|Date of birth||19 January 1971|
|Place of birth||Darlington, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Left Winger/Central Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:20, 30 July 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Atkinson began his career with Sunderland and played in the 1992 FA Cup Final. After 141 appearances he lost his first team place in 1996 and was loaned to Carlisle United. Later in the year he joined Darlington, where he remained until his retirement from professional football in 2002.
His 13-year playing career brought almost 400 league and cup appearances and 6 England caps at under-21 level. He made his debut coming on as a substitute for Mark Blake in a friendly against Wales on 5 December 1991 at Prenton Park. He was also part of the England under-21 team that won the 1991 Toulon Tournament beating the hosts France 1-0 in the final.
He was appointed Assistant Manager at Darlington in June 2012.
- Second Division Play-Off Final winner: 1989–90
- FA Cup runner-up: 1992
- Nationwide Division Two Title winner: 1995–96
- 1991 Toulon Tournament - winner
- Stoddart, Craig (28 May 2012). "Quakers appoint Gray as new boss". Northern Echo. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
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