Gateshead FC Team Pic 2018

The Squad

Goal Keepers
Defenders
3. Scott Barrow

Scott Barrow

DOB
19/10/1988
Nationality
Welsh
Height
Weight
Date Signed
23/06/2017
Fee
Free

Welsh left-back Scott Barrow signed for Gateshead in June 2017 following a season at Southern Premier side Merthyr Town after previously impressing in League Two with Newport County. A Swansea City youth player, Barrow left the Liberty Stadium outfit in 2006 and honed his trade with Port Talbot Town and Tamworth over a seven year period before switching to Macclesfield Town in 2014 where he was later named in the Conference Premier Team of the Year. Following his first season on Tyneside, Barrow was named as both the Club’s and Fans’ Player of the Season while also picking up the Goal of the Season award for his stunning strike in the FA Trophy semi-final against Bromley at the International Stadium. Gateshead rejoiced when it was announced that Barrow had agreed a new deal at the club in July 2018 despite an uncertain summer on Tyneside. He was quickly appointed as club captain for the 2018/19 season.

Heed Debut: away v Woking (05/08/17)

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Season – 2017/18

Gateshead FC Fans’ Player of the Season – 2017/18

Gateshead FC Goal of the Season – 2017/18

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*, April 2018, December 2017,

Gateshead FC Goal of the Month – April 2018, March 2018, December 2017

Season Apps
35
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
80
Total goals
4
6. Mike Williamson

Mike Williamson

DOB
08/11/1983
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
10/08/2018
Fee
Free

A familiar name to those on Tyneside, experienced centre-back Mike Williamson returned to the north east to sign for Gateshead in the summer of 2018, three years after leaving Premier League side and cross river neighbours Newcastle United. The Stoke-born defender amassed over 130 top-flight appearances for the Magpies over a six year spell and was part of Alan Pardew’s side who claimed a surprise fifth-place finish in 2011/12. Prior to his spell at Newcastle, Williamson made just shy of 200 appearances for Football League sides Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers and Watford. The 6ft 4in defender has earned three promotions as a player, most recently with United, as they claimed the 2009/10 Championship title. Since leaving Newcastle with 170 appearances and two goals to his name, Williamson spent two seasons at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship before moving to League One side Oxford United last season, making 17 appearances in all competitions. After leaving Oxford, Williamson joined up to train with the Heed in pre-season before being offered a contract at the club soon after. In January 2019, Williamson was named as an official player-coach as part of new Heed manager Ben Clark’s coaching team.

Heed Debut: home v Dover (11/08/18)

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*, October 2018

National League Player of the Month – October 2018

Season Apps
34
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
34
Total goals
0
Midfielders
7. Connor Thomson

Connor Thomson

DOB
14/02/1996
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
19/06/2018
Fee
Free

Thomson became Steve Watson’s first signing of the summer when he arrived at the International Stadium in June 2018 following the end of his contract at fellow National League side Halifax Town. The young Geordie scored one goal in 11 appearances for the Shaymen in the 2017/18 campaign after leaving Blackburn Rovers. The right-midfielder was part of Rovers’ youth academy, making one competitive appearance in the EFL Trophy against Fleetwood in 2016. Thomson previously spent time on loan at Barrow in the fifth tier and as part of Carlisle United’s youth set-up.

Heed Debut: away v Maidenhead (04/08/18)

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

 

Season Apps
24 (2 DCC)
Season Goals
1 (2 DCC)
Total Apps
24
Total goals
1
14. JJ O’Donnell

JJ O’Donnell

DOB
29/10/1991
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
16/05/2017
Fee
Free

Midfielder JJ O’Donnell completed a remarkable comeback from injury as he featured in the Gateshead starting XI for the first time in two and a half years at the back end of the 2016/17 season. His impressive displays in the final four matches of the season saw him awarded with a one year contract at the club. O’Donnell initially signed for Gateshead on loan from Luton Town in January 2014 and helped the club reach the Conference play-off final at Wembley. His stoppage time goal against Grimsby Town in the play-off semi-final at the International Stadium is sure to live long in the memory of many a Heed fan and following the end of his loan spell, the then 22-year-old signed for the Tynesiders on a permanent basis. A rare foot condition then threatened an early retirement for the left-sided player but plenty of hard work, support and determination literally helped O’Donnell get back on his feet with Gateshead keeping him involved through the role of kit manager – a position at the club he still holds today.

Heed Debut: away v Grimsby Town (18/01/14)

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*, April 2017

Gateshead FC Goal of the Month – October 2018

 

Season Apps
25 (1 DCC)
Season Goals
0 (1 DCC)
Total Apps
74
Total goals
2
17. Elliot Forbes

Elliot Forbes

DOB
16/05/1999
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
19/06/2018
Fee
Youth

Gateshead College Graduate Elliot Forbes signed his first professional contract at the club in the summer of 2018 after impressing for the club’s under-19s side and while on loan at Newcastle Benfield.

Heed Debut: away v Maidenhead (04/08/18)

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
18 (1 DCC)
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
18
Total goals
0
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