Players and staff

Mark Convery -Manager

Mark is the Newcastle Benfield Manager with a wealth of experience in football having links to the following clubs throughout his playing career Cambridge United, Sunderland, Hvidovre If, Darlington, York City, Weymouth, Bedlington Terriers and finally Newcastle Benfield.

Assistant Manager Craig Heward

started playing football at an early age as Captain for Wallsend Boys Club also having trials at Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday in the process .

He had a promising young future in the game spending time at Hartlepool and Middlesbrough school of Excellence which was cut short due to a compound fracture on his ankle.

Craig was advised not to play football again but came out of retirement for 1 season to help his friend Steve Watson and lee Clark’s local Sunday morning team the Ship Inn to win the treble.

Management beckoned for Craig where he has become a success winning all domestic competitions available with Wallsend Boys club and the Rising Sun before turning his skills to the Northern League becoming Assistant Manager at Whickham fc and Bedlington Terriers before Newcastle Benfield.

Craig is dedicated to the sport and stated “Football saved his life”

Paul Brayson

Previous clubs include Newcastle united, Swansea City, Reading, Cardiff City, Cheltenham Town, York City, Northwich Victoria, Gateshead and Blyth Spartans.

Legendary striker

who needs no introduction. 2014 / 2015 Northern League player of the season, after notching an astonishing 49 goals. scored 40 in 15/16 as well.

Jake OrrellJake is a fast forward and a prolific finisher who can also play on either wing. A new signing for Newcastle Benfield this season scoring on his debut and averaging a goal every game. He will no doubt form a Lethal striker partnership with Brassy. Jakes previous clubs include Sunderland, Gateshead Chesterfield, Hartlepool and Spennymoor Town

Jack Devlin

Jack was signed from North Shields and played for Newcastle Benfield before signing professional terms with premier league Stoke City. He has recently returned to Benfield and is already scoring goals, a prolific deadly striker with a big future ahead of him.

James Novak

James is a Left back recently signed from Morpeth Town having previously played for Bedlington Terriers and Ashington amongst others. James is a magnificent addition to the Benfield defence solid as a rock

Andrew Grainger

Long serving goalkeeper. Andrew joined the club following spells with Barry Town and Darlington, against whom he had a testimonial in July 2014. Regarded throughout the league by his team mates and opponents as one of the best goalkeepers in the Northern League. Andrew is also the international goalkeeper for England at Beach Football.

Winner of the Leagues safe hands in 2009.

Lewis Scorgie

Commanding centre half, powerful in the air and good distribution on the ball. Previously played for North Shields,Hartlepool,Wallsend and Whitley Bay. Strong and Committed young player

Scott McCarthy

Striker can also play on both wings, fast and skilful with both feet

Formerly with Bishop Auckland and Middlesbrough

Mathew Grieve

Commanding centre half, Dependable, reliable and calm player recently signed from Morpeth Town. Missed most of his first season with the Lions after a bad injury, back to full fitness now.

Kieran Wrightson

Signed from Jarrow Roofing formerly with North Shields and West Allotment. Committed,wholehearted ball winner. Returning to full fitness after heroic battle with cancer

Richie Slaughter

Midfield dynamo with great vision. Returns to the club after spell with Dunston fc. Tough and reliable midfielder with the ability to find the killer pass, strong in the tackle

Dylan McCevoy

Midfielder confident on the ball vicious left foot with venomous strike previously with Sunderland and Boston United.

Mark Turnbull

Team captain who is embarking on his seventh season at the club. Committed and solid player predominantly at right back.

Joseph Hailes

New signing from Chester le Street marauding left winger will undoubtedly be a crowd favourite

Alex Nisbet

Played for Ponteland United last season. Defensive midfielder or centre half, Excellent in the tackle reading the game and breaking down the oppositions play.

Rhys Evans

Recently signed from Washington, Rhys is an attacking right sided fullback/winger. Strong in the tackle and a decent turn of pace.

James Martin

A pacey left sided player predominantly at Left back recently signed from Dunston formerly with queen of the South and Hartlepool United.

Josh Scott

Left winger, strong and fast providing a good service to the Benfield attack, returns to the Lions for a second period after short spell at Consett. Formerly played for Queen of the South.

Daniel Nimmins

A young talented goalkeeper who has recently joined the Lions and already impressed with Man of the Match performances he will be a great asset to the team contesting the Number 1 spot with Andrew Grainger

Dean Holmes

FA vase winner with North Shields having scored 108 goals in 292 appearances. Pacey winger, Goalscorer and provider whose record speaks for itself. First season at Newcastle Benfield

Craig Scott

Recently signed from Ashington where craig was the club captain. Powerful left footed Central Defender confident on the ball and great in the air, an excellent signing for the Lions

Joe Robson

Talented central midfielder who can also play in defence. Recently signed from North Shields a versatile player and a thriving young prospect

Jordan Laidler

Signed permanently from Blyth Spartans after a short loan deal last season. Midfielder with great vision former clubs include Chester and Sunderland as a trainee

Dennis Knight

Dangerous Dennis is a Forward who can also play as an attacking midfielder recently signed from Jarrow Roofing formerly with Newcastle United, Barnsley Newton Aycliffe and West Auckland. Deadly left foot guaranteed to get a lot of goals in his first season at Newcastle Benfield.

Dale Pearson

Forward or Left midfielder with blistering pace recently signed from Ashington fc. Fantastic goal scoring record for previous clubs.

Sol Bell


Signed from Alnwick Town young prospect who made his debut towards the end of 2017/18 season currently on loan to AFC Killingworth

Derek. (Physio)

Eric. (Doorman)

Callum (camera)

Dave Robson Vice Chairman


Mark Hedley

Allan Young

Luke Vinton

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