Now, the club’s loyal followers will take the long trip to Wembley on May 18 for the Skrill Conference Premier play-off final where they will face league high-fliers Cambridge United.
According to the Evening Chronicle, Tony Carter - also known as “Mr Gateshead” - has been driving fans to away games around the country for more than 20 years.
But even he admits, this month’s massive clash at Wembley, will prove too much for the Heed Army’s supporters club.
“I’ve heard the club itself will be putting on travel arrangements for the fans to Wembley,” he said. “I’m used to driving a few hundred to away games but this game is going to be huge.
“In the last few years our fan base has been growing and we’ve gone from around 600 home supporters to 8,000 at the Grimsby semi-final. We’ve always played second fiddle to Newcastle United but I think we’re winning supporters on the back of our recent successes.
“I’m a lifelong Gateshead fan - I even have the club’s logo as a tattoo - and going to Wembley will be the proudest moment for me as a supporter. If we win, the consequences will be huge.'
Former Nottingham Forest player Gary Mills has done a sterling job managing to draf Gateshead from the foot of the table when he took over in the Autumn to the brink of League football.