First Team Squad

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

Malcolm Crosby - Manager

Date of Birth:
04/07/1954 (age 60)
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
Paul Bryson
 Paul Bryson
Sponsors:
  • Gateshead College

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.

 

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.

 
Goalkeepers
Sam Russell
 Sam Russell
Sponsors:

Sam Russell - Goalkeeper

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

Goalkeeper signed from Forest Green Rovers.

 
Defenders
Nathan Buddle
 Nathan Buddle
Sponsors:
James Curtis5
 James Curtis
Sponsors:
  • Bensham Washeteria

Nathan Buddle - Defence

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

Central defender signed from Carlisle United.

 

5. James Curtis - Defence

Date of Birth:
13/04/1982 (age 33)
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
Craig Baxter16
 Craig Baxter
Sponsors:
  • Hegarty's Estate Agents

6. Ben Clark - Defence

Date of Birth:
23/01/1983 (age 32)
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.

 

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.

 
Midfielders
Dean Briggs
 Dean Briggs
Sponsors:
Josh Gillies
 Josh Gillies
Sponsors:

Dean Briggs - Midfield

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

Came through Gateshead College system. Represented England Schoolboys U18s last season. Played senior football for Ashington. Recently on trial at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

 

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)

A former Gateshead College youth player, Gillies originally signed for Gateshead during the 2010 close season after making 25 appearances for Blyth Spartans during the 2009/10 campaign. A late season move to Northern League Whitley Bay saw Gillies score the sixth and final goal in the FA Vase final at Wembley. The Wearsider was a regular and top scorer in 2012/13 for Gateshead also making his England C debut in a 2-1 victory in Belgium. The following season saw Josh move to Carlisle United which included an FA Trophy winning loan spell at Cambridge United.

 
Jamie Chandler4
 Jamie Chandler
Sponsors:
  • Neil Smith
Rob Ramshaw12
 Rob Ramshaw
Sponsors:
  • Liz Cartledge

4. Jamie Chandler - Midfield

Date of Birth:
24/03/1989 (age 26)
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.

 

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.

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

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

Quick silver wide forward Marwood came through the ranks at Newcastle United and is the son of former Arsenal, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday winger Brian Marwood. After his release from Newcastle he had brief spells at Blyth Spartans and Team Northumbria before he linked up with Gateshead in the summer of 2010. He had a loan spell at FC Halifax Town in 2011/12, and was instrumental in Gateshead reaching the Conference play-off final. After one season away at St. Mirren and Forest Green Rovers Marwood re-joined the club for the 2015/16 season. He has been capped twice by England C.

 

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.

 
Meechak Kanda17
 Meechak Kanda
Sponsors:
  • Dets

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.

 

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