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The Squad

Goal Keepers
1. James Montgomery

James Montgomery

DOB
20/04/1994
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
Fee
Undisclosed

Montgomery returned to his native North East from Telford United when he agreed a one-and-a-half year deal at Gateshead in January 2017. A relative of Sunderland FA Cup winning goalkeeper Jim Montgomery, James spent the early part of his career at Middlesbrough’s academy before moving to Guiseley in 2013. The highly-rated young stopper then spent time at the Nike Academy prior to joining Telford in 2015.

Season Apps
4
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
4
Total goals
0
13. Dan Hanford

Dan Hanford

DOB
06/03/1991
Nationality
Welsh
Height
Weight
Date Signed
02/08/2016
Fee
Free

Hanford put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the Heed in August 2016, following his release by League Two side Carlisle United. Born in Swansea, Hanford moved to Rochdale as a teenager, only to find his first-team opportunities limited at Spotland. A spell with the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain followed, before Hanford returned to England with Hereford United. After two years at Edgar Street, the ‘keeper took in a season with Maltese outfit Floriana before linking up with Carlisle in 2014.

Season Apps
25
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
25
Total goals
0
23. Shaun MacDonald

Shaun MacDonald

DOB
20/10/1996
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
30/07/2015
Fee

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 the season prior.

Season Apps
0
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
4
Total goals
0
Defenders
2. James Bolton

James Bolton

DOB
04/07/1993
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
27/05/2016
Fee

Right-back Bolton agreed a three-year deal with Gateshead just days after helping FC Halifax Town to FA Trophy glory at Wembley in May. The 23-year-old had been brought to West Yorkshire by former Shaymen boss Neil Aspin, joining on loan from Macclesfield Town late in the 2013-14 campaign. After making his switch a permanent one, he went on to make more than 80 appearances for the club before leaving to reunite with Aspin at the International Stadium.

Season Apps
31
Season Goals
1
Total Apps
31
Total goals
1
3. George Smith

George Smith

DOB
14/08/1996
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
29/06/2016
Fee
Free

Left-sided defender Smith joined the Tynesiders from hometown club Barnsley in June. The 20-year-old came through the ranks at Oakwell, making his first-team bow in a 1-0 defeat to Preston North End in December 2014. He went on to make over 40 appearances for the Tykes at first-team level, a virtual ever-present in the first-half of the 2015-16 campaign. Smith also took in a short loan spell at Crawley Town last term, figuring four times for the Red Devils.

Season Apps
27
Season Goals
1
Total Apps
27
Total goals
1
4. Manny Smith

Manny Smith

DOB
08/11/1988
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
17/05/2016
Fee
Free

Smith put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the International Stadium following his release by Wrexham in May. A centre-half by trade, the 27-year-old came through the ranks at Walsall, making over 150 appearances for the Saddlers at first-team level before moving to Notts County in 2012. After two years at Meadow Lane, he linked up with Wrexham, where – impressively – he played every single minute of the Dragons’ 2014-15 campaign. He almost repeated the trick last time out – missing just two games as Gary Mills’ side posted an eighth-place finish in the Vanarama National League.

Season Apps
35
Season Goals
3
Total Apps
35
Total goals
3
5. Liam Hogan

Liam Hogan

DOB
08/02/1989
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
16/05/2016
Fee
Free

Manager Neil Aspin moved quickly to land versatile defender Hogan from Tranmere Rovers following completion of the 2015-16 campaign. The 27-year-old had previously played under Aspin at FC Halifax Town between 2010 and 2013, winning two promotions with the Shaymen before leaving for Fleetwood Town. After turning out for the Cod Army 24 times, he linked up with Tranmere via a brief loan spell with Macclesfield Town. Though he began his single season at Prenton Park as an ever-present, Hogan was restricted to just 18 appearances for Rovers after suffering a knee injury in November.

Season Apps
36
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
36
Total goals
0
6. Jamal Fyfield

Jamal Fyfield

DOB
17/03/1989
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
19/05/2016
Fee
Free

Fyfield became the third former Wrexham player to sign for Gateshead ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, turning down a new deal at the Racecourse Ground to move to the North East. Comfortable at left-back or as a centre-half, the 27-year-old had previously played under former Gateshead boss Gary Mills at York City, earning promotion to the Football League with the Minstermen in 2012. He dropped back into the fifth-tier to join Grimsby Town in January 2014, and spent the following season with Welling United before linking up with Mills for a second time at the Racecourse Ground.

Season Apps
31
Season Goals
1
Total Apps
31
Total goals
1
Midfielders
7. Wes York

Wes York

DOB
10/05/1993
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
12/05/2016
Fee
Free

Neil Aspin’s first permanent signing as Gateshead boss, York linked up with the Tynesiders following his release by Wrexham in May. The winger was an almost ever-present for the Dragons during his two-year stay at the Racecourse Ground, finding the net 18 times in 90 appearances all told. Originally from Leicester, York first made a name for himself at Nuneaton Town, winning promotion to the National League with the Boro in 2012 before following manager Kevin Wilkin to North Wales.

