Heed’s Boxing Day derby to be all-ticket
GATESHEAD’S big National League derby against Hartlepool United on Boxing Day has now been designated an all-ticket game.
Hartlepool, managed by Gateshead-born Craig Harrison, are currently three points above the Heed in the table.
The two sides have not met in league combat since the 1959/60 season – Gateshead’s last in the Football League.
The Tynesiders picked up only one point from their two games against derby rivals Hartlepool, who finished bottom of division four.
Despite Gateshead finishing third-bottom, five points above Hartlepool, it was the Tyneside club that was voted out of the Football League.
Almost six decades on the Heed will get the chance for revenge in a festive double-header against the Victoria Park club.
Gateshead chairman Richard Bennett said: “It’s been a long time since we played Hartlepool and it is a great fixture for us over Christmas.
“It is a game that will attract a lot of interest, especially if both clubs maintain their recent improvement and are well-placed in the table.
“Hartlepool will bring a big following and we hope to have sizeable backing for what is the first of two derbies in a week.”
Newcastle’s Premier League home game against Manchester City has been moved back a day to December 27, a boost for the Heed.
Tickets for the Boxing Day showdown against Hartlepool will be available at all Gateshead home games, starting with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
They are also available online at www.gateshead-fc.com, Hartlepool expected to bring around 2,000 fans to the International Stadium.
Gateshead fans, meanwhile have been allocated the 1,035-capacity Rink End for the reverse fixture at Hartlepool on New Year’s Day, also at 3pm.
Tickets for that fixture will be available to purchase in the Heed’s remaining six home games in 2017 and also online. Gateshead boss Steve Watson