First Team Squad

Gateshead FC 2015-16

Coaching Staff
Malcolm Crosby
 Malcolm Crosby
Sponsors:
Gary Owers
 Gary Owers
Sponsors:

Malcolm Crosby - Manager

Date of Birth:
04/07/1954 (age 61)
Previous Clubs:
Sunderland, Oxford United, Northampton Town, Birmingham City

First Team Manager.

Former Aldershot and York City midfielder famously guided Sunderland to the 1992 FA Cup Final while in charge at Roker Park, remaining with the Black Cats until January 1993. Crosby held the reins at Oxford United following Denis Smith’s departure in 1997, before spells as assistant boss at West Bromwich Albion, Derby County and Middlesbrough. He was placed in temporary charge of Northampton Town in March 2011, going on to assume the same role at Birmingham City before rejoining Lee Clark as Head of Recruitment at Blackpool.

 

Gary Owers - Assistant Manager

Date of Birth:
03/10/1968 (age 46)
Previous Clubs:
Bath City (manager), Forest Green Rovers (manager), Weston-super-Mare (manager), Aldershot Town (assistant manager), Plymouth Argyle (assistant manager), Motherwell (Head of Recruitment)

Assistant Manager.

Gary Owers joined the club as Assistant to Malcolm Crosby from Motherwell where he was Head of Recruitment. Owers, a midfielder under Malcolm Crosby at Sunderland also had long playing stints at Bristol City and Notts County. Later moving into management with Bath City, Forest Green Rovers and Weston-super-Mare. He then went on to become assistant manager at Aldershot Town and Plymouth Argyle before joining Motherwell.

 
Micky Cummins
 Micky Cummins
Sponsors:
  • John Winspear
Stephen Pears
 Stephen Pears
Sponsors:

Micky Cummins - Coach

Date of Birth:
01/06/1978 (age 37)
Previous Clubs:
Middlesbrough, Port Vale, Darlington, Rotherham United, Grimsby Town
Sponsors:
John Winspear

Reserves and Youth Team Coach

Former Republic of Ireland U.21 midfielder Cummins signed for Gateshead from Conference rivals Grimsby Town in the summer of 2011. The 35-year-old racked up 287 games for Port Vale during a six year stay in the Potteries having began his career at Middlesbrough where he made two Premier League appearances. After leaving Port Vale, where he played in the 2001 LDV Vans final win over Brentford at the Millennium Stadium, Cummins had two year spells at both Darlington and Rotherham before he linked up with Grimsby and then Gateshead for whom he scored 12 goals in his first season and has made over 100 appearances.

 

Stephen Pears - Coach

Date of Birth:
22/01/1962 (age 53)
Previous Clubs:
Middlesbrough (coach), Hartlepool United (coach)

Goalkeeper Coach.

Pears, made over 400 appearances for Middlesbrough between 1985 and 1995, having begun his career at Manchester United. A short spell at Liverpool followed his time at Ayresome Park, before a move to Hartlepool United in 1996. More recently, Pears worked alongside current Heed boss Malcolm Crosby during their time together on the backroom staff at Middlesbrough, before a return to Victoria Park in 2014 – where he was named as Pools’ assistant manager. Pears has joined Gateshead as part-time goalkeeping coach.

 
Goalkeepers
Sam Russell1
 Sam Russell
Sponsors:
Shaun MacDonald13
 Shaun MacDonald
Sponsors:

1. Sam Russell - Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:
04/10/1982 (age 32)
Previous Clubs:
Middlesbrough, Darlington, Scunthorpe United (loan), Rochdale, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers

32-year-old Russell first figured between the sticks for the Heed back in 2002, while on loan from hometown club Middlesbrough. After failing to make a senior appearance on Teesside, Russell moved to Darlington in 2004, clocking up over 100 games for the then fourth-tier outfit. Briefer spells with Rochdale and Wrexham followed, before the stopper returned to the Quakers in 2010. Russell completed 90 minutes at Wembley as Darlo lifted the FA Trophy in 2011, but left to join Forest Green the following year. In June 2015, Russell was confirmed as Malcolm Crosby’s first signing as Gateshead manager.

 

13. Shaun MacDonald - Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:
20/10/1996 (age 18)

Youngster MacDonald signed first-team terms with the Tynesiders in the summer of 2015, having played a handful of games for the club’s U19 side last season. The teenage stopper impressed in the Heed’s narrow friendly defeat to Newcastle United in July.

