First Team Squad

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Coaching Staff
Gary Mills
 Gary Mills
Sponsors:
  • GFC Supporters Club
Darren Caskey
 Darren Caskey
Sponsors:
  • Bernard McWilliams

Gary Mills - Manager

Date of Birth:
11/11/1961 (age 53)
Previous Clubs:
Grantham Town, King's Lynn, Tamworth, Notts County, Alfreton Town, York City
Sponsors:
GFC Supporters Club

Mills was installed as Gateshead manager in September 2013, six games into the 2013/14 season, and took the club from 19th in the table to a third place finish - the Tynesiders' highest placing for over five decades. Wembley was also reached for the first time, losing 2-1 in May's Conference Premier play-off final against Cambridge United. As a player Mills was capped by England at three different levels, including U.21, and was a European Cup winner at Nottingham Forest. The midfielder made almost 250 appearances during five years at Leicester City, had two spells at Notts County and also played for Derby County. His first managerial post was at Grantham Town and he has also managed Notts County, King's Lynn, Tamworth, twice, Alfreton Town and York City. Mills won the Conference North title with Tamworth in 2009 and won the 2012 FA Trophy final and Conference play-off final, both at Wembley, on consecutive weekends in his first full season at York.

 

Darren Caskey - Assistant Manager

Date of Birth:
21/08/1974 (age 40)
Previous Clubs:
Tottenham Hotspur, Watford (loan), Reading, Notts County, Bristol City, Hornchurch, Peterborough United, Bath City, Havant & Waterlooville, Virginia Beach Mariners, Rushden & Diamonds, Kettering Town, Halesowen Town, Ilkeston
Sponsors:
Bernard McWilliams

Assistant Manager

Caskey was appointed assistant-manager at Gateshead in September 2013, moving from Ilkeston FC where he held the same post. The midfielder's playing career started at Tottenham, where he made 43 appearances, and while at White Hart Lane he captained England to victory in the Under-18 European Championships in 1993 and England U.20 to the World Cup. After four years at Spurs Basildon-born Caskey moved to Reading for £700,000 and played 225 games for the Royals before moving on to Notts County where he played a century of games, a number of them under then County boss Gary Mills.

 
Paul Bryson
 Paul Bryson
Sponsors:
  • Gateshead College
Micky Cummins22
 Micky Cummins
Sponsors:
  • John Winspear

Paul Bryson - Coach

Previous Clubs:
Gateshead, Spennymoor United, Dunston Fed, Tow Law Town, Eppleton, Consett, Chester-le-Street Town, Birtley Town, Gateshead College (Coach), England Colleges Under 19 (Coach)
Sponsors:
Gateshead College

Reserves and Youth Team Coach

Paul Bryson joined hometown club Gateshead in the summer of 2010 as manager of the newly formed Gateshead reserves side and assistant first team coach. A former player-manager of Chester-le-Street Town, Bryson, spent a decade with Sunderland FC Academy and has also been England Colleges coach. Won the Durham Challenge Cup as Gateshead reserves boss in 2011. As a player the midfielder played for a host of North East non-league clubs including Spennymoor, Dunston Fed and Tow Law.

 

22. Micky Cummins - Coach

Date of Birth:
01/06/1978 (age 36)
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.

 
Goalkeepers
Adam Bartlett1
 Adam Bartlett
Sponsors:
  • Lauren Teague
Alex Baird13
 Alex Baird
Sponsors:
  • Weardale Motor Services

1. Adam Bartlett - Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:
27/02/1986 (age 28)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Blyth Spartans, Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United (loan), Hereford United
Sponsors:
Lauren Teague

Tynesider Bartlett spent three seasons in the Football League with Hereford United and made 121 appearances for the Bulls before joining Gateshead in 2012 where he has been an ever-present in his first two seasons at the club. Three years at Blyth Spartans followed his release from Newcastle United in 2005 and he gained the first of his five England C caps while at Croft Park. He was then an ever-present for Kidderminster Harriers in 2008/9 where he was named Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. Bartlett also played for Cambridge United in their Conference Premier play-off final defeat against Torquay United at Wembley at the end of that campaign. Has played over a century of games for Gateshead.

 

13. Alex Baird - Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:
14/01/1994 (age 20)
Previous Clubs:
Derby County, Newcastle United, Dundee, Stockport Sports
Sponsors:
Weardale Motor Services

Young goalkeeper Baird signed for Gateshead in October 2013. He began his youth career at Derby County and then joined the Newcastle United academy. Following his release from the Magpies the Australian crossed the border to link up with SPL outfit Dundee where he spent the 2012/13 campaign. Returning to England he played briefly for North West Counties League side Stockport Sports last season before he returned to the professional game with Gateshead. Made his debut against Grimsby Town in August 2014 and kept a clean sheet during an assured display in his second appearance for the club, which was in the 1-0 win at Altrincham.

