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."
Gateshead FC will have to suffer at least another season outside the Football League, after their Conference play-off final ended in a 2-1 defeat to Cambridge United. Victory would have seen them promoted into League Two, but it was not to be.
Thousands of Gateshead FC fans have made the 300-mile trip to Wembley Stadium to watch their side's Conference play-off final against Cambridge United. If they win, they will be promoted back into the Football League after 54 years.
These fans outside the stadium told us what that would mean:
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.
Just one match at Wembley Stadium stands between Gateshead FC and a pace in the Football League after 54 years of non-league football. The Heed Army face Cambridge United in the Conference play-off final. The match kicks off at 4pm.
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."
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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.
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.
Gateshead have been gearing up for this weekend's trip to Wembley by posing for photographers at the iconic Angel of the North.
The Heed face Cambridge United in the Conference Premier playoff final at Wembley on Sunday 18 May.