More commonly known as Dunston Fed in non-league circles, the club changed name in 2009 after the neighbouring Federation Brewery’s sponsorship with them ended. You may be able to tell that UTS is the company that replaced them on the front of the shirts, the stadium, the lot really.
The ground has always been a favourite of mine despite having only ever been inside on a handful of occasions. When being dragged to the Metro Centre for boring shopping trips we’d always pass it on the bus and it served a split second where I could think about football rather than department stores and boredom.
As far as the stadium itself goes it’s very tidy and well worth a visit. From the outside plenty of it is visible. Lots of it is obscured by trees but that makes it even more charming, the fact that a ground that sits in the middle of a very industrial area is surrounded by greenery.
There are two stands, both very similar in appearance from outside. One houses some terracing, the other some seats and is named The Paul Gascoigne Stand. Gazza has helped the club out financially in the past and it’s their little way of saying thank you.
I’d have to say it’s worth a visit. There’s plenty to see from the outside. The fences are low and a wonderful club barrier is easy enough for the more curious to hurdle, although please respect this ground and try and avoid that. The club have been victims of vandals previously and it’d be a shame if this lovely little corner of Gateshead fell to them again.
Woodhorn Lane Update:
Doesn’t seem like a lot has gone on but hey, the Christmas break has only just finished!