 
Defenders
 Valentin Gjokaj
Sponsors:
Andrai Jones2
 Andrai Jones
Sponsors:
  • GFC Supporters Club

Valentin Gjokaj - Defence

Date of Birth:
23/08/1993 (age 21)
Previous Clubs:
FC Luzern, Derby County, Carlisle United (loan), Barnet (loan).

Gjokaj joined Gateshead on non-contract terms in November, having been a free agent since leaving Derby County at the end of last season. Born in Switzerland, he has featured nine times for the Albanian U21 side, and enjoyed loan spells at Carlisle United and Barnet.

 

2. Andrai Jones - Defence

Date of Birth:
01/01/1992 (age 22)
Previous Clubs:
Bury, Altrincham (loan), Barnsley, Tranmere Rovers (loan), Alfreton Town (loan)
Sponsors:
GFC Supporters Club

Right-back Jones joined Gateshead in the summer after he had spent the previous 18 months at Barnsley. The Merseysider was limited to two Championship appearances for the Oakwell club, against Derby County and Nottingham Forest in April 2013. Before that he was with Bury for three years, where he played 21 games in League One and two in the Capital Cup, including a defeat against Middlesbrough at Gigg Lane. Jones also gained Football League experience on loan at Tranmere Rovers and has had loan periods in the Conference with Altrincham and Alfreton Town.

 
Ryan Wilson3
 Ryan Wilson
Sponsors:
  • Davmar Work Wear
James Curtis5
 James Curtis
Sponsors:
  • Bensham Washeteria

3. Ryan Wilson - Defence

Date of Birth:
04/03/1993 (age 21)
Previous Clubs:
Burton Albion, Stockport County, Ilkeston
Sponsors:
Davmar Work Wear

Gateshead boss Gary Mills completed his 9th signing of the summer with the acquisition of left-back Ryan Wilson in July. The son of former Chelsea and Derby County striker Kevin Wilson, Ryan was previously with Gateshead assistant-manager Darren Caskey at Northerrn Premier League club Ilkeston. Before that Wilson was an apprentice at Stockport County prior to the Edgeley Park club dropping out of the Football League. Wilson impressed while on trial at Gateshead during the close season and was rewarded with a one-year contract.

 

5. James Curtis - Defence

Date of Birth:
13/04/1982 (age 32)
Previous Clubs:
Kennek Ryhope, Washington
Sponsors:
Bensham Washeteria

The longest serving player at the club, Curtis joined Gateshead in the summer of 2003 from Northern League side Washington, after he had started his career at Kennek Ryhope. The towering central defender is a Heed legend whose impressive performances have brought three Player of the Year awards. The Wearsider has remained loyal to Gateshead and broke the club's all-time appearance record when he played his 506th game on the final day of last season at Wembley. Now in his 11th year at the International Stadium Curtis, granted a Testimonial Year in 2013, has played in four different leagues for Gateshead.

 
Ben Clark6
 Ben Clark
Sponsors:
  • James Goldsborough
Tom Allan15
 Tom Allan
Sponsors:
  • Tony Carter

6. Ben Clark - Defence

Date of Birth:
23/01/1983 (age 31)
Previous Clubs:
Manchester United, Sunderland, Hartlepool United
Sponsors:
James Goldsborough

Former England Youth international Clark was a major signing for Gateshead in 2010 from League One club Hartlepool United where he made 181 appearances in six years. Originally with Sunderland the central defender played 14 games for the Black Cats before he joined Hartlepool in 2004. The experienced defender captained England at five youth levels including under 20. Club captain at Gateshead, Clark was Player of the Year in his first season on Tyneside and, now in his fifth year at the club, is approaching 200 games.

 

15. Tom Allan - Defence

Date of Birth:
30/10/1994 (age 20)
Previous Clubs:
York City, Hucknall Town (loan), Harrogate Town (loan)
Sponsors:
Tony Carter

Defender Allan come through the ranks at hometown club York City before reuniting with former manager Gary Mills at Gateshead in the summer. The 6' 4" centre-back was handed a his first professional contract by Mills at York when 18. He made his senior debut as a 56th minute substitute in York's League Two home win over Bristol Rovers in 2012 and his full debut in an away win at Northampton. He finished the 2012/13 season with five appearances for the Minstermen and made another five last season. While at Bootham Crescent Allan had a loan spell at Harrogate Town and turned down the offer of a new contract at York to join Gateshead.

