MARC RICHES - Goalkeeper [Profile]

Signed from rivals Durham City in January 2006, where he was in his second spell with the club. He originally joined Durham from Crook Town in September 2000, and was in his third season with Durham City before signing for Gateshead in November 2002. Marc is an outstanding goalkeeper who likes to take command of his area. Switched to Whitby Town in February 2003 and then to Bishop Auckland in December 2003. [Photo]


Only just left the junior ranks this season after joining the Club during season 2003/04. He was a regular in the Northumberland Under 18's side when he signed for Bedlington and had many a pundit tipping him for higher levels. Tall and strong he's certainly built for the job and has shown himself to be capable of playing at Northern League level. Had a trial with WBA in 2004 but nothing further came. Still learning the game he has been unlucky with injuries during the 2004/05 season. [Photo]

GARETH POWELL - Goalkeeper

Former Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper who signed for Bedlington Terriers from Northern League rivals Dunston Federation at the beginning of the 2001/02 season and has showed that he is an excellent talent. It came as little surprise when clubs higher in the Pyramid looked at him and he eventually joined UniBond side Gateshead in January 2004. Gareth left Gateshead to rejoin Bedlington in the summer of 2004. Sadly suffered a career ending injury in action against Dunston Federation Brewery in November 2005. A benefit game is planned for him at the end of the current season. [Photo]

JAMES HARMISON - Central Defender

James was signed from Ashington towards the end of the 1999/2000 season and immediately impressed with his mature displays in the right back position despite his young age. Member of the famous Harmison sporting family. Big brother Steve is now world renowned in cricketing circles with Durham and England, younger brother Ben is also making cricketing strides with Durham and England U-19's and father James is a well known former Northern League player. Found his niche this season in the centre of defence, James had a trial with Fulham at the end of the 2000/1 season and has attracted interest from other league clubs. James is a fair cricketer himself and has represented Northumberland on many occasions. James picked up all available awards at the end of an impressive 2004/5 season, the Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year was also the most improved player and thoroughly deserved all the plaudits.[Photo]

PAUL DUNN - Full Back

A signing that brought real quality to the team last season after narrowly failing to win a contract at Darlington in September 2004 following his release from Newcastle United at the end of the previous season. Their loss has been our gain. Paul is very much a modern full back who is good on the ball, likes to get forward and support the attack. His excellent control and a great eye for a pass can also benefit the side on the left wing if needed. Missed all of last season with a knee injury which re-occurred at the start of this season. [Photo]

SAM KITCHEN - Defender [Profile]

Sam returned to Gateshead in late November 2001 after a spell with Bishop Auckland before switching to Albany Northern League side Durham City in August 2002. He had been captain of Gateshead before leaving and was known to be one the best central defenders seen at the club for many years. A cool, calm player, he knows how to handle difficult situations. Born in Germany, Sam started his playing days with Yorkshire Main before having spell with Goole, Stafford Rangers and Frickley Atlhletic. Played League football with Leyton Orient and Doncaster Rovers prior to his first spell at the International Stadium. Sam signed for Bedlington in the summer of 2004. [Photo]

JUSTIN KEEGAN - Defender [Profile]

Signed from Durham City in the close season Justin was their skipper last season. He had two seasons at Durham after three years with Blyth Spartans in the Unibond Premier League. He also had spells with Dunston Federation and Darlington where he just failed to break through to the first team squad. A very strong uncompromising centre-back his nickname from his Spartans days was "Bull". Good in the air and a strong tackler he likes to lead by example and should be a valuable addition to the Terriers rearguard. [Photo]


Signed from Shankhouse in January 2006. [Photo]

STEVEN WALKLATE - Defender/Midfielder [Profile]

Joined the Terriers on the same day as Justin Keegan after four years at Durham City whom he signed for from Queen of the South in 2001. His previously clubs were Middlesborough, Darlington and Blyth Spartans. Described, as a hard working player who reads the game well his experience at a higher level should bring good experience to the Bedlington squad. It will be interesting to see what position he ends up at in the side as he is equally adapt in the full back position and midfield as well as his preferred position of central defence. [Photo]

COLIN MORTON - Central Defender/Full Back [Profile]

Rocky signed for Blyth Spartans during the summer of 2001 from Hibernian and was originally with Derby. A rock solid defender who likes a tackle and getting forward to support his attack. Colin left Blyth to join Bedlington last season and in his early months he was unlucky with injuries. However this season he has done very well and established himself in the first XI. [Photo]

CRAIG BRYCE - Defender/Midfielder

Craig broke into the first team at the start of the 2004/5 season when the Terriers were suffering from an injury crisis. Still at school, Brycey constantly has to put up with jibes about doing homework and being babysat by the older players. He is an uncompromising player who loves a tackle and is a talented youngster who has represented Northumberland Under 18's this season. One for the future. [Photo]

