GATESHEAD TO RETURN HOME

Gateshead will return to their International Stadium home from the start of next season.

The Blue Square Premier club have played all of their home fixtures since New Year's Day away from their own ground, staging games at Middlesbrough, York City and Carlisle United, amongst others, but chairman Graham Wood insists the the Heed will return to their own stadium next term.

"Our pitch next season will be exactly what we expected last season, which is first class," Wood said.

"A lot of money was spent on it, a lot of things went wrong, but we've identified and corrected the problem. We expect a perfect playing surface."

Drainage issues at the International Stadium, coupled with the severe weather that hit the North East, meant water was being held in the playing surface.

Posted on 25/04/2013