Season Apps
36
Season Goals
8
Total Apps
36
Total goals
8
8. Mitch Brundle

Mitch Brundle

DOB
04/12/1994
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
27/06/2016
Fee
Free

Hugely versatile, Brundle joined the Tynesiders from Vanarama National League rivals Braintree Town in June. Comfortable in central midfield, behind the striker or at full-back, the 21-year-old took in spells at Millwall, Cambridge United and Yeovil Town as a youngster before linking up with Bristol City midway through the 2013-14 campaign. A move to Cressing Road followed, where Brundle made 87 appearances over the course of a two-season stay. All three of Brundle’s goals last time out came in the closing month of the season, including a close-range strike against the Heed at the International Stadium.

Season Apps
29
Season Goals
3
Total Apps
29
Total goals
3
14. Toby Ajala

Toby Ajala

DOB
27/09/1991
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
20/06/2016
Fee
Free

Livewire winger Ajala swapped Torquay for Tyneside ahead of the 2016-17 campaign after turning down the offer of a new contract at Plainmoor. Born in London, he earned a move to Bristol City in 2012 after catching the eye for Hayes & Yeading United. Ajala made two appearances for the Robins at first-team level, taking in loan spells with AFC Wimbledon and Cheltenham Town before joining Welling United in January 2014. He moved to Torquay that summer, briefly switching to Dover Athletic the following year before returning to Devon.

Season Apps
8
Season Goals
1
Total Apps
8
Total goals
1
20. Adam Wrightson

Adam Wrightson

DOB
16/12/1996
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
01/07/2015
Fee
N/A

Teenage winger Wrightson put pen to paper on an 18-month deal with the Heed in January 2016. A product of the club’s link-up with Gateshead College, Wrightson had broken into the first-team just three months earlier, having made a telling impact for the Tynesiders at U19 level. After making his debut in an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round defeat to Worcester City, Wrightson chipped in with a number of assists before seeing his maiden season cut short by a shoulder injury.

Season Apps
5
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
15
Total goals
0
22. Gus Mafuta

Gus Mafuta

DOB
11/06/1995
Nationality
England
Height
Weight
Date Signed
16/09/2015
Fee
Free

A powerful central midfielder, Mafuta agreed a new one-year contract with the Tynesiders following a hugely impressive end to the 2015-16 campaign – his first at the International Stadium. A Londoner by birth, Mafuta started out with Colchester United before moving to Bristol City as a teenager. There, he captained the club’s U21 side before taking in a short loan spell with Nuneaton Town, where he was to emerge as a key figure. Following his release by the Robins, he linked up with the Heed following a successful trial period.

Season Apps
30
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
67
Total goals
2
25. Luke Hannant

Luke Hannant

DOB
04/11/1993
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
02/08/2016
Fee
Free

Young winger Hannant agreed non-contract terms with Gateshead in August 2016, following a successful trial period at the International Stadium. Originally from Norwich, Hannant spent the 2015-16 campaign with Northern League Division Two side Team Northumbria.

Season Apps
13
Season Goals
1
Total Apps
13
Total goals
1
26. Paddy McLaughlin

Paddy McLaughlin

DOB
14/01/1991
Nationality
Northern Irish
Height
Weight
Date Signed
10/07/2015
Fee
Free

Capped by Northern Ireland at U21 level, McLaughlin linked up with Gateshead ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, following a successful trial period at the International Stadium. Having started out at Newcastle United, McLaughlin first made a name for himself at York City between 2011 and 2013, a virtual ever-present as the Minstermen secured a return to the Football League in his maiden campaign at Bootham Crescent. Two seasons with Grimsby Town followed, where the midfielder racked up more than 60 appearances before returning to the North East.

Season Apps
35
Season Goals
5
Total Apps
76
Total goals
9
Forwards
9. Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson

DOB
28/02/1993
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
20/07/2015
Fee
Free

23-year-old Johnson struck 15 goals for the Heed during the 2015-16 campaign – his first at the International Stadium. The frontman was on the books at both Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United as a youngster, before taking in a spell with Spanish third-tier side Real Murcia. A prolific year with Guisborough Town followed, enough to earn Johnson a move to Championship giants Cardiff City. After finding his opportunities limited in South Wales, he linked up with the Tynesiders via loan spells with Tranmere Rovers and Stevenage.

Season Apps
32
Season Goals
15
Total Apps
73
Total goals
30
15. Jordan Burrow

Jordan Burrow

DOB
12/09/1992
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
25/11/2015
Fee
Undisclosed

Sheffield born forward Jordan Burrow was signed in November 2016 from National League North side Halifax Town on a one-and-a-half year deal. As a striker who has scored goals at League One level with Stevenage before dropping down to the National League, Burrow is a capable striker who reached double figures in both the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns while at Lincoln City and Halifax respectively.

Season Apps
13
Season Goals
6
Total Apps
13
Total goals
6
18. Nyal Bell

Nyal Bell

DOB
17/01/1997
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
15/06/2016
Fee
Free

Athletic frontman Bell put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the International Stadium in June, following his release by League One side Rochdale. Having come through the ranks at Spotland, Bell made a handful of appearances for Dale at first-team level, his first a cameo in a 1-0 win over Coventry City. He was loaned out to Droylsden and Chester last time out, figuring three times for the Blues in the Vanarama National League.

Season Apps
11
Season Goals
2
Total Apps
11
Total goals
2

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