MARK ATKINSON - Defender/Midfielder

21 year-old Mark Atkinson has been signed from Unibond Premier League side Gateshead. He is a former captain of Sunderland juniors and also spent time at Blyth Spartans following his release from the Stadium of Light. Predominately a defender he can also play on the left side of midfield. His close control skills and ability to run at the opposition marks him down as a player who should add valuable balance and enthusiasm to the Terriers squad. [Photo]

MICKY CROSS - Midfielder

Micky is a Bedlington lad through and through and one of the most loyal servants of the club enjoying a well-supported testimonial against a Sunderland XI in August 2002. A real workhorse in the midfield he is one of the fittest players around. His box to box work has been a feature of many a good Bedlington performance and there is a terrace expression that goes "if Crossy plays well Bedlington play well." Also a well known female fashion "guru"! Just ask the staff at The Palace! [Photo]

CRAIG ROBSON - Midfielder

Signed in January 2006 from Bishop Auckland, having returned there from Gateshead in the summer. Previously played for Newcastle United, Carlisle United and Vancouver Whitecaps. [Photo]

KEITH DOUGLAS - Midfielder

Signed from Durham City prior to the 2003/4 season and comes with UniBond experience with Gateshead. Keith is a tireless player in the middle of the park and never gives less than 100%. Keith had impressed the Terriers over a couple of seasons with his performances and when he was available the Terriers wasted no time in snapping him up. Also a fully qualified football coach who works for Newcastle United even though his first football love is Sunderland ! His work rate is matched by his talking rate! Has been in outstanding form so far this season. [Photo]

PAUL NEWSTEAD - Midfielder

Signed just prior to the 2005/6 season and a welcome addition to the Bedlington squad. Previously approached by the Terriers, he had spent the previous season first Seaton Delaval, then Morpeth Town and finally West Allotment Celtic. He had signed for Blyth Town for the coming season before deciding to give the Northern League another try at Welfare Park. Paul is described as a tough-tackling midfield player and will hope to complement the abundance of creative talent already in the Bedlington ranks. [Photo]

JAMES LANG - Midfielder

James signed prior to the 2003/4 season from Alnwick, although he had just re-signed for the Northumberland team from West Auckland. James had impressed the Terriers management with some good performances for West against the Terriers, especially in the 2002/3 season. Competes with Kevin for a place in the starting XI although he is equally at home in the centre. Probably the most injury prone member of the squad he missed the 2005 FA Vase quarter final when he put his back out picking his bag up off the floor in the Hotel on the morning of the game. [Photo]


A cutltured midfield player, Gareth is in his second spell at the club, after a short time at Gateshead early in the 2005/06 season. Since his return to Bedlington, he has been in inspired form and truly is the heart of our midfield. [Photo]

GARY PEARSON - Midfielder

Gary began his career in the league with Sheffield Utd in 1995, before then dropping down to non-league football. He played for Stalybridge Celtic and Durham City before moving back into the league with Darlington in 2001. He made thirty nine appearances for them. Gary moved to York City in the summer of 2004 (making twelve appearances), but eventually returned to Durham from where he signed for Bedlington in January 2006. [Photo]

PAUL ROBINSON - Midfield [Profile]

Bedlington have high hopes for this cultured midfield player whom they signed as free agent after his release from Conference side York City. Paul was coveted by many Clubs following his return to the North East but chose Bedlington where his brother Michael is on the books after impressing everyone in pre-season. A two-footed player who seems to glide past players he has an eye for goal as well as covering the pitch very well. He left the North East for a spell with Tranmere Rovers before ending up at York and is a terrific prospect who will excite the Welfare Park faithful. Needs to improve his penalty technique though! [Photo]

ROBERT COCKBURN - Midfielder/Forward

"The Felton Flyer", Robbie joined the club from Alnwick Town in February 2001 after impressing against the Terriers in the Northumberland Senior Cup-ties. Equally at home in either wide position or through the middle, where his searing pace, close ball skills and eye for goal are a problem for most defenders. Prior to joining Bedlington has spent his entire career with Alnwick where he started in the u-10 side and progressed through the ranks to the 1st team. Did have a trial with Norwich City but didn't make the grade. The 2003/04 Club Player of the Year and Supporter's Club Player of the Year. Injuries last season meant he wasn't as dynamic a force, but seems to back to his best this season.[Photo]


