Solihull Moors taken on Gateshead at Wembley Stadium for a shot at silverware in the Isuzu FA Trophy Final this afternoon.

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Everything you need to know about our opponents

The original Gateshead were formed in 1899 as South Shields Adelaide and became members of the Football League in 1919.

11 years later, financial problems off the pitch saw the club move to Gateshead and change their name to the town. However, the club was voted out of the Football League in 1960 and folded in 1973.

After their second club Gateshead United folded in 1977, the current incarnation of the club began in the Northern Premier League and would win Premier Division titles in the 1982/83 and the 1985/86 seasons.

However, both of these title wins would be followed by relegations from the Football Conference. They won promotion back to the league in the 1989/90 season and would remain in the division until they suffered another relegation in 1998.

The club were further relegated from the Northern Premier League Premier Division in 2003. However, they would win the First Division play-offs in 2004 and the Premier Division play-offs in 2008, before winning promotion from the Conference North with a second-place finish in the 2008/09 season.

Gateshead would then spend the next decade in the National League, losing the playoff final in 2014, before they were demoted into the National League North in 2019 due to financial irregularities.

They would return to the National League in emphatic style, as they won the title in 2021/22 season with Macauley Langstaff and Cedwyn Scott both playing key parts in their promotion.

Last season, the club reached the final of the FA Trophy but would go on to lose 1-0 to Halifax Town.

So far this season

Despite finishing in the play-off positions, the Heed were denied the opportunity to particpate in the play-offs three weeks ago. In what has been an incredible campaign for Rob Elliot and his side, Gateshead will be looking to secure the Isuzu FA Trophy after last year's dissapointment in which they suffered a 1-0 defeat against FC Halifax Town.

A side which play's fluent attacking football, the Heed have dispatched the likes of Peterborough Sports and Macclesfield Town on their route to the final, with Dajaune Brown running the show since his arrival on loan.

In our last outing against Gateshead, Andy Whing's side were victorious, recording a 3-2 win at the GIS in what was a breathtaking game of football between two play-off chasing sides.

Key player to watch

One player who could cause problems tonight is Gateshead’s top scorer this season, Marcus Dinanga who has 14 goals in 27 games.

Coming through Burton Albion’s academy, Dinanga failed to make any appearances for the Brewers and was instead sent out on loan to multiple clubs in the lower league.

During the 2016/17 season, he scored 34 goals in all competitions for Northern Premier League side Matlock Town and was put into the league’s ‘Team of the Year’ before his loan deal expired.

Dinanga then joined National League North side AFC Telford United and again would impress in his only season at the club. The striker finished as the club’s top scorer with 25 goals in all competitions in 45 games under manager Rob Edwards before going back to his parent club.

An unsuccessful loan spell at Hartlepool United followed, with Dinanga scoring no goals in 19 appearances before rejoining Telford on a permanent basis.

In his second season with the club he linked up with former Moors player Ryan Barnett, with the striker scoring 12 goals in 31 games; including scoring seven in his last eight games of the season.

This fine form convinced League Two club Stevenage to sign him, and scored on his debut in their EFL Trophy win over Southampton’s U21s in the 2020/21 season. However, he would only play a further eight games before joining Chesterfield in January 2021.

At the Spireites, Dinanga made his debut in a 2-1 loss to Solihull Moors and would play 12 times in total, but only scored once in the league.

Dinanga then joined National League club Altrincham ahead of the 2021/22 season, scoring on his debut against Torquay United in a 3-1 win. However, he would have a disjointed campaign as he was loaned out twice in that season.

At Kidderminster Harriers, Dinanga would only be at the club for five weeks before joining National League South side Dartford in February 2022. At the Darts, the striker would finish as top-scorer with 13 goals in 15 games as the side finished 4th in the regular season.

This impressive run saw Dinanga sign for Gateshead in the National League, with him scoring seven goals in his first season with the club

In the opposition dugout

After Mike Williamson’s departure from the club earlier this season, Rob Elliot was appointed caretaker manager in October and has overseen the team since.

The former Newcastle United keeper made 68 appearances across a nine-year span for the Toon, which included the club’s title winning season in the EFL Championship.

Elliot began his career with Charlton Athletic at youth level and eventually breaking into the first-team in the 2004/05 season.

After some time out on loan to Notts County and Bishop's Stortford, the keeper played two seasons on loan at Accrington Stanley where he was a part of the side that won promotion to the Football League as runners-up, saving a crucial penalty against Woking along the way.

Elliot made his debut for Charlton in April 2008 and by the following season had made himself the first-choice goalkeeper. By the time he had left in 2011, Elliot played over 100 games for the club he supported as a boy before joining Premier League club Newcastle.

In August 2022, Elliot joined Gateshead as Technical Director whilst also being registered as a first-team player, but has since stepped in to manage the team when his former teammate Mike Williamson left to join MK Dons.

Last time out

Earlier this season, Solihull were 3-2 winners over Gateshead thanks to goals from Tahcon Campbell andf Jack Stevens. Despite a late fight-back from the hosts, it would be Solihull's day as they returned to the West Midlands with all three points.