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Chris Swailes

Manager : Chris Swailes

Chris was appointed manager October 2016 after the shock departure of long serving Billy Irwin, Swaz has a wealth of football experience, after a long professional career he played for Gateshead and Blyth Spartans before joining Dunston and was a lynchpin in the team when we won the FA Vase in 2012, he then moved to Morpeth Town where he guided them to more Wembley success, scoring in the final victory over Hereford FC.


As player for Dunston UTS FC

Signed - 10th June 2011 

Signed  From - Blyth Spartans 

League Debut - 13th August 2011 

1st League Goal - 6th September 2011 

Players Player and Player of the season 2011-2012

Previous Clubs: Peterborough Utd, Boston United, Kettering Town, Birmingham City, Bridlington, Guisborough Town, Doncaster Rovers, Ipswich Town, Bury, Rotherham Utd, Oldham Athletic, Hamilton Academicals, Gateshead, Blyth Spartans, Morpeth Town.

FA Vase Winner: Dunston UTS 2012,  Bridlington in 1992 and Morpeth Town 2016

Northern League and BBC Radio Newcastle player of the year 2011-2012

Northern League Manager of the season 2018-2019


 Chris Swailes is kindly sponsored by Mr Billy Irwin Snr 








Assistant Manager: Jon McDonald

Joined Dunston UTS FC: 9th March 2021.

A Wallsend lad, Jon made the move to The UTS Stadium in early March of 2021 from Northern Premier League side Morpeth Town, where he had held the equivalent position for three seasons.

During his second spell at Craik Park, he had been part of two successive promotions with “The Highwaymen” and a Northumberland Senior Cup victory in the 2018/19 season.

He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge, he holds a UEFA B coaching license and is currently undertaking his UEFA A license.

He has previously managed Blyth AFC, guiding them to The Northern League 2nd Division title in the 2017/18 season, as well as managerial spells with  West Allotment Celtic and North Shields in The Northern League.

Jon McDonald is kindly sponsored by:

Mr Malcolm James.


Ian Irving

Ian Irving.


Ian joined Chris Swailes' backroom staff in August of 2021. Having previously worked alongside Assistant Manager Jon McDonald at Blyth Town, he brings with him a wealth of experience.


Ian Irving is kindly sponsored by Mr Frank Rankin


Lewis Black

The 22 year joined Chris Swailes’ back room staff in July 2021 having completed 3 years of studying at Newcastle College University Centre, graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree in Exercise & Sport Rehabilitation.

Alongside his studies he completed a three year placement at Park View Academy of Sport and was able to develop his skills as a practitioner.  

Following on, he then became sports therapist for Chester-le-Street United.

Sponsored by - Mr Billy Montague






Published Friday 27th September 2019 (last updated Saturday 4th September 2021)