Shildon v Stockton Town

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Shildon vs Stockton Town Match Preview

by Adam Gill

The Railwaymen face promotion challengers Stockton Town at Dean Street in the Ebac Northern League Division One. Shildon faced Stockton in the first game of the season at the Map Group UK Stadium, in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Qualifying Round, where they were beaten 3-0. Stockton, who finished top of the league last season, however were denied promotion due to the curtailment of the season, will prove a tough test for Daniel Moore’s side. Following on from their FA Vase win away to Sunderland RCA, Shildon will be looking to extend their winning run to four games in all competitions. Currently eight points off table toppers Hebburn Town, with a game in hand, Shildon will be looking to cut the gap as they search for promotion. Shildon have no new injury concerns, however they are still without Billy Greulich-Smith and Alex White.

Daniel Moore After a tough start to the league campaign for Shildon, Daniel Moore gives his verdict on the Railwaymen’s start whilst looking ahead to the next few league games. The Shildon manager also talked about the impact of losing Billy Greulich-Smith and Alex White to long term injuries and the quality of his squad. Moore said:“I’m overall pleased with the start.We had some tough games in September, however we are near enough at our target of two points per game.” “It’s a massive blow to lose two influential players on the pitch but their season has not finished, and they have a lot to give within the dressing room to help the team.” “Dean and Sweety are two of the top strikers in the league. Dean is starting to show now why he’s with us and is getting fitter every game. Sweety has been unlucky with injuries, so this time round I’ve been over cautious with him and think now he’s ready to go.” “They [Chay Liddle and David Palmer] have both been outstanding this season and they drive the team forward. They both have great quality but what makes them top players is the amount of work they both put in during a game to help the team.” Shildon face last seasons league winners Stockton Town on Saturday, which will be a great chance for the Railwaymen to show what they are capable of.

After Stockton, Shildon face a midweek trip to Consett, before rounding off a tough week away to Thornaby. Moore said:“Stockton would have deservedly won the league last year and for me are favourites again this year. They have a great squad assembled.We have some key players missing on Saturday, but we will give our all to take points off a rival.” “It’s going to be a very tough week for us and we can send a real statement with some big results, but our first aim is Saturdays game.”

SHILDON AFC - HISTORY FORMED in 1890 as Shildon Town, the Railwaymen joined the Auckland and District League two years later and in 1894 merged with the Rangers and Heroes to become Shildon United. In 1900, the club played in the new Northern League Division Two but folded that season due to financial problems – as did the Second Division. A re-formed club joined the Northern League in 1903 to replace Stockton St John’s. In 1907, Shildon joined the semi-professional ranks of the North Eastern League, finishing second in season 1932/33. Before WWII the club won four successive Northern League Division One titles; a record that stood until overhauled by Blyth in 1984. In 1937 the team was unbeaten on their march to the title with Jack Downing firing in a record 61 league and cup goals. A replay win at York City in 1927/28 saw the club reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time. In the first round they have also played Brentford, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic three times.The last time the club reached the first round was in 2003/04, losing out 7-2 against Notts County.The club also reached the second round, in 1936/37 against Dartford. The Dean Street turnstiles and distinctive grandstand were erected in 1923.A £45,000 grant saw new dressing rooms and a social club built beneath the stand 60 years later. Shildon won the Second Division championship in 2001/02, scoring 135 goals and finished runners-up in two cup competitions.The following season they won the Northern League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 golden goal victory over Billingham Synthonia at Feethams. Tragedy struck the club in February 2004 when 26-year-old player, Lee Hainsworth was killed in a road accident on his way to training. He had been with the club for six years.The Brown Street stand was renamed in his memory. Bill Aisbitt, a lifelong stalwart at the club, died in June 2003 and the boardroom was named in his honour after over 50 years loyal service. At the end of the 2004 season, the Railwaymen came under serious threat through financial difficulties when the former chairman severed all ties with the club.At the end of the season all the players and the

