No Newcastle United this weekend? Here’s the non-league football clubs to visit during the international break

The North East is a hotbed for non league football.

Gateshead are one of the biggest clubs playing at home this weekend.
Gateshead are one of the biggest clubs playing at home this weekend.

Following a busy period at Newcastle United, the club are finally settling off the pitch, and the final international break of 2021 allows Eddie Howe to fine-tune what he wants from his squad, but fans don’t need to go without their football fix this weekend.

Those who still want to support their club can see Newcastle’s women play in the first round of the FA Cup this weekend. They face Harrogate Town at Druid Park this Sunday. Tickets for the 2pm kick off are available upon arrival.

The largest mens club in the region with a home game this weekend is Gateshead. Following an impressive 2-2 draw against National League Altrincham in the FA Cup last weekend, The Heed welcome Alfreton to the Gateshead International Stadium knowing a win could propel them into the playoff places if other results go their way.

Gateshead’s squad includes former NUFC youngster Adam Campbell and is managed by Mike Williamson, who spent seven seasons at St James’ Park. Tickets for the 3pm kick off are available online.

With Dunston UTS, Hebburn Town, Morpeth and South Shields all playing away from home this weekend, Newcastle fans should also take a look at the Northern League fixtures of they fancy getting to a game this weekend.

Over in Walkergate, Newcastle Benfield will be hosting Seaham Red Star where another former NUFC wonderkid will likely make an appearance. Paul Brayson is a long standing member of the Benfield squad and the 44 year old doesn’t show any signs of slowing down on the pitch.

Adults can watch the game for £6 with children paying £3 at the turnstile.

For those who fancy a trip to the coast, Whitley Bay are also in action this Saturday. The four-time winners of the FA Vase will welcome Redcar Athletic to their Hillheads Park ground.

In the same league, Ashington play host to Consett AFC while division two of the Northern League sees Newcastle University’s men’s team welcome Easington Colliery to Kimberly Park in Prudhoe for a top of the table clash.

Jarrow vs Tow Law Town rounds off the local Northern League fixtures this weekend with a mid-table matchup.