Gateshead removed from National League playoffs

Written by on 25th April 2024

Gateshead FC have been removed from the National League playoffs after “failing to meet the EFL’s relevant qualifying criteria to become a member of the Football League.”

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Despite finishing sixth in the National League, Gateshead have been told they will not be allowed to partake in the playoffs, with Solihull Moors taking their place. The Heed’s spot in the playoffs was taken away due to the club’s inability to secure the Gateshead International Stadium as their home ground for the next 10 years, which is a requirement set out by the EFL for teams eligible for promotion from the National League.

Gateshead appealed the decision to remove them from the playoffs, however, the appeal was swiftly denied by an independent arbitrator. A statement from the governing body reads, “It is highly disappointing that appropriate solutions have not been put in place over the previous two-year period, as avoidable circumstances are preventing Gateshead from progressing up the pyramid even if the Club achieves success through sporting merit.”

Gateshead, who are currently managed by former Newcastle United goalkeeper, Rob Elliott finished 6th on 75 points after a highly successful season. Despite being kicked out of the playoffs, Gateshead are still going to Wembley this season. Elliott’s side will take on Solihull Moors in the FA Trophy final on the 11th May.

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