manager left the club, leaving it crippled. But during the close season, the club appointed a new chairman, Brian Burn who ensured its survival.The club survived a relegation scare and since then has gone from strength to strength. In 2012-13, the club reached two cup semi-finals.A depleted side lost in the Durham Challenge Cup to Spennymoor Town.The match brought an end to the playing career of midfielder Chris Hughes after he suffered a knee injury.And there was more heartbreak as the side narrowly missed a dream day out at Wembley after losing their two-legged FA Vase semifinal to a late extra-time goal in the second leg at home. In season 2013-14, the management team further strengthened the playing squad, bring in several experienced players in a determination to bring silverware back to Dean Street for the first time.The investment paid off with the club narrowly missing out on the league title, remaining competitive until the final weeks of the season. But the club were able to avenge the semi-final defeat of the previous season when they faced Spennymoor Town in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup. On an historic Good Friday, Shildon striker, Billy Greulich-Smith added a new chapter to the club’s history books with two late goals – the winner in added time at the end of the 90 minutes – to overcome their local rivals by two goals to one.After missing out on the Northern League Championship in the 2014-15 season by one point, the team re-grouped and won the Northern League Cup and became Champions of the Northern League the following season. Following the sudden departure of the Management Team, Chairman David Dent appointed Daniel Moore in January 2017 and Moore guided us to 3rd position in the League and a Durham Challenge Cup SemiFinal. The first piece of silverware came at the start of the 2018/19 season with a 4-1 Penalty victory against Dunston UTS. During this season Daniel Moore guided us to another top 6 finish and the season finished as it started with silverware coming back to Dean Street after the Club defeated South Shields 1-0 in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup held at the Stadium of Light.

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Adam Gill talks with DAVID PALMER

Signed from Seaham Red Star in October of 2018, David Palmer has previously played at South Shields, Bishop Auckland and Jarrow Roofing. Shildon have had a tough start to their league campaign, playing some of their promotion contenders Hebburn Town, North Shields and Newton Aycliffe. Palmer said:“We have made a decent start in the league.We have only dropped points away from home against some of the better sides and managed to win all other games.We are getting stronger each game and if we are in the mix come Christmas we know we will finish stronger than most teams.” “Stockton are a quality side so we know it will be a hard game.We have not beat them in a while, but we are confident if we perform, we can beat anyone in the league.” Despite the tough start, this hasn’t stopped Palmer from losing focus on his side’s goals for the season and his personal goals for the campaign. “The team’s goal is to get promoted and hopefully win the league in the process. We will look to have good cup runs in all competitions especially the FA Vase.” “There is never an easy game in the Vase. I don’t know much about Bootle but we all know it will be a tough game.We have hopefully learnt from last year's visit to Liverpool in the Vase. My personal goals are to score more goals from midfield and continue to help the team win games.” Ahead of a tough week in the league, playing Stockton Town, Consett and Thornaby in their next three games, Palmer hopes that his side can make a statement to the other teams in the league.

“I think the other teams know what we are about.We want to win every game and this week is the perfect opportunity to take some points off the better sides in the league.We just need to focus on ourselves and take one game at a time. If we do this will be win most of our games and finish in the top three at the end of season.�s

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Peter Sixsmith Column STOCKTON TOWN 2020 As the weather turns colder and life in general becomes more difficult, a warm Shildon welcome to our friends from Stockton Town, who we meet for the second time this season.The less said about the first time the better – it’s debatable what was worse, our performance or the weather. The Anchors arrive three places and four points above us in the table, although they have played a game more. Ominously, they have won their last four games and are once again looking the super smooth machine that they were last season. Had it not been for Covid-19, they would have been whizzing up and down the A1(M) and M62 sampling the delights of Mossley, Marine and Marske and looking for a game against the big boys in the Trophy rather than the Vase. However, it was not to be and they already look to be one of half a dozen likely contenders for the three promotion places, should this season be completed and the FA reorganisation of the northern part of the pyramid go ahead. We hope to be in the mix along with Hebburn, Benfield, North Shields Consett and Newton Aycliffe, but not Bishop Auckland who may well be looking forward to a reprise of the 1950 FA Amateur Cup Final with Willington come next August. Note the name of Newton Aycliffe in that list. I saw them destroy Northallerton Town 7-1 at Romanby Road on Wednesday night and it was the most impressive performance I have seen this season. When we played there in September, few could fail to have been impressed with their work rate and effort and they thoroughly deserved the point they took off us. But Wednesday was a different level and they took Northallerton apart – and the North Yorkshire team are by no means the poorest team in the league, Every player knew and understood what he had to do.The ball was passed around well, runs were made and the home defence and midfield were left dazed as Adam Burnicle took them apart with his buccaneering runs in the opening half hour.Those of us who witnessed Adam’s superb performance at Banbury a few years ago know what he is capable of and Wednesday was as good as that. There are no stars in the team and coach Colin Stromsoy has inculcated a great work ethic where players are positive, help out their colleagues and do not criticise. If a pass is misplaced or a tackle missed or (in the case of Adam) a penalty is sent over the bar, out of the ground and hits the 20.02 to Liverpool Lime Street, there is encouragement and sympathy.They are a good outside bet for the title, never mind promotion. I think all those Shildon supporters at Sunderland RCA would agree that we played a Get Out of Jail Free card last Saturday. RCA looked the better side for