John started his career as a defender on apprentice forms with Newcastle United. After his release he ended up at Seaham Red Star where circumstances saw him switched to a front running role and he has never looked back. After joining Bedlington from Seaham he has become the Terriers major source of goals and holds the record for most goals in a season with 65 in the 1998/1999 season. There is considerably more to his game than his goal scoring and in recent seasons his all round game and intelligence on the park has seen him turn in fine displays in midfield and at the heart of the defence. Has twice been voted BBC Radio Newcastle non-league player of the year, and in 2005 was awarded a testimonial at the club for his long and loyal service. [Photo]


Talented forward who returned to his native north-east roots to join UniBond Premier side Spennymoor United in July 2003 after being released by Burnley. Had spent four years as a professional at Turf Moor, making just one senior appearance, but gained experience in loan spells with St Patrick's Athletic in Ireland, Falkirk in Scotland and Stalybridge Celtic. Switched to First Division Gateshead in January 2004, before briefly rejoining Spennymoor in the summer of 2004. Within weeks he made the move to Welfare Park where he has impressed everyone with his pace, good close control and eye for goal. [Photo]

STEVEN PREEN - Forward [Profile]

Ex- Queen of the South, Gateshead, Spennymoor United and Blyth Spartans striker who joined in January 2005 after being released from Blyth. A strong player who can hold the ball up well before bringing others in to the game. He is also good in the air and its hoped he can form a potent partnership with Tony Shandran and/or John Milner in the Terriers attack. Hero of the 2005 FA Vase tie at Enfield with a brace of goals and seems to have his appetite for the game back since coming to The Welfare. [Photo]

DEAN GIBB - Forward/Coach

Dean originally joined the club as part of a deal, which also saw Durham's floodlights coming to Welfare Park in 1996. He spent several excellent years at Welfare Park where he became a cult hero with his all action displays up front and was part of the deadly Terriers strike partnership with John Milner. Famed for being the only player to be sent off in a penalty shoot out during an FA Cup tie at Bamber Bridge, he has experience with Hartlepool in his younger days. Left to become Assistant Manager at Newcastle Blue star for the 2003/4 season, but returned as a player a year later to the club he loves so much. [Photo]

KEITH PERRY - Joint Manager

To describe Keith as joint manager is almost an insult. For the last 12 years or so he has been "Mr Bedlington". Has turned his hand to everything from pitch maintenance to player negotiations to ground renovation in his time.
Was instrumental in getting New Chairman Graham Burnard in to the fold and is happy to let Graham lead on the administration front these days. On the managerial front his motivational talks and techniques have grown to legendary status. Has been instrumental in lifting the club from the depths of the Northern League 2nd Division to the feats they have achieved today. Without him the phenomenon that is now Bedlington Terriers would not exist. [Photo]

TONY LOWERY - Joint Manager

In a football league playing career that took in a spell at West Bromwich Albion, Tony appeared in over 350 first team games for Mansfield Town before injury curtailed his career at 31. Moved into management on his return to the north where he had a spell as assistant manager at Blyth before being invited by Keith Perry to join forces at Welfare Park. A good reader of the game and players he has contributed immensely to the Terriers success through his knowledge and dedication to his duties. [Photo]

MEL HARMISON - Coach/Defender

Another Bedlington lad that has served the Terriers well as a speedy left back before making the switch to first team coach early in the 2000 season. Still registered as a player he is a fitness fanatic who asks a lot of his players in training but is equal to the questions he asks. Former Ashington player he was one of the stars of the West Auckland "T.V." team that lifted the World Cup. Also a fine cricketer with an excellent fielding reputation. And yes despite his looks he is a "Harmison" ! [Photo]


Mr "Magic Hands" is a veteran of the non-league scene with over 40 years service for the likes of Blyth, Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland. He has even been known to manage clubs on occasions with some success. Even a quadruple heart by-pass operation a few of years ago has not diminished his appetite for the game or slowed him down as he was back in the ranks in a remarkably quick recovery time. Every one in the Club knows "Robbo" is the man to see when injured and has even treated The Secretary's basketball injuries ! He shares the physio duties with Derek Gair.

DEREK GAIR - Assistant Physio

Darky is one of those hard working (at least at the football club!) figures no team can be without and always seems to have a smile on his face. His cheery disposition is probably due to the fact that away from the club "work" is a four-letter word although he does make a nice cup of tea ! Helps, or hinders, G.I. Johnny on the kit side as part of his duties. If ever he leaves the club would probably get a job as a stand-up comedian as he is never short of a joke or three!


GI Johnny Shoulders is the man with the responsibility for ensuring the Terriers are immaculately turned out when they run on the field, even if he sometimes has his own ideas on what they should wear. He has also been known to cover for the physio's duties as well as filling in as Keith's chauffeur on occasions. Currently awaiting a letter from Wansbeck General Hospital to confirm the date for an operation to remove his baseball cap.