Tony Dunn – Sports Therapist
Tony is a RAF serviceman who has recently moved back to his native north east from Gloucestershire.
With extensive Sports Therapy experience, Tony comes with a great reputation gained in the Southern League.
The former Redditch United and Cirencester Town Sports Therapist replaces Keiren Stimpson who recently joined Cambridge United in a full–time role.
Hi, I’m Tony Dunn, the new face in the Treatment Room now that Keiron Stimpson has moved on to a full-time position at Cambridge United. I’m a RAF Serviceman (Logistics Supply trade), based at RAF Leeming near Northallerton. However, I am a native of the North East and joined the RAF straight from school (Monkseaton High) in 1983. I intend moving that last step ‘home’ to Tyneside next year, so when the chance came along to work with Newcastle Benfield FC it was an opportunity I just could not let pass.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 36 years in the RAF and been fortunate enough to live and work in some amazing places. I spent 4 years in Germany from 1986-1990 and apart from a short spell at RAF Leeming 15 years ago, have been based in the south and midlands. I played a bit of football myself; one season for Whitley Bay FC (82/83) and for Stamford Town, Blackstones FC and Deeping Rangers in the United Counties League through the 1990s.
For the last 15 years I lived in Gloucestershire and qualified through the FA as a Sports Therapist. In this capacity I worked with Redditch United and Cirencester Town FC in the Southern League and Longlevens AFC in the Hellenic League. I am also head of medical for the UK Armed Forces Football Women’s and RAF Men’s Senior Representative Teams. I’m an Affiliated Medical Tutor for the FA. Last year I spent 6 months in the Falkland Islands and have often been deployed to the middle-east and Afghanistan. That ‘should’ all be behind me now as I’m coming to the end of my RAF career and into my resettlement period.
The Treatment Room has been a busy place through pre-season and the first couple of months of the season. Lewis Scorgie and Reece Noble were unable to take part in full pre-season due to ankle injuries. Scorgie, following a ligament re-construction operation, is working on his rehab programme and should be back, available for selection soon. Reece Noble has unfortunately suffered a couple of set-backs and is back in a support boot after being diagnosed with a grade 3 lateral ligament sprain. In a pre-season friendly fixture, Dean Holmes and
Jake Thompson both suffered knee injuries; Dean injured his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and Jake suffered a slight fracture to his Patella (Knee Cap). Both injuries will take time to heel before either player can begin any rehabilitation.
The busy early season schedule has meant virtually ever player has required treatment for minor knocks at some point.
James Novak suffered a groin strain, away at Penrith, and was out for 3 weeks.
Brad Varga recently suffered a hamstring strain and is nearing full fitness again.
I am extremely grateful for for the help with pre-match massages from Derek Gair. Like everyone at Newcastle Benfield FC, Derek has given me a very warm welcome to the Club and he has plenty of stories to keep me entertained