The Non-League Football Paper - - THE WEEK IN WORDS -

GATESHEAD leg­end James Cur­tis is to leave the club af­ter 15 years of loyal ser­vice. The Heed’s record ap­pear­ance holder will be join­ing the New­cas­tle United Foun­da­tion in a full-time role. Cur­tis has led Gateshead’s rise from the North­ern Pre­mier Divi­sion One all the way to Non-League’s top flight, in­clud­ing a play-off at Wem­b­ley in 2014. He made 596 ap­pear­ances in 13 years be­fore be­com­ing a com­mu­nity of­fi­cer at the club and join­ing Spen­ny­moor Town. “It’ll be sad to leave Gateshead af­ter so many years but it’s a good op­por­tu­nity for me in my ca­reer,” he said. “I’ve re­ally en­joyed do­ing the com­mu­nity stuff. I’ll be work­ing in schools at the foun­da­tion so I will take a lot of the things I’ve learnt here with me. “I was grate­ful to be given the op­por­tu­nity by the club af­ter stop­ping play­ing, it’s one I’ve re­ally en­joyed. “I’ve loved ev­ery minute of it here. I’ll al­ways be back here whether it’s watch­ing the team play or com­ing in to see ev­ery­one. It’ll al­ways have a spe­cial place in my heart.”

PIC­TURE: Martin Av­ery

CLUB STAL­WART: James Cur­tis has left Gateshead af­ter 15 years

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