Gateshead have been crowned as 2021/22 Vanarama National League North champions.
A 2-2 draw at Chorley on Monday, coupled with Brackley Town’s 2-2 draw at Hereford, saw The Heed named as champions with one game to spare and ensures our return to the Vanarama National League following demotion in 2019.
Mike Williamson’s side have defied the odds to win the club’s first league title since 1986, having been set as 20/1 outsiders to earn automatic promotion to the highest tier of non-league football at the beginning of the campaign.
Gateshead enjoyed Emirates FA Cup success in addition to lifting the league title by reaching the second round of the competition and going toe-to-toe with League One side Charlton Athletic at Gateshead International Stadium in December.
A free-flowing, high energy brand of football has seen Gateshead compete for promotion from the outset, occupying first or second place in the National League North table since January 10 and at least fourth place since December 7.
Williamson’s men have been almost impenetrable at Gateshead International Stadium, earning 17 wins from a possible 20 with one game remaining on home turf.
The Heed have scored a phenomenal 97 goals in 41 league games, and have the chance to reach a century in the final game of the season at home to Hereford on May 7.
Adam Campbell, Cedwyn Scott, Macaulay Langstaff and Paul Blackett have all struck double figures in the league, and both Langstaff and Scott could claim the league’s top scorer award come Saturday afternoon.
The final game of the 2021/22 season will see Gateshead lift the Vanarama National League North trophy on Saturday, May 7, with Hereford visiting Gateshead International Stadium, and is now an all-ticket fixture.