Birtley Town FC First Team Squad

Goalkeepers

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GK

Alfie Gordon

Alfie has joined us from Newcastle Benfield where he has been a first team regular over the past two seasons. His impressive performances between the sticks caught the eye of the Hoops management team, who moved quickly to make the Birtley-born stopper their first signing of the summer. 

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GK

Isaac Robinson

Isaac joined us from Carlisle United’s Academy in pre-season after gaining valuable first team match experience whilst on loan at Workington AFC in step 4. The young keeper has already made himself a first-team regular and we look forward to seeing progress this season. 

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Defenders

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DEF

Owen Lancaster

Lancs made his Birtley debut against Jarrow Roofing in 2013. He returned to the Hoops in 2019 following spells at Chester-le-Street Town & Whickham and has made 110 appearances since. Owen is comfortable anywhere across the back four and played a key role in our successful promotion campaign.

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DEF

Sam Hedley

Heds is a managers dream, honest, reliable and a solid performer. He’s got better more or less every game he’s played for the club and is now one of two Vice Captains. An accomplished defender with a fantastic left foot, he gives us great balance.

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DEF

Josh Strassheim

Josh is a young player who joined the club from Park View Academy. Breaking into the first team he has continued his development and cemented his place in the side towards the end of the 22/23 season. He has bags of potential. Josh is a defender who attacks the ball and is very comfortable in possession. 

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DEF

Lewis Exley

Ex joined the club midway through our promotion season and played a key part in the play-offs, starting in both the semi-final and final. Ex made the move to Crook Town early in the 23/34 campaign as he looked for a regular starting place. Lewis is now back at Birtley as we look to push on for another play-off position. 

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DEF

Alex Francis

Alex started his career as a youngster at Newcastle United’s Academy and has played for some well established clubs in the past including Gateshead, Spennymoor Town and Dunston UTS. Alex is now vice-captain of the side and a key part of our squad. 

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DEF

Callum Turnbull

Callum is a Birtley lad who boasts an incredible record of 327 appearances at his former club where he also scored 55 goals, holding the position of club captain since 2020. Callum scored the winning penalty which sent The Hoops to Northern League Division One. 

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Midfielders

Dan Wilds

MID

Dan Wilds

Dan has recently joined The Hoops from Sunderland West End. Having played against Birtley in the FA Vase and impressing throughout that game, the club have moved to bring Dan to The Arrowmark. Dan will bolster our midfield options as we enter a crucial period in the season. 

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MID

Liam Wotherspoon

Spoony has recently joined us from Blyth Town. A hard tackling midfield player who is comfortable on the ball. Spoony added a dangerous set piece delivery that was pounced on in the play-off final by Aidan Rutledge. Spoony was a key part of the team that pushed on in our promotion bid last season. 

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MID

Callum Smith

Callum joined us after a successful promotion season with North Shields. Callums’ dad, David is an ex-Birtley Town manager who led the club to its most successful period in the early 00’s. Young Smiggs went on to record the most assists in our promotion campaign. 

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MID

Ben Pentland

Ben Pentland is a versatile player who can play across defence and midfield. Ben had a spell at Benfield last season with Alfie Gordon. He played alongside Aidan Rutledge at Northumbria University and we look forward to seeing him develop.

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MID

James Proctor

Proc joined us in the summer of 2023 after our promotion from Northern League Division Two. Proctor joined the club after a spell at Heaton Stannington. James has plenty of pace to burn and the former Whitley Bay man can also weigh in with his fair share of goals.

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MID

Kyle Wharton

Kyle joined the club in the summer of 2023 after impressing in friendlies against Ashington and Shotton. Kyle is a tough tackling midfielder who first came onto our radar when he was playing for Winlaton. He’s a really strong player, loves a challenge. and is always wanting to improve his game. A versatile player he can also play at right-back. 

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Dylan Garvey

MID

Dylan Garvey

Dylan has recently re-joined the club as he looks to bolster our midfield options. Dylan was previously with Carlisle United Academy before a spell with Birtley. 

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Forwards

Scott Heslop

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Scott Heslop

Hezzy needs no introduction to Northern League football. He has been promoted from division one on three separate occasions at Consett, Ashington and Duntston. Signing from Ashington in October 23, Hezzy scored two against Tow Law Town in his league debut. The Hoops will be hoping he can continue his prolific Northern League record. 

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Taylor Richardson

Taylor has recently signed from Sunderland RCA. A speedy winger he possesses natural pace that can cause problems in the wide areas. We look forward to watching him as the season its a crucial period. 

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Kelvin Thear

Kelvin burst onto the scene around two years ago when he scored a last minute winner against Consett. In the quarter final of the county cup, Thear helped complete a memorable comeback against Hebburn Town scoring two goals. Kel has been missing for nearly two years with an ACL injury and continues his recovery with Winlaton. 

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Glen Hargrave

Glen signed from Jarrow FC in August 2022. Having always caused us problems when playing against us, we we were delighted to see Glen go on to score 20+ goals in his first season with the club. With the longest throw-in ever recorded, Glen was part of an 80 goal strike partnership with fellow bromance partner Aidan Rutledge. 

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Stephen Hall

Hally joined The Hoops ahead of the 2023, formerly of Whickham AFC. A big target-man forward who has proven pedigree in Northern League Division One, Stephen is certain to make a big impact.

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Matty Ward

Wardy is a dynamic player who is comfortable with either foot while possessing a moment of magic. The exciting forward player was signed from Heaton Stan after scoring 24 goals in 36 games for Chester-le-Street Town. Ward is still in his early 20’s but sits as the club’s current top goalscorer in their first season in Northern League Division One. 

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Management & Coaches