Wilberfoss AFC lose ‘Foss Legend


The club are saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff Waslin.
Geoff was the Wilberfoss AFC Club President having been involved with the club for over 20 years. A superb bloke, Geoff was regularly seen showing his support to any of the Wilberfoss AFC teams down at The Storking Lane Ground and latterly with his positive words for the teams on social media.
Fitting that on the day of Geoff’s passing, his beloved Liverpool FC recorded a historic victory over Manchester City, a very fitting send off.
The club would like to send their whole hearted condolences to his wife Janet and all his family on the loss of your loved one.
R.I.P – Geoff – an absolute ‘Foss Legend who will be sadly missed.


‘Foss appoint new management

Newby & Willoughby take over the reigns

  It was last night confirmed by Wilberfoss AFC chairman Mark Newby that first team responsibilities will be taken on by Oliver Newby and Mark Willougby following the resignation of Andrew Palfreymen last month.

Willoughby who will assist Newby comes with valuable managerial experience after a very successful appointment as Pickering Town Academy manager prior to joining ‘Foss. For Newby however, this is his first step into management following over 10 seasons as a player at the club after re-signing in 2014.

Chairman Mark Newby commented “I’m delighted Oliver and Mark have decided to join the coaching team after being key players helping the club on the field for many years. They both seem very passionate to progress the club and I hope to see an upturn in performances soon. Furthermore I want to take the opportunity to thank Simon Hammond who has stepped in and guided the First Team over the last month, whilst results didn’t go his way we owe a lot to him for taking the helm”

New manager Oliver Newby commented “I couldn’t think of a better club to be involved with, so when the opportunity arose, it was challenge I wanted to take on. Things haven’t gone to plan so far this season for the team however with the quality we have at the club I think it is only a matter of time before results turn. Andy (Palfreyman) & Si (Hammond) have both done great jobs and I hope with Mark and James (Anderson) along side me we can put some points on the board.”

This weekend the club take on bottom side Harrison Signs in a relegation 6 pointer at the Storking Lane Ground.

Penalty pain for ‘Foss

Riccall United 2-1 Wilberfoss AFC

Wilberfoss AFC travelled to Riccall United on Saturday in a reverse of their opening day fixture. Manager Palfreyman was forced into a number of changes due to injuries which gave an opportunity for Laverack, Hendry and both Gibney brothers the chance to shine.

‘Foss started slowly and after sloppy defending found themselves behind after failing to clear a corner. It was soon 2-0 to the home side as their striker scored a ‘collectors item’ from 20 yards.

On the half hour mark ‘Foss had chance to claw a goal back after being awarded a spot kick, with usual penalty taker Newby sidelined through injury up stepped Mackenzie, however he fired wide from 12 yards. Houlder then went close and Mackenzie hit an upright however the away side went in 2-0 at half time.

(Pictured - Mark Willoughby (centre) challenges for a the ball)

Into the second half ‘Foss continued to press with a front 3 of Dan & Sam Gibney along with Si Houlder constantly looking dangerous. On 55 minutes ‘Foss finally broke their duck when a ball into the box was guided home from the on rushing Rich Tinson.

‘Foss threw everything at the Riccall defence however a mixture of poor finishing, fantastic goalkeeping and bad luck saw the away side travel back to East Yorkshire with nothing to show for their efforts.

After the game manager Andrew Palfreyman commented  “I thought we deserved a draw today at least. We’ve missed really 2 good chances, plus the penalty miss and they’ve punished us at the other end. I was impressed with those who stepped up today and cant fault the attitude and effort by all the players”

MOM – Simon Houlder

Reserves rue missed chances

Wilberfoss AFC Reserves continued their start to the season again in cup action with ‘Foss welcoming Swinton AFC in the York FA Junior Cup.

Again playing a team leagues above them ‘Foss started brightly and with some very good possession early in the game they finally made it pay when Dan Gibney picked the ball up wide and played a lofted ball into the box which was met by Dan Harvey who made no mistake with his head.

Chances came and went in the first half for ‘Foss with the home side coming in at half-time only 1-0 up and wondering how the game wasn’t already put to bed. Manager Paul Jacques told the players at half-time just to stay calm and to keep playing their football and try kill the game off as early into the second half as possible.

