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York City FC Coaching Staff Profiles

Manager
Nigel Worthington

Nigel Worthington arrived at York City in March 2013 with a simple brief – ten matches to keep City up and prevent them sliding back into the Conference in their first season back in the league.  Taking 14 points from the final six games of the season propelled City to 17th and the relief was magnified when Nigel Worthington signed a new contract to stay as City manager in the summer.  A former Sheffield Wednesday hero and holder of 66 caps for Northern Ireland, previously in management Nigel Worthington has taken Norwich to the Premier League and spent four and a half years as Head Coach of Northern Ireland. His appointment was seen as a coup for City by many within the game and Nigel Worthington has stated that he feels that City are a club with great potential and he can achieve special things here, which is music to City fans’ ears! Already, in his short time in the manager’s office at York City, he has brought his own brand of calm methodical professionalism and has rebuilt the squad, hopefully shaping it to bring success to the club. 

Assistant Manager
Steve Torpey

Steve has moved into the Assistant Manager role after a number of years in the City setup, initially as a youth team coach in 2008,  then head of Youth Coaching and Development, before stepping up to First Team Coach when Nigel Worthington arrived and finally the role of Assistant manager. He also made two appearances for City right at the end of his playing days having made over 630 appearances and scoring over 150 goals during his career as a tall, physical striker most notably for Scunthorpe United and Swansea City. Steve has been crucial to the development of many of the current first team who have come through the City youth ranks and his high-class management will now be beneficial to the first team in his new role.

Head of Coaching
Richard Dryden

Richard is former footballer with over 400 senior appearances. He started his career with Bristol Rovers youth system. He went on to play for Exeter City over 86 times, Birmingham City, Notts County and Bristol City before signing for Southampton in 1996. During his time with The Saints, he played 47 times during the club’s time in the Premiership. He then moved on to play for Luton Town and Scarborough in the Football League. 

In 2004 he started his coaching career at Conference side Tamworth as assistant to Mark Cooper, who he later re-joined taking up an assistant role at Darlington in 2010. In 2007 he took charge of Conference North side Worcester City for a 3 season spell. In July 2012 Richard joined York City on the Youth Team coaching alongside Steve Torpey, and is now Head of Academy Coaching, working with Tony Mee.

Academy Manager
Tony Mee

Tony had a less than traditional route into football coaching before joining Rotherham United in 2002, and moving onto City in July 2013. 


Tony spent a large part of his life in the Army as a Physical Training Instructor, having joined the Royal Corps of Signals in 1979. Having played Regimental & Corps football and allied to his instructional background, Tony progressed into football coaching after doing his badges whilst serving in the forces.  He transferred into the Royal Army Physical Training Corps in 1991 and has served in the UK, Germany & the Falkland Islands. He was awarded the UEFA A Licence in 1998 and also works as a tutor for the FA, running coaching courses.  Upon leaving the Army, he joined Rotherham United on a part-time basis, coaching the under 16s while also overseeing the football academy at Thomas Rotherham College, before being offered a full time position in 2009. He was appointed as Head of Academy Coaching in 2012.  


From the excellent work and experience that Tony has gained whilst at Rotherham, it was a positive move for York City when he decided to join the club in July 2013, and take up the role of Academy Manager. He now has the task of ensuring that the clubs youth system is awarded academy status following the introduction of the Elite Player Performance Plan, and bringing through best young talent within the area to produce 1st team players. 


Goalkeeping Coach
Andy Collett

Coach Andy arrived at City in the summer of 2013 as part of manager Nigel Worthington’s restructuring of both players and management team at City. A talented and brave goalkeeper in his playing days, playing over 100 times for both Bristol Rovers and Darlington, he played against City on many occasions before being forced to retire early due to a shoulder injury and becoming a goalkeeping coach, initially for Darlington before moving on to coach at Oldham Athletic and Hartlepool United before joining the Minstermen management ranks.

Physiotherapist
Jeff Miller

Jeff joined York City all the way back in September 1987 and is comfortably the longest serving member of staff at the football club. In his 26 years of loyal service he has become a firm fans' favourite and is often greeted warmly by the supporters when called into action. Jeff is responsible for dealing with player injuries and implementing rehabilitation programmes to ensure players regain fitness as soon as possible. A key member of the team, Jeff can be found in the Treatment Room at Bootham Crescent on a morning working hard to get the players back into action.

Youth Team Physio
Tom Robinson

Tom joined York City FC in 2008 as the part time Youth Team and Centre of Excellence Sports Therapist and became the full time Academy Sports Therapist following the Club’s promotion back to the Football League in 2012. Tom’s role is to look after all the Academy players, working every day with the Under 18s but also working with the younger age groups, Under 16s to Under 9s, treating and rehabilitating the players who get injured. Tom has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy from the University of Bedfordshire and specialises in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. He has practiced sports therapy for a number of years and also owns a private Sports Injury Clinic in York, where he treat individuals from a wide background, from professional sports people to casual runners.

Tom plays a variety of sports and has a particular passion for athletics, football and squash. He enjoys running and ran the London Marathon in 2007. Tom was born in York and has supported the club since he was 15.

Youth Development Coach
Darren Kelly

Darren is a former professional footballer, having represented Northern Ireland on 16 occasions, while starting off his career at home town Derry City. He made over 240 league appearances in his 9 seasons at the club, before making a move to Carlisle United. He was with the Cumbrian side for 2 seasons, in which he made 42 appearances including the 2003 Football League Trophy Final against Bristol City at the Millennium Stadium, losing 2-0. He later played for Portadown and had a 2nd spell at Derry City where he featured in the UEFA Cup and Champions League which attracted the attention of York City. 

He was at York City as a player for a 2 year spell from 2007-09, featuring 36 times scoring 2 goals for the club, under Colin Walker. In March 2011, he rejoined the club as a Community Coach having gained his UEFA A Licence and is currently undertaking his UEFA Pro Licence. Since then he has been appointed to the role of Youth Development Phase Lead Coach, where he is in charge of Under 12’s  to Under 16’s, ensuring that the Academy meet the EPPP criteria for his age group. 

Kit Manager
Rob Batty

This will be Rob's fourth season as Kit Manager at York City. Prior to taking up his current role, he had a spell as Club Shop Manager having done the kit role on a voluntary basis. It is Rob's responsibility to wash the First Team players' training and match kit, as well as the Youth Team kit. In addition to these tasks, Rob sets out the dressing room and makes sure the players have everything they need on a matchday whether it is balls and bibs or recovery drinks. As well as being Kit Manager, Rob is also taking a UEFA "B" Licence coaching qualification which he hopes to finish before the end of the current season.