Gateshead FC First Team Squad - Forwards

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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