Gateshead vs Charlton Athletic FA Cup: How to watch the tie, team and ticket news and more

The fixture is starting the FA Cup second round this weekend.

Gateshead vs Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup second round kicks off at 7:45pm.  (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Gateshead vs Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup second round kicks off at 7:45pm. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Following a first round replay win over Altrincham, Gateshead FC face League One Charlton Athletic this weekend as the FA Cup second round proper gets underway on the banks of the Tyne.

Friday night will see the Heed play in this round of the competition for the third time since the 2014-15 season, which ended with an impressive third round defeat at West Bromwich Albion. Their last game at this point in the competition resulted in a disappointing 5-0 defeat to Luton Town.

There are 60 places separating the two sides in the English football pyramid, with Gateshead sitting in the National League North’s playoff spots and Charlton sat 15th in League One.

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    How did both teams reach the second round?

    Charlton only needed to win one game to reach this point of the competition, and that come in the form of a 1-0 victory over Havant and Waterlooville in the first round back at the start of November. Havant, who play at the same level as Gateshead, travelled to The Valley and played a first choice team which wasn’t enough to beat The Addicks.

    Gateshead’s FA Cup journey goes back as far as 18 September when they beat Bradford PA in the second qualifying round of the competition before beating Runcorn Linnets 3-2 and needing a reply to beat Marske United before beating Altrincham after another replay in the first round proper.

    Are tickets still available and how much do they cost?

    Thursday is the last day Gateshead fans can pick up tickets for the big day, and they remain on sale until midnight on Thursday night. Access is only available in the uncovered south stand at the Gateshead International Stadium after the Tyne And Wear Stand sold out. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for under 16s.

    Charlton are yet to sell out their allocation for the game.

    What are both camps saying about the game?

    Charlton caretaker boss Johnnie Jackson is wary of the chance of a night of cup magic in the North East, telling the club website: “The fact it’s on TV on a Friday night, the broadcasters will probably be smelling an upset and it’s our job to make sure they don’t get what they want.

    "I’ll be fielding a strong team and we’ll be preparing like we would any game. We’re going there to win, we want to be in the third round, we’ll be taking the opponents very, very seriously.”

    Further north, Heed midfielder Jack Hunter has told their media team “The group we haev here are very professional so we never get too carried away with things.

    "We don’t look at the difference between the leagues, there’s a lot of talent in the changing rooms. We have to respect Charlton, they’re a massive club but we’ll give it our best.”

    Is Gateshead vs Charlton Athletic on TV?

    The fixture was picked by ITV to be part of their coverage of the FA Cup second round. Coverage begins at 7pm on ITV4 and kick off is at 7:45pm.