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Hebburn Week – Meet The Squad

Who are Hebburn Town?  The Northern League Division Two side will take on professional outfit Gateshead this Saturday at the International Stadium and, after finding out where the team came from, today Dean Nicholson, one of Hebburn’s FA Cup heroes, introduces us to the names that will be hoping to be headline makers this weekend.

Back row LEFT TO RIGHT
John Toomey, Scott Donaldson, Lee Harrison, Colin White, Paul Hutchinson, Chris Banno,
Jeff Forsyth, Dean Nicholson, Steven Banks, Martin Hunter

Front row LEFT TO RIGHT
Chris Tate, Dean Walker, Paul Gardner, Andrew Brabbs, Tony Stephenson, Stu Wright,
Stephen Forster

*Players in italics have now left the club

Dean, 23-years old and an office worker for Orange, joined Hebburn last season and has professional experience with West Bromwich Albion and BostonUnited, as well as seeing non-league action with Workington Town. The midfielder will be a danger with his set-piece delivery and all-action style.

Here’s Dean’s take on the squad for Saturday:

GOALKEEPER
Dan Regan (pictured right): Signed from Washington at the start of this season. A great shot stopper and a fantastic kicker of the ball.

DEFENDERS
Jeff Forsyth: Former West Bromwich Albion professional. Very tenacious, good in the air and loves a stepover.
John Toomey: Fantastic in the air and signed from Ryhope last year having previously been at Sunderland. He’s the clown of the dressing room.
Lee Harrison: Signed from Chester-le-Street during pre-season and is previously of Sunderland. He’s got an excellent left foot and has settled in very well during the early stages of this season.
Chris Jewels (left): Came in from Ashington and has made a excellent start. He’s the captain of the side and an excellent, all-round player.
Stu Wright: Signed from Newcastle Benfield during the summer. An excellent player who is comfortable at the back or in midfield. He’s very quick and has a sweet left foot.

MIDFIELDERS
Dean Walker: A young lad who’s very quick and delivers a great ball.
Jamie McClen (pictured below right): Don’t need to say much about Jamie. He’s an ex-Newcastle United player who keeps us ticking.
Dean Nicholson: I’ll let you say the rest, Andy! (See above).
Chris Tait: A goal-scoring midfielder who signed from Birtley Town during the summer. He’s settled in very well and scored a lot of goals so far.
Paul Gardiner: Signed from West Allotment Celtic during the summer. He’s an ex-Carlisle United player and an excellent technical player. Another of our goal scoring midfielders and he scored twice against Radcliffe.
Paul King: Just got back from a summer in Greece; has an excellent engine and is good with both feet. Paul made his debut against Radcliffe.
Scott Bamborough: Signed from Bishop Auckland and has made a good start at the club. He’s very strong and good with both feet.

STRIKERS
Stephen Forster: Ex-Birmingham City player; a very young and lively forward who’s capable of scoring goals in any team.
Tony Stephenson: Tony has been in great form this season and would be a thorn in the side of any defence. The ex-Gillingham player is quick, direct and a has a great left foot
Liam McBryde (left): Top goal scorer this season for us. He’s an ex-Sunderland player who’s excellent both in the air and on thefloor. He’s the main striking option we have.
ChrisLunn: Signed from West Auckland during the summer. He’s a very quick and direct player. We don’t quite know what he will do next … and neither does he!
Stu Nicholson (below right): Started at West Bromwich Albion and has played for several professional clubs. Stu has recently returned from a spell playing in Australia. Very quick and direct and he’s absolutely deadly in front of goal.

These are the Hebburn Town players available to take on Gateshead but there are unlucky ones who have played a part this season and will miss out due to injury or suspension. They are: Ben Miley, Jak Wells, Chris Bannon, Martin Hunter, Clayton Davison and Paul Hutchinson.

Words: Dean Nicholson of Hebburn Town & Andy Hudson. For more on Hebburn and much more, visit Andy’s world-wide-website Gannin’ Away and for Swedish football at Blagul Fotboll.

Team Photo and photo of Chris Jewels courtesy of Simon Barclay at SB Photography, Twitter @sbsportsphoto. Photo of Dan Regan courtesy of Michael Marriner Photography, photos of Jamie McClen and Stuart Nicholson courtesy of The Shields Gazette.

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