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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

YEAR BORN: 2001
JOINED FROM: Blyth Spartans Reserves
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @BradSkirpan1

Bradley joined us from Blyth Spartans Reserves. A quality young shot stopper made his debut against Guisborough Town in 2019. Will provide healthy competition for the number 1 jersey.

SPONSORED BY: TAKEN

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

Andrew Cartwright
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1995
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New recruit joins The Robins from spending 2 years in Perth Australia playing for Western Knights Soccer Club. The former Sunderland AFC youngster shone through the ranks before joining Blyth Spartans. Cartwright has also played for England C.

SPONSORED BY: JOHN MATTHEWS

Jack Donnison
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1993
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A 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: DON CHARLTON – TYNEMOUTH SCOUTS

Chris McDonald
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1994
JOINED FROM: Morpeth Town
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @chrissymc20

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

Anthony Myers
Defender

YEAR BORN: 1984
JOINED FROM: Seaham Red Star
SUPPORTS: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @antm84

The versatile defender is powerful in the air, a great passer of the ball and strong in the tackle. Can also play in the centre of
midfield. Former clubs include Seaham Red Star, Jarrow Roofing and Hebburn Town.

SPONSORED BY: PHIL ROSE

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

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
JOINED FROM: Garforth
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @ryan_carr8

Nippy attacker with a keen eye for goal who has progressed through the ranks at AFC Farsley. Now playing in his native North East, racking up over 200 appearances for The Robins and always able to chip in with a goal or two where needed with over 60 goals.

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. A real fans favorite with strong performances on the pitch,

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

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

David Robinson
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1990
JOINED FROM: Seaham Red Star
SUPPORT: Sunderland AFC
TWITTER HANDLE: @David_Robinson8

Another quality addition to the midfield area. The former Seaham and Blyth AFC captain is a box-to-box midfielder that will leave everything out on the pitch for the team and is a player that will certainly chip in with goals and assists throughout the season.

SPONSORED BY: THE REED FAMILY

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

Craig Spooner
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 1998
JOINED FROM: West Auckland
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @craigspoonerrr

The very exciting midfielder returns to the club for his second spell. The midfielder is a very creative player who controls the game. The former Newcastle United product certainly knows where the net is and contributes to lots of assists too!

SPONSORED BY: ED PAINTER

Paul Van-Zandvliet
Midfielder

YEAR BORN: 2000
JOINED FROM: North Shields Athletic
SUPPORT: Newcastle United
TWITTER HANDLE: @paulvan7

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

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. 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. A real fans favourite with lots of goals to his name. Kyle was the 2019/2020 top goalscorer.

SPONSORED BY: ANTHONY BECK

Callum Smith
Winger

YEAR BORN: 1998
JOINED FROM: Dunston UTS
SUPPORT: Arsenal
TWITTER HANDLE: @calsmiith

The 21-year-old is an exciting left winger who came through the Newcastle United setup, impressing as a member of their under 23 squad. Has played for Hull City and Dunston UTS.

SPONSORED BY: JIM WEDDERBURN

Daniel Wilson
Forward

YEAR BORN: 1994
JOINED FROM: Seaham Red Star
SUPPORT: Sunderland AFC
TWITTER HANDLE: @WilsonDan_

The Young centre forward returns for his second spell at the club after time at Blyth AFC and Seaham Red Star. The forward has lots of pace and strength. He gives
all central defenders a tough time with his non stop energy and great hold up play.

SPONSORED BY: CARL REDHEAD

Jamie Clark
Forward

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Jamie is another product of Tyne Met College and was a member of the Youth Cup squad last two seasons. A scorer of fantastic goals with his left foot, he has the potential to progress if he stays fit and focused.

SPONSORED BY: DARREN CLARK