an hour and had they scored a third goal it is they that would have been wondering whether Bootle would be able to play on 30th October rather than us. As it was, Chay Liddle’s well hit shot plus a goalkeeping error similar to those made by any three of the keepers Sunderland used in their last relegation season, got us back into the game and at 2-2 there was only likely to be one winner. Dean Thexton’s coolly taken penalty was reward for a fine individual performance against Glenn Swansbury, who seems to have been around since Charlie Hurley was donning the red and white stripes at Roker Park.The draw threw up a Northern League v North West Counties League day, although seeing as some of the NWCL sides are in the Liverpool Metropolitan District, they may not take place.Already some Merseyside clubs have withdrawn from National competitions and it may be that we get a bye to the Second Round, where no doubt we will get Hebburn or Stockton away. I won’t be at the game today as I revert to my first love, Leeds RLFC.They are playing Salford in the Rugby League Challenge Cup at an empty Wembley and, had the spectators been allowed, I would have been there. I vaguely remember Leeds winning at Wembley in 1957 and I am sure that many will remember the “watersplash final” of 1968, where the usually so reliable Don Fox missed a last second conversion in front of the posts to give Leeds the trophy. My mate Glynn Asquith, a Trinity supporter domiciled up here for 50 years, still has steam coming out of his ears at the mention of it. It’s a poignant occasion as well as there is huge attention being paid to Rob Burrow, who played for Leeds in their dominant period between 2007 and 2017. He has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and there was a very moving film about how he and his family are coping with this dreadful illness on BBC2 this week. So, if you hear a huge roar from Busty Bank at about 4.30 that will be when Luke Gale picks up the finest trophy in UK sport. I hope to hear similar riars wafting up the hill throughout the afternoon.

SUPPORTERS CLUB Supporters Club Lotto Lottery Tickets are available behind the bar and also at the following outlets in the town Main Street News Rakeesh One Stop Shop on Byerley Road Tickets are priced at ÂŁ2 each Away Travel Due to the ongoing issues with Covid-19 unfortunately there will be no Away travel organised by the Supporters Club.

Non League Paper Column by David Richardson

The international break very rarely affects Non-League clubs, but Non-League is increasingly influencing the international scene. Each season we see more players deservedly earn moves into the Football League – and some even go on to reach the absolute peak. Over the last seven months the football pyramid has become even more divided, with ‘Project Big Picture’ now trying hard to increase the gap, but the importance of lower-league clubs to the product on the pitch has never been more obvious. Six players in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad have had stints in Non-League and there were five in the side Ryan Giggs picked for Wales when the two teams met last week. Nick Pope started the friendly fixture at Wembley having begun his career in the Eastern Counties League with Team Bury before progressing to Bury Town in the Isthmian League. Following his move to Charlton Athletic, Pope went on loan to Harrow Borough,Welling United, Cambridge United and Aldershot Town for more crucial experience of first team football. The back-up England keepers against Wales, Jordan Pickford and Dean Henderson, are also no strangers to Non-League. Pickford had loan spells at Darlington and Alfreton Town while Henderson played in goal for Stockport County just over four years ago when they were in National League North. He’s also pushing to become Manchester United’s number one.

Centre-back Tyrone Mings impressed in senior football at Yate Town and Chippenham Town in the Southern League before a successful trial at Ipswich Town forged the start of his top-flight career. Dominic Calvert-Lewin made his England debut, and scored, in the 3-0 win over Wales.A debut goal was nothing new to the Everton striker, as a 17-year-old he bagged on his first appearance for Stalybridge Celtic against Hyde on Boxing Day when Sheffield United sent him out for game time. On New Year’s Day, in the reverse fixture, he scored twice and set up three. Danny Ings also got in on the act at Wembley, scoring his first goal for his country via a bicycle kick.Ten years ago, he was netting in Non-League at Dorchester Town on loan from Bournemouth. Many others in the England squad either started or showed their talents in the lower reaches of the Football League before stepping up into the Premier League spotlight. Non-League football and its clubs play a vital role in developing players just as much as the top-flight academies – every player has a different path and their roots should not be forgotten.

