Dunston UTS
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Full nameDunston UTS Football Club
Nickname(s)The Fed
GroundWellington Road, Gateshead
Capacity2,500 (150 seated)[1]
ChairmanMalcolm James
ManagerChris Swailes
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One East
2021–22Northern Premier League Division One East, 6th of 19

Dunston UTS Football Club is a football club based in the Dunston area of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One East and play at the UTS Stadium.


The club was established as a works team by John Thompson and other HMSO employees in 1975 and were originally known as Whickham Sports.[2][3] They initially played in the Newcastle City Amateur League, before moving up to the Northern Amateur League, where they won the league and League Cup double in 1977–78.[3] In 1980 they joined the Northern Combination and in 1982 the club was renamed Dunston Mechanics.[3] They went on to win the League Cup in 1983–84 and the league and League Cup double in 1986–87.[4] At the end of the season they were renamed Dunston Federation Brewery and moved up to the Wearside League.[3][5]

Dunston won back-to-back Wearside League titles in 1988–89 and 1989–90.[5] After finishing as runners-up and winning the League Cup in 1990–91, the club were promoted to Division Two of the Northern League.[4][5] In the club's second season in Division Two, they won the title, earning promotion to Division One.[5] After winning three successive League Cups in 1997–98, 1998–99 and 1999–2000,[4] the club finished as Division One runners-up in 2000–01. They went on to win back-to-back doubles of the Division One title and the League Cup in 2003–04 and 2004–05.[5][4] In 2007 the club was renamed Dunston Federation after the brewery withdrew its sponsorship,[2] before becoming Dunston UTS in 2009 as part of a sponsorship deal with UTS Engineering.[2][6] In 2011–12 the club reached the final of the FA Vase, beating West Auckland Town 2–0 in the final at Wembley Stadium.[7][8] They won the League Cup in 2017–18 with a 1–0 win against Bishop Auckland in the final.[9]

In 2018–19 Dunston were Division One champions for a third time, earning promotion to Division One North West of the Northern Premier League.


After success in the Newcastle City Amateur League, the club leased land from Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, which was to become the Wellington Road ground.[2] It was renamed the UTS Stadium as part of the sponsorship deal that saw the club renamed in 2009.[2] The ground currently has a capacity of 2,500, of which 150 is seated and 400 covered.[1]



See also


  1. ^ a b Ground Dunston UTS F.C.
  2. ^ a b c d e A Brief History... Dunston UTS F.C.
  3. ^ a b c d Club Honours Dunston UTS F.C.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dunston UTS Northern League
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Dunston Federation Brewery at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ Dunston Federation at the Football Club History Database
  7. ^ a b Dunston UTS at the Football Club History Database
  8. ^ FA Vase: Dunston 2-0 West Auckland BBC Sport, 13 May 2012
  9. ^ Cesrians end long wait for cup glory Sunderland Echo, 14 May 2018
  10. ^ 'Job well done' - Steve Watson's verdict on Gateshead's FA Cup success at Dunston Chronicle Live, 21 October 2018

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