 
Defenders
Craig Baxter2
 Craig Baxter
Sponsors:
  • Hegarty's Estate Agents
James Curtis5
 James Curtis
Sponsors:
  • Bensham Washeteria

2. Craig Baxter - Defence

Date of Birth:
27/09/1986 (age 28)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Bedlington Terriers
Sponsors:
Hegarty's Estate Agents

Now in his second spell at the club, Baxter scooped the Supporters’ Player of the Year award last term. The attacking full-back first turned out for Gateshead in 2006, playing a key role in the Tynesiders’ successive promotion campaigns before his release at the end of the 2011-12 season. A move to Northern League side Bedlington Terriers followed, before Baxter re-signed for the Heed after only a season away from the International Stadium.

 

5. James Curtis - Defence

Date of Birth:
13/04/1982 (age 33)
Previous Clubs:
Kennek Ryhope, Washington
Sponsors:
Bensham Washeteria

The Tynesiders’ longest-serving player, Curtis has been a hugely popular figure on and off the pitch since his switch from Northern League side Washington in 2003. Three times the recipient of Gateshead’s Player of the Year award, the towering centre-half has now made over 550 appearances for the Heed – a club record. A loyal servant, Curtis enjoyed a testimonial game against a Newcastle United XI in the summer of 2013.

 
Ben Clark6
 Ben Clark
Sponsors:
  • James Goldsborough
Nathan Buddle14
 Nathan Buddle
Sponsors:

6. Ben Clark - Defence

Date of Birth:
23/01/1983 (age 32)
Previous Clubs:
Manchester United, Sunderland, Hartlepool United
Sponsors:
James Goldsborough

A former Manchester United trainee, Clark was a major signing for the Heed following his release from Hartlepool United in 2010. Born in Consett, the centre-half signed for Sunderland after leaving Old Trafford as a teenager, going on to make a handful of senior appearances for the Black Cats. A successful six-year spell with the Victoria Park outfit followed, before he penned a two-year deal on Tyneside, scooping the club’s Player of the Year award in his maiden season.

 

14. Nathan Buddle - Defence

Date of Birth:
23/09/1993 (age 21)
Previous Clubs:
Hartlepool United, Blyth Spartans, Carlisle United

Amble-born Buddle signed for the Tynesiders in July 2015, following a six-month spell at League Two side Carlisle United. The accomplished centre-half had been on the books at Hartlepool United as a youngster, but was released in the summer of 2013. A successful spell with Blyth Spartans followed, before Buddle caught the attention of Keith Curle’s Cumbrians, going on to make three appearances for the Brunton Park outfit.

 
Jordan Cranston16
 Jordan Cranston
Sponsors:
Simon Ramsden22
 Simon Ramsden
Sponsors:

16. Jordan Cranston - Defence

Date of Birth:
11/11/1993 (age 21)

Left-back Cranston signed for Gateshead in the summer of 2015, following a successful trial period. The 21-year-old began his career with hometown club Wolverhampton Wanderers, but left Molineux without making a senior appearance. He went on to make a handful of appearances for Nuneaton Town, before being snapped up by Notts County. A former Wales U19 international, Cranston turned out 11 times for the Magpies last season, before leaving Meadow Lane by mutual consent.

 

22. Simon Ramsden - Defence

Date of Birth:
17/12/1981 (age 33)
Previous Clubs:
Sunderland, Notts County (loan), Grimsby Town, Rochdale, Bradford City, Motherwell

County Durham-born Ramsden signed for Gateshead in the summer of 2015, following a three-year stay with Motherwell. The 33-year-old – who can play anywhere across the backline – began his career with Sunderland, but swapped the Black Cats for Grimsby Town in 2004 after making only one first-team appearance. He spent two seasons with the Mariners, going on to enjoy productive spells with Rochdale and Bradford City. He was named as the Bantams’ skipper ahead of the 2010-11 campaign, leaving for the Scottish Premiership outfit after an injury-disrupted final season at Valley Parade.

 
Midfielders
Matty Pattison3
 Matty Pattison
Sponsors:
Jamie Chandler4
 Jamie Chandler
Sponsors:
  • Neil Smith

3. Matty Pattison - Midfield

Date of Birth:
27/10/1986 (age 28)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Norwich City, Mamelodi Sundowns, Engen Santos, Bidvest Wits

South African Pattison joined Gateshead early into the 2014-15 campaign, after leaving Bidvest Wits in his homeland. The 28-year-old has been capped five times for Bafana Bafana – having begun his playing career on Tyneside with Newcastle United, coming through the ranks at St James’ Park before making a handful of first-team appearances. An 18-month spell with Norwich City followed, before Pattison signed for Pretoria-based Mamelodi Sundowns. Pattison remained in South Africa until last September, when he put pen to paper on a deal with the Heed following a short trial period.

