FA Cup sales top 700

08/11/2011, by Jeff Bowron

FA CupWith four days to go to Saturday's FA Cup showdown at Croft Park Gateshead have sold 705 tickets from their 1,000 allocation for the Plessey Road End of the ground.

Ticket sales have been as follows since they went on sale at the Braintree Town game on Saturday.

Saturday sales: 444

Sunday: 51

Monday: 210

Total to date: 705

At present a fleet of seven GFC Supporters Club coaches will depart from Gateshead Civic Centre on Saturday at 1pm, though this number is likely to rise.

Cup fever has gripped the Heed Army with general sales continuing from the International Stadium Ticket Office today (Tuesday) from 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm.

Graham Wood"I am delighted that we have sold 70% of our ticket allocation already," said Gateshead chairman Graham Wood.

"Hopefully the rest will be snapped up in the near future for what is an important game for the club..

"We hope to sell a decent amount today and there is no restriction on the number of tickets that can be purchased.

"There is a lot of interest in the tie, which will take centre stage this weekend with neither Newcastle or Sunderland playing.

"It will be a cracking atmosphere at Croft Park. We had great support there when we won 2-0 in the quarter-final of the FA Trophy last season when the Heed Army were tremendous.

"We had big followings at Darlington, Blyth and Notts County last season and that is like having a 12th man - something I know the management and players really appreciate."

Gateshead will have a full squad to select from at Blyth apart from injured striker Yemi Odubade who is out for six weeks with a broken foot.

Manager Ian Bogie, assistant Terry Mitchell and Wood took in the Spartans 1-0 Conference North defeat at Hyde on Monday.

Bogie also saw Blyth in their FA Cup replay win against Droylsden while coach Paul Bryson took in Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Colwyn Bay.

"We have done our homework," said Bogie "we know all about Blyth and what to expect at Croft Park on Saturday.

"They have had a poor season so far in the Conference North and the FA Cup has been their salvation.

"We will go there as favourites but it is a big derby in the FA Cup and in these situations league form can sometimes go out the window.

"The players will be up for the game and with the fantastic support we will get are determined to send the Heed Army home happy - just as they did in February."

Josh Gillies and Eddie Odhiambo will feature in a strong reserves side at Hull City on Wednesday where winger James Marwood will also feature.

Marwood has completed a successful loan spell at FC Halifax Town and is not cup-tied while Gillies has completed his three match ban.

Right back Odhiambo has recovered from the knee injury that has kept him out of the last two games.

Teenage central defender Jeff Henderson's loan spell from Newcastle United has been extended for another month
until December 7th.


Jon Shaw

Jon Shaw challenges former Blyth goalkeeper Dan Lowson last season in the FA Trophy.