Michael Dunwell – First Team Manager
Michael started his career at Hartlepool United in 1996 where he spent 4 seasons before being released. He then had spells in Non-League with Bishop Auckland, Durham City, Billingham Synthonia, Norton & Stockton Ancients, Billingham Town (Player/Coach) and Northallerton Town.
Michael joined Stockton Town at the end of the 2012/13 season and featured in the last 4 games of the season which ended with Stockton Town claiming their first ever honour in senior football, the Wearside League Title. During the summer of 2013 Michael was appointed Player/Coach and the following season helped Stockton Town to the Wearside League Title again, scoring 18 goals in 26 games. Michael was then appointed 1st Team Manager in the summer of 2014.
Things went from strength to strength under Michael and he steered the Club to an unprecedented clean sweep of Trophy’s in Season 2014/15 winning the Wearside League Title (3rd consecutive)along with the Wearside League Cup, Shipowners & Monkwearmouth Cup’s.
This was then followed in 2015/16 by a 4th Wearside League Title and the Monkwearmouth & League Cup again culminating in promotion to the EBAC Northern League.
The unprecedented success continued in 2016/17 as he took the team to the Division 2 title at the first attempt remarkably with almost the same squad he’d had for 4 years.
J D Briggs – First Team Asst Manager
JD Briggs joined Hartlepool United from school in 1996 and completed 2 years as a YTS before signing Professional forms in 1998. After 2 seasons pro at Hartlepool he was released and then spent time at various non-league clubs including Bishop Auckland, Durham City, Guisborough Town, Peterlee, and Billingham Synthonia
Due to a change in career outside of football JD was unable to play for a number of seasons before returning to sport in 2011 and setting up his own sport coaching company, delivering sport within primary schools around the north east.
This change then lead to JD joining Stockton Town at the start of the 2013/14 season as a player before quickly assuming the role of player coach. After making a number of brief appearances at the end of the season JD became Assistant Manager for season 2014/15 to assist and work alongside Manager and long time friend Michael Dunwell.
Paul Midgley – First Team Coach
Paul started at Stockton Town as a volunteer 12 years ago with the U7s that team is now the current U18s, he is now a UEFA qualified coach and has been hugely instrumental in the development of lots of young players several of which are currently involved with professional clubs or are members of the first team squad. He became a full time employee of the club when he was given the role of Football Development Officer in 2012 but left this role in 2016 for a Lead Academy Coach position at York City where he covered the Youth and Reserve teams, unfortunately as they dropped out of the football league Paul had to move on and he is currently working as Lead Recruitment Officer for Sunderland AFC. Paul helped coach and manage the First Team here to the Wearside League title in 2014 and his junior and Ladies sides have won several Trophies including the Durham County Cup. He was installed as first team coach this season and is highly regarded and respected by the whole squad. Paul was runner up in the 2016 DCFA coach of the year poll.
Jason Hamilton – First Team Goalkeeping Coach
Jason was a late developer and first played in the Northern League when he joined Billingham Town at age 30. They finished runner-up on goal difference in ENL 1 in his first season but won the League Cup as compensation. He had spells at DarlingtonRA and then later joined Billingham Synthonia after another spell at Bedford Terrace. After hanging up his gloves Jason became the keeper coach at Synners. He joined Stockton Town as assistant manager to Paul Midgely’s U18 development team and was promoted to First Team keeper Coach during the 2016/17 season . A popular guy amongst the squad, his calmness and experience is playing a major role in the development of young Keeper Liam Jordan as well as the more experienced Michael Arthur.