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Aspin appointed as Gateshead boss

Gateshead have appointed Neil Aspin as the club's new manager Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Gateshead have named former Hartlepool United and Darlington defender Neil Aspin as the club's new First-Team Manager.

The 50-year-old joins the Heeds on an 18-month contract and takes over from Malcolm Crosby, who was sacked last weekend after a poor run of results.

It is Aspin's first managerial post since leaving National League side Halifax Town in September.

Apsin, who was born in Gateshead, said:

This means a great deal to me. I was born here and left to pursue my football career and it's fantastic to come back.

– Neil Aspin, Gateshead FC Manager

Aspin began his managerial career with Harrogate Town half-way through the 2004-05 campaign. He remained at Wetherby Road for four-and-a-half years, guiding the club to a series of top-half finishes before being appointed Halifax boss in 2009.

Gateshead sack Crosby after poor run

Gateshead have parted company with Malcolm Crosby Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

Gateshead have sacked manager Malcolm Crosby after a poor run of results in the National League.

The 61-year-old only joined the club in June as a replacement Gary Mills. But after Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Halifax, the club have parted company with the former Sunderland boss.

Crosby's assistant, Gary Owers, has also left the International Stadium.

A club statement read:

Following a run of poor performances and results, Gateshead have terminated the contracts of manager Malcolm Crosby and assistant manager Gary Owers.

Chairman Richard Bennett wishes to thank both Malcolm and Gary for their time and effort at Gateshead and wishes them both the very best for the future.

– Gateshead FC


Gateshead boss backs McClaren for Newcastle job

Newly appointed Gateshead manager Malcolm Crosby has backed Steve McClaren to do 'very well' if he becomes the new boss at Newcastle United.

The former England manager is the bookmakers' favourite to land to the job at St James' Park and is expected to be named the new Magpies Head Coach at some point this week.

Crosby worked under McClaren as Reserve Team Manager at Middlesbrough and the two have remained close friends. He said the 54-year-old is 'a good manager and a very good coach'.

Gateshead face Newcastle United in a pre-season friendly at the International Stadium on July 10.

Danny Graham donates to save career of fellow player

Sunderland striker Danny Graham has put his hand in his pocket to help save a fellow footballer's career.

What a gesture from Danny Graham. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old Black Cats frontman has donated £2,690 to a fund set up to raise money to cover the cost of an operation for Gateshead midfielder JJ O'Donnell, who is suffering from the rare foot condition sesamoiditis.

O'Donnell confirmed the news via his Twitter account, tweeting: "I'm not singling Danny out as without everybody donating, I wouldn't have ever reached my target, but a donation like that has left me speechless.

"I've never met Danny, but for him to put an astronomical amount like that towards a fund of a lad who he doesn't know speaks volumes of what a true gentleman he is."


Gateshead FC prepare for FA cup third round

Non-league Gateshead FC take on Premier League side West Brom in the third round of the FA cup this afternoon.

The club has tweeted from the changing rooms and the pitch as players make their final preparations.

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns has also wished them luck.

FA Cup draw delivers potential North East clash

Gateshead could have a potential North East derby match with Shildon in the FA Cup First Round.

The Heed will travel to Dean Street to face Shildon if the County Durham side can overcome Norton in Wednesday's fourth qualifying round replay.

The remaining First Round ties involving North East clubs are as follows:

  • Basingstoke or Harrow Borough v Spennymoor Town or AFC Telford
  • Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
  • Hartlepool United v East Thurrock
  • Norton or Shildon v Gateshead
  • York v AFC Wimbledon

Metrocentre to sponsor Gateshead FC

Gateshead FC has bagged a sponsorship deal with the region’s biggest shopping centre. Intu Metrocentre is now the home shirt sponsor.

Gavin Prior, General Manager at intu Metrocentre with Gary Mills, Team Manager ,Gateshead FC and Graham Wood Chairman, Grahame McDonnell Commercial Manager and Vice Chairman Brian Waites

“We are absolutely delighted to have intu Metrocentre on board,

“To be supported by such a high profile organisation and one of the region’s biggest employers is fantastic for us.

“It’s also the perfect fit because not only are we both based in Gateshead but also because supporting and working with the community is an important objective for both of us."

– Graham Wood, Chairman of Gateshead FC

“We know what a successful season Gateshead FC had last year and we hope to see them go on to even bigger and better things this year,”

“We are sure this relationship will continue to grow and develop and we look forward to actively working with the club going forward.”

– Gavin Prior, General Manager of intu Metrocentre

The new shirts will be seen for the first time this Saturday (August 9th) at the International Stadium, when Gateshead take on Torquay United on the opening day of the new Conference season.

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