Entrepreneur Michael has made a big impact on and off the pitch
since joining the club at the start of the season. Formerly with Grimsby
Town, Nottingham Forest and most recently with Blyth Spartans, Michael
has rediscovered his passion and confidence playing for the Green and
Black. He has firmly established himself as first choice keeper and
probably only one time guest keeper Andy Cutts can challenge him as
Alltime Number 1.
Skipper Cussy has been rejuvenated since moving to the right back
spot and has produced the best football of his Garnett career this season,
his fifth with the club. His comeback is an example to all in the club
as he spent last season in the Reserves after spending most of his first
three seasons in the 1st team midfield. Rich who has over 150 appearances
for the club, has worked very hard on his fitness and has reveled in
the responsibilities of captaincy.
Sixth year veteran Peter has made the left back his spot his own. An
ex-junior international athlete, centurion Peter is in Paddy's Alltime
Team of the 90's and been narrow runner up as Player of the Year for
the last two seasons. After spending his first three years at Garnett
sweeping, Peter has excelled as a left back and even added goals scoring
prowess to his list of talents.
Ex-Newcastle University captain Shaun has made a massive impression
since joining the Green and Black at the start of the season. The club
is delighted to have such a talented and committed player on their books.
Shaun is a physically imposing centre half with pure footballing ability,
a rare combination at any level. One of the first to pay his subs and
an ever present at training, Shaun has quickly settled in and will hopefully
stay with the club while his work keeps him in the North East.
Loyal clubman Tart has been playing regularly again this season, his
fifth with the club, after spending most of last season working overseas.
Player of the Year in his first season, Tart has been a regular in the
first team when available. Tart is an excellent defender especially
proficient at the man-to-man marking role but he can also capably filled
in at centre half and at either full back. This season with influx of
so many talented players over the last couple of years he faces his
first real challenge to hold a regular place. Centurion Tart has been
one of the hardest working players off the field, especially at Benson
Youngster Alex has done tremendously well this season, only his second
with the club, to win the coveted slot alongside Cavanagh at the heart
of the defence. Alex spent lat season learning in the Reserves and has
grabbed his chance this season when the unfortunate Tom Webb was out
injured. Alex's total commitment on the pitch and at training will make
him a hard man to shift but he knows with talented players like Webb,
Almond and Reserve team centre halves Adam Alexander and Norwegian Christian
Ossarwy after his place he has to maintain a consistently high level
Tom has been very unlucky this season after being run a way Player of
the Year for the Reserves and impressing in an end of season trial with
1st team he started the season as first choice centre half. Unfortunately
an injury sustained at the end of last season prevented him taking this
place and the rapidly improving Alex Martin has grabbed his spot. Webby
has reacted in the right way by turning in some excellent performances
for the Reserves and is still very much in the 1st team picture.
Talented ball player Logan is in his fourth season with the club and
gives the team much needed balance on the right hand side of midfield.
One of the best passers and strikers of the ball in the club, Logan
is always a danger from set pieces. Logan joined the club in his first
year at University and rapidly secured a first team place after impressive
performances in the B team. He spent most of his second year in Reserves
before winning a place back in the first team at the end of last season
after spending the first part of the season playing only on a Wednesday.
Midfield dynamo Tim is in his second season in the first team after
spending his fresher season learning the ropes under Pollard in Reserves.
Tim excels in the centre of midfield where his non-stop running and
willingness to do the donkeywork has won him the respect of all his
teammates. In addition to his playing abilities Tim has efficiently
served as Student Secretary for the last two seasons, proving himself
to be one of the club's best ever administrators.
Dave is an example to all at the club. He has made himself an integral
part of the side through his sheer determination to win and improve.
Dave is the fittest player at the club and his hard tackling makes him
an ideal midfield ball winner. Dave has worked very hard to improve
his technical ability and now bares no resemblance to the raw player
who joined the club three seasons ago. Dave's commitment to the Green
and Black runs off the field where along with Tart and Rowson he has
willingly given up time to work on the pitch.
Squeaky clean, Neil has been reborn this season and firmly established
himself in the squad. This is second time round for Neil who left the
club under somewhat of a cloud after his first
season. He has come back with a vengeance this season after a few
games in the Reserves last year. He has worked really hard to get match
fit and as a result been one of the team's most consistent performers
this season. His passing abilities are best suited to a central midfield
role but he has the technical ability to play wide on either side of
midfield. In addition to his footballing abilities, Neil has been great
for team spirit with his bar room banter and will always be remembered
as the man who brought Shaun Cavanagh to the Green and Black. Jason
Thompson and "Taff" Alexander are other players in the Hindley
The ever reliable, Rowson is the consummate Garnett player, totally
dedicated to the cause, hardworking on and off the pitch. Rowson gives
the side much needed balance on the left of midfield though he can more
than competently fill in at left back or centre of midfield. Rowson
has proved to be one of the first names on the team sheet since the
return of Paddy as manager. Let it never be forgotten that Rowson was
the only man prepared to take over the Tyneside Amateur League secretarial
role at the start of last season hence single handedly saved the 1st
team from extinction.
Newcomer Rich has made an immediate impression after joining the club
early in the season after two seasons with Chem Eng. Rich's attitude
at training has been excellent and this with impressive performances
in Reserves has given him a chance in 1st team. His dribbling ability
and industry are ideally suited to a wide midfield position. Rich has
impressed in his early performances for 1st team and Logan will now
know he has real competition for his place.
Talented youngster David has continued to improve at a rapid rate this
season, his second with the Green and Black. A supremely skilled ball
player, David is learning the importance of releasing the ball and shooting
early to good effect. Still growing into his frame, David still lacks
strength but makes up for this with his workrate and passion for the
game. After starting off his fresher season in the third team, his talent
was quickly recognized and he became a regular in the 1st team squad.
After being nursed along last year, David has made the number 10 shirt
his own in this his second season, and after ten games of the season
was the only member of the squad to start every game and play every
Versatile left footed youngster Mark, has quietly won himself a regular
place in the first team squad. Like David Alexander he started in one
of the lower teams as a fresher last season but good performances and
attitude towards training secured a place in the 1st team. Another very
industrious and committed player with an excellent footballing brain.
Unfortunately, childhood illness mumps knocked mark out of action until
Christmas after he was involved in the first four games of the season.
The most prolific striker in the club's history, Danny has returned
to the Green and Black to start "enjoying it again". Danny
had scored 174 goals for the club prior to the season and will be looking
to break the 200 barrier by the end of it. Danny has been playing in
the Northern Alliance Premier League for the last season and bit and
proved himself capable of scoring at that level but he has come back
to where his heart is. With the talented teenager David Alexander and
Geordie whippet Jason Thompson challenging him for the two striking
positions, Danny knows he will have to work hard to wear his favourite
number 9 shirt.
Geordie whippet, Jason learned his football many years ago under Paddy's
management in Heathfield School's Under 15 B team. By amazing coincidence
he has now arrived at the Green and Black. A diminutive striker with
a blazing turn of pace and quick feet, Jason has caused problems to
every defence he has encountered. Still very inexperienced at this level,
Jason has the potential to be a prolific scorer.
Little left winger of many names, and a product of the Newcastle United
youth academy, Dan is an enormously talented footballer. Quick, and
agile, he has an excellent left foot, and is capable of scoring great
goals, and providing excellent delivery from set pieces. The opposition
hate it when he dribbles, you can see it all over their faces.