Gateshead FC Team Pic 2018

The Squad

Goal Keepers
1. Mark Foden

Mark Foden

DOB
19/03/1996
Nationality
Scottish
Height
Weight
Date Signed
20/07/2018
Fee
Free

Gateshead secured the services of goalkeeper Mark Foden following a successful trial in the summer of 2018 after leaving Ross County. The young Scottish shot-stopper spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Scottish League sides Sterling Albion and Stenhousemuir and has previously spent time in the North East of England with Hartlepool United.

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
3 (1 DCC)
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
3
Total goals
0
23. Aynsley Pears

Aynsley Pears

DOB
23/04/1998
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
27/07/2018
Fee
Loan

Young goalkeeper on loan from Middlesbrough for the duration of the 2018/19 season. Pears is a product of Boro’s Academy and spent the second half of last season on loan with Darlington and has now made the step up to the National League with Gateshead, following the route taken by his Teesside teammate Luke Armstrong in the summer of 2018. Pears made 16 appearances for the Quakers, following on from 11 made for our Under-23s earlier in the season. His combined appearances already number in excess of 50, as well playing in the UEFA Youth League and experience with England at different levels has turned him into a fine prospect. His latest interaction with the national side saw him called into the U20 squad last season.  He was on the bench for the Middlesbrough first team for the Carabao Cup win at Villa Park in September 2017. Aynsley’s dad Stephen was a legend between the posts making over 400 appearances for the club and playing a part in four promotions.

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

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
44
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
44
Total goals
0
Defenders
2. Robbie Tinkler

Robbie Tinkler

DOB
23/07/1996
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
22/06/2018
Fee
Free

A versatile player capable of playing in midfield or defence, Tinkler was snapped up by the Heed in the summer of 2018 after spending time on loan from Middlesbrough at the International Stadium the previous season. He made 17 appearances for the Tynesiders during the first half of the 2017/18 campaign and featured predominantly as a right-back, picking up two Man of the Match awards under Steve Watson. Tinkler was named as the Heed’s vice captain for the 2018/19 season and led the side out for the opening 11 matches of the season due to injury to club captain Scott Barrow. Tinkler’s impressive start to the campaign saw him earn a call-up to the England C squad to face Estonia U23.

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

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
47
Season Goals
2
Total Apps
64
Total goals
2
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
34
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
79
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
33
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
33
Total goals
0
12. Jon Mellish

Jon Mellish

DOB
19/09/1997
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
Fee
Youth

After a successful season for the Gateshead Under-19s side, the full-back made his first-team debut in the final game of the 2016/17 National League season. Shortly after, he was offered a professional contract with the club. The young defender made 10 National League appearances in his first season as a professional. After a solid start to the 2018/19 season, Mellish was rewarded with a call-up to the England C squad. He made his international debut in a 1-0 win against Estonia U23 in October 2018.

Heed Debut: home v Bromley (29/04/17)

Individual honours at the Heed:

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

Season Apps
47
Season Goals
2
Total Apps
57
Total goals
2
18. Tom Devitt

Tom Devitt

DOB
14/06/1996
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
01/08/2018
Fee
Free

Young defender Tom Devitt joined the Heed on trial in the summer of 2018 after a four year scholarship in the United States of America. The Tyneside native enjoyed a successful trial and officially signed for the club in August 2018.

Heed Debut: home v Salford City (07/08/18)

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
20 (3 DCC)
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
20
Total goals
0
Midfielders
4. Jack Hunter

Jack Hunter

DOB
14/10/1997
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
25/06/2018
Fee
Free

Part of the Newcastle United Under-23s side that won the Northumberland Senior Cup in 2018, Jack Hunter made his way through the Magpies youth ranks before Gateshead snapped up the combative midfielder in the summer of 2018.

