Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Righting Wrong Would Be Just Fantastic - for Gateshead and Man Who Put Faith in Mills; THE INTERVIEW: Gateshead Manager Gary Mills Gateshead Are Going to Wembley Tomorrow and, Gary Mills Tells Sports Writer Steve Brown, Hopefully the Football League Too

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Righting Wrong Would Be Just Fantastic - for Gateshead and Man Who Put Faith in Mills; THE INTERVIEW: Gateshead Manager Gary Mills Gateshead Are Going to Wembley Tomorrow and, Gary Mills Tells Sports Writer Steve Brown, Hopefully the Football League Too

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Byline: Gary Mills

FOR someone so genial and engaging, being driven by a bitter sense of injustice does not, instantly nor naturally, seem to sit right with Gary Mills.

Do not be fooled. In 1960, Gateshead nished fourth bottom of the recently-formed Fourth Division yet, under archaic rules and at the mercy of southern-based rival clubs reluctant to travel so far north, failed to win re-election and were ejected from the Football League.

Since overcoming the pain of his dismissal from York City last March - where he won the Conference Play-O Final and FA Trophy double in 2012 - by transforming the fortunes of the Tynesiders, Mills has become T something of an expert on what happened 54 years ago.

A "disgrace" he calls it, a "great one to put right".

e boot from Bootham Crescent "hurt" too.

Both setbacks have left Mills all the more determined to taste success once more, and having led Gateshead to their rst-ever Skrill Premier Play-O Final against Cambridge United at Wembley tomorrow, all the more W committed still to going one step further.

"Football is what it is now," said Mills. "You don't get ve, six, seven or 10 years. You're lucky if you do. But I'm proud of what I did at York. ey were in the relegation zone when I went there. e rst year we nished eighth and the second year we got promoted and did the double with the Trophy.

"We were doing were doing W OK in League Two, T but for whatever reason I lost my job. It hurt, I didn't like being out of work. I was watching a few games and not enjoying that, and then I got the call from the chairman (Graham Wood) W here.

"We had a chat and the rest is hishad a chat and the rest is hisW -tory now."

Well not all of it. bottom when Mills arrived at the International Stadium in September, the Heed ended the regular season third top, unbeaten in 12.

Victory over Grimsby Town in the T Play-O Semi-Final was witnessed by around 8,500 on Tyneside, with the T club hoping to take in the region of 10,000 to Wembley. W "It's fantastic," Mills said. "Only coming here in September, the aim was to get Gateshead as high up the league as I could and try and get into that top ve.

"I told the players that we were going to get in there, and we've done it.

"It's slightly dierent, not majorly, to York, but the feeling's just as good, if not better.

"at experience of going with York has maybe given me that more of a drive when I've come here, knowing what a fantastic achievement it is to get to Wembley, what a great occa W -sion it is and also to know what the prize is, particularly for Gateshead.

"Eight years York were out of the Football League, and they thought that was tough.

"But 54 years and the injustice of Gateshead going out of the League means even more, and to be the manager taking the club back to the Foot-ball League would be fantastic. …

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