Staff Profile

Martin Gray

Managing Director & Head Coach

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Martin has worked very hard throughout his career to achieve success.

After playing youth football, he joined Sunderland in 1988 and made over 50 appearances for them and was part of the squad that reached the 1992 FA cup final.

He then moved to Oxford United in 1996, and made nearly 150 appearances for them in three years, becoming av ery popular player there.

He moved back to the north east and joined Darlington in 1999, and helped them reach the 2000 play off final against Peterborough. He was forced to retire through injury, and took up coaching. He became a youth team coach for Quakers and then assistant manager before leaving for Oldham Athletic in 2009. He was there for a season before returning to the north east and setting up his successful coaching academy.

He was appointed the manager of Darlington in the summer of 2012, and has led the club to three promotions in four seasons to the Vanarama National League North

Martin’s professional football career started in Sunderland in 1988. In 1995 he moved on to Oxford for four years before returning to the North East in 1999 to play for Darlington FC.

Martin Holds a Pro Licence Coaching Diploma which is the highest accreditation in football coaching.