The Northern Football League
Published 24th April 2012
Gateshead-based Dunston UTS will take on County Durham’s West Auckland Town at Wembley on Sunday, May 13th.
It is the first time that two teams from the region have met at Wembley since 1954 when Crook Town and Bishop Auckland contested the FA Amateur Cup, Crook winning 1-0 after a second replay.
It is only the third time in the history of the FA Vase - successor to the Amateur Cup - that two teams from the same league have met in the final. And it is the eighth time in the past sixteen years that at least one of the finalists has been a Northern League side.
Current holders Whitley Bay won it three years in a row.
`League of Our Own`, a 4.1 per cent golden bitter brewed by Wall’s County Town Brewery in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, was commissioned by the league to mark the occasion.
League chairman Mike Amos said: "We just wanted a way of marking the final.
"We want people to go to the final. We would like 10,000 people there but the doom-mongers say there will be only 5,000 there.
"We need to prove them wrong and the beer is a way of marketing the thing and making people aware that this is a great North-East occasion.