Football Focus Issue 65 - Page 22

Wilberfoss FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG Wilberfoss FOOTBALL CLUB W ilberfoss AFC was originally formed in 1917, playing only friendlies in the early years, but disbanded through the war years, before being reformed in 1946. Originally known as Wilberfoss Athletic, the team joined the local York Football league in the early fifties spending most of the time alternating between Division’s 2 and 3. Brian Walker, the current first team manager, has been involved with the club since he moved into the village with his family in 1983. During that time he has been involved as a player, player manager, manager /secretary, and groundsman. When he retired from playing, he took over as manager and his target was to take the club into the York Premier Division, something which he achieved in the 2007/2008 season, then deciding to retire at the top. 22 Issue 65 However the last few years saw a decline in fortunes for the club and Brian was asked to take up the reigns again and this year Wilberfoss took the 3rd Division by storm and ended up as Champions, without a league defeat all season, winning 17 and drawing 1 of their 18 league games. Wilberfoss AFC has grown from having just one team, into a Charter Standard Development Community Club fielding two Senior Saturday teams, a girls U15s team and junior sides from mini’s under 7s , U9s, U10s and U11s, and have just reformed the U19s boys team. Indeed without the vision of former Ipswich, Newcastle and Celtic player Alex Mathie, who along with Bill Carter helped form the junior section Wilberfoss Mavericks, then many of the current senior players would have been lost to the club, and be playing elsewhere. Wilberfoss now has a conveyor belt of players coming through the junior ranks, making a swift transition into the senior teams. The club has spent around £120k on refurbishing their Storking Lane Ground over the last few seasons (with grants from the Sports Foundation and advice from the FA), and can now boast one of the best village sporting facilities in the York and District Football league. A lot of Wilberfoss AFC’s success would not be achievable without the help of the players, supporters and their sponsors, all of whom are made up from local people and business’. The football club appreciates their commitment and the club plays a big part in the local community providing sport for all. Current Secretary Brian Walker took the time to tell us more about the club saying, “I have been involved with the club from 1983, when I moved my