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York City FC First Team Staff Profiles

Russ Wilcox

Russ Wilcox strode into Bootham Crescent in October 2014, replacing previous City manager Nigel Worthington, who despite his sterling work behind the scenes improving facilities and leading City to the playoffs in May 2014 couldn’t repeat the magic and resigned in October 2014 with the Minstermen dangerously close to the bottom of the table.
A former defender who played for Yorkshire neighbours Hull City and Doncaster Rovers amongst others in a professional career that lasted over 500 league games, including promotion with Scunthorpe United as a player. Difficult to play against, he was voted into the PFA Team of the Year twice in successive years, once with Doncaster and once with Preston North End.

He cut his managerial teeth as player-assistant manager and then assistant manager at Scunthorpe United, working alongside Brian Laws, before moving to Sheffield Wednesday as Assistant Manager. A spell at Premier League Burnley, again working alongside Brian Laws, followed, before he worked as assistant manager at AFC Bournemouth. When Laws got the job of turning round Scunthorpe United’s fortunes, Russ again joined him, stepping up to full manager when Laws was removed in late 2013.

What happened next was a record breaking run where Russ broke the all-time record for the longest unbeaten managerial run at the start of a managerial reign, which had stood for 125 years. This run saw Scunthorpe get promoted and Russ Wilcox secure the League Two Manager of the Year award.

A modest man who prefers to direct praise to his players, Russ will look to make City hard to beat and will hopefully be able to use his years of experience within the game in both playing and coaching roles to improve the Minstermen and repeat his run of last season!

Having taken Scunthorpe United to runners up spot in League Two last season, no doubt City chairman Jason McGill was impressed by Russ’s managerial ability and will hope, as all City fans do, that Russ Wilcox can inspire the men in red and blue to deliver on the pitch and challenge at the top end of the table. 

Assistant Manager
Steve Torpey

Steve Torpey has been part of the coaching staff at York City since 2008 when he joined the Youth Team coaching staff having moved into coaching at the end of his career, working with Hull City’s apprentices.

A tall target man striker in his playing days, who was the scourge of the Minstermen backline on more than one occasion, Steve first came to prominence over three seasons leading the line at Bradford City, before continuing to score consistently for Swansea City and Bristol City. Most well known for his time at Scunthorpe United, for whom he made 280 appearances scoring over 75 goals, Steve has actually played for City twice – towards the end of the 2008-2009 season when injuries had decimated the squad, Steve was registered as a player and made one substitute and one starting appearance, bringing down the final curtain on a 634 game playing career.

Steve had one game managing City on a caretaker basis following former City manager Martin Foyle leaving the club, before returning to his previous role with the City Youth Team when Gary Mills became Minstermen manager. In 2013, City supremo Nigel Worthington promoted Steve to Assistant Manager in a backroom restructure.

A challenging and taxing opponent when on the pitch, this passion for the game and a will to win translates well into coaching when combined with Steve’s insight, his proactive attitude and his ability to work with players to hone their game

Goalkeeping Coach
Andy Collett

Beginning his second season as Goalkeeping Coach with the Minstermen, Andy Collett played over 250 games as a professional, some against City, with Middlesborough, Bristol Rovers and Darlington. He won the Goalkeeper of the Year award for Division 3 in 1999, the season he helped Darlington to the Division 3 Play Off Final.

After his flourishing playing career was brought to an end by injury, Andy moved into coaching, obtaining his UEFA licence and initially coaching at Darlington, before moving onto Oldham Athletic’s staff in 2009 and then onto Hartlepool, from where he joined the Nigel Worthington revolution at City.

A coach who believes in constant improvement and focussing on both the physical and mental side of the game, Andy has worked with many keepers to develop their game, including former City netminder David Stockdale whilst David was at Darlington, helping him secure a move to Premier League Fulham. Able to both motivate and develop, both Jason Mooney and Michael Ingham will be looking to Andy to hone their game in the season to come. 

Jeff Miller

Longest serving staff member at the club by some distance, Jeff Miller is entering his 28th season as York City physio, and whilst the hair may have gone, the passion and commitment to the Minstermen has not altered.

Previously combining physio work in local non-league with other roles, Jeff has been on the bench for the glorious times such as the 1993 playoff final, the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford and the Double triumph of 2012, as well as the sad times such as the tragic death of David Longhurst in 1990 on the pitch.

His ability to help players return from injury and back to fitness will be as vital as ever to City manager Russ Wilcox for the remainder of the season and beyond. 

Kit Manager
David James

David joined the club as Kit Manager in June 2014.

He is 32 years old and hails from Middlesbrough. In recent years he has been working alongside the Kit Manager at Championship outfit Middlesbrough FC before his switch to Bootham Crescent. He was also employed as Middlesbrough’s club’s Centre Manager at its Eston Academy site at Rockliffe Park. Previously, he trained and worked as a motor mechanic for a number of years before moving into football.

David is also a qualified FA goalkeeping coach and he is currently working towards his UEFA ‘B’ coaching qualification.

As part of his role as Kit Manager, he is responsible for organising all aspects of the First Team’s training and playing kits, and also the kits belonging to the club’s Academy players. As well as carrying out his duties for City’s home fixtures, Dave travels with the First Team to all their away fixtures and attends all training sessions at the club’s Wigginton Road Training Ground.