 
Craig Baxter16
 Craig Baxter
Sponsors:
  • Hegarty's Estate Agents
21
 Nick Anderton
Sponsors:

16. Craig Baxter - Defence

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

Attacking right-back Baxter rejoined Gateshead in 2013 after a year with Northern League club Bedlington Terriers. The former Newcastle United trainee has played over 300 games for Gateshead after he initially signed for the club in 2006. These included the back-to-back promotion campaigns that took the Heed into the Conference Premier in 2009. Baxter was re-signed by then Gateshead manager Anth Smith last year having been released by previous boss Ian Bogie. Now in his 8th season at the club he was named Player of the Year last season.

 

21. Nick Anderton - Defence

Status:
On loan
Date of Birth:
22/04/1996 (age 18)
Previous Clubs:
Chorley (loan).

Left back on-loan from League One club Preston North End.

 
Midfielders
Jamie Chandler4
 Jamie Chandler
Sponsors:
  • Neil Smith
John Oster7
 John Oster
Sponsors:
  • Denwick Estates

4. Jamie Chandler - Midfield

Date of Birth:
24/03/1989 (age 25)
Previous Clubs:
Sunderland, Darlington
Sponsors:
Neil Smith

Signed in January 2012 from Darlington for a four figure fee, Chandler, Gateshead's vice-captain, was capped by England at various youth levels. He joined Darlington at the start of the 2010/11 campaign after a spell on loan from Sunderland the previous season. The energetic schemer played over 70 games for the Quakers and was named Man of the Match in the 2011 FA Trophy final win over Mansfield Town at Wembley. A box-to-box player, Chandler has made over 100 appearances for Gateshead and scored nine goals last season.

 

7. John Oster - Midfield

Date of Birth:
08/12/1978 (age 35)
Previous Clubs:
Grimsby Town, Everton, Sunderland, Barnsley (loan), Leeds United (loan), Burnley, Reading, Crystal Palace, Doncaster Rovers, Barnet
Sponsors:
Denwick Estates

Creative midfield man Oster was capped 13 times by Wales and was twice involved in £1m plus transfers, from Grimsby Town to Everton and from the Toffees to Sunderland. Oster joined Gateshead in September 2013 after playing 28 games for Barnet in League Two the previous season and has also played for Burnley, Reading, Crystal Palace and Doncaster Rovers. Vastle experienced, he has also had loan spells at Barnsley, Grimsby Town and Leeds United in a long career of over 500 appearances in the professional game, including 39 in his first season at Gateshead.

 
Phil Turnbull8
 Phil Turnbull
Sponsors:
  • Paul Gerry
Rob Ramshaw12
 Rob Ramshaw
Sponsors:
  • Liz Cartledge

8. Phil Turnbull - Midfield

Date of Birth:
07/01/1987 (age 27)
Previous Clubs:
Hartlepool United, Gateshead (Loan), Blyth Spartans (Loan), York City
Sponsors:
Paul Gerry

Turnbull joined Gateshead for a second spell in February 2008 when he signed on loan from York City, the deal made permanent in March that year. He had previously played five games on loan for Gateshead during the 2005/2006 season from Hartlepool United. After leaving Victoria Park the playmaker moved on to then Conference Premier club York where injury hampered his progress. The skilful central midfielder has been a feature of the Gateshead engine room for the past six seasons and has played over 320 games for the club.

 

12. Rob Ramshaw - Midfield

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

A product of Darlington's youth system Ramshaw joined Gateshead in the summer of 2012 after two years with the Quakers. The central midfield player made 11 Conference Premier appearances in the second half of the 2011/12 season for Darlington, seven off the bench. He made his Conference debut for Gateshead in the early part of last season and scored on his first home start against Dartford. Had a spell on loan at Darlington in February and scored five goals for Gateshead last season.

 
JJ O'Donnell18
 JJ O'Donnell
Sponsors:
  • Rooney's
Alex Rodman23
 Alex Rodman
Sponsors:
  • Tony Carter

18. JJ O'Donnell - Midfield

Date of Birth:
29/10/1991 (age 23)
Previous Clubs:
St Albans City, Luton Town, Hyde FC (loan).
Sponsors:
Rooney's

Left-sided player O'Donnell, initially signed for Gateshead on loan in January 2014 from Luton Town and made 17 appearances for the Tynesiders last season, including a substitute appearance in the Conference play-off final at Wembley in May. He had joined Luton from St. Albans City in January 2010 and had loan spells at Thurrock and Hampton & Richmond in 2011/12 before he signed a new three-year contract at Kenilworth Road in the summer of 2012. O'Donnell, who played 51 games for Luton, played five games on loan at Conference basement club Hyde last season and a four figure fee saw him sign for Gateshead in the summer.

