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Nickname: The Fed
Founded: 1975 (as Whickham Sports)
Location: Gateshead, England
Team Colors: Royal Blue and White
Ground: Wellington Road
Capacity: 2,500 (150 seated)
Current League: Northern League Division One (Tier 9)
Reason For Notice
Like a lot of other clubs profiled in this space, Dunston UTS is receiving notice for their performance in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round this past weekend. The Fed was the only club from below Tier 8 to qualify for the round, and they upset Tier 6 club Chester FC in a come from behind 4-3 victory powered by two goals Mark Fitzpatrick – he’s scored 6 goals in qualifying thus far – in front of nearly 900 fans at Wellington Road on October 6th.