As more chances fell their way they couldn’t convert, with a number of players missing efforts. ‘Foss were made to pay when they gave the ball away 35 yards out and when a Swinton player took a pot shot it somehow managed to find the back of the net to level the scores. As the game wore on and players began to tire chances came for both teams to win it with the easiest falling to Ben Thompson who found himself unmarked 4 yards out but somehow turned the ball onto the bar instead of the empty net.

The game eventually went to penalties and with Zachariou the only player able to convert his spot-kick ‘Foss went out 3-1 on spot kicks.

Paul Jacques said after the game he couldn’t believe how his team had managed to lose such a one side game and had to learn from the last few weeks going into the league season to finish their chances and put teams away.

MOM – Ian Cappleman

Away day misery for Palfreymens men


Wilberfoss AFC came back down to earth with a bump on Saturday as they were defeated on their travels at Tockwith AFC.

Manager Andrew Palfreyman went with the same starting eleven that had done so well the week previous, however Tockwith dominated possession in the early stages and whilst chances fell at both ends the game went into half time 0-0

Within 5 minutes of the restart the home side took the lead as a short back pass allowed Campagna to nip in and lift the ball over the on rushing Hendry. Willoughby then replaced the injured Newby however it was soon 2-0 as Gledhill stepped inside from the right wing, beat 2 Foss defenders before rifling the ball home.

The goal sprung ‘Foss into life, and they soon reduced the deficit as a deflected Mackenzie free kick found the bottom corner. The away side then hit self destruct once again, a reshuffle in defence was required after Condren picked up an injury and with a lack of organisation Wilberfoss lost the ball on the edge of their own box for Campagna to nip in to make it 3-1.

Once again ‘Foss fought back, as a corner was cleared the ball was helped back into the box for full back McCallum to back flick into the net to give the East Yorkshire men hope. It was however that man Campagna who put the nail in the coffin, as he once again found space in the away side 18 yard box before smashing the ball past Hendry at his new post to seal his hat trick.

Following the match, assistant manager Simon Hammond spoke “We gave possession away too cheaply today, individual mistakes and a lack of communication has really undone us. At times we looked dangerous going forward but theirs lots to work on if we are to compete at this level”

MOM 🏅 – Alex McCallum – a solid performance at right back and topped his good display with an acrobatic flicked goal.

Hammond joins ‘Foss

The club are delighted to announce that Simon Hammond has agreed to the join the club to assist First Team manager Andrew Palfreyman. The former Rowntrees AFC manager Hammond will offer support and experience to the club and once again teams up with Palfreyman.

Hammond already has links to the club with his son currently involved in the junior section.

Palfreyman commented “I met Si during my Barmby Moor days and once I knew he was available I was keen to secure his services. I think it’s always important to have a second pair of eyes on a match day and I believe he’ll be great for the club”

Mackenzie masterclass ensures Foss start campaign with win.

Wilberfoss AFC 3-1 Riccall United

Wilberfoss AFC started their new Division One campaign with 3 points after a professional 3-1 victory over last seasons relegation Premier League side Riccall.

Manager Andrew Palfreyman gave club debuts to the experienced Mike MacKenzie who had signed in the summer from York RI along with Wilberfoss AFC U19s striker Dan Harvey. The two debutants proved to be the difference between the 2 sides, as Harvey beat his man on 22 mins before excellently finding the on rushing ‘Foss captain Oliver Newby to fire home from close range. 10 minutes later in was 2-0 as Harvey and MacKenzie combined. MacKenzie hit a wonderful 30 yard cross field pass which Harvey rose to head home.

12 minutes into the second half and Mackenzie got in on the act as he waltzed past his marker before hit a left footed shot in to the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards. With 21 minutes remaining on the clock, Riccall struck back with a superb effort which found the top left hand corner of the net.

Following the match, manager Andrew Palfreyman commented “I’m delighted to start the season with a win, its always important to hit the ground running. After an indifferent pre season I thought the attitude of every player was super and in particular, I thought Dan (Harvey) & Mike (Mackenzie) were brilliant for us today.”

MOM 🏅 – Mike Mackenzie – who impressed with a superb performance on debut with a goal and assist.



