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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

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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

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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James offers Gateshead advice ahead of Wembley trip

Former England goalkeeper David James (left) with Gateshead manager Gary Mills Credit: ITV

Former England international goalkeeper David James has been offering his advice to Gateshead's players ahead of their Conference Premier playoff final.

The 43-year-old took part in training with the first-team this afternoon.

David James speaking to Gateshead manager Gary Mills Credit: ITV
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