Squad & Staff

COACHING STAFF

Chris Hardy Manager – Known as ‘Chardy’, Chris was appointed in December 2015 as Darren Williams’ successor. He is a big advocate of free-flowing football and encourages his teams to play a sharp passing game, with an keen eye on fitness. An ambitious manager, Chris had an impressive spell in charge of local rivals Guisborough Town before joining the Seasiders, taking them from perennial second division strugglers in the Northern League to title challengers in the first division. Along the way, his Guisborough Town side won the 2014 team of the season, as well as the North Riding Senior Cup, beating Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Over the years, Chris has gained a reputation for developing young players, both who have dropped out of the pro game and from the surrounding areas, implementing a development squad plan with the Priorymen. Hardy won his first honour with the club in May 2017, leading the Blues to Riverside success in the North Riding Senior Cup, defeating Pickering Town 3-1 in the final.

Lee Bullock Defender/Asst. Manager – ‘Bully’ is an experienced former Football League player who began his career as a central midfielder, before dropping into the heart of defence. Composed in possession and good in the air, Bullock started out at York City, making 183 appearances for the Minstermen over two spells. His professional debut came in December 1998 against Wrexham as a 17-year-old trainee, a second round FA Cup tie which York City lost 2-1. Following this, Bullock appeared for Cardiff City, Hartlepool United and Bradford. Bullock signed for Whitby Town in the summer of 2013, and was appointed as assistant manager to Chris Hardy in December 2015, following a win 4-1 win over Mickleover Sports as caretaker manager.

David McTiernan Midfielder/Coach – A Seasiders legend who re-signed from Blyth Spartans in early July 2018 for a fourth spell with the club. ‘Macca’ is a no-nonsense midfielder who likes to get the job done, with a bite in his tackle. A hugely experienced player who has also appeared for Newcastle Blue Star, Harrogate Town and Middlesbrough as a junior, McTiernan will be looking to hunt down Paul Pitman’s club appearance record of 478 in the coming seasons.

Daniel Dixon Goalkeeper/Goalkeeping Coach – Dicko followed Chris Hardy from Guisborough Town in December 2015, becoming understudy to Shane Bland. He’s a respected goalkeeping coach with additional playing experience in the Northern League with Marske United, Thornaby and Billingham Synthonia.

Jeff Miller Sports Therapist – Miller joined the Blues in July 2017, replacing previous Sports Therapist Paul Scott. He spent over thirty years with York City and has vast Football League experience, before deciding to move to the Turnbull Ground for a fresh challenge.

Scott Dalgarno Kit Man – Kit man ‘Dally’ spent eight seasons with Guisborough Town, before becoming Chris Hardy’s first appointment, when taking over the Blues in December 2015.

GOALKEEPERS

Shane Bland – A fans’ favourite who rejoined the Seasiders for his second spell in May from West Auckland Town, becoming Chris Hardy’s first summer signing of 2019-20. Bland is often called upon by Hardy to start attacks for the Seasiders with his long-range throwing and pin-point kicking. Despite his deceptively small figure, Bland is strong in the air. Brought in from Middlesbrough in 2013, where he began his career. Bland has also turned out for Spennymoor Town in the National League North.

DEFENDERS

Matthew Elsdon – Matthew is on loan with the club from National League side, Barrow. Born in Durham, Matthew progressed through the Middlesbrough academy system and earned a full time deal in the summer of 2015. Although he did not make a first team appearance he regularly featured in their development squad and in the early part of the 2017-18 season he made eight appearances in the Scottish Championship for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He was released by ‘Boro in the summer of 2018 and joined Barrow in July.

Ben Kitchen – Right-sided full-back, formerly of Newcastle United, who impressed Chris Hardy in pre-season while on trial with his direct attacking when operating as a wing-back and resolute defending on the back foot. Kitchen has most recently had a spell in Croatia with NK Novigrad, returning to England earlier this year.

Brad Mills – Right-sided full-back, who can operate in the centre of the park, with bundles of energy. Signed from Chris Hardy’s former club Guisborough Town in July 2019, after two years with the Priorymen. Mills, a former Middlesbrough academy player, has also had spells with Gateshead and Spanish Third Division side Deportivo Marino.

Daniel Rowe – A versatile defender who primarily operates in the centre. Blues manager Chris Hardy is a big fan of Rowe, who he signed at the second attempt from Frickley Athletic, after previously trying to get him to the club in 2016. The composed, classy centre-half has appeared for Rotherham United, Wycombe Wanderers and York City in the past.

Jassem Sukar – Naturally a left-back, the former Sunderland man can play anywhere across the defence or in the centre of the park. Signed in the latter stages of the 2017-18 campaign, Sukar became a regular in Chris Hardy’s side over that spell and across last season, and provides another versatile option for the Seasiders.

Kieran Weledji – Highly gifted central defender, released by Middlesbrough in July 2015. Darren Williams acted quickly after Kieran starred in a pre-season Blues win over Bradford City’s first team. A classy, strong centre-half, who Chris Hardy has developed into an exciting attacking option, Kieran passes and reads the game well, he also looks to get forward at every opportunity.

