Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead Derby Date WITHYORK Is One Fyfield Is Relishing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead Derby Date WITHYORK Is One Fyfield Is Relishing

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Jeff Bowron IN National League terms, Gateshead's game against York City at the International Stadium on Tuesday can be viewed as the club's only derby of the season.

A distance of 80 miles separates the two clubs, Gateshead disappointed the two games against the Minstermen are not festive fixtures.

Next week's game has been eagerly anticipated since the fixtures were released and York will bring a large following to Tyneside.

The last time York travelled to Gateshead, a midweek fixture in 2011, they brought 525 fans - a Jon Shaw hat-trick giving the Heed a 3-2 win in front of a 1,604 crowd.

It is the first real opportunity for York fans to travel in numbers as their first away game was a 12.15 kick-off in Kent against Maidstone.

Jackie McNamara's side drew that game and then followed that up with a 1-0 at home to Macclesfield Town.

Gateshead have started brilliantly, picking up six points and scoring six goals from their opening two fixtures and travel to title favourites Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

All eyes will then be on the visit of nearest rivals York, back in the Conference after just four years back in the Football League.

Last season was a nightmare for the Minstermen as they won just seven of their 46 league games and finished bottom of League Two.

Scottish international McNamara has had a massive clear-out, bringing in more than 20 players including former Heed striker Richard Brodie, a substitute for the first two games.

Another Gateshead-born player, Scott Fenwick, has joined the Bootham Crescent outfit from Hartlepool United and there are links on the Gateshead side too.

Assistant manager Lee Nogan is a former York striker spending five years at the club, while last season's leading scorer Ryan Bowman played for York in the Football League.

Paddy McLaughlin and Jamal Fyfield were part of City's promotion squad in 2012 and also represented the club in the League.

All are looking forward to facing their former club, Fyfield disappointed the euphoria of promotion was followed all too soon by relegation. …

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