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First Team

Goalkeepers

Greg Purvis
Goalkeeper

YEAR BORN: 1997
JOINED FROM: Sunderland AFC
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @Gregpurvis97

Greg joined the Robins in 2018 from now defunct Team Northumbria. He is a talented keeper who is a rock at the back for this North Shields team. Spent time at Sunderland Academy.

SPONSORED BY: ED & CRAIG CRAMMAN

Bradley Skirpan
Goalkeeper

Defenders

Wayne Buchanan
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1982
JOINED FROM: Ashington AFC
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Cultured Centre Half signed for North Shields following a spell at Ashington.
Wayne played in his native Northern Ireland for Lisburn Distillery before moving to Australia
where he played for Brisbane Olympic and Gold Coast United. Returned to the UK where he
signed for Gateshead then moved on to captain Blyth Spartans and played for, Morpeth Town, Sunderland RCA and Ashington. Strong defender who is great in the air and reads the game well. A great communicator which helps all around him.

SPONSORED BY: THE FRASER FAMILY

Ben Christensen
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1986
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A solid and experienced defender who opposing players find difficult to get the better of. Ben can play anywhere across the back and can be a real leader of the team. Has played for Ashington and Whitley Bay FC.

SPONSORED BY: TREVOR CAMPBELL

Jack Donnison
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1993
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A young solid full back whose energy and love of a tackle has made him a firm favourite at Shields. He has become a consistent performer in defence but is also good at going forward too.

SPONSORED BY: THE REED FAMILY

Marc Jaques
Defender

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A local lad who went to Monkseaton High School, Marc returns to the North East after spending a period of time in the USA on scholarship, following a spell with New Hartley Juniors. Whilst in the US, the young right-back played for Middle Georgia State University. Marc is another versatile addition to the squad as he is also comfortable playing in midfield as well as maintaining his defensive duties.

SPONSORED BY: PAUL NELSON

Chris McDonald
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1994
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McDonald is a strong and versatile defender/ midfielder with experience from captaining Whitley bay to playing for Berwick Rangers in Scottish League Second Division more recently playing for Morpeth Town. Chris has scored some spectacular goals in his playing career.

SPONSORED BY: TOMMY CRAWFORD

Paul New
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1996
JOINED FROM: St Blazey AFC
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The defender, who has experience playing military football for the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy, has previous experience of the Northern League, having spent four seasons with Darlington Railway Athletic; now of the Wearside League.

After his spell with the Railwaymen, work commitments saw Paul move to Cornwall where he played for St Blazey of the South West Peninsula League Premier West.

SPONSORED BY: GEORGE WILSON, MICK LOWDEN & IAN GOICOEHEA

Jordan Summerly
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1996
JOINED FROM: Monkseaton Academy
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Talented young attacking left back who earned man of the match on his debut and scored a great goal. Came through Monkseaton Academy and is a real gem of an attacking defender.

SPONSORED BY: GRAHAM NEW

Rhys Williams
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1995
JOINED FROM: Hebburn Town
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @Rhysewilliams

Rhys joins the Robins after spending last season with Division Two side Washington as their captain. A combative defender with bags of potential, Rhys also played for Hebburn in their promotion from Division Two.

SPONSORED BY: EDEN DENE TREE SERVICES

Midfielders

Ryan Carr
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1993
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Nippy attacker with a keen eye for goal who has progressed through the ranks at AFC Farsley. Now playing in his native North East, he scored the last-minute winner in the 2016 Senior Cup Final.

SPONSORED BY: DAYTONA DAVE

Nick Cassidy
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1997
JOINED FROM: Consett AFC
SUPPORT: Middlesbrough
TWITTER HANDLE: @NickCassidy19

Joined from Consett, after spending time on loan at Belle View in 2016-17 from Gateshead, where, despite arriving as a midfielder, he showed his versatility by turning out at right-back. Suffered an injury which needed an operation that kept him out for the rest of the season. Signed for Consett and was apart of the DCC-winning team.

SPONSORED BY: DAYTONA DAVE

Cam Cunningham
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 2000
JOINED FROM: Whitley Bay FC
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @cam_cunni

Extremely talented young player with lots of skill and an attacking mindset. Made the transition from junior into senior football with ease and is tipped to go very far if he continues to progress at a rapid rate.

