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Mark Morsley - Manager

He began his football career with Mistley United in the Essex and Suffolk Border League and during his time there he played in and managed all three Saturday and the Sunday teams as well as a one-year spell as secretary! He left to join Harwich and Parkeston in 2002/2003 season as Assistant Manager to Steve McGavin and moved to the position of Reserve Manager at the start of season 2003/2004.  He joined Needham Market in October 2003 as First Team Manager and in his second season he guided them from the Ridgeons First Division to the Premier, the final of the Divisional Cup and also won the Suffolk Senior Cup. In season 2005/06 he took Needham to fifth place in the Premier Division and also on a good FA Vase run.  At the end of the season he was offered the position of AFC Sudbury manager in their first year in the Ryman League. After much deliberation he took the job. In the 2006/07 season he guided them to fifth place and into the play offs, the semi-final was won but the team lost out on penalties in the final to Harlow Town. In the 2007/08 season the club finished runners up in the League, but lost in the play off semi-final and were also losing finalists in the League Cup. He agreed to continue for a third season but following talks with the board asking for a budget that he thought would make the 2008/09 side competitive was turned down he reconsidered his position and resigned.  Season 2008/09 was a transitional one for Morsley as he started the season helping Brantham Athletic in their return to semi-pro and finished it saving Harwich & Parkeston from relegation from the Ridgeons Premier division.  In May 2009 it was announced that he had returned to Needham Market as General Manager to work closely with manager Danny Laws. Season 2009/10 saw the club complete a league and cup double and move into Step 4 football for the first time in their history.  In May 2010 he was offered the position of manager of Leiston, which he accepted, and his first season they won the Ridgeons League Premier Division and promotion. They also reached the FA Vase 1/4 final and 1st round proper of the FA Cup. In May 2011 he had agreed to stay for season 2011/12, and would lead them to a second championship and promotion to the Ryman Premier League. He also picked up 4 Manager of the Month awards and was given the Ryman Manager of the Season accolade. He led the club for their first ever season at step 3 and after a tough start achieved a respectable mid table position when he informed the club he would be leaving at the end of the season. However soon after that decision he decided it was wrong to continue and left his position.  Morsley agreed a four-year deal with Needham Market starting at the beginning of season 2013/14 but his tenure started earlier after previous manager Danny Laws filled the vacancy at Leiston.  Season 2013/14 was a transitional one as Morsley total rebuilt the playing squad with new players and players promoted from the Academy.  Although the season was inconsistent there were some highlights, one being an FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round match at home to Cambridge United drawing a record crowd of 1,784.  The main highlight, however, was an incredible 7-1 last day victory against Chatham Town which put us in the play offs, although the semi-final was lost under controversial circumstances at Witham.  Season 2014/15 would be the most successful in the clubs history as we would be Ryman League Division One North Champions, winning away at Chatham Town on the last days of the season taking us to our highest in the Football Pyramid at Step 3.  Our aim in the Ryman Premier Division in our inaugural year was to ensure we stayed there and that was achieved via another excellent last day win against Dulwich Hamlet, a team who were in the Play offs.  At the start of season 2015/2016 Morsley agreed a new 5-year contract as we continue to look to him to to build the future of our football club in conjunction with our Academy.


Richard Wilkins – Assistant Manager

Newly appointed for season 2016/2017 ‘Wilks’ joins us with many years as a successful footballer and Manager.  His career as a professional footballer was with Colchester United (2 spells), Hereford United and Cambridge United retiring in 2000 to become manager of Bury Town.  His 14-year stay would make him their most successful manager with two promotions and when he left they were an established Step 3 club.  His career then took him to Ryman League club Leiston where in season 2015/2016 he took them to their highest ever position in their history.  When he became available Mark Morsley snapped him up agreeing initially a two-year contract and adding him to his strong management team.


Tom Rothery – Head Coach

Newly appointed for Season 2016-17 Tom joins us after 4 and a half seasons with Brightlingsea Regent where as Assistant Manager and Head Coach the team won the First Division KO Cup and achieved two promotions reaching their highest level in their history at step 4. Previous to this Tom Was Manager at Border League side Rowhedge gaining promotion in his three seasons with the local side.  


Stuart Bevis – Head Physio

New to the club for season 2016/2017 ‘Bevo’ brings a wealth our Physio experience.  His early career saw him as Physio to Colchester United as well as the Welsh U 21’s squad.  He then moved into the Non-League scheme with the likes of Leiston and Harwich & Parkeston.


Nathan Munson - Goalkeeping Coach

'Munno' played for Colchester United where he was a professional for two seasons Nathan Munson - Goalkeeping Coach
'Munno' played for Colchester United where he was a professional for two seasons (1992/94) and following his departure he played for a number of Essex clubs such as Billericay Town, Wivenhoe Town, Stanway Rovers and Harwich & Parkeston.  He joined Needham Market in season 2005/06 but followed manager Mark Morsley to AFC Sudbury for the 2006/07 & 2007/2008 seasons.  In July 2008 he joined Brantham Athletic, but left in October to join Mark Morsley at Harwich and Parkeston. He however returned to Brantham at the start of the 2009/10 season in a player coach role, he remained there throughout the season.  In July 2010 he remained with Brantham for the 2010/11 season. In May 2011 it was announced he was to join up again with Morsley this time at Leiston as he played a key role in them winning the Ryman Division One North.  A loyal ally to our manager he moved across to Bloomfields with him for season 2013/2014 where he has since remained.