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Name: Aidan Heywood Nickname: Fat Lad Position: RB- Should be a 10 Birth Place: Gateshead Previous Clubs:Team Northumbria & Easington What was your best moment in your career till now? Got to be the DCC final at the Stadium of Light! Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions? I always put my dirtiest shin pad strap on my left foot if that counts. What are your goals/expectations for the season? Challenge for the league title and the FA Vase. Our squad is strong enough to win both. Favourite team in the UK: Sunderland! Favourite team outside the UK: I keep an eye out on New York City FC and Barcelona, just because I’ve watched them live. Sunderland are my only team. Childhood Hero: Favourite Drink: Lime and Soda Favourite Band/Artist: Coldplay Go to Karaoke song: Toploader- Dancing in the Moonlight Best player played with: Daniel Ward- Currently at St. Patrick’s. Best player played against: There’s been a few players who’ve gave me nightmares!

Team Mates Best Trainer : Joe Posthill Best Mate at Club : Davey P! Biggest Moaner : Trotter Hardman : AlexWhite Quickest : Posty Slowest : Deano Future Manager : Craggsy Best Nickname : Old Man Craggs Best Dancer : Palmer Hardest Shot :Was Zak Longest in the Shower : Kurt Matthews

Wilf's Quiz 1.Against which club did Wayne Rooney score his first premier league goal? 2. In 2005 Newcastle’s Lee Boyer had an on pitch fight with which of his team mates? 3. Ron Atkinson last managed in the premier league at which club? 4. In the 2008-10 season, which club lost two matches by an eight goal margin? 5.What age was Cristiano Ronaldo when he transferred from sporting Lisbon to Manchester United? 6. During the 70s and 80s, which Liverpool player was known as super sub? 7.Which player has won the premier league title at both Man City and Man Utd? 8. Out of the four divisions of the professional Scottish football league, which club comes last alphabetically? 9.Who holds the record for Scottish international caps with 102? 10. which club, only founded in 1994, won the Scottish cup in 2015?

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Stockton Town - History Stockton Town FC was formed in 1979 under its original name, Hartburn Juniors.Although records are sketchy, it would appear it was Derrick Small who at the time was coaching youngsters from the Hartburn area of Stockton at the local YMCA that was the founder.The club home colours of yellow/royal shirts & royal shorts established then, remains the same now. Throughout the eighties and nineties Hartburn Juniors continued to grow and operate as a junior football club, competing in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance.The Club from time to time had various bases around the town but the early years of the new millenium saw a marked change in the Club and a permanent base at Our Lady of St Bedes School on Bishopton Road West, Stockton. It was felt by the members that the club name didn’t really reflect the area where most players came from.The club had grown and now had players who came from all over Stockton Borough so it was decided to change the name to STOCKTON TOWN FC.There was also a desire to resurrect a senior football team to represent the Town of Stockton and it was felt this would create a great development opportunity for the whole club and provide to achieve this from grass roots through a junior football club was possible. In April 2008 the Club underwent a massive investment totalling £1.4 million pounds which also saw a partnership with Stockton Borough Council, Stockton 6th Form College and Our Lady & St Bedes School to develop the facilities at the Site, building a new Clubhouse and changing facilities.This development was the springboard for a further expansion for the Club. The next step was to introduce Open Age Men’s Football to the Club. Stockton Town had proved very successful in producing top quality young players that then from age 16 went on to play for various local non-league teams.The Club decided it wanted to give these youngsters an opportunity to stay within the Club. So in Season 2009/10 Stockton Town using a mix of players from the outgoing and current U18s, some returning ex Juniors and one or two old heads, they entered a team in the Teesside League 2nd Division. The 1st game in Senior Football was an away fixture at St Marys College, Middlesbrough, which ended in a 2-1 defeat. Having led the League for most of the Season they faded in the Spring to finish 4th.The Club and the Players were keen to progress and the summer of 2010 saw Stockton Town successfully apply for membership of the Wearside League for 2010/11 season. The team struggled in the early part of their first season in the Wearside League, but an impressive run of results after the Christmas/New Year saw them finish a creditable 10th. The improvement continued in 2011/12, with a 3rd place finish and a League Cup Final appearance, losing 2-0 to Ryhope CW. In 2012/13 Stockton Town,

