There is no Newcastle United this weekend (be grateful for small mercies) but in God’s little plot of the North East of England there is still plenty of great football to go to enjoy and witghout the stomach churning upset normally involved with the shambles from St James’ Park.

Starting with the National League, promotion chasing Gateshead FC are at home to Aldershot Town and KO is 3pm at the International Stadium. Neil Aspin’s team are now firmly in the chase for a promotion play-off place. Why not give The Heed your support this weekend?

Unfortunately the mighty Blyth Spartans are away from home this weekend but there is still plenty in the Northern League Heaton-Stanningtonto have a wander along to.

There is a great fixture at Grounsell Park where the excellent Heaton Stannington play hosts to the very good people of Northallerton Town. That might be one yours truly pops along to and catch up with the people from both clubs and chew the fat of matters of mutual interest.

Across the Tyne the Blues of Dunston face West Allotment Celtic and that is likely to be a decent contest.

Down the Tyne, North Shields will be playing Bedlington Terriers at The Morgue in a fixture I do like the look of.

All those matches kick off at 3pm and you can pay at the gate. As ever we’d encourage you to get along and support local football while you are there buy a programme, a badge, a pie, a pint or whatever to support an important part of our region’s sporting culture.

If you have any good ideas about the local football we could be popping along to this weekend, please feel free to promote its attractions in the comment boxes below.

Likewise if any of you are going to a local-non-league game this weekend and want to write about the experience, as well as get a few photos, we’d be delighted to consider publishing your article in the next issue of your favourite fanzine.

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All the best.