Gateshead sign Darlington duo

13/01/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Gateshead have today completed the signing of highly rated Darlington pair Jamie Chandler and Liam Hatch for an undisclosed fee.

Both players are eligible to play in the FA Trophy having missed the Quakers 1st round defeat at Grimsby Town.

Only Chandler, however, will be in the squad for tomorrow's 2nd round clash at home to Braintree Town as Hatch has a hamstring injury.


Jamie Chandler

Jamie Chandler in action for Darlington against Gateshead last season


England Youth international Chandler joined Darlington from Sunderland in 2010 after a successful loan period the previous season.

The 22-year-old midfield dynamo was named Man of the Match in the FA Trophy final win over Mansfield Town at Wembley in May.

The South Shields-born player took over the Darlington captaincy recently following the departure of previous skipper Ian Miller.

Chandler played over 70 games for Darlington in the Football League and Conference scoring four goals.

Hatch, 29, meanwhile was Gateshead's nemesis in last season's FA Trophy semi-final scoring twice at the Darlington Arena to give his side a 3-2 first leg lead.

The big front man's career started in non-league football with Ramsgate, Herne Bay and Gravesend & Northfleet.

Hatch joined Barnet for £23,000 in 2003, helped the North London club win the Conference and stayed five years at Underhill.

After 158 games and 28 goals for the The Bees he secured a £150,000 move to Peterborough United in 2007.

Two loan spells at Darlington, then in the Football League, was followed by a loan spell at Luton Town where injury limited his opportunities.

Hatch rejoined rejoined Darlington on loan for the start of last season and then penned a permanent deal in January 2011.

The striker scored 21 goals in 90 appearances for the Quakers.

Like Chandler, Hatch played in the FA Trophy final last year for Darlington.

The Hitchin-born player currently has a slight hamstring problem which is expected to clear up in the next fortnight.


Liam Hatch

Liam Hatch in action for Darlington against Gateshead last season. Photos by Steven Hadlow.