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Wideopen Players who have made a Career in Sport
and / or gone into Coaching

Wideopen Football Club has a great history of encouraging young players to go on to coach and / or referee. Many of those coaches have stayed with the club and coached there for several years. Others have gone off to America and experienced coaching and life over there. Several have gone into different aspects of sport, such as training as PE teachers. Some ex-players have managed to get into the professional game.

Have a look over the Hall of Fame below.

A few of the players have included a little about their experiences.

Phil Poole Phil Poole
U11s Managers Player.
U12s Most Improved Player.
U13 Most Man of the Match Awards.
Professional football at Hull City FC.
Newcastle Academy.
PFA Scholarship in USA.
National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Award.
Head Coach at Soccer Clubs in the USA.
USSF National Coaching Staff including the Olympic Development Team.
Head Coach for Puerto Rico.
Find out more about Phil HERE
Daniel Leadbitter
U9s Most Improved Player.
U10 Most Man of the Match Award (shared with Alex Patterson).
U10 Players Player.
Professional football at Newcastle United, Torquay United, Hereford United, Bristol Rovers.
Mark Lowery signing for Hartlepool UnitedMark Lowery
U11 Most Man of the Match Awards.
U11 Players Player.
U16 Most Improved Player
Professional football with Hartlepool FC.
Connor Thomson
Professional football with Blackburn
Alex Patterson
U9 Players Player.
U10s Most Man of The Match Awards (shared with Daniel Leadbitter).
U10s Managers Player.
Professional football at Newcastle United.
Roy GordonRoy Gordon
U10 Most Man of the Match Awards.
U11s Players Player.
U12 Managers Player.
Professional football with Newcastle United.
Danny Capocci
Professional football with Blackpool FC.
Danny BarlowDanny Barlow
England U19s.
American Scholarship.
Read more about Danny's time at Wideopen and gaining his England cap HERE.
Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson Foundation.
U16s Most Man of the Match Awards.
U16 Players Player.
U18 Most Man of the Match Awards.
Find out more about Stephen HERE.
Shane Coates
U10s Players Player.
U12s Most Man of the Match Awards.
U13 Most Man of the Match Awards.
U14s Managers Player.
Find out more about Shane HERE.
Coached with Wideopen FC.
Mark McCutcheon
U9s Players Player.
U9s Managers Player.
U10s Most Man of the Match Awards.
U10s Players Player.

Coaching with NUFC.

Graeme ColeGraeme Cole
U15s Most Man of the Match Awards.
U17s Most Man of the Match Awards.
Northumbria Police Fair Play Award.
Coached at NUFC Foundation.
Coach with Wideopen FC.
EUFA 'B' coach

James JohnstonJames Johnston
U9s Most Man of the Match Awards.
U11s Most Improved Player.
U15s Players Player.
16s Managers Player.
Coaching in America for UK International Soccer.
James ("JJ") has enjoyed a tremendous time in the US of A and has shared some of his experiences of coaching and of the lifestyle he enjoys out there. Click HERE to find out more.

Andrew Johnston
Coaching in Dubai.

Jack KnightJack Knight
Coaching in America.
Coached with Wideopen FC.
Jack played his junior football at Wideopen FC. He went on to broaden his coaching experience and expetise in America. Click HERE to read what he has to say about his time both in the UK and in America.
Jack is a Level 2 coach and a qualified referee.

NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
USSF 'E' License
Coached a winning team in the Swedish Gothia Cup

Matty Jamieson-WhiteMatty Jamieson-White
Coached at Wideopen FC

Andrew SwanAndrew Swan
Like many players, Andrew joined the club at the age of 7 and played for every age group up to under 18's
U9 92/93 season Players Player
U10 93/94 season Man of the Match
U10 94/95 season Man of the Match
U11 95/96 season Man of the Match
U18 02/03 season Fair Play Award
Managed the Under 10's for 2 seasons
Graham TrickGraham Trick
Coached with Wideopen FC
Graham is a Level 2 coach
Gary Douglas
U15 Most Improved Player,
U16s Managers Player.
Northumbria Police Fair Play Award
PE teacher.
Mark RookeMark Rooke
U18 Players Player.
U18s Managers Player.

Football Coach

Gary CollingwoodGary Collingwood
U13 Managers Player.
PE Teacher.
Coached at Wideopen FC.

Sean Hay
U16s Most Man of the March Awards
PE Teacher
Daniel Kennerley
PE Teacher
Warick StephensonWarick Stephenson
Opened 'Soccer Skills'.
Sports Co-ordinator & Assistant Principal of Tynemet College.
Coached various local football teams.
FA Coaching Licence
Jack NobleJack Noble
Coached at Wideopen FC.
U10s Most Improved Player
Stephen Thompson Foundation Award Winner.
Jake MatthewsJake Matthews
Coached at Wideopen FC.
U9s Most Improved Player.
U11 Players Player.
Alan CroweAlan Crowe
U17s Most Man of the Match Awards
Coaching in America.
Coach at Wideopen FC.
Dan FarndellDan Farndell
U14s Managers Player.
U17s Most Improved Player.
Coached in America.
Coach with Wideopen FC.
Dan ClementsDan Clements
Coached at Wideopen FC

Adam ClementsAdam Clements
U9 Managers Player.
Coached at Wideopen FC.

Jared DowdJared Dowd
U12s Most Improved Player,
U15s Players Player,
U18s Most Man of the Match Awards,
U18s Managers Player,
Stephen Thompson Foundation Award Winner.

Coached with Wideopen FC.

Charlie KnightCharlie Knight
U10s Most Improved Player,
U17s Managers Player.

Stephen Thompson Foundation Award Winner
Coach with Wideopen FC.

Dominic RebuchaDominic Rebucha
Coach with Wideopen FC

As part of Wideopen Football Club's ethos, there are many ex-players who have been encouraged to coach: Matty Misz; Tom Punshon; Sam Noble; Ethan Tennant; Bobby Blake; Stephen Dodds; Mark Davidson; Phil Hubbard; Tom Hall; Matty Christie; Mark Taylor; Mark Mason

Many individual and team successes can also be found on our News Archive pages