North Ferriby United A.F.C.

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North Ferriby United A.F.C.
North Ferriby United logo.png
Full nameNorth Ferriby United Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Villagers
Founded1934; 85 years ago (1934)
GroundGrange Lane
Coordinates53°43′02.42″N 0°30′00.61″W / 53.7173389°N 0.5001694°W / 53.7173389; -0.5001694Coordinates: 53°43′02.42″N 0°30′00.61″W / 53.7173389°N 0.5001694°W / 53.7173389; -0.5001694
ChairmanCarl Chadwick
ManagerChris Bolder
LeagueNorthern Premier League Premier Division
2017–18National League North, 22nd of 22 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

North Ferriby United A.F.C is a semi-professional football club in North Ferriby, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football, and play at Grange Lane.

Formed in 1934, the club reached the Premier Division of the NPL for the first time in the clubs history in 2005, after winning the Division 1 of the NPL. In 2013, North Ferriby won promotion to the Conference North. In 2015, they beat Wrexham of the Conference Premier to win the 2014–15 FA Trophy. They were promoted to the National League in 2016, having won the National League North play-offs, but were relegated after one season.


North Ferriby United formed in 1934 as a result of a meeting at which it was decided to form a local football team. They first took part in the local East Riding Church League and, in 1938, they won the Division One title.

The club re-formed after the Second World War and was admitted to the East Riding Amateur League. The immediate post war years proved to be very successful with the highlight being an appearance in the final qualifying round of the FA Amateur Cup during the 1949–50 season.

In 1969, North Ferriby improved their status when they joined Division Two of the Yorkshire League: the following season they captured the championship and also lifted the East Riding Senior Cup. The year 1975 saw them win the Yorkshire League Cup by defeating Lincoln United 2–0. Twelve months later they finished second to Emley in Division One.

The 1970s were a very positive period for the club and saw them win the East Riding Senior Cup three times. They reached the FA Cup third qualifying round in 1980–81, where they lost away to Boston United.

In 1982 they joined the newly formed Northern Counties East Football League, finishing as runners-up in Division One North. Promotion to the Premier Division was offered to them but had to be declined because the ground facilities were not up to the required standard.

The 1985–86 season saw them take the Division One title and this time they were promoted. They also reached the fourth round of the FA Vase and the following year went out in the fifth round to Farsley Celtic after losing 2–1.

Three seasons later national recognition came their way when they advanced to the semi-final of the FA Vase, losing to Tamworth, after just shading the first leg at Tamworth 2–1.

In 1991, North Ferriby won the inaugural President's Cup, defeating FA Vase champions Guiseley 8–5 on aggregate. They also lifted the East Riding Senior Cup for the first time in 12 years and in the League Cup Final they lost 1–0 to Guiseley. The 1996–97 season saw them appear in the FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium. A 3–1 aggregate victory over Guisborough Town in the semi-final saw them through to the Final at Wembley Stadium on 10 May 1997, where they were defeated 3–0 by Whitby Town.

Northern Premier League[edit]

Russell Fry playing for North Ferriby United against F.C. United of Manchester in the 2009–10 FA Cup

The next two seasons saw them miss promotion to the Northern Premier League but in 1999–2000 they won the Northern Counties East Football League championship and, with all the necessary work having been carried out to the ground, they finally achieved their longtime goal of promotion to the higher level of non-League football.

The first season saw the club set a new post-war record by lifting the East Riding Senior Cup for a fifth successive season. The 2001–02 season was the club's second season in the Northern Premier League and the club's progression continued with a higher league placing. The campaign finished on another high as the club retained the East Riding Senior Cup for a sixth year in succession, thus equalling the all-time record held by Hull City in a period which straddled the Second World War. The following season the club gained a place in the play-offs via fourth place in the table. Although the promotion push floundered on a tense evening at Radcliffe Borough, that disappointment was assuaged by the club taking the outright record from Hull with a seventh successive East Riding Senior Cup triumph.

The 70th Anniversary season, 2004–05, proved to be one of the most rewarding in the club's history as the young team clinched the First Division championship on the final day of the season at Mossley. The team led the division from early October and, despite a minor slump in March, never relinquished their grip on top spot. The following season saw the club at the highest level in their history as they entered the Premier Division and led the table from the off until March. Despite missing out on automatic promotion, the club secured a place in the play-offs after a fifth-place finish in the table. They defeated third placed Frickley Athletic away from home on penalties before losing in the Final at Farsley Celtic after extra time.

