Hartlepool United Training With Empowerband

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

Hartlepool United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Hartlepool, County Durham, England. The club currently competes in the National League, the fifth tier of English football,. They were founded in 1908 as Hartlepools United Football Athletic Company. One of English football's most famous managers Brian Clough began his managerial career at the club in 1965. Hartlepool play their home games at Victoria Park.

The club's honours include the FA Amateur Cup won in 1904–05 by West Hartlepool F.C., who were dissolved in 1910, and its assets and liabilities were subsequently taken over by Hartlepool United.

Callum Davidson was appointed as the Club’s new First Team Performance Therapist in May 2019. Having graduated from University College Birmingham with a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Therapy, Callum spent the 2018/19 season as Head of Sports Therapy with Leicester City Women. He also holds the FA Intermediate Medical Management in Football qualification and has built up his practical experience with spells as Sports Therapist for Sutton Coldfield Rubgy team and Birmingham Lions American Football team.

Craig Hubbard was re-appointed to the role of First Team Strength & Conditioning Coach at Victoria Park in the summer of 2017 following the arrival of Craig Harrison as Manager.

The highly-qualified Hubbard was welcomed back in the First Team fold where he will be responsible for all of the senior players’ strength and power sessions, as well as taking the lead on conditioning work and appropriate testing of fitness levels.

A former personal trainer with vast experience in a fitness environment, Hubbard has expertise in sports therapy, manual therapy, sport specific rehabilitation and human biomechanics.

Ryan Donaldson joined his hometown club at aged 9. He made his way through the academy to the u18s where he reached the semi final of the FA Youth Cup in 2007 and captained the team to the fifth round in 2009 where they lost out to Manchester City.

After being promoted to the first team for the 2008–09 season, Donaldson made the bench for a handful of games but did not manage to make an appearance. He eventually made his league and home debut for Newcastle on 31 August 2009 in the 1–0 home win against Leicester Cityand then made his second appearance as a second-half substitute for Ryan Taylor playing the final 15 minutes of the game in a 4–0 victory over Ipswich Town on 26 September 2009. He made his full debut when Chris Hughton handed him and several youngsters a starting role in the 22 September League Cup game away at Peterborough United. He was a regular member of the squad which won the championship that season, collecting a winners medal after the last game of the season at home to Ipswich Town.

His second Newcastle start came in the 2010–2011 season when he played in the 2nd round Football League Cup tie against Accrington Stanley in central midfield alongside Haris Vučkić.

On 24 January 2011, Donaldson joined Hartlepool United on a month-long loan. He made his debut the following day in a 1–1 draw with Notts County. On 25 February, Hartlepool extended Donaldson's loan for a further month. After his next loan move to Tranmere was cut short by a torn hamstring, he was released by Newcastle United on 1 June 2012.


On 17 August 2012, Donaldson turned down interest from League 1 and the SPL to sign for local Conference National side Gateshead until 1 January 2013.[12] He made his debut the following day as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Forest Green Rovers.[13] He scored his first senior goal on 24 August 2012 in a 2–1 win over Stockport County, before being sent off late in the game.[14] On 26 November 2012, Donaldson signed an extension to his contract until the end of the 2012–13 season.

Cambridge United

On 23 May 2013, Donaldson chose to leave Gateshead and signed for Cambridge United on a two-year deal when the 12/13 came to a close, thus reuniting with his former Newcastle academy director Richard Money. Donaldson scored twice in Cambridge's 4–0 FA Trophy victory over Gosport Borough. He then scored the winner in the Conference Promotion Final as Cambridge overcame his old team Gateshead 2–1 at Wembley. He received the man of the match award on both Wembley visits.

Donaldson left Cambridge United at the end of the 2015–16 season.[16]

Plymouth Argyle

Donaldson became the first summer signing for Plymouth Argyle in June 2016.[17]

Donaldson made 22 appearances before he was sidelined in December 2016 with a broken jaw, suffered during a training ground collision.

Hartlepool United

Donaldson signed for Hartlepool United on a two-year deal in June 2017.

After a difficult first season, Donaldson was made available for transfer by manager Matthew Bates. However, he was back in favour and made team captain under new manager Craig Hignett and signed a contract extension in May 2019

International career

In the summer of 2007, Donaldson was called up to the England U17 squad and made his debut on 31 July at the Nordic Championships, helping them to a third-place finish. He took part in the Algarve Tournament the following summer and England's unsuccessful 2008 European Championship qualifying campaign. Donaldson was promoted to the U19's and made his debut in September 2009. He started and scored the opening goal in a 3–1 win over Slovenia

He played regularly during the U19's run to the European Championship semi-final before they were defeated 3–1 by Spain.

Fraser Kerr is a Scottish footballer, who plays as a centre back for Hartlepool United. Kerr has represented his country at levels from under-16 to under-21. Kerr began his professional career at Premier League side Birmingham City in 2011, having progressed through the club's youth ranks. Wikipedia

Born: 17 January 1993 (age 26 years), Rutherglen

Height: 1.91 m

Weight: 81 kg

Career start: 2011

Current team: Hartlepool United F.C. (Defender)

Education: Calderglen High School, Claremont High School, East Kilbride

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