Chairman’s View – Season 2016/17



Wilberfoss AFC chairman Mark Newby gives his thoughts on the 2016/17 season.

Firstly, can I say that being involved once again with the Club over the last two seasons  has been a joy, not only that I have been able to provide financial support to the Club, but also to be able to stand on the touchline and give my verbal support to our two ever improving teams. I would was also like to thank on behalf of everyone at the club all of our generous sponsors, your continued contributions go a long way in helping us develop this football club.

Pre-Season preparations were somewhat overshadowed by the First Team management changes which saw Brian Walker hang up his management boots. A massive thanks to Bri for his efforts and contribution to the Club over the last 30 years, which will sit firmly in the Club’s history.

Bri’s departure left a big role to fill, but it was ably taken over by Kieron O’Brien, who had agreed to step up from his coaching role to joint manager with the incoming Andrew Palfreyman, who was making his debut on the touchline following a move from local rivals Barmby Moor. A good start to league followed, however in October, Kieron O’Brien decided to step down due to family commitments and his desire to concentrate on playing rather than management. Fortunately, ‘Palf’ agreed to continue and has not looked back, as his first season’s performances have shown.

The First team’s continued improvement on the field aided by some excellent player recruitment led to an good start to the season, including winning the Pre Season Mike Morris Cup against Holme Rovers in a highly entertaining Final. To win back to back promotions as champions and reach the semi-final of the League Cup, was further testament to the team’s progression on the field.

(Pictured: Wilberfoss AFC are crowned Mike Morris Memorial Cup Winners)

The Reserves continued their improvement from last season under the able management of Paul Jacques and whilst they fell just short of promotion, they did excel in the Reserve Cup, reaching the Final against Church Fenton. This was the first time that a Reserve C Team had achieved this feat, so every congratulations to Jako and the boys for making it into the history books.

(Pictured: Wilberfoss AFC Reserves made history being the first team from Reserve C to reach the Reserve Cup Final)

Further Wilberfoss AFC history was made this season. A massive congratulations must go to Matty Wain who became the first ‘Foss player to represent their country. Waino was called up for the England Veterans squad which toured Thailand.

(Pictured: Matthew Wain represented England Veterans)

The contribution of many of the Under 19s younger players to the side’s performance must be particularly noted as testament to the progression of the club and reflects the investment in home grown talent which bodes well for the future.

The social side of the Club is as important as on the on field efforts. It brings not only financial support, but enforces the togetherness of the ‘Foss Family’ as a group, which again puts the Club in a strong position going forward.

Notable events included the Darts Night which was organised by First Team Captain, Oli Newby and with thanks to Mr ‘P’ for his MC efforts, along with Dougie and Alison Cowgill for allowing us to host the night. The player’s outfits were truly amazing and the tournament was won by young buck Charles ‘Doddsy’ Dodds who showed the guys where the bull was!

(Pictured: Charlie Dodds winning the Foss Darts Do)

The most recent event was the end of season ‘do’ in Nottingham, but as they say ‘what happened in Nottingham stays in Nottingham’, but by all accounts, a good time was had by all with the usual ‘jokers’ on fine form.

(Pictured: The squad during their end of season trip to Nottingham Races)

Up and coming events include The Club Presentation Evening on 17th June and a Sportsmans Dinner on 24th June to celebrate our Centenary year, with guest speaker former Manchester United, Leeds United and England footballer Lee Sharpe along with comedian Jimmy Carol. Tickets are in limited supply for the latter, so don’t miss out.

It only remains for me to wish the Club more continued success with the eventual goal of Premier League and Reserve A football for both teams respectively and to become a club that will be the envy of all others.

Can’t wait for the 2017/2018 season to start!

Mark Newby.