Gateshead stripped of League Two shot despite qualifying for National League play-offs

General view during the Pre-season Friendly match between Gateshead and Newcastle United at the Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead on Saturday 31st July 2021.
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Gateshead have been barred from competing in this season’s National League play-offs, despite qualifying for a place, after receiving news from the EFL that they do not meet the stadium criteria to play in League Two.

The fifth-tier side finished sixth on a shoe-string budget to earn the opportunity to join Barnet, Bromley, Altrincham, Solihull Moors and Halifax Town in the six-team play-off, but the other five will now battle it out on their own instead.

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.