The Northern Football League
Published 18th July 2012
....Northern League First Division season draws near.
These latest two singings add to a fruitful summer for the Welfare Park occupants, as they look to make push forward on all fronts this season.
Gate, 27, is a graduate of the Newcastle United academy, leaving the club in 2007. Gateshead picked up the youngster on a free transfer and he became an important part of the first-team squad that earned back to back promotions from the Northern Premier League in 2007/8 and the Blue Square Bet North in 2008/9.
In five seasons with Gateshead, Gate amassed 213 appearances in all competitions, scoring twenty-four goals from midfield.
Last season he played in forty-two games as vice-captain and scored eight goals, but was not offered a new deal.
Baxter, 25, followed a similar path to Gate, going through the Newcastle United youth system before signing for Gateshead in 2006.
Baxter was a first-team regular for all six seasons at the club, including three in the Conference Premier.
In total Baxter played 255 times for Gateshead FC, scoring 9 goals from his defensive role, but was also not offered a new deal.
The pair has played over 400 times for Gateshead, and these signings show the intent of Bedlington to push forward this Northern League season.
Chairman Ronan Liddane had this to say about the former Gateshead duo: “We are ecstatic to sign players of the calibre Kris Gate and Craig Baxter, along with all the signings we have made this summer. Both these signings have played at a high level consistently for a number of years with Gateshead and I can’t wait to see them pull on the Terriers jersey this season.”