Gateshead v Bolton Wanderers - 28th February 1953

It was 54 years ago today that Division Three North side Gateshead F.C. faced Bolton Wanderers in the Quarter Final of the F.A. Cup.

A crowd of 17,692 visited Redheugh Park for the cup tie which saw a single goal by Nat Lofthouse knock the valiant Gateshead side out of the running.

Gateshead progressed in the cup thanks to these results:

22nd November: versus Crewe Alexandra (2-0 with goals from Ken Smith and Leslie Price at Redheugh).

6th December: versus Bradford Park Avenue away (2-1 with a brace by Johnny Ingham).

10th January: versus Liverpool at home (1-0 thanks to an Ian Winters strike).

31st January: versus Hull City away (2-1 with an Ingham goal and Hull player Philips scoring an own goal).

14th February: versus Plymouth Argyle away (another 1-0 win with Winters on target again).

The Gateshead side that played against Bolton Wanderers 54  years ago were:

Bobby Gray

A former amateur goalkeeper with Newcastle United, Bobby joined Gateshead after the war and established himself as one of the most outstanding keepers in the Third Division (North). He made 432 league appearances before joining North Shields during the 1958/59 season.

Bobby Cairns

A Sunderland amateur before moving to Redheugh in September 1948. He clocked up 141 games before leaving the club in the summer of 1957 and was tragically killed in a pit accident in 1958.

Billy March

A native to Chester-le-Street who saw service with Ferryhill Athletic and Barnsley prior to his arrival in July 1952. Played 141 games before departing at the end of the 1956/57 campaign.

Jack Callender

His 470 appearances between 1946 and 1958 are a record for a Gateshead player pre-1977. A strong attacking wing half with 41 goals to his credit. Hi continued his career with Consett after leaving Redheugh.

Tom Callender

Brother of Jack and former England Schoolboy International who joined Gateshead from Lincoln City after the war. Considered by man as worthy of full International recognition, Tom played 439 times for the Tynesiders and netted on 61 occasions.

Billy Brown

Formerly with Murton C.W. Billy was on Gateshead's books from September 1950 to the summer of 1957. A wing half who made the occasional appearance as centre forward. He scored 7 times in 214 outings, continued his football with Blyth Spartans.

Johnny Ingham

Joined Gateshead in August 1947 from Newborn. By the time he left Redheugh at the end of the 1957/58 season, Johnny played 431 times and netted 109 goals. He joined North Shields but returned to Gateshead in 1962 after the club had lost its football league status. He quickly demonstrated that he had not lost any of his former skills and was justifiably referred to as the 'Stanley Matthews of Gateshead'.

Ken Smith

Hit 74 goals in 259 league appearances. Ken arrived at Redheugh from Blackpool at the beginning of the 1952/53 season, left for Ashington in 1959.

Ian Winters

Arrived at the club in December 1948 from York City. Netted 49 times in 152 appearances before joining Workington in July 1953.

Johnny Campbell

Could play in any forward position. Johnny joined Gateshead in November 1949 and in 183 outings scored 48 times. Linked up with Consett in the summer of 1956.

Eddie Johnson

Originally a North Shields player who arrived at Redheugh from Manchester City in 1951. By the time of his departure in 1954, he had scored 13 goals in 73 appearances.

Two other players played during the F.A. Cup run of 1952/53, but did not feature in the Quarter Final:

George Wilbert

Joined Gateshead in 1947 and hit 92 goals in 258 games. Originally a winger before moving to the number nine spot, he left the club during the course of the 1954/55 season to take up an appointment with the Forestry Commission.

Leslie Price

A former Sunderland winger whose two seasons stint at Gateshead (52/53 & 53/54) provided 12 goals in 39 games.