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Yorkshire football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Vikings
AssociationYorkshire International Football Association
Head coachRyan Farrell
CaptainPaddy McGuire
Most caps4 players (5)
Top scorerJordan Coduri, Tom Greaves (4)
Home stadiumVarious
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Yorkshire 1–1 Ellan Vannin 
(Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire; 28 January 2018)
Biggest win
 Yorkshire 6–0 Chagos Islands 
(Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire; 25 March 2018)
Biggest defeat
Jersey Parishes of Jersey 2–1 Yorkshire 
(Saint Peter, Jersey; 21 October 2018)

The Yorkshire international football team represents Yorkshire in international association football and is controlled by the Yorkshire International Football Association (YIFA), founded in 2017.

Yorkshire is not affiliated with FIFA or UEFA and is therefore unable to participate in the competitions of either body. Instead, it plays under the CONIFA footballing umbrella, having become a member of the confederation on 6 January 2018.

Yorkshire does not have an official home stadium and plays at various venues throughout the region. Its first match, a 1–1 draw with Ellan Vannin, took place on 28 January 2018 at the Yorkshire NuBuilds Stadium in Fitzwilliam.

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Early attempts at a Yorkshire team

Despite Yorkshire having a representative schoolboy team for many years, there was no formal senior equivalent until 1924 when the West Riding County Football Association put together a men’s side as part of the jubilee of the University of Leeds. Players were chosen from Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue, Halifax Town, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United.[1] Although the team won 2–0, it did not represent the whole county.[2] In 1935, a Yorkshire team made up of players from leading clubs across the entire region, including Bradford City, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United and Sheffield United, took on a team formed of Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Sunderland players at the latter’s Roker Park ground as part of the Queen's jubilee celebrations.[3] Once again, however, the team, which beat the North East side 3–2, was reported as representing only West Yorkshire.[4]

First official Yorkshire international team

Officially established on 16 July 2017, YIFA held a foundation meeting in October of the same year at the Square Chapel, Halifax, to sign off its constitution and formalise its existence as a footballing body. While organising a senior Yorkshire international football team was its primary focus, YIFA also gave notice of its intention to seek membership of CONIFA.[5] Plans for a senior women’s team and disability teams were also announced.

On 13 November 2017, YIFA announced that Ryan Farrell, assisted by Micky Long, had been appointed as Yorkshire's first ever head coach.[6][7] On 6 January 2018, ahead of the friendly against Ellan Vannin, Yorkshire was accepted as a member of CONIFA. The following week, Matt