First Team Squad

Gateshead FC 2015-16

Coaching Staff
Neil Aspin
 Neil Aspin
Sponsors:
  • Graham S.Wood
Lee Nogan
 Lee Nogan
Sponsors:
  • Graham S.Wood

Neil Aspin - Manager

Date of Birth:
12/04/1965 (age 51)
Previous Clubs:
Harrogate Town, FC Halifax Town
Sponsors:
Graham S.Wood

First-Team Manager

Aspin was appointed manager of his hometown club in November 2015, six weeks after leaving FC Halifax Town. He turned out for the likes of Leeds United and Port Vale as a player, making over 400 appearances for the latter. He began his managerial career with Harrogate Town in 2005, guiding the club to a series of top-half finishes in the then Conference North. He was appointed Halifax boss in 2009, leading the Shaymen to back-to-back promotions before finishing fifth in their first season back in the top-flight of the non-league game.

 

Lee Nogan - Assistant Manager

Date of Birth:
21/05/1969 (age 46)
Previous Clubs:
Whitby Town, FC Halifax Town
Sponsors:
Graham S.Wood

Assistant Manager

Nogan was confirmed as assistant to boss Neil Aspin 24 hours on from the latter's appointment. The 46-year-old worked alongside Aspin at FC Halifax Town, joining up with the Shaymen in 2011. A forward by trade, Nogan made over 100 appearances for Watford between 1991 and 1995, and also turned out for the likes of Oxford United, Reading and York City. He went on to spend almost 18 months in charge of Whitby Town, before returning to the Turnbull Ground as a player.

 
Micky Cummins
 Micky Cummins
Sponsors:
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

Reserve/U19 Team Manager

Cummins was placed in charge of the Heed's re-formed reserve side ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, and guided the second-string to an impressive second-placed finish in the Final Third Development League's East Division. This time out, he is also at the helm of the U19 side, who compete across two separate fronts. As a player, he turned out for Port Vale, Darlington, Grimsby Town, and - finally - Gateshead. A midfielder by trade, Cummins also represented the Republic of Ireland at U21 level.

 

Stephen Pears - Coach

Date of Birth:
22/01/1962 (age 54)
Previous Clubs:
Middlesbrough (coach), Hartlepool United (coach)

Goalkeeping Coach

Pears joined the club as part-time goalkeeping coach in the summer of 2015, reunited with then Heed boss Malcolm Crosby. As a player, he 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. Pears worked alongside 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.

 
Goalkeepers
Sam Russell1
 Sam Russell
Sponsors:
  • Tony Carter
Shaun MacDonald13
 Shaun MacDonald
Sponsors:
  • DETS

1. Sam Russell - Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:
04/10/1982 (age 33)
Previous Clubs:
Middlesbrough, Darlington, Scunthorpe United (loan), Rochdale, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers
Sponsors:
Tony Carter

33-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 19)
Sponsors:
DETS

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:
  • Modular
James Curtis5
 James Curtis
Sponsors:
  • Bensham Washeteria

2. Craig Baxter - Defence

Date of Birth:
27/09/1986 (age 29)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Bedlington Terriers
Sponsors:
Modular

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 34)
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:
  • Weardale Motor Services
Darren Holden14
 Darren Holden
Sponsors:

6. Ben Clark - Defence

Date of Birth:
23/01/1983 (age 33)
Previous Clubs:
Manchester United, Sunderland, Hartlepool United
Sponsors:
Weardale Motor Services

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. Darren Holden - Defence

Date of Birth:
27/08/1993 (age 22)
Previous Clubs:
Hartlepool United, Ross County

Left-back Holden linked up with the Heed in February 2016, following a short spell at Ross County. Born in South Africa, Holden came through the youth system at Hartlepool United, clocking up over 60 appearances for Pools after making his debut as a teenager. He signed for the Staggies last summer, figuring twice before returning to his native North East.

 
Simon Ramsden22
 Simon Ramsden
Sponsors:

22. Simon Ramsden - Defence

Date of Birth:
17/12/1981 (age 34)
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 34-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:
  • Gateshead FC Supporters Club
Jamie Chandler4
 Jamie Chandler
Sponsors:
  • Zeta Wardle

3. Matty Pattison - Midfield

Date of Birth:
27/10/1986 (age 29)
Previous Clubs:
Newcastle United, Norwich City, Mamelodi Sundowns, Engen Santos, Bidvest Wits
Sponsors:
Gateshead FC Supporters Club

South African Pattison joined Gateshead early into the 2014-15 campaign, after leaving Bidvest Wits in his homeland. The 29-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 27)
Previous Clubs:
Sunderland, Darlington
Sponsors:
Zeta Wardle

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:
Josh Gillies10
 Josh Gillies
Sponsors:
  • Modular

8. Rob Ramshaw - Midfield

Date of Birth:
12/11/1993 (age 22)
Previous Clubs:
Darlington

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 22-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)
Sponsors:
Modular

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:
Gus Mafuta12
 Gus Mafuta
Sponsors:

11. Jimmy Phillips - Midfield

Date of Birth:
20/09/1989 (age 26)
Previous Clubs:
Stoke City, Alfreton Town (loan), Stafford Rangers (loan), Burton Albion

26-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.

 

12. Gus Mafuta - Midfield

Date of Birth:
11/06/1995 (age 20)
Previous Clubs:
Colchester United, Bristol City, Nuneaton Town (loan)

Powerful midfielder Mafuta agreed a short-term deal at the International Stadium in September, following a successful trial period. The former Colchester United trainee captained Bristol City’s U21 side in the 2013-14 campaign, before being released by the Robins this summer. He joined Nuneaton Town on loan in January, emerging as a key figure in the Boro’s relegation fight, only for an injury to cut his season short.

 
Adam Wrightson24
 Adam Wrightson
Sponsors:
Paddy McLaughlin26
 Paddy McLaughlin
Sponsors:

24. Adam Wrightson - Midfield

Date of Birth:
16/12/1996 (age 19)

The diminutive winger has made a real impact for the Heed since making his first-team bow in October. A product of the club’s link-up with Gateshead College, Wrightson caught the eye for the Heed’s U19 side early into the 2015-16 campaign. Since making his debut in an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round defeat to Worcester City, the 19-year-old has already chipped in with a number of assists.

 

26. Paddy McLaughlin - Midfield

Date of Birth:
14/01/1991 (age 25)
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:
  • Rooney's
Jon Shaw9
 Jon Shaw
Sponsors:
  • Weardale Motor Services

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
Sponsors:
Rooney's

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 32)
Previous Clubs:
Sheffield Wednesday, York City (Loan), Burton Albion, Halifax Town, Rochdale, Crawley Town (Loan), Barrow (Loan), Mansfield Town, Luton Town
Sponsors:
Weardale Motor Services

Fans’ favourite Shaw joined Gateshead for a third spell ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, after leaving Football League-bound Luton Town. The 32-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:
Ryan Bowman19
 Ryan Bowman
Sponsors:
  • Gateshead FC Supporters Club

17. Mechack Kanda - Forward

Date of Birth:
10/10/1995 (age 20)
Previous Clubs:
Birtley Town

20-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 24)
Previous Clubs:
Carlisle United, Workington (loan), Darlington, Hereford United, York City, Torquay United
Sponsors:
Gateshead FC Supporters Club

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:
  • Washington Badge

20. Danny Johnson - Forward

Date of Birth:
28/02/1993 (age 23)
Previous Clubs:
Real Murcia B, Harrogate Town, Billingham Synthonia, Guisborough Town, Cardiff City, Tranmere Rovers (loan), Stevenage (loan)
Sponsors:
Washington Badge

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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