1st TEAM

Saturday 29th July – WILBERFOSS AFC (B) at the Storking Lane Ground

KICK OFF 2.00pm (Meet 1.00pm)

Saturday 5th August – POPPLETON AFC at the Storking Lane Ground

KICK OFF 2.00pm (Meet 1.00pm)

Saturday 12th August – TBC at Away – TEAM AWAY DAY

Saturday 19th August – BISHOPTHORPE UNITED at the Storking Lane Ground

KICK OFF 2.00pm (Meet 1.00pm)

Saturday 2nd September – WILBERFOSS AFC (B) at the Storking Lane Ground

KICK OFF 2.00pm (Meet 1.00pm)


Saturday 29th July– WILBERFOSS AFC (A) at the Storking Lane Ground

KICK OFF 2.00pm (Meet 1.00pm)

Saturday 5th August – POPPLETON AFC RESERVES at the Storking Lane Ground

KICK OFF 2.00pm (Meet 1.00pm)

Saturday 19 August – BARMBY MOOR at the Barmby Moor Ground

KICK OFF 2.00pm (Meet 1.00pm)

Saturday 2nd September – WILBERFOSS AFC (A) at the Storking Lane Ground

KICK OFF 2.00pm (Meet 1.00pm)

In addition the club is to enter a team into the Mike Morris Pre Season Trophy starting in August (Dates of games TBC)

Wilberfoss AFC Presentation and Awards Evening 2016/17

Saturday night saw Wilberfoss AFC hold their end of season Presentation and Awards Evening following a very successful and progressive 2016/17 season.

The First Team had managed to gain back to back promotion finishing as champions of Division Two whilst Paul Jacques young Reserve Team picked up some credible results and made history as the first team from Reserve C to reach a Cup Final. Although the result did not go the way of ‘Foss the simple fact they reached this stage was credit to Paul and his team.

Award Winners

First Team

Managers Player of the Season

This was jointly won between Tom Matthews & Oliver Newby – The pair struck a great understanding on the field during the season scoring some vital goals which helped their team gain promotion with manager Palfreyman being unable to decide on an outright winner.

(Pictured – Oliver Newby & Tom Matthews presented the Managers Player of the Year award by manager Andrew Palfreyman)

Players player of the Year.

Rich Tinson – this was a unanimous decision, with the veteran midfielder producing some superb selfless performances with notable goals against his former club Barmby Moor and claiming Goal of the Season with a brilliant back heel flick in season defining win over Stamford Bridge.

(Pictured – Rich Tinson presented the Players Player of the Year award by manager Andrew Palfreyman)

Reserve Team

Managers Player of the Season

Dan Jacques – claimed the award after a string of impressive performances throughout the season. His set pieces proved vital with many of his goals coming from free kicks or the penalty spot.

(Pictured – Dan Jacques presented the Reserve Team Managers Player of the Year award by manager Paul Jacques)

Players player of the Year

Another unanimous decision, this year won by the experienced Ian Cappleman. Following a serious injury to reserve captain James Gaines, Ian took the armband and led by example adding vital experience to a very youthful team.

(Pictured – Ian Cappleman presented the Reserve Team Players Player of the Year award by manager Paul Jacques)

Club Awards

Mike Murr Memorial Trophy – Golden Boot

Won for the second year running by ‘Foss Captain Oliver Newby – Newby’s 26 goals proved invaluable over the season which included a hat trick against local rivals Barmby Moor which secured ‘Foss the league title.

(Pictured – Oliver Newby presented the Mike Murr Memorial Golden Boot award by manager Andrew Palfreyman)

Tom Brooks Award – Young Player of the Year

This year the award was won by Alex Zachariou. Alex impressed during pre – season and went on to produce some brilliant performances as the 17 year cemented his position in the team.

(Pictured – Ollie Jacques  collects the Tom Brooks Young Player of the Year Award on behalf of Alex Zachariou)

The night which was hosted by Wilberfoss AFC chairman Mark Newby who went on to thank both managers Andrew Palfreyman & Paul Jacques for their continued efforts along with a special recognition for Matthew Wain on his England Veterans caps.

Finally as the presentation grew to a close Mark presented a Special Recognition Award to Brian Walker. Brian who devoted over 30 years to the club retired this season and was presented with a special award for his time and commitment to the club.

(Pictured – Brian Walker says a few words after being presented with his Special Recognition Award by club chairman Mark Newby)


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.