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

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
36
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
36
Total goals
0
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
8. Greg Olley

Greg Olley

DOB
02/02/1996
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
15/07/2018
Fee
Free

Attacking midfielder Greg Olley signed for the Heed after a successful trial which saw him score five goals in one and a half matches. Immediately after netting twice against Newcastle Benfield at the International Stadium, the former Newcastle United youngster signed a one-year deal at the Club. After leaving Newcastle’s Academy, Olley joined Hull City where he would go on to make his professional debut in a 3-1 League Cup victory over Exeter City, playing the full 90-minutes. The following season he would make his second senior appearance for the Tigers, as they were beaten 2-0 by Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup.

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

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Gateshead FC Goal of the Month – August 2018

Season Apps
40
Season Goals
8
Total Apps
40
Total goals
8
11. Cameron Salkeld

Cameron Salkeld

DOB
06/12/1998
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
13/07/2018
Fee
Free

A Gateshead native, young winger Cameron Salkeld signed for his hometown club in July 2018 after leaving Carlisle United at the end of the 2017/18 season. Salkeld made two competitive appearances for The Cumbrians in the EFL Trophy during the 2016/17 campaign, grabbing a goal and an assist against Fleetwood Town and Blackburn Rovers respectively. Prior to joining the Heed on an initial trial, he spent time on loan at Whitby Town and Annan Athletic.

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

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
28 (3 DCC)
Season Goals
1 (2 DCC)
Total Apps
28
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
24 (1 DCC)
Season Goals
0 (1 DCC)
Total Apps
73
Total goals
2
15. Tom White

Tom White

DOB
09/05/1997
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
Fee
Youth

After initially being released by the club as a teenager after suffering an ACL injury during an Under-19s match in February 2016, White demonstrated remarkable tenacity by continuing to train with the club and eventually earning himself a professional contract just over one year later. He made his National League debut in April 2017, coming off the bench in a 2-0 defeat at Dover Athletic.

Heed Debut: away v Dover (01/04/17)

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Gateshead FC Goal of the Month – March 2019

Season Apps
45
Season Goals
3
Total Apps
46
Total goals
3
16. Lewis Maloney

Lewis Maloney

DOB
05/05/1995
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
13/07/2018
Fee

Tricky midfielder Lewis Maloney signed for Gateshead ahead of the 2018/19 campaign after training with the first team squad at the back end of the previous season. A product of Middlesbrough’s Academy, Maloney was named on the first team bench for a 3-2 away win at Wolves in October 2015. In total, the Teesside native appeared 47 times in total for Boro’s second string side, operating predominantly in a holding midfield role and registering three goals and four assists over four seasons. After leaving Middlesbrough, Maloney briefly joined up with local Northern League outfit Guisborough Town before switching to the Heed in the summer of 2018.

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

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
10 (1 DCC)
Season Goals
0
Total Apps
10
Total goals
0
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
Forwards
10. Steven Rigg

Steven Rigg

DOB
30/06/1992
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
04/08/2018
Fee
Free

Former Carlisle United striker signed following a successful trial period in the summer of 2018. Rigg first signed for the Cumbrians following a prolific spell at Penrith, scoring 64 goals in 85 matches. The striker netted six times in his maiden Football League season before moving to Scottish Championship side Queen of the South via a loan in the National League with Barrow. A long term injury hampered his spell north of the border as he made just 10 league appearances before returning to Carlisle on a short-term deal in October 2017. The Keswick born forward then had brief spells at Chorley, Workington and most recently in the United States with Erie Commodores prior to joining the Heed.

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

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*, February 2019

Gateshead FC Goal of the Month – February 2019, September 2018

 

Season Apps
46
Season Goals
10
Total Apps
46
Total goals
10
24. Lewis McGeoch

Lewis McGeoch

DOB
13/09/1999
Nationality
English
Height
Weight
Date Signed
Fee
Youth

Young striker Lewis McGeoch is currently part of the Gateshead youth set up in partnership with Gateshead College. The Heed forward has spent time on loan at North Shields while also impressing in the Durham Challenge Cup for Gateshead’s reserve side.

Heed debut: away v Hartlepool (01/01/19)

Individual honours at the Heed:

Gateshead FC Player of the Month – March 2019*

Season Apps
4 (3 DCC)
Season Goals
0 (4 DCC)
Total Apps
4
Total goals
0

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