West Allotment Celtic
MEET THE PLAYERS
Finn is a teenage goalkeeper of immense promise who made his debut for Allotment when only sixteen-years-old. His fledgling career started with stints at both Cramlington Juniors and New Hartley Juniors but he already has over fifty appearances for Celtic under his belt.
Sean made 31 appearances for Allotment last season and has re-signed for 2019-20 to provide a fine back-up option to Finn Hodgson.
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Ryan is a twenty-one-year-old defender/midfielder who signed for Allotment during the close-season and has quickly established himself as a first-team regular, usually operating on the right flank in either a defensive or offensive role. He had previously been on a year’s scholarship in the USA.
School teacher Kurt signed for Celtic in October 2018 and made his debut away to Ryton & Crawcrook in an EA Memorial Cup match. Kurt can play equally effectively in the centre of defence or as a full-back, where his pacey bursts up the flanks are a feature of his game.
Twenty-three-year-old central defender Michael signed for Allotment during the summer of 2018 and is another player who arrived from Seaton Delaval, where he was team captain. He has proven to be a fine acquisition, performing consistently well whether at full-back or in the centre of the defence.
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Now in his late-twenties, midfielder Gil made his debut for Allotment in the opening match of the 2017/18 season after previously representing Horden, South Shields, Progresso Sambizanga (Angola), Jarrow, Consett and Newcastle Benfield. Not scared to tackle (to which his disciplinary record pays testimony!), Gil also has a useful trick or two and was “Players’ Player of the Year” last season.
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Jack was on the books of Burnley at the start of his career and turned out for Newcastle Benfield and Blyth Spartans before representing Blyth AFC during 2017/18. Jack made his competitive debut for Allotment at home to Brandon Utd in the opening game of last season and has gone on to be a pivotal figure, as befitting the team captain. “Erra” can operate in midfield but has usually played in the centre of defence for Allotment.
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Michael joined Allotment in August 2018 after representing the Amateurs of Seaton Delaval and Percy Main and made the step up to Northern League level with ease. Michael made 38 appearances, usually as left-back, during the 18/19 campaign, scoring twice and has continued to be a mainstay of the team this season.
Shane joined Allotment from Heaton Stannington in January 2019 and made an instant impact with a brace of goals away to Chester-le-Street on his debut. He has continued to find the net ever since, with a highly impressive goals-to-game ratio, with many of them being stunning long-range strikes.
Midfielder Michael was with Celtic last season but had few chances to shine. He is now a first-team regular who can pick a killer pass and strike the ball with ferocious force.
John re-signed for Celtic in early October 2018, nine years after his previous short, explosive, spell with the club. John’s initial appearances for Allotment back in 2009 brought a netful of goals as well as many demonstrations of outstanding skill and technique. In between the stints with Allotment, John has turned out for a number of clubs, including at football league level with Oxford United.
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Tony provides an imposing presence in midfield or defence and joined Celtic from Seaton Delaval.
Mikel can operate at full-back or in midfield and has previously represented Newcastle Benfield and Heaton Stannington. He took a year out of the game but is now back and has been a regular starter since the season started. He grabbed his first goal for Celtic against Billingham Synthonia in August.
Only twenty years old, Jacob signed for Allotment after playing for Percy Main Amateurs. Prior to joining Percy Main, Jacob moved up through the junior ranks at Walker Central FC and represented Northumberland at Under-18 level. Very strong and capable of using both feet equally well, Jacob operates from box-to-box and always has an eye for goal.
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Young midfielder Callum signed for Allotment in July 2019 after being with South Shields Academy last season. He had an impressive pre-season and has made himself a regular member of the match-day squad.
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Midfielder Shane made fourteen appearances for Celtic last season, scoring twice, before going off to play in Norway. He re-joined the club in September to add yet more genuine quality to the squad.
Luke made his debut for Allotment as a teenager back in 2005 before going on to play for Newcastle Blue Star, Ashington and Tow Law Town. Luke, who can play on the left of midfield or at left-back re-joined Celtic in 2014 and is now fast approaching 200 appearances for the club.
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Providing a physical presence upfront, with no little skill on the ball, Bruno has proved to be a handful for opposition teams since making his debut for Allotment in August 2017. His versatility means he can be deployed in positions across the pitch.
Attacker who joined Allotment from Seaton Delaval, where he was a very consistent scorer. Matty’s non-stop endeavour and excellent first-touch mean no defender can relax and he puts in a full shift even when not on the scoresheet. Scored twenty goals in forty-three appearances last season, was named “Club Player of the Year”, and has continued that form this season.
Dean first played for Allotment as a youngster back in 2009 but re-signed from Blyth AFC in August 2017 and works tirelessly upfront, not giving defenders (or referees!) a moment of peace. He has now made over a century of appearances for Celtic and regularly takes a selfless battering on behalf of the team.
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“Abu” was with Heaton Stannington last term but signed for Allotment during the close-season. He is a pacey forward with quick feet and glides past opponents with silky ease. Abu is a cool finisher and is maintaining a very impressive strike rate for Celtic.
Striker Nicky signed for Allotment during the close-season of 2017 after spells with Wallsend Boys Club and Percy Main. He has struggled from a series of injuries but has notched over fifty appearances for Allotment, scoring eight goals.