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Tyrone O’Neill signs for the Railwaymen

Shildon AFC is delighted to announce the signing of striker Tyrone O’Neill from Stockton Town FC on a two year contract (subject to FA/League approval).

Tyrone started his career with Middlesbrough’s Academy, signing professional terms in 2018, he then spent time on loan at national league clubs Hartlepool United and Darlington.  At the start of the 2021/22 season he signed for Scunthorpe United making 4 appearances before returning to Darlington on loan.  Tyrone then joined Stockton Town in August 2022.

Shildon AFC Manager Chris Hughes said:  “We are delighted to bring Tyrone to the club.  He is someone I have known from working at Middlesbrough Academy and have always followed his career.  He is hungry and wants to do well. Tyrone will help us as a team but it is important to recognise that the team will also be able to help him achieve his goals too”.

Shildon AFC would like to thank Stockton Town FC for their help in this matter.

Welcome to Shildon AFC Tyrone.

Shildon AFC Appoint New Manager

Following the shock resignation of Ian Clark, Shildon AFC are pleased to reveal their interim management structure.  Former Player, Chris Hughes has accepted the position of First Team Manager for the rest of the season, when the position will be reviewed.  Chris will be supported by Alex White who will be Player Coach, whilst Chris and the Club actively look to reinforce the management team over the coming weeks.

Chris said “Thank you to the players, supporters and board members who have made me feel welcome since I returned to the club.  I am really looking forward to continuing the work that has been started with the players.  It is important we have some consistency for the club now so that we can get the results we need to move up the table.  In the short time I have been back at Shildon, it is clear to see there is a strong group of players who want to do well for the club.  It is important we use their togetherness and abilities to build on Tuesday night.  All of the focus is now on getting a positive result this weekend.”

David Dent, Chairman of Shildon AFC said “ This has been an unsettling 48 hours for everyone at the Club. I’m absolutely delighted therefore that Chris feels now is the time for him to step up into this position to take the Club forward.  I’ve known him for a number of years, founded the Clubs Development Centre with him, seen him progress from player, to coach and latterly to Assistant Manager and feel it’s time for him to have the opportunity to manage the Club.  He’s an A licence Coach, was highly thought of at Middlesbrough FC’s Academy, he has the respect of the players, but more importantly he has integrity and I trust him implicitly.  I know he believes in the Club’s development plan and is here for the right reasons.  Now is the time for stability, Chris will therefore get the backing of myself and the Board, and the resources at his disposal to establish ourselves within the NPL this season and hopefully he will continue in the role for many years to come.”

Shildon AFC Management Team Departs

Following an indifferent start to the season, Shildon AFC regrettably have relieved the Management Team of Jamie Tunstall and Deano Browne from their duties at the Club.

Alex White and Chay Liddle have been installed as Interim Player Managers and they will be supported by former player and Middlesbrough FC Academy Coach, Chris Hughes. Club Captain Ben Trotter will also support in the interim.

The Club would like to place on record their thanks to Jamie and Deano for their professionalism and hard work since joining the Club in the Summer and we wish them every success in the future.

Alex White signs

We are delighted to announce the signing of Alex White after he was released by Whitby Town.

He played over 150 games at Centre Half for Whitby Town and was previously at a host of other clubs including, Jarrow Roofing, Washington, Spennymoor, Stranraer, Hartlepool, Gretna, Ilkeston & Workington.

Speaking to the website Alex said ” I am delighted to have committed my future to Shildon, it’s a club that have a very strong ambition to progress and win trophies and it is something I can’t wait to be a part of. I am looking forward to working with everyone at the club to try and achieve the targets set out. There are a lot of exciting things happening at the club”. 

Manager Daniel Moore added ” I am delighted Alex is joining the club. Like quite a lot of our players I have played with him and he gets what the goal is. He’s professional in his approach, a winner, a leader and will be fantastic for the club on and off the pitch”.

ENL 1 – Ashington Result

Second Home Defeat Within 4 days

Up to the end of February 2015, Shildon AFC had only lost one league game at home all season, but March has been a bad month for the Railwaymen so far, losing twice within 4 days. First, it was 1 – 0 against Consett on Saturday 7th March, then on Wednesday 11th March they went down 4 – 3 to much improved Ashington.

Shildon got off to a dreadful start conceding a goal in the first 3 minutes when Lee Chapman lost the ball to Dylan Williamson who crossed to No 10 Glen Taylor who fired into the roof of the net.

On 16 minutes Ashinton’s Kyle Downey outpaced Jamie Harwood into the area before he was brought down by Harwood for a clear penalty, but to the amazement of everyone in the crowd the referee waived play on.

Shildon levelled on 24 minutes when Micky Rae found Ben Wood whose right foot shot found the net.

