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Gateshead lose 2-1 at Wembley Stadium

Gateshead FC fans will return home to the North East from Wembley empty-handed to face at least another season of non-league football. The Heed lost 2-1 to Cambridge United in the Conference play-off final.

The club said on Twitter: "Gallant effort, but just pulled up short."

One of thousands of Gateshead FC fans flies the North East flag at Wembley Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport
The Heed Army were in full voice during their first ever trip to Wembley Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport
Cambridge United's Liam Hughes scored the first goal after 51 minutes Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport
Cambridge United players pile on top of Ryan Donaldson to celebrate their second - and winning - goal Credit: Jonathan Brady/EMPICS Sport

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Wembley Stadium ready to fulfil Gateshead dreams

Fans of Gateshead football club are arriving at Wembley Stadium ready for the side's first ever match there. A victory over Cambridge United in the Conference play-off final would lift Gateshead - known as the Heed - into the Football League for the first time in 54 years.

Wembley Stadium lit up in the sunshine ready for Gateshead's big day

Wembley warning for Gateshead FC fans

Police are advising Gateshead Football Club fans travelling to Wembley for the play-off final, against Cambridge United on May 18, to stay away from potential disruption.

Police arrested 16 people after disorder at the Gateshead v Grimsby football match.

Officers arrested eight people in connection with reports of disorder at the match on May 4. A further eight people were arrested on May 14.

"We want to make people aware that anyone found causing disorder at football matches in our area will be identified and dealt with.

"We are also liaising with our colleagues in London ahead of this important match for Gateshead to prevent any problems occurring.

"We know that this is a big game for one of our local teams and we don't want the bad behaviour of a few to mar what will be a great sporting day out for many true supporters."

– Detective Inspector Andy Fairlamb

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Gateshead FC: final training session - then Wembley

Gateshead FC players will take part in a final training session at home today before the team head down to London in preparation for their match at Wembley on Sunday.

Only Cambridge United now stands between them and a return to the Football League for the first time in 54 years.

Gateshead FC and their new signing - he might be a winger. Credit: ITV News

It is thought that as many as 20,000 supporters will head down to Wembley to cheer Gateshead on.

Promotion to the Football League would mean an extra £1m per season coming into the club's coffers.

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