Alex White – Commanding and experienced defender who re-joined the Seasiders from Washington in the summer of 2018, after a number of years away from the club. An imposing figure at the back, White is a popular figure thanks to his incredible workrate and effort on the field, and pleasant nature off it. White has also appeared for Hartlepool United as a junior, along with Gretna, Stranraer and Blyth Spartans amongst other clubs.

MIDFIELDERS

Liam Cooke – Former Middlesbrough youngster who joined the Seasiders on dual-registration terms in August following a trial with the club. Midfielder with an eye for a pass and not afraid to try and make things happen. Brother of Peterborough United attacking midfielder Callum Cooke.

Matty Dixon – Midfielder who is confident in possession. A composed character, Dixon, who started his career at Hull City, joined the Seasiders from local rivals Scarborough Athletic in July 2019. The midfielder has also represented York City, Gainsborough Trinity, North Ferriby United and Spennymoor Town.

Adam Gell – Hard-working box-to-box midfielder, considered one of the best in the Northern League when he swapped Guisborough’s King George V ground for the Turnbull in July 2015. Gelly is very comfortable on the ball and acts as the perfect go-between to connect defence with attack. Gell left the Seasiders for Shildon in November 2017, but returned in August 2018, needing little persuasion from Chris Hardy to return.

Jake Hackett – Young Jake joined Whitby in October 2019 on a youth loan from Sunderland. He has been with the Black Cats since the age of eight and made his senior debut for the club in 2018 during an EFL Trophy match.

Dale Hopson – Blues captain and a highly-rated midfielder with Conference-level experience at the former Darlington FC club, where he began his career. He was then talent-spotted and subsequently signed by Huddersfield Town, before returning to Darlington 1883. A fine deadball taker and a determined runner at defenders, Dale was tracked by Darren Williams for some time before eventually signing for the Seasiders in August 2014, making his debut at home to Skelmersdale United. Hopson returned to the club in the summer, to much excitement, following a spell with Blyth Spartans. The 2016-17 season saw Hopson net 32 goals, as Whitby just missed out on the Evo-Stik Premier play-offs.

Callum Patton – A midfielder with an eye for goal, Patton joined the Seasiders for a second spell in November 2018 from Bishop Auckland, netting on his second debut at Stafford Rangers. Patton is known for his aggressive attacking play and tough tackling when defending. Originally from Sunderland, the midfielder, who has represented English Colleges, numbers Chester-le-Street, Gateshead, Durham City, Sunderland RCA and Whitley Bay amongst his former clubs.

Corey Roper – A former Leeds United academy player, Roper represented the Whites at under-18 and under-21 levels. A composed, calm and collected midfielder with an excellent attitude and willingness to learn. Joined from Tadcaster Albion in July 2019, and has also turned out for Wrexham in the past.

FORWARDS

Connor Bell – Connor joined Whitby in October 2019 following a brief spell in Australia with Preston Lions. In 2017, he joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle after a decent spell in Switzerland with Servette’s Under-21 side. He then moved on to Greenock Morton in 2018 and scored on his debut against Albion Rovers. He already has experience in the NPL having played for South Shields in 2018/19. Whilst there, he scored on his debut in a 4-1 victory over Hednesford Town.

Brad Fewster – Explosive centre-forward who is a constant thorn in the side of defenders with his pace. His signing for the Seasiders in February 2019 from Blyth Spartans was considered something of a coup, given how highly-rated he is. A Middlesbrough academy graduate, the striker quickly gained a name for himself at the Turnbull Ground with his powerful strikes on goal and prolific goalscoring. Fewster represented England up to under-19 level, and has also appeared for Preston North End, York City, Hartlepool United and Spennymoor Town.

Greg Rutherford – Hard-working striker who joined the Seasiders in July 2018, following his release by Spennymoor Town. A strong, tall forward with a turn of pace, Rutherford is considered one of the most exciting of Chris Hardy’s summer incomings. Not afraid to graft for the team, Rutherford also has an eye for a special strike, giving Hardy no end of options in how to use the former Blyth Spartans, Alloa Athletic and Berwick Rangers striker.

Matthew Tymon – Another former Hartlepool starlet – Matty is now in his third spell with the Blues after a loan period in 2009 from Victoria Park and two spells at Workington and West Auckland, Tommy Cassidy signed him after a debut goal in pre-season 2011 and Chris Hardy moved for the frontman in June 2016 to end another bright spell in Cumbria. A tall, pacey, skilful striker capable of turning a game. Tymon had an impressive opening season, scoring 17 goals on his return to the club.

Arran Wearmouth – A versatile and experienced forward, who can also operate in a full-back berth. Tall, direct player who likes to run at players and get to the byline. Joined the club in July 2019 following a spell with Bishop Auckland, and has also appeared for Blyth Spartans and Darlington.