Make or Break Time

17/08/2004
Derek Bell met supporters, players and staff at the International Stadium last night to inform them that it is “make or break time” for Gateshead FC over the next 48 hours.  Bell is due for a series of meetings with key partners including Gateshead Council and says he will have to make a decision on Wednesday as to whether he can raise a team to field at Hyde United on Saturday. Bell said, “the club is not safe yet, but I’m doing everything that I can to try and keep the club functioning at UniBond level.  I should have a better idea by Wednesday night whether or not we are in a position to begin the new season”.

Bell is looking for the continued help of supporters and is excited about the future of the club if it survives with Low Fell Juniors coming on board to provide the club with a youth set up ranging from Under 7s right up to Under 18s.  Bell said, “If the club survives, it will have a totally new structure.  We will at last become a community club and there will be several new income streams in place”.

Meanwhile, the Gateshead Supporters Fighting Fund have been continuing to look for sponsors as well as taking donations.  Paul Maclennan said, “We have a number of match sponsors in place for the new season and have so far received about £900 in cash donations.  I’d like to thank everyone who has come forward to offer help.  However, we would welcome any further assistance and I am interested to hear from anyone who can offer any type of sponsorship”.  Paul can be contacted direct on mobile number 079632 99083.  Anybody who wishes to make a donation to the fund can do so at the International Stadium reception.

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