AFC Fylde will play in the National League North next season, a division the Coasters were promoted from as champions in the 2016/17 season.


We take a look at next season’s opponents, as Jim Bentley and his side look to secure promotion back to the National League.

Our next team ‘under review’, is Gateshead.


The Heed


Gateshead International Stadium (Capacity 11,800)

2019/20 League Position:

The season being curtailed on PPG, meant that Gateshead’s play-off place was confirmed. They played against Brackley Town, winning a dramatic penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in the eliminator round.

That meant they progressed to face Boston United in the semi-final. To say that was a thriller would be an understatement. The Heed lost out in an eight-goal thriller, going down 5-3 but it was a season to remember for the club following previous tough times. 

Star Player 19/20:

JJ O’Donnell – The long serving midfielder scored 9 goals in 19-20 as Gateshead’s promotion ambitions were eventually ended in the play-off semi finals by Boston United. He is a fan favourite at the International Stadium after recovering from a rare foot condition which almost forced him into an early retirement in 2015.


Mike Williamson – The veteran former Newcastle United centre back is player-manager with the Heed after initially signing in 2018 and has made over 70 appearances for the club.

Last Played:

Our last meeting was in April 2019, a terrific strike from Nick Haughton earning the Coasters a 1-0 win in the North East.

Home: AFC Fylde 1-0 Gateshead 30/10/18

Away: Gateshead 0-1 AFC Fylde 09/04/19

You can view the full head-to-head records, by clicking here!


The distance from Mill Farm to the Gateshead International Stadium is 142.6 miles via the M6 motorway and would take 2 hours and 30 minutes to drive.