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Pic 1 : new management team Paul Stoneman (Manager) , Grant Crookes
(Coach) and Ash Berry (Manager)
Pic 1 : new management team Paul Stoneman (Manager) , Grant Crookes (Coach) and Ash Berry (Manager)
Pic 2 : Player/Manager Paul Stoneman heading
Pic 3 : New signing Pete Naylor
BRIDLINGTON TOWN PLAYER/COACH PROFILES
BRIDLINGTON TOWN PLAYER/COACH PROFILES
(Joint manager) Respected coach with a CV that includes spells with Huddersfield Town, Halifax, and Chesterfield youth set-ups. Has also had successful periods with Ossett Albion and Wakefield at Unibond level, and forms part of the new-look management duo alongside Paul Stoneman.
(Coach) Had spells with Hartlepool and Darlington as a promising young defender before injury ruled out a career in the league. After a time out of the game after the setback, he returned to action briefly with Willington in the Northern League before going into coaching. He is progressing well in his new field, as having joined up with Paul and Ash at Wakefield, he is currently also one of the coaches at the Halifax Town centre of Excellence.
(Goalkeeper/Coach) Vastly experienced locally based 'keeper who featured for Hull City and Bristol Rovers in the Football League, along with Scarborough, Harrogate Town and Bradford P.A. before 'coming home' to Town in 2001. Played an integral part in the NCEL championship side which returned Town into the Unibond League, and is still among the very best at this level.
(Defender) Ex-Grimsby Town youngster signed last year who turns 21 this season. Has made the right-back slot his own after spells out of position, with plenty of pace going forward, combined with superb tackling ability.
(Centre-Back) (SPONSORED BY BRIDTOWNFCFORUM.CO.UK)
Former England Schoolboy representative in his 5th season at the club, and still only 22. Another to benefit hugely from a return to his best position at the end of last season, and is now back to his commanding best. A footballing centre-half who can snuff out an attacking threat equally comfortably on the ground or in the air.
(Defender) Tough-tackling defender signed from Selby Town this season, with Unibond experience from last season at Goole. Can play at right-back or in the centre, and will add a much-needed physical presence to the back four.
(Def/Joint Manager) Appointed by Pete Smurthwaite after Xmas to take the club onward and upward. Began his career at Blackpool, featuring in over 70 games, before a move to Halifax Town where he spent 10 seasons and amassed over 200 appearances. Moved on to skipper Harrogate Town and Wakefield, from where he left to join Town. Still only 33 years old, and one of the best centre-backs around at this level.
(Defender) (SPONSORED BY IVANHOE GUEST HOUSE BRIDLINGTON)
Triple winner at the Club's latest end-of-season awards, which sums up the contribution made by 'Flesh' to the side last season. Primarily a centre-half, but can play anywhere across the back four with ease. Superb heading ability despite his stature, and distribution to match. Has few equals in this division at present.
(Defender) A product of Town's under-19 side and one of the brightest prospects to emerge locally for years. Yet to turn 16, was plunged in at the deep end for his debut at Belper this season, and has looked totally comfortable with the step up. Will surely progress up the ladder in years to come.
(Defender/Midfield) Versatile York-based left-back who can also play through the centre of midfield equally effectively, signed this pre-season from Goole where he gained Unibond experience. Tenacious tackler in both roles, who gives Paul a much-needed option in selecting his squad.
(Midfield) One of Ash and Paul's new recruits this season, and the son of the former. The youngster has Unibond experience at Goole and Wakefield, and looks a more than capable addition to the Town squad.
(Midfield) Locally-based creative central midfielder who figured regularly for the reserve side last year but started knocking on the door for a First XI call-up as the season progressed. Made the step up to Unibond level early in this campaign, and will be looking to nail down a spot in Town's new look midfield.
(Midfield) Rugged 21-year old central midfielder brought in as one of Paul Stoneman's first signings to strengthen the ball-winning aspect of the side. Was a part of Halifax Town's youth academy and made the step up from there into the First XI, making 7 appearances for the First XI before a move to Bradford PA in 2005.
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(Midfield) Ex Hall-Road midfielder, and winner of Town's young player award last season. Adapted quickly to the Unibond despite the step up, and his power and pace through the middle transformed Town's central play. Is more than capable of achieving double figures in front of goal, and will be a real handful for any opposition midfielders this season.
(Midfield) Small in stature but with bags of ability, another one to make the transition from Town's under-19 set-up this season. Hull City are apparently keeping an eye on the youngster, who has looked undaunted by the step up into Unibond football this season.
(Striker) Another one for the future, signed in the close season from Pickering Town, and a product of the Scarborough School of Excellence. Already strong and sharp, and has made the right wing slot after a storming start to the season and regular appearances on the scoresheet.
(Striker) Pocket sized frontman in his second spell at Queensgate having returned from HPL side Reckitts. A genuine fans favourite, who allies tremendous all-round ability with a forward's eye for goal and phenomenal workrate. Does the unsung work equally as much as the scoring.
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21-year old Bridlington-born frontman with professional experience at Hartlepool, and a player the Town faithful have coveted for a long time. Has had loan spells at Whitby and Bishop Auckland, but was surprisingly released by York City this season, and a massive acquisition for Town. Classy striker, who will surely feature among the leading goalscorers in the division this season.
(Striker) On loan from Bradford Park Avenue, where he was their leading goalscorer last season in the Unibond Premier League with 17. A product of the Park Avenue academy, he got off the mark for Town in his first game with a spectacular solo goal at Shepshed.
(Striker) Another from Ash and Paul's 'Halifax Connection'. 23-year old frontman with 69 appearances in 3 years with the Shaymen to his credit, along with time at Harrogate Town, Ossett Albion and Leek Town. Time out of the agme dure to family commetments over the last year, but if he recaptures the form which saw QPR reputedly offer £150,000 for his services as a youngster, he will be more than a match for any defences at this level.
1. Shaun Baker (captain)
1. Shaun Baker (captain)
2. Jamie Barnwell
3. Gavin Kelly (player/coach)
4. Gary Wardell
5. Danny Buttle
6. Luke Harper
7. Carl Giblin
8. Anthony Bowsley
9. Rich Medcalf
10. Chris Hyam
11. Matt McKay
12. Nick Tudor
13. Craig Suddaby
14. Drew McCoubrey
15. Mark Barber
16. Danny Gildea