Trevor Barton - Matchday Logistics Manager

Barty has been as loyal supporter of the club for many seasons hardly missing a game home or away. He is a larger than life character, full of enthusiasm and has jumped at the chance to become matchday kitman back in 2012.  His role has developed under the Morsley regime and has added the oversight of player logistics to his many talents.

First Team Players


Taylor Bannister

Taylor is another product of the Needham Market Academy impressing First Team Manager Mark Morsley who has contracted him until the end of the 2017-18 season. A pacy, tricky winger who its hoped will add another dimension to the Needham side this season and many seasons in to the future.



Max Booth

Max is another product of the Needham Market Academy impressing First Team Manager Mark Morsley who has contracted him until the end of the 2017-18 season. A pacy, tricky midfielder who its hoped will add another dimension to the Needham side this season and many seasons in to the future.


Billy Clark

Billy is another player who is aware of Ryman Premier Football having previously played for Bury Town and Leiston. Another good edition to the squad adding the attacking qualities to the last third of the pitch.





Darryl Coakley

Darryl joined us this following a transfer from Mildenhall Town. His career as a left back started at Ipswich Town where upon his release he joined Cambridge United as a scholar. During that time be went on loan to Cambridge City and Bury Town plus he made a number of appearances in the Blue Square Premier Division for the U's. Currently he is in the second year of a three-year contract.


Reece Dobson

Reece is a new signing and has played previously at Takeley, Bishop Stotford, Hertford Town and Royston Town before joining Norwegian professional side Flekkeroy in 2015. Reece is a left sided forward who Morsley hopes will bring more attacking options and goals to the Needham side. Reece is contracted until the end of the 2016-17 season.


Jake Dye

Jake is another product of the Needham Market Academy earning rave reviews after appearing for the First Team last season in the clubs first season at step 3. A full back who is strong defensively and also has a great engine to get forward.


Ollie Fenn

Now in his sixth season with the club Ollie previously played for Ipswich Town Academy and Irish Premier League side Galway United. A combative central midfield player with great energy who can also operate as a right sided full back or centre half.  Currently he is contracted until the end of season 2016/2017

Danny Gay

Danny signed for the Marketmen midway through last season and his assured performances helped the side secure their Premier League statusand saw him collect the Supporters Player of the year award. He started his career at Norwich City before joining Southend United where he made 11 appearances. His previous non league clubs include Chelmsford City and Braintree amongst others. Danny is contracted until the end of the 2017-18 season.


Billy Holland

Billy Joined the Marketmen last season after impressing for Thurlow Premier Division side Ipswich Wanderers with his performances and goals during a long FA Vase run for the Suffolk side. Billy has a sweet left foot which adds a different aspect to the Needham midfield and is contracted until the end of the 2017-18 season.



Luke Ingram

Another product of the Ipswich Town Academy, Luke joined us from Bury Town where he was a part of their Ryman Premier Division Squad although he did finish the season before last at AFC Sudbury. He has represented Suffolk at U16, 17 & 18 level and is a player with real pace who plays across the midfield.  Currently he is contracted until the end of season 2016/2017

Kem Izzet

Kem joined us having spent 12 years at Colchester United making well over 400 professional appearances. An all action midfielder he brings bags of experience from many years as the U's captain and has been a very positive addition to the squad. Kem is contracted until the end of season 2016/2017.


Ian Miller

Ian began his career at Bury Town before being spotted by Ipswich Town and moving into the professional game. Boston United, Grimsby and Darlington followed before Ian as skipper won promotion back to the football League and also secured a double winning the FA Trophy with Cambridge United. Needham Manager Morsley, signed the experienced defender when he became available last season from Braintree Town. Ian is contracted until the end of the 2016-17 season.


Keiran Morphew

Kieran is the first player to have come through Kevin Horlock's Needham Academy to sign a contract with the first team. He was given his chance under Manager Mark Morsley in 2013 who was impressed with what he saw.  Since then he had kicked on drawing many admirers from the pro game and last season was very close to being offered a full pro contract at Ipswich Town.  He has just penned a new three-year contract with the Marketmen after another good season which saw him win The Nunn Trophy at the end of season awards night.

Sam Nunn

Sam is a solid defender who has been with the Marketmen since the 2013-14 season except for a brief spell last season at Lowestoft Town before returning to the club where on his return he helped the club secure their Premier Division status. Sam is contracted until the 2016-17 season. 

John Sands

A former Ryman Premier Golden Boot Winner Sandsy needs no introduction to this level.The 29-year-old arrived at Bloomfields from King's Lynn Town after spending much of last season in The National League North at Boston United and the campaign before at Leiston. A prolific scorer wherever he has been, Sands first made his name at Mildenhall Town and Bury Town before scoring goals for Canvey Island and briefly for Chelmsford City. He is a quality addition to our squad and we are delighted he has agreed to join Needham Market FC.


Jack Simmons

Jack signed for the club at the end of December 2016 from Canvey Island.

He can play in a variety of positions in attack and is a very exciting player with great control and pace, and an excellent addition to the squad.





Joe Whight

The former Ipswich Town youngster, who played for the majority of his career with the Championship club was released in July 2013 where he signed for Bury Town.  During his time at Bury he went on loan to Chelmsford City but returned to the Blues after this spell.  He was made available for transfer in season 2014/2015 and our manager Mark Morsley snapped him up.  After being a really important part of the championship run in having had some eye catching performances, last season he agreed a new 2-year contract with the club. Another strong season last season for Joe saw him win The Managers Player of the Year at the awards night.

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