Gateshead Storm were formed in September 2002, many of the original squad having played together as part of the Gateshead Thunder Academy. To help prepare for the Rugby League Conference, the club agreed to help out Durham Tigers in the 2002 competition. Durham went on to make the play-offs that year.
Storm entered the North East Division of the Conference in 2003 and progressed to the play-offs. The success of the first year was recognised with the award of ‘Club of the Year 2003’.
The start of the 2004 campaign saw the Gateshead side progress to the final of the RLC Challenge Cup, where they narrowly to London Skolars 34-38. When Teesside Steelers withdrew from National League Three with barely two weeks to go until the first game and Storm were invited to take their place.
In 2006, Winlaton Vulcans withdrew from the North East Division of the Rugby League Conference, Storm agreed to start a second team to fulfil as many of Winlaton’s fixtures as possible. Although things started well, a series of injuries to players caused pressure on the club’s limited resources and with the National League side taking precedence a number of fixtures at the end of the Conference season were sacrificed.
2008 saw Storm relocate to a new home at Bullocksteads Sports Ground in Newcastle. Along with the relocation, there was a change of personnel within the club with Rob Jones stepping down as Head Coach to take up a role as Chairman and being replaced by John Coutts.
Gateshead Storm Juniors were formed in April 2009 on the back of the success of Joseph Swan School’s under-12 team.
Dunston UTS F.C. is a football club based in the Dunston area of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. They are currently members of the Northern League Division One. The club won the FA Vase in 2011–12.
Originally known as Whickham Sports FC, the club became Dunston Mechanics FC in 1982. Following a sponsorship arrangement, the club changed name again to Dunston Federation Brewery FC in 1986. At the end of the sponsorship, the club dropped the ‘Brewery’ from their name in 2006.
From their formation in 1975 to 1980 they were members of the Northern Amateur League, before moving to the Northern Combination League, and then in 1987 the Wearside League, where they won the title twice. In 1991 The Fed joined the Northern League, and are still members of thac competition. They reached the Quarter-Finals of the FA Vase in the 1992–93 season when they also became Division Two Champions of the Northern League.
In 2003–04 The Fed went thirty-nine league games unbeaten only to lose the very last game of the season.
In June 2009, UTS Ltd became the club’s main sponsor. The club was then renamed Dunston UTS Football Club and their ground name was changed to UTS Stadium.