NUFC Player Bios


“Newcastle Elite Academy is a soccer academy setup by four Newcastle United players from the English Premier League to provide the opportunity for young players to engage in high quality, age specific coaching sessions to further their development in the game.”


Rob Elliot

Newcastle United Goalkeeper

Moving to Charlton at 17, Rob signed his professional contract in 2004. His Charlton years featured loan spells including time at Accrington earning promotion to the Football League as runaway champions. A string of impressive performances contributing to a record breaking start to a season for Charlton in 2009/10 led to a transfer to Newcastle in 2011. Rob has 4 International caps for Republic of Ireland since his debut in 2014 and has just been promoted with Newcastle back to the Premier League.


Paul Dummett

Newcastle United Defender

Paul has played football all his life, at age 8 he was signed by Newcastle United. He’s had two loan spells whilst at Newcastle, one with Gateshead in the Conference League, and then with St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League. When Paul was 21 he broke into the first team, making his Premier League debut in the 2013/14 season. In the role of Vice-Captain, Paul has now established himself as one of Newcastle United’s finest players.


Matt Ritchie

Newcastle United Winger

Matt started his football career when he signed for Portsmouth as a 5 year old, he then worked up the youth ranks and was rewarded with a scholarship when he was 16. Matt then went on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge, which he says was crucial in his development and understanding of mens football. After this he had two more loan spells with; Notts County – gaining promotion from league 2 – and then a spell with Swindon Town in league 1, which lead to a permanent move. After two years at Swindon Matt was signed by Bournemouth, where he achieved back to back promotions. When the opportunity arose for Matt to sign for Newcastle United in the summer of 2016, he could not turn down the opportunity to go to such a prestige club.


Dwight Gayle

Newcastle United Striker

Dwight started off his career with Arsenal, where he was released as a teenager, before signing for Stansted – 9 leagues lower. He then worked his way back up the footballing pyramid, going from Stansted to Dagenham & Redbridge, where he was sent on loan to Bishop Stortford, followed by Peterborough who he then signed for on a permanent basis. In 2013 Dwight signed for newly promoted Crystal Palace, where he went on to make 64 appearances, scoring 15 times. In 2016, Dwight signed a 5 year deal with Newcastle United, going on to be promoted in his first season – as well as being Newcastle United’s top scorer of the season with 23 goals in the Championship.