Player Biography

Team : South Shields
Player No : 1

01.Liam Connell

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Liam has been regarded as one of the Northern League's top goalkeepers for a number of years, having made his name with Dunston UTS.

Experienced but with plenty years ahead of him, he ended a seven-year stay with Dunston - where he became captain - to sign for South Shields in the summer of 2016. He arrived at Mariners Park with already two appearances under his belt for Shields, having had a short spell at the club as a teenager in 2005.

His other former clubs include Gateshead, Ryton, Chester-le-Street Town, Durham City and Tow Law Town, but it is at Dunston where he is most fondly thought of, having kept well over 100 clean sheets there. Liam was also a key part of the team which won the FA Vase at Wembley in 2012, beating West Auckland Town 2-0 in the final.

Team : South Shields
Player No : 2

02.Jon Shaw

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Jon is a player of pedigree, having made his name mostly in the National League.

The striker started his playing days in the second tier with hometown club Sheffield Wednesday before really finding his feet with Burton Albion in the Conference. He truly showed his potential following a move to Halfax Town in 2007, scoring 26 goals in all competitions in his one season there, earning himself a move to the Football League with Rochdale. Things didn't quite work out there for Jon, who is known for his aerial ability, strong finishing and high work-rate.

Three loan spells with different National League clubs followed before he found a home for himself in the North East with Gateshead, spending two prolific campaigns with the Tynesiders, the second of which saw him score 35 times.

Again, he was then on the move, this time to Luton Town, before returning in 2014 to Gateshead. In 2016, having been released by the Tynesiders, Jon made the decision to drop into part-time football, which works in conjunction with his role as a coach in Middlesbrough's academy. The project at Mariners Park eventually tempted him to move to South Shields, and he put pen to paper in July 2016.

Team : South Shields
Player No : 3