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Martin Gray

Martin Gray

Martin Gray was appointed manager of York City on 1st October 2017.

Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Gray had a distinguished playing career as a tough-tackling midfielder for the likes of Sunderland (1990-1996), Oxford United (1996-1999) and Darlington (1999-2001). He originally signed as a trainee to Sunderland and stayed with them until 1996 when he made a £100,000 transfer to Oxford United. In 2001, Darlington agreed to end his contract so that he could retire from his playing career in order to focus on coaching with the club.

His first crack at management came at Darlington when he was appointed joint caretaker manager alongside Neil Maddison after the dismissal of David Hodgson. Martin then became assistant manager at Darlington to current York City Sporting Director, Dave Penney in 2006.

After Darlington entered administration in 2009, Martin was released from the club and re-joined Dave Penney as his assistant at Oldham Athletic.

But Darlington came calling again after demotion to the Northern League in 2012, and Martin re-joined Darlington as manager on 28th May 2012.

In his five years at Darlington, Martin guided the team to three promotions in five years, leading them up from the Northern League into National League North.

Dave PenneySporting Director
Dave Penney

Dave Penney was appointed Sporting Director on 1st October 2017, coming into the Club at the same time as manager Martin Gray.

He began his career in football at Pontefract Collieries before being spotted at the age of 21 by Derby County. The Wakefield-born midfielder then went on to have a fine playing career with Derby, Oxford United, Swansea City, Cardiff City and Doncaster Rovers.

He entered the world of football management in 2002 when he retired from the game to become manager of Doncaster Rovers. After a well-placed finish in his first season, Dave led Doncaster back to the Football League via the play-offs in 2003. The following season he cemented his reputation by leading Rovers to the League 2 title. During a further two seasons of cementing Doncaster's place in League One Penney famously masterminded victories over Premier League sides Manchester City and Aston Villa, and nearly overcame Arsenal in the League Cup quarter-finals before finally being beaten in a penalty shootout. Penney left Rovers on 30 August 2006 as he felt he had taken the club as far as he could.

Since leaving Rovers, Dave has had managerial spells at Darlington (2006-2009), Oldham Athletic (2009-2010), Bristol Rovers (2011) and was most recently assistant manager at Southend United (2013-2015).


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