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Gateshead’s run to the FA Trophy final (including Barnet and Oldham wins)

Gateshead will reach their first major cup final with the hopes of lifting the FA Trophy against FC Halifax Town on May 21 at Wembley Stadium.

It is the Heed’s first trip to the capital since promotion heartbreak in 2014, when Cambridge United prevented Gateshead from securing promotion to the Football League.

As the big day arrives for Gateshead fans, SportsByte revisited the moments which have led up to the upcoming cup final – including some big wins over Barnet in the semi-finals (on penalties) and Oldham Athletic.

Use the embedded timeline to scroll through each round as Gateshead saw off the likes of Banbury United, Gloucester City and Farsley Celtic to reach the cup final.

Heed Flags are hoping to raise funds for a special Wembley flag display to honour Mike Williamson and the team and to cheer the team to victory.

It might be fair to say Gateshead fans are living through a golden age for their football team, only a few short years after expulsion to the Northern League was narrowly avoided and the future of their football club was at risk.

In the last 12 matches of the National League campaign, Gateshead picked up 26 points and ranked second among the entire division. They managed to compete with champions Wrexham, and play-off contenders Chesterfield and Notts County in that regard, which for a club of Gateshead’s stature is a real achievement.

Attention now turns though to the FA Trophy in a couple of weeks which could cap off what has already been a fantastic second-half to the season for the Heed.