 

23. Alex Rodman - Midfield

Date of Birth:
15/02/1987 (age 27)
Previous Clubs:
Leamington, Grantham Town, Lincoln United, Gainsborough Trinity, Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth, Aldershot Town, York City (loan), Grimsby Town
Sponsors:
Tony Carter

Rodman played for Gateshead boss Gary Mills at both York City and Tamworth and last season was impressive on the wing for Grimsby Town, where he made 41 appearances and scored eight goals. The experienced wide man joined Gateshead in the summer after a move across the border to join Hibernian fell through. The former England C international's career began in his native Midlands at Leamington. He also played for Grantham Town and Gainsborough Trinity before he spent three years at both Tamworth and Aldershot Town, the latter in League Two.

 
Matty Pattison25
 Matty Pattison
Sponsors:

25. Matty Pattison - Midfield

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

Midfielder signed from South African Premier Soccer League team Bidvest Wits.

 
Forwards
Jon Shaw9
 Jon Shaw
Sponsors:
  • Chris Wilson
Lewis Guy10
 Lewis Guy
Sponsors:
  • Alyson Welsh

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

Experienced striker Shaw linked up with Gateshead for the third time in the summer from Conference champions Luton Town. The former England C international began his career at hometown club Sheffield Wednesday, where he made 21 appearances, and he then played over a century of games for Burton Albion. After scoring 20 goals in 37 games for Halifax Town during 2007/8 a £50,000 move to Rochdale was secured. After loan spells at Crawley Town, Barrow and Gateshead Shaw joined Mansfield Town, and then Gateshead permanently in 2010. He had scored 56 goals in 96 games for The Heed when he signed for Luton on a two-year deal. Marked his 100th Gateshead appearance with a goal in the 3-0 win at Wrexham in August 2014.

 

10. Lewis Guy - Forward

Date of Birth:
22/08/1985 (age 29)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United (loan), Oldham Athletic (loan), Milton Keynes Dons, Oxford United (loan), St Mirren, Carlisle United
Sponsors:
Alyson Welsh

Guy joined Gateshead in the close season having started his career at Premier League neighbours Newcastle United where he made one substitute appearance in the UEFA Cup. The Cumbrian then played 173 games for Doncaster Rovers, scoring 24 goals, during a five year period in Yorkshire. After loan spells at Hartlepool and Oldham he moved to League One club Milton Keynes Dons in 2010. While there he had two loan spells at Oxford United, and after making 35 appearances for MK Dons moved north of the border to join SPL club St. Mirren. Guy played 35 games in his one season in Paisley and then joined Carlisle United in 2013 where he, made 28 appearances, 11 off the bench before returning to Tyneside to sign for Gateshead.

 
Carl Finnigan11
 Carl Finnigan
Sponsors:
Meechak Kanda17
 Meechak Kanda
Sponsors:
  • Dets

11. Carl Finnigan - Forward

Date of Birth:
01/10/1986 (age 28)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Falkirk, St Johnstone, Dundee, Chippa United

Former Newcastle United academy and reserve forward Finnigan signed for Gateshead after being released by South African club Chippa United. The Jarrow-born player had a prolific spell north of the Border with Falkirk, and has also represented St Johnstone and Dundee.

 

17. Meechak Kanda - Forward

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

A teenage striker who has come through the Gateshead College youth system, Kanda featured for the first-team in pre-season and was named on the bench by manager Gary Mills for the 1-0 win at Altrincham in August.

 
Michael Rankine19
 Michael Rankine
Sponsors:
  • Michael Hood
Danny Wright29
 Danny Wright
Sponsors:
  • Andrew McInnes

19. Michael Rankine - Forward

Date of Birth:
15/01/1985 (age 29)
Previous Clubs:
Doncaster Rovers, Barrow, Scunthorpe United, Armthorpe Welfare, Alfreton Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Bournemouth (loan), York City, Aldershot Town, Grimsby Town (loan), Hereford United
Sponsors:
Michael Hood

Much travelled front man Rankine has played in League Two for Scunthorpe United, Aldershot Town, and also while on loan at York City and AFC Bournemouth. He has also featured for York, Rushden & Diamonds and Hereford United in the Conference top flight, and in the Conference North at Alfreton Town and Barrow. The Doncaster-born striker scored 14 goals in 46 games under current Gateshead boss Gary Mills at York in 2010/11, which earned a move back into the Football League with Aldershot. Rankine played over a century of games for both Rushden & Diamonds and York City scoring 53 goals and was with Hereford United last season.

 

29. Danny Wright - Forward

Date of Birth:
10/09/1984 (age 30)
Previous Clubs:
Histon, Cambridge United, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers
Sponsors:
Andrew McInnes

Centre forward signed on a free transfer after he was released by Conference rivals Forest Green Rovers. Made his debut in the 2-1 victory over Chester at the International Stadium in August

 

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