with a squad made-up mainly of young, local homegrown talent won their first Trophy in senior football clinching the Wearside League Title with a spectacular run-in, winning the final 12 games to overhaul Willington FC in the last game of the season. The following season a 2nd Wearside League title was won a little easier but brought another Cup Final defeat to Ryhope CW.This heralded the start of a period of domination in the Wearside League for Stockton Town’s young but maturing squad. In 2014/15 the Club completed the clean sweep of League Title, League Cup, Shipowners Cup and Monkwearmouth Cup, a feat achieved only twice before in the history of the League, unbeaten in all competitions the team missed out on a ‘perfect’ season by losing their second last League game disappointingly, away to Prudhoe.The next season saw a 4th consecutive League Title along with the League Cup and Monkwearmouth Cup back in the Bishopton Road Trophy Cabinet. During this period the Club had worked tirelessly to build facilities to meet the standard required for promotion to the Northern League and after twice being thwarted, this was finally achieved in the Spring of 2016.The Club opened it’s 3G Stadium facility with a League game against Horden. The 2016/17 season saw the unprecedented success continue in the Clubs first season in the Northern League 2nd Division by winning the League Title and losing the EA Cup Final to Northallerton Town on penalties. In a memorable first campaign in the Northern League the Club was visibly growing and topped the average attendance charts for Div 2 (179). Stockton Town unbelievably had risen from an U18’s team to ENL Div 1 in just 8yrs. Season 2017/18 saw a disastrous, almost terminal, start to the first season in ENL 1 turn into the season of a lifetime for everyone involved at the club.After losing the first 8 League games the team rallied to win 19 and draw one of the next 23 matches that saw the Anchors climb the table to safety and also setup an exciting run in the FA Vase.They then went on to beat competition favourites West Auckland in Round 5 in extra time of a thrilling game. Comparatively straightforward home victories against Stourport Swifts and Windsor FC set up an all ENL Semi Final clash with Champions elect Marske United.An epic two legged affair took place, with both games played on Stockton’s Home ground, ending with joyous scenes and pitch invasions from the huge 1800 crowd as Stockton Town edged out Marske 3-2 on aggregate to clinch a place at Wembley. Before that glorious day arrived the Anchors knuckled down and won 6 of the last 7 League games to finish a creditable 6th but miss out on a League Cup Final, disappointingly losing at home in the Semi Final after two terrific away wins at Morpeth and North Shields.The Vase Final was a day to remember a fantastic occasion for the Town and the whole of the Club but despite a brave attempt the lads went down 1-0, the memories will last forever.

Stockton Town - Pen Pics Callum Roberts (Goalkeeper) - Callum joins us from Billingham Synthonia who he spent one season with in the Northern League, before that Callum spent six years of his youth career with Sunderland before joining Preston North End on a scholarship and in April 2017 signed a professional contract. He was involved in the first team setup at PNE and also played a key role in helping them reach the FA Youth Cup quarter finals. Callum is very quick and agile with great hands and is an excellent prospect. Tom Coulthard (Defender) – Tom is a product of the youth system here at Stockton. He broke through into the first team squad when he was 17 and has been ever present since then.A tough, strong, quick, thoroughbred of a centre half,Tom rarely gets ruffled or loses a challenge aerially or on the floor and has forged an impressive long standing partnership at the back.Tom has a good scoring record for a defender and is also partial to smashing the odd free kick or penalty when called on. Lewis King (Defender) - Lewis was a member of Hartlepool academy until 16, he then spent time at Burnley in their youth set up before returning to the North East and joining Spennymoor Town where he impressed with a string of solid performances for the u18s earning a call into the First team squad. Lewis is a great prospect, he's athletic and likes to get forward when playing as a full back but is very difficult to get past when defending and can perform equally as a centre back. Adam Nicholson (Defender) – Club Captain ‘Adi’ rejoined Town to play U18 football. He made his senior debut age 16 and now has over 300 appearances for the First Team.At 6’5” his strength is in the air but his commitment to the team and desire to win are a major factor in a back four that has been instrumental in the teams success to date.A good organiser and reader of the game he’s forged a formidable partnership with Tom.Adam also has an impressive goal scoring record for a defender. Dan McWilliams (Defender) - Dan was released aged 16 from Middlesbrough FC Academy He then played for the Anchors for a season before joining Synnners, moving on to Guisborough Town the following year. He joined Whitby Town in 2015 and was a regular for the Evostick Premier side. Dan is an athletic quick left sided defender who operates mainly at left back. He's excellent technically and a good passer of the ball and is comfortable in possession at either end of the pitch. Jordan Robinson (Midfield) – Jordan is an experienced defender/defensive midfielder who played for Middlesbrough FC youth side before joining Wigan Athletic, making his debut in the FA Cup 3rd Round against Hull in 2011. He has had spells at Synners and Darlington 1883 before signing for Ytterhogdals IK in Sweden's 3rd Division.Tall and strong Jordan is excellent one on one and his experience, organisational skills and defensive qualities are a huge asset. Max Craggs (Midfield) – A product of our youth system Max joined the squad aged 17 and quickly became a regular. Max had a season at Synners in 2015/16 returning ‘home’ to play a huge part in the second division title win. Max is the complete attacking Midfield player, big and strong he makes and scores goals, has a full range of passing and