 

4. Jamie Chandler - Midfield

Date of Birth:
24/03/1989 (age 26)
Previous Clubs:
Sunderland, Darlington
Sponsors:
Neil Smith

A former England U19 international, the livewire midfielder was snapped up for a four-figure fee in January 2012. Having been on the books at Sunderland as a youngster, Chandler signed for Darlington in the summer of 2010. His first season with the Quakers was an unprecedented success – scooping the club’s Young Player of the Year award, and named Man of the Match as Mark Cooper’s side saw off Mansfield Town in the FA Trophy final at Wembley. He left to join the Heed midway through his second campaign, and the popular schemer has now registered over 100 appearances on Tyneside.

 
Rob Ramshaw8
 Rob Ramshaw
Sponsors:
  • Liz Cartledge
Josh Gillies10
 Josh Gillies
Sponsors:

8. Rob Ramshaw - Midfield

Date of Birth:
12/11/1993 (age 21)
Previous Clubs:
Darlington
Sponsors:
Liz Cartledge

Versatile Ramshaw was one of the first players to benefit from the Heed’s link-up with Gateshead College, coming through the ranks after leaving hometown club Darlington in 2012. The 21-year-old made a handful of first-team appearances for the Tynesiders, before returning to the Quakers on loan in January 2014. Last time out, however, Ramshaw went on to enjoy his most productive season with Gateshead to date, netting seven goals while emerging as a first-team regular.

 

10. Josh Gillies - Midfield

Date of Birth:
12/06/1990 (age 25)
Previous Clubs:
Sunderland Nissan, Newcastle Blue Star, Blyth Spartans, Whitley Bay, Carlisle United, Cambridge United (loan), FC Halifax Town (loan)

Gillies returned to the International Stadium on permanent terms in June, following a two-year spell at Carlisle United. Born in Sunderland, the tricky winger originally joined the Heed in the summer of 2010, having ended the previous campaign with a fruitful stint at Whitley Bay, where he featured – and scored – in the FA Vase final at Wembley. Gillies went on to emerge as a first-team regular for the Tynesiders, clocking up over a century of appearances before his switch to Brunton Park. The 25-year-old scored once in 12 outings during his stay at Cumbria, which was interspersed with loan spells at Cambridge United, FC Halifax Town, and – last season – Gateshead. He made a further five appearances after joining in March, before being offered a permanent contract by new manager Malcolm Crosby.

 
Jimmy Phillips11
 Jimmy Phillips
Sponsors:
River Allen15
 River Allen
Sponsors:

11. Jimmy Phillips - Midfield

Date of Birth:
20/09/1989 (age 25)
Previous Clubs:
Stoke City, Alfreton Town (loan), Stafford Rangers (loan), Burton Albion

25-year-old Phillips clocked up almost 150 appearances for Burton Albion over a six-year period – the Brewers’ longest-serving player before his departure at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. The midfielder began his career with hometown club Stoke City, taking in loan spells with Alfreton Town and Stafford Rangers before joining Burton ahead of their first season in the Football League in 2009.

 

15. River Allen - Midfield

Date of Birth:
07/11/1995 (age 19)
Previous Clubs:
Plymouth Argyle, Gosport Borough (loan), Truro City (loan)

Energetic midfielder Allen linked up with the Heed in the summer of 2015, following his release by Plymouth Argyle. The 19-year-old enjoyed productive loan spells at Gosport Borough and Truro City last term, and joined the Tynesiders on an initial trial basis after leaving Home Park. Having impressed in pre-season, the youngster agreed a one-year deal with the club.

 
Dean Briggs18
 Dean Briggs
Sponsors:
Paddy McLaughlin26
 Paddy McLaughlin
Sponsors:

18. Dean Briggs - Midfield

Date of Birth:
12/03/1996 (age 19)
Previous Clubs:
Ashington

19-year-old Briggs put pen to paper on first-team terms with Gateshead in the summer of 2015, following an impressive campaign for the Heed’s U19 and reserve sides. A skilful central midfielder, Briggs is a product of the Gateshead College youth system, and was called up to the England Schoolboys’ squad in 2013.

