North Ferriby United A.F.C.

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North Ferriby United A.F.C.
North Ferriby United logo.png
Full name North Ferriby United Association Football Club
Nickname(s) The Villagers
Founded 1934; 84 years ago (1934)
Ground Grange Lane
Ground Capacity 2,700
Ground Coordinates 53°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
Owner Jamie Waltham
Chairman Jamie Waltham
Manager Chris Bolder
League National League North
2016–17 National League, 24th of 24 (relegated)
Website Club 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 National League North, the sixth tier of English football, and play at Grange Lane.

Formed in 1934, the club reached the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League for the first time in 2005, after winning Division One of the league. 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 Conference North for 2013–14.[2]

Recent years[edit]

In their first ever Conference 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.[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]

North Ferriby spent much of the 2016–17 season near the bottom of the National League and where 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.[5]

On 23 November 2017, Steve Housham and assistant manager Daryn Stamp were sacked after a poor run of results.[citation needed]


Current squad[edit]

As of 22 December 2017 [6]

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 Ross Durrant
England GK Lewis Exall
England DF Jordan Cooke
England DF Jake Picton
England DF Jack Walters
England DF Kojo Kyei
England DF Ben Clappison
England MF Danny Emerton
England MF Luke Lofts
England MF Adam Bolder
England MF Bobby Johnson
England MF Alex Davidson
No. Position Player
England MF Jamie Forrester
England MF Callum Rzonca
England MF Eddie Rogerson
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Joel Ambalu
Scotland FW Brett Agnew
England FW Jack Barlow
England FW Craig Nelthorpe
England FW Carl Stewart
England FW George Harrison
England FW Sam Ansu
England FW Jerome Slew

Club officials[edit]

  • Owner: Jamie Waltham[5]

Board of directors

As of 14 May 2016.[7]
  • Chairman: Jamie Waltham
  • Vice-chairman: Colin Wicks
  • Finance Director: Richard Watts
  • Director: Julian Wild


As of 22 April 2017.[7]
  • Stadium Manager & Safety Officer: John Foston

Coaching staff

As of 12 June 2016.[7][8][9]





  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. ^ a b "North Ferriby United changes hands as the Forster family transfer ownership". Hull Daily Mail. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Squad members". North Ferriby United A.F.C. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c "Key personnel". North Ferriby United A.F.C. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Mullan, Charlie (6 June 2016). "Steve Housham appointed North Ferriby United manager". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 June 2016. [dead link]
  9. ^ "National League: North Ferriby appoint Darryn Stamp as Steve Housham's assistant". BBC Sport. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Recap: North Ferriby 2 AFC Flyde 1 – Villagers promoted". Hull Daily Mail. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 

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