is good in the air, added to that he is a dead ball specialist with a gallery of fantastic free kicks on Anchors TV already. Nathan Mulligan (Midfield) – Nathan was with Middlesbrough FC until released at age 18 when he joined Darlington FC and played in the Football League for them. He joined us from Billingham Synthonia having previously played for Whitby, Marske Utd, Norton & Stockton Ancients. Nathan is an experienced, technically good, all round player, mobile, deceptively good in the air and can play in a variety of positions but operates mainly as an attacking or holding midfielder, scores goals aside from being a penalty expert and always contributes in every game. Tom Portas (Midfield) – Local boy Tom started his career at Middlesbrough FC Academy le aving at age 15. He played for our successful U16s before being picked up by Guisborough Town. He joined Evo-Stik League Whitby Town in 2011 and won three player of the year awards at the club. He signed for Darlington in 2014, starring in two consecutive promotions for the Quakers including winning the Evo Stick Premier Title. Tom is a mobile, all round, proven high quality, central midfielder who has a complete range of passing and dead ball skills Mikey Roberts (Forward) – Mikey is a Stockton lad who’s played at Guisborough Town, Spennymoor FC,Whitby Town and Marske United before returning home. He won the North Riding Senior Cup with both Guisborough and Whitby and the ENL Div 1 title with Marske in 2018. Quick, skilful and a good finisher with great technique. Mikey has a great work ethic and is always on the move and a nightmare to mark. Kevin Hayes (Forward) – Kev forced his way into the first team squad during the 2nd Division title winning season in 2017 with a string of impressive performances for the U18s. Kev is a naturally gifted wide attacker who commits defenders with a drop of the shoulder and can go past players at very close quarters and has rocket of a left foot. Kev can play on either wing and with his work rate and regular goals is a vital member of the attacking part of the team Jamie Owens (Forward) – J’LO played his junior football for the Club and starred for us in our First season in the Teesside League winning the Clubs Golden Boot. Jamie brings a wealth of experience and has played for several clubs he won the ENL Div 1 Title in 2015 with Marske Utd and more recently played for them in the Evostick League. He is a powerful striker with an explosive left foot shot. Like all top Strikers he scores all types of goals and has been prolific in the Northern League Division 1 for many years. Jonathon Franks (Forward) – Jonathan started his football journey at Stockton Town (then Hartburn Juniors) before moving to the Boro Academy at 11 yrs old. He represented England from U15 through to U20. He has played at Middlesbrough FC, Hartlepool, Oxford Utd,Yeovil,Wrexham and Ross County and IBV Vestmannaeyja in Iceland. Jonny can play anywhere in the forward line and can score and make goals.

SHILDON v STOCKTON TOWN Shaun Newbrook (gk) Matthew Bateman (gk) Bryan Wood (gk) Aidan Heywood Jordan Lavery Daniel Moore Jack Vaulks Billy Greulich-Smith Ben Trotter Chay Liddle Danny Craggs Brandon Mallaburn Jack Naylor David Palmer Zak Atkinson Kurt Matthews Dean Thexton Joe Posthill Michael Sweet Matty Robson Craig Moody Luke Thompson Bailey Prudhoe

Referee Assistants

Callum Roberts (gk) Samuel Conway Thomas Coulthard Max Craggs Jonathan Franks Kevin Hayes Shane Henry Lewis King Jack McCallay Daniel McWilliams Gary Mitchell Dale Mulligan Nathan Mulligan Adam Nicholson Jamie Owens Thomas Portas Michael Roberts Jordan Robinson Nathan Steel Keelan Wright

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