 

26. Paddy McLaughlin - Midfield

Date of Birth:
14/01/1991 (age 24)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, York City, Grimsby Town, Harrogate Town (loan)

Former Northern Irish U21 international McLaughlin secured a one-year deal with the Tynesiders in July, following a successful trial period. The Larne-born midfielder began his career with Newcastle United, but was released by the Magpies in 2011. A two-year spell with York City followed, with McLaughlin almost an ever-present as the Minstermen secured a return to the Football League in his maiden campaign at Bootham Crescent. Despite making another 33 appearances the following season, he was allowed to leave for Grimsby Town in the summer of 2013 – remaining at Blundell Park until May, when he was released following the Mariners’ Vanarama Conference play-off final defeat to Bristol Rovers.

 
Forwards
James Marwood7
 James Marwood
Sponsors:
Jon Shaw9
 Jon Shaw
Sponsors:
  • Chris Wilson

7. James Marwood - Forward

Date of Birth:
21/05/1990 (age 25)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Blyth Spartans, Team Northumbria, FC Halifax Town (loan), St. Mirren, Forest Green Rovers

Popular forward Marwood returned to the International Stadium in the summer of 2015, after a year away from the club. The son of former Arsenal winger Brian, Marwood came through the ranks at Newcastle United before short spells at Blyth Spartans and Team Northumbria. He joined the Heed in 2010, playing an instrumental role as they narrowly missed out on a return to the Football League in the 2013-14 campaign. Following a glowing year with the Tynesiders, the 25-year-old was snapped up by St Mirren a summer ago, but found first-team opportunities limited in Paisley. Marwood ended last season with Forest Green Rovers before sealing his return to Gateshead in June.

 

9. Jon Shaw - Forward

Date of Birth:
10/11/1983 (age 31)
Previous Clubs:
Sheffield Wednesday, York City (Loan), Burton Albion, Halifax Town, Rochdale, Crawley Town (Loan), Barrow (Loan), Mansfield Town, Luton Town
Sponsors:
Chris Wilson

Fans’ favourite Shaw joined Gateshead for a third spell ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, after leaving Football League-bound Luton Town. The 31-year-old first joined the Heed on loan from Rochdale in 2009, having made a name for himself as a deadly frontman at Burton Albion and Halifax Town. Shaw then returned to the International Stadium on a permanent deal in the summer of 2010, after a short stint with Mansfield Town. 95 games and 56 goals later, he moved to Luton, returning to Tyneside after two seasons at Kenilworth Road.

 
Mechack Kanda17
 Mechack Kanda
Sponsors:
  • Dets
Ryan Bowman19
 Ryan Bowman
Sponsors:

17. Mechack Kanda - Forward

Date of Birth:
10/10/1995 (age 19)
Previous Clubs:
Birtley Town
Sponsors:
Dets

19-year-old Kanda put pen to paper on a first-team contract with the Heed in the summer of 2015, following a series of eye-catching performances for the club’s U19 and reserve sides. A talented forward, Kanda scored in the Football Conference Youth Alliance League Cup final last term.

 

19. Ryan Bowman - Forward

Date of Birth:
30/11/1991 (age 23)
Previous Clubs:
Carlisle United, Workington (loan), Darlington, Hereford United, York City, Torquay United

Bowman signed for the Tynesiders in the summer of 2015, joining for a five-figure fee from Torquay United. The frontman began his career with hometown club Carlisle United, making a handful of first-team appearances before linking up with Darlington in 2011, where he netted 11 goals in a season-long stay. A fruitful campaign with Hereford United followed, before Bowman signed for League Two side York City. He spent a season with the Minstermen before swapping Bootham Crescent for Plainmoor, where he struck 18 goals in 44 appearances.

 
Danny Johnson20
 Danny Johnson
Sponsors:

20. Danny Johnson - Forward

Date of Birth:
28/02/1993 (age 22)
Previous Clubs:
Real Murcia B, Harrogate Town, Billingham Synthonia, Guisborough Town, Cardiff City, Tranmere Rovers (loan), Stevenage (loan)

Johnson agreed a one-year deal on Tyneside ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, following his release by Championship outfit Cardiff City. The frontman was on the books at both Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United as a youngster, before going on to enjoy a spell with Spanish second-tier side Real Murcia. A prolific year with Guisborough Town followed, where Johnson struck 59 goals in 55 appearances. He moved to Wales a season ago, taking in loan spells with Tranmere Rovers and Stevenage as the campaign progressed.

 

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