D.C. United is easily the most decorated club in league history. The winner of four MLS Cups (considered the league championship despite being a playoff cup format) with the last championship in 2004, three supporter's shields (given the team with the best regular season record in a single table) including the 2006 trophy, the 1996 US Open Cup, the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup, and the 1998 Interamerican Cup (Defeating Brazil's Vaco de Gama), United's fans expect excellence in the play of their team. International friendlies in the past two years have been played with Chelsea FC (a 2-1 loss), Celtic FC (a 4-nil win for us in a foggy rain, what a fun night!), and Real Madrid (a 1-1 draw in Seattle). We hope to have our own stadium 20K-30K seat stadium in 2009 on the banks of the Anacostia river in DC, but that seems a long way off some days. However, a new ownership group which took charge of the team for this season is committed to the stadium project, and to maintaining the excellence of play we expect.

Fans: D.C. United plays home games in R.F.K. stadium (shared with the Washington Nationals baseball team), in the heart of Washington, D.C. Our fans are passionate and soccer savvy. Organized supporter's groups include The Screaming Eagles (, La Barra Brava (, La Norte ( ), and Esquina United. Many fans belong to more than one group, and the atmosphere in the Barra was even praised in a Sports Illustrated article last year ( I've attached a picture of "The Nest" where I and my fellow Screaming Eagles take in the game. If anyone is ever in DC, drop by parking Lot 8 for some great food, free beer, and a warm reception. The fans even travel pretty well (image attached of the Barra on the road eight hours away at a New England Revolution game in Foxboro)

Players: Our current stars include: Captain and forward Jamie Moreno (picture attached), who is the active leading goal-scorer in Major League Soccer and two goals away from taking the all-time lead. Christian Gomez (picture attached of him in an Argentina shirt joining the supporters in the stands on a drum while serving a suspension), the 2006 MLS MVP and playmaker of the team. 2006 MLS Keeper of the Year Troy Perkins and 2006 MLS Defender of the Year Bobby Boswell (who blogs at if you want more information on him) anchor our defense. Other major players include new signing Brazilian Luciano Emilio, midfielder Fred, and midfielder Ben Olsen . Former players that made their way to Europe include Reading's Bobby Convey and Blackburn's Ryan Nelsen, and the retired Bolivian legend Marco Etcheverry still retains patron saint status among many fans for his play in the early years of the team. Head coach Tom Soehn is in his first season, after being an assistant coach for several years. He replaced Piotr Nowak, who left the team to take the position of US National Team Assistant Coach to Bob Bradley.

The season so far: After a semi-final finish in the CONCACAF Champions Cup to start the year, (involving a heatbreaking 3-2 loss to the Mexican CD Chivas of Guadalajara after we had a 2-1 aggregate lead) United has stumbled out of the gates with three straight losses and collecting four points in the first five games played. However, I feel like this start can be overcome, and with matches against Tornoto and defending MLS Champions Houston in the remainder of May, we'll get a good sense of whether United has righted the ship. We've got 25 games remaining to show some class. That's enough time, but spotting opponents points has to stop. This summer, the team will also be participating in the first ever "Superliga" featuring teams from Major League Soccer and the Mexican Primera Division. United is grouped with Club America, the Houston Dynamo, and Monarcas Morelia.
Odd Quirk: The team is always referred to as "D.C. United" and not "THE D.C. United" or "The United". It's just a thing that gets people's hackles up. Sadly, even our local sports announcers don't get the hang of it sometimes.
In DC? The city has a ton to offer, from free museums, good clubs, a wide variety of shopping, and excellent cosmopolitan food choices. If you're in the Nation's Capital, let us know, and we'll show you around town and try and get you to a game. Honestly, I can't think of any football experience in the USA that's better than watching DC United play with its supporters. Heed Army, and Vamos United, to all!
A massive thank you to the DCenters for the great write up on their fans and club.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Thank you DCenters

As posted the other week we have had a link added to the DC United Fan Blog in the USA, and they have done a really good write up on GFC and the Heed Army.

Please have visit and read their kind words:

Also keep an eye out for a Write up on our new friends from the DCenters!!! coming soon.

In Review

Well the Season ended just a couple of weeks ago, and already we look to pre-season, and the sqaud and who we might sign.

Ok we finished 9th in the Unibond League in year that seemed to promise so much yet devliverd little, till the last 12 games.
That 12 game unbeaten run, which seen us defeat two different league leaders (AFC Telford and Witton Albion) landed Ian Bogie the Job as manger on a full time basis. Bogie seemed to get that cutting edge from a squad that laked drive in the first half of the season, and got more.

When Tony Lee was appoint as manager in summer 06, the fans thought he we are the manger who won the ANL league title the season before and many Signing who had 100's of games in the pro game under their belt. League title hear we come was the cry, yet it wasn't to be for Tony Lee to lead us to it.

Such signing's as Steven Istead and Andy Appleby Flattered to deceive after signing From Legue Two Side Hartlepool Utd, and Ian Clark a former Darlington and Hartlepool Utd Winger had a injury hit season, which hit his form badly.

Yet in this disappointment, signing lights came in Gatesheads sqaud Craig Baxter who signed after being released by Newcastle Utd, Chris Hughes signed From Scarborough and Steve Salvin signed from Newcastle Blue Star. All battle and showed flare you would normally see for Brazil (ok maybe not as good as Brazil, but they entertained the HEED ARMY).

Three other player's also need special Praise, the first of the players would have to be Jamie Curtis. The flame haired centre back made his name first on the team sheet this season, with commanding performances and some good goals to his name. Yet after breaking his toe he struggled with form after christmas, but this was just a blip for the big man.

the second player that shined like star is Craig "Nelly" Nelthorpe, the on loan winger from Doncaster Rover made the left wing his own. Creating goals from thin air and scoring them as well, a joy to behold when he was on the ball!!

Last and not least Davie "Goal Machine" Southern, where do you start with the man who scored 31 goals for Gateshead FC this last football year. A man of the fans, always has time to talk and give a honest conversation on how the team played.
Winning golden boot as well he was the League leading goal scorer, lets hope we have him next season.

Next year seems to be a big one for GFC with hopefully news on the new ground being announced in late May. To see all the details of where the ground could possibly be visit

HEED ARMY TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

New Heed Site

There is a new website dedicated to the future home of Gateshead FC.

The new site is called HOME OF THE HEED and will have photo's and updates of where the ground will be.

The Link can be found down at the right hand side of this Blog.

Click here to go to Home Of The Heed

Bogie Gets The Job!!!!!!

Ian Bogie has become manager of Gateshead FC, after a Marvelous stint as caretaker manager.

His 12 match unbeaten run and respect of the squad made him the Fans choice for manager on the poll on the Heed Army Blog.

Also the appointment see the return of Gateshead legend Jeff Wrightson as Bogies Assistant.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007



Davie Southern

Davie rejoined Gateshead From Northern league side Newcastle Blue Star after winning the league title in the 2005/6 season.

His 31 goals for Gateshead have thrilled and excited the Heed Army over the past season, yet its wasnt just his goals that excited the fans.
His all round play that brings his team mates into play, and creates as many chance for his team mates as he does himself.

Well done to Davie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!