On 4 May 2013 North Ferriby were crowned as Northern Premier League Premier Division champions after beating Ashton United 2–0 on the final day of the season.[1] They were promoted into the National League North for 2013–14.[2]

National League and F.A.Trophy - Success and Relegation[edit]

In their first ever National League North season, North Ferriby finished second, narrowly missing out on promotion. During 2014–15, the club won the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, defeating Wrexham 5–4 on penalties after a 3–3 draw. Goalkeeper Adam Nicklin saved three penalties during the shoot-out. North Ferriby United were losing 2–0 in normal time, only to score twice in the last 15 minutes to force extra time. Substitute Ryan Kendall scored his second goal of the match during extra time to put North Ferriby in the lead for the first time during the final, however Louis Moult equalised for Wrexham to take the match to penalties leading to Nicklin's shootout heroics, winning the 2014–15 FA Trophy for Billy Heath's Villagers.[3]

North Ferriby earned promotion into the National League on 14 May 2016, beating AFC Fylde 2–1 after extra time at Grange Lane in the National League North play-off final.[4]

On 24 May 2016 Billy Heath left the club to join F.C. Halifax Town[5] Heath proceeded to raid his former Ferriby squad and recruited several first team players, most notably captain Liam King.

On 6 June 2016 The Villagers appointed Steve Housham as Manager,[6] Housham was tasked with keeping The Villagers in the National League.

Steve Housham - "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to manage in the National League with North Ferriby. My message to the fans is enjoy the ride and be proud that the club are playing at this level of football."

On 12th June 2016 Housham added Darryn Stamp to his Backroom team as Assistant Manager, having played under Housham at previous club Gainsborough Trinity.

North Ferriby failed to make a push for League football and spent much of the 2016–17 season near the bottom of the National League and were eventually relegated having spent just a year in the 5th tier.

On 22 November, 2017 the ownership of the club was transferred from the Foster family to Jamie Waltham.[7] The following day the incoming owner sacked Manager Steve Housham and assistant manager Darryn Stamp due to the previous relegation from the National League and the subsequent run of poor results that left The Villagers rock bottom of the National League North.[8] Housham was replaced as Manager by former captain Chris Bolder.

On 21 March 2018 a second relegation in two seasons was confirmed after a 1-1 draw at home to visiting league leaders Salford City F.C., as Bolder failed to save The Villagers from dropping out of the National League North.

The team will begin the 2018-19 season in the 7th tier Northern Premier League.


Current squad[edit]

As of 10 January 2019[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Lewis Exall
England GK Lewis Hill
England DF James Piercey
England DF Callum Harrison
England DF Dan Nicholls
England DF Jordan Windass
England DF Jack Mail
England MF Jack Smith
England MF Joe Lamplough
No. Position Player
England MF Ben Leyland
England MF Leon Smith
England MF Joe Robinson
England FW Jordan Harrison
England FW James Nicholls
England FW Jake Martindale
England FW Josh Vickers
England FW Niyah Payne

Club officials[edit]

Board of Directors [10]

  • Chairman: Carl Chadwick
  • Vice-chairman: Colin Wicks
  • Company Secretary & Finance Director: Richard Watts
  • Match Secretary: Andrew Frankland-Barber

Stadium [10]

  • Stadium Manager & Safety Officer:

Coaching Staff

  • Manager: Chris Bolder
  • Assistant manager: Paul Robson
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Adam Nicklin
  • Head of Youth Development: Richard Bell
  • Physio: Jordan Parkin





  1. ^ a b Watters, David (2013). "Congratulations to North Ferriby United!". Northern Premier League. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  2. ^ Mullan, Charlie (6 May 2013). "Video: Heath hails North Ferriby United promotion to Conference North". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b Williams, Aled (29 March 2015). "North Ferriby United 3–3 Wrexham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ "National League: North Ferriby and Maidstone promoted to fifth tier". BBC Sport. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Billy Heath: North Ferriby United manager to take over at FC Halifax Town". BBC Sport. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  6. ^ "North Ferriby United appoint new manager Town". ITV. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  7. ^ "North Ferriby United changes hands as the Forster family transfer ownership". Hull Daily Mail. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  8. ^ "North Ferriby United sack manager Steve Housham and assistant Darryn Stamp". Hull Daily Mail. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Squad members". North Ferriby United A.F.C. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Key personnel". North Ferriby United A.F.C. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Recap: North Ferriby 2 AFC Flyde 1 – Villagers promoted". Hull Daily Mail. 14 May 2016. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.

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