Four minutes later Ashington were in front again with a very similar move as the 1st goal with Glen Taylor firing home.

Half Time:  Shildon AFC  1  Ashington  2

Two minutes into the 2nd half a through ball from Jamie Harwood found Mark Doninger who made it 2 – 2.

Ashington were the better side and just after the hour they went ahead for the 3rd time when Andrew Johnson’s long ball fell to the feet of star man Glen Taylor who beat Bobby Moore and fired into the roof of the net for his hat trick.

Minutes later Shildon’s defence was torn apart when a class five man move was finished off by No 8 Tony Stephenson for 4 – 2 to the visitors.

Shildon pulled a goal back on 76 minutes when Mark Hudson found Paul Connor who fired into the bottom corner for 4 – 3.

Shildon pressed for the equaliser but were unable to get another shot on target.

Final Score:  Shildon AFC  3  Ashington  4

Goalscorers:  Wood 24, Doninger 47, Connor 76.

Subs:  Connor for wood 70, Hudson for Chapman 70, Emms for Doninger 74.

Bookings:  (Y)  Moore 50, Scroggins 80.

Shildon were 2nd best tonight with their defence all over the place.  Ashington were worthy winners. Losing tonight was another set back to Shildon league challenge title. The championship is now even more wide open with any one of 5 teams capable of taking the top spot.


1) Kyle Hayes
2) Jamie Harwood
3) Lee Chapman
4) Lee Scroggins
5) Carl Jones
6) Daniel Moore
7) Mark Doninger
8) Sam Hodgson
9) Michael Rae
10) Ben Wood
11) Billy Greulich-Smith


12) Paul Connor on for Ben Wood
14) Chris Emms on for Mark Doninger
15) Darren Craddock
16) Mark Hudson on for Lee Chapman
17) Adam Rundle


Moore, Scroggins


Wood, Doninger, Connor



ENL1 – Ashington – Final Score

The weather played havoc with the league fixtures on Saturday 31st January 2015 with only Shildon’s away match at Ashington and West Allotment Celtic v Billingham Synthonia going ahead.

The Railwaymen are now 6th in the league with games in hand on all the teams above them after they ground out a 2 – 1 win at The Colliers.

Shildon opened the scoring on just 4 minutes when a left footer from Ben Wood flew into the roof of the net beating keeper Kyle Barnard.

Shildon could have extended their lead through Paul Connor and Mark Doninger, before Ashinton came more into the game and looked threatening. Tony Stephenson blasted over, Andrew Johnson went close and ex Shildon player Ben Christensen was denied by keeper Kyle Hayes.

Ashington pressure finally paid off on 39 minutes when captain Andrew Johnson beat two defenders in style and smashed the ball from 20 yards past Kyle Hayes for 1 – 1.

Half Time:  Ashington  1  Shildon AFC  1

Shildon manager Gary Forrest’s harsh half time talk must have made an impression as Shildon were a far better outfit in the 2nd half, taking the lead on 56 minutes when a free kick from Lee Chapman was fired in from close range by ex Ashington player Liam Atkin.

In the 2nd half Ashington were restricted to only two chances. On 75 minutes Marc Walton blasted just over and in time added on Kyle Hayes saved at point blank range from Andy Ferrell.

For Shildon Mark Hudson, Ben Wood, Mark Doninger, Michael Rae and Billy Greulich-Smith all threatened, but the score remained the same.

Final Score:  Ashington  1  Shildon AFC  2

Goalscorers: Wood 4, Atkin 56.

Subs:  Chapman for Richardson 46, Rae for Connor 69, Emms for Doninger 73.

Bookings:  (Y)  Atkin 18.

After the match manager Gary Forrest said “This wasn’t a very good game of football. The playing conditions were quite difficult, with an uneven playing surface and strong winds, it was never going to be a classic, but in the end we ground out a result”.

The league title is still wide open, with several clubs still in the hunt. Shildon’s next 4 games in February could have a big influence. On Wednesday 11th February the Railwaymen are away to Newcastle Benfield. Then they have 3 home games. On Saturday 14th February they entertain high flyers Marske United, and then play Sunderland RCA on Saturday 21st February, followed by local rivals West Auckland Town on Saturday 28th February.


1) Kyle Hayes
2) James Harwood
3) Darren Richardson
4) Mark Hudson
5) Liam Atkin
6) Darren Craddock
7) Mark Doninger
8) Sam Hodgson
9) Paul Connor
10) Ben Wood
11) Billy Greulich-Smith


12) Lee Chapman on for Richardson
14) Chris Emms on for Doninger
15) Michael Rae on for Connor
16) Jack Taylor
17) John Brackstone


Ben Wood
Liam Atkin


Liam Atkin