SPONSORED BY: DAVE PATERSON

Adam Forster
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1993
JOINED FROM: Blyth AFC
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @Adamforster5

Adam has rejoined the club after a spell at Blyth AFC, The former Blyth Spartans midfielder was a vital member of the North Shields side that won the FA Vase and Senior Cup. Adam scored the extra time winner against Glossop North End in the FA Vase Final in 2015. Promoted to First Team captain for the 2019-2020 season.

SPONSORED BY: JOHN LILLFORD

David Hall
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1994
JOINED FROM: Whitley Bay FC
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @davidrhall94

David joined North Shields from Whitley Bay in 2018. He has worked with Marc during his time at Whitley and was keen to bring him to North Shields.

SPONSORED BY: MICK LAIDLER

Denver Morris
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1987
JOINED FROM: Bishop Auckland FC
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Denver returns home after spells with West Auckland and Bishop Auckland. A versatile midfielder who won Man of the Match during our 2015 FA Vase Final win. Skilled player with bags of pace.

SPONSORED BY: STEVE BARRASS

Gary Ormston
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1983
JOINED FROM: Dunston UTS
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @Gazormohoo

A goal scoring midfielder who is comfortable across the centre of the park. His experience will bring on the younger players and his 100% attitude will always be a huge plus.

SPONSORED BY: DAYTONA DAVE

Paul Robinson
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1984
JOINED FROM: Morpeth Town
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @paolorobbo11

Midfielder who arrived in July from Morpeth Town and has bags of top level experience. Formerly a Vase winner three times with Whitley Bay, he has also played for Blyth Spartans and Morpeth Town.

SPONSORED BY: STEVE BARRASS

Josh Skivington
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 2001
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The youngster of the side at only 17 years of age. The attacking midfielder was released by Newcastle last year and has been up to Dundee. Josh signed for North Shields in 2018. Definitely one to watch.

SPONSORED BY: ONE STOP STORES

Paul Van-Zandvliet
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 2000
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Local lad Paul is another product of Tyne-Met College. He was a member of the Northern Counties Championship winning squad with Northumberland Schools County and was also captain of the NFA representitive side last year. His performances last year attracted the attention of Sheffield United where he played twice for the youth team in victories over Hull City and Leeds Utd. Paul’s box to box and powerful style will no doubt propel him to be a fans favourite in time, especially coming from North Shields.

SPONSORED BY: DAYTONA DAVE

Forwards

Gareth Bainbridge
Forward

YEAR BORN: 1985
JOINED FROM: Ashington AFC
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A Shields legend of the modern era, Gareth has delivered crucial goals at venues including Wembley and St James Park. Since joining from Ashington, Gaz has scored over 160 goals for North Shields.

SPONSORED BY: SEAN TAYLOR

Connor Campbell
Forward

YEAR BORN: 1996
JOINED FROM: Heaton Stannington
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @Connor_C1996

Connor returns to the Robins in the summer of 2019 after a seriously prolific spell with Division Two side Heaton Stannington. Formerly of Whitley Bay A, the extremely talented striker will look to build on an impressive season.

SPONSORED BY: CARL REDHEAD

Scott McCarthy
Forward

YEAR BORN: 1996
JOINED FROM: Newcastle Benfield
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @scottmccarthyy

Scott joins the Robins after spending last season with Newcastle Benfield. Marc and Woody were quick to snap up the attacker who is known for his lightning speed and his ability to score a spectacular goal or two.

SPONSORED BY: ED PAINTER

Kyle Patton
Forward

YEAR BORN: 1999
JOINED FROM: Bishop Auckland
SUPPORT: Sunderland AFC
TWITTER HANDLE: @kylepattonn

Kyle is an attacking forward who previously played for Durham City, Whitley Bay, Shildon and Bishop Auckland. The exciting forward made 28 appearances for Bishop Auckland scoring 4 goals. Kyle is an exciting attacking player who will also bring goals to the side. He has experience in the league even at such a young age and is a perfect fit for the club going forward.

SPONSORED BY: ANTHONY BECK