The under 23s finished the 2018/19 season there first in the Durham fa league and the first in the clubs history . We took a big gamble in trying to form a under 23s side this season not really knowing what to expect both on the field and off it .
Myself Gary and Scott have worked very hard behind the scenes to make this season a success we set ourselves three targets for the season which were
1 Form a team and finish the season.
2 Be competitive , win a game and not to finish bottom of the season.
3 As we were working along side the northern league team see if we could get one of our players into the first team.
we hit each one of these targets and did better than we expected we finished the season , we took points of some of the bigger more established teams in the league , we picked up 10 wins and two draws had a run to the semi final of the league cup and finished 8th in the league.
To cap it all off we saw two players make there first team debuts and another 3 in the frame to kick on next season and push for there chance.
we now train twice a week with one session been with the northern league side this has helped the players and coaching staff improve .
we are starting preseason for the 2019/20 season on 18th June and will be training 3 times a week our aim is to be the fittest team in the league next season kick on from the foundations set this season and see where it takes us, we will make mistakes but the way we want to play out from the back and though the thirds have been a joy to watch this season when we have done it right extra fitness and work over the summer will get us to the next level.
The under 23s have started there preseason well with regular training sessions and so far three preseason games
we have managed 2 wins 1 draw and preseason playing some scoring 16 goals .
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Michael started his journey with the club in 2005 when he stepped forward to run a team and then a year later he dropped back a year to manage the side his son played for. Michael has seen that side though from under 7 to what is now the under 23s. one of the longest serving manager not just in the club but the local area this season saw Michael pass the 300 league and cup games mark as manger .
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Gary is my long time coach working with me for 10 years now . he has helped build the side to where we are now .Gary was a major force behind our recruitment drive last preseason between him and Scott all the coaching is taken care of with some academy level sessions
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Scott has manged the under 18s this season and has done a great job , Scott has also stepped up with the 23s joining myself and Gary in running the team .
Scott is a ex semi pro football who adds a lot of experience to our backroom staff bringing in a different dimension .
hes worked with the players and Gary in the playing style we have and we are starting to see the results of this on the field .
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newest memebr of the under 23s coaching/managment team . Josh has built up a big reputation within the fa for been a young up and coming coach . The lads seam to enjoy his early seasions along with his fellow coaches
Carl has joined us for the start of the 2019 season added some much need experience to our team .
Anorthern league regualar carl will hoipefully help us in our playing style and use his experince to move us up the table
Johnson has only played 6 games this season for the under 23s but what a impact he has made scoring 15 goals in that time .
He impressed the northern league side and signed forms and has played in 3 of there last 5 games before injury cut his season short.
One to watch next season hopefully for both teams .
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Jordan signed from Darlington Town in the wear side league took a couple of games to settle into the team then has made his position his own. Jordan gets what we are trying to achieve with the way we play and with what we are building. His successful season was caped off when he made his northern league debut in there last game of the season after impress in our cup semi final and in our joint training sessions .
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Tom made his return to the club to play two games at the end of the season . A cultured midfield player with a eye for a pass . We hope to see tom more next season as he could be a big player for us
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Cameron is the youngest player in our squad Cameron has also been at the club since 5 year old. Started the season playing for his dad in the 18s he soon found himself required to help out for the 23s and has taken to the job like a duck to water . Cameron just loves to defend , hes been earmarked by the northern league as one to push on next season
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Chris is a hardworking player who tries to take take what we do on the training pitch into the game.
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James is another that has been missing from football for a few years .
He spent a lot of the season training with us he took on board a lot of what Scott and Gary were doing and made his debut away ayt hartlepool over the closing weeks of the season James has played as a right back and is starting to look decent . More work to be done preseason and James could find himself in the starting 11
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Richard is in his 2nd year with the club a tough tackling defender . Richard is also at Manchester Universtiy so he played when hes been home . Richard also plays water polo for england
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Jake joined us this season after playing his youth football at local rivals Bishop Auckland decent footballer with the ball at his feet , His work rate could be better, Jake surprised us all when he joined the army like the university lads Jake will play when hes home on leave
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Sam is a gifted right winger who has the ability to beat his full back with easy. this was his 4th season with the club hes finished the 17/18 season as the team and leagues top scorer . Sam is off to university so will play for us when hes home which could be most weeks as hes only at Newcastle .
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Todd signed for the under 18s this season and has played a vital part in the upturn in results , when he has played for the 23s he has shown hes a decent ball playing center half or full back .
Todd has the potential next season to force his way into been a regularly for the 23s and continue to improve as a player .
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Ross is one of the players to sign for us with northern league experience he played in the first 12 games of the season for the northern league then a fall out with there management let him to play for us.
Kingpin in the team for us leads by example and sets the standards for the rest of the young team. hope to see Ross regularly next season and that he gets his chance under the new northern league manager
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Billy is a skillful player who preseason impressed at the northern league training since then injury's have wrecked his season we have seen how good he can be playing in his unnatural position of center midfield helping us win our first game of the season with a motm performance.
With a full preseason this year and a bit of luck with injuries we will see billy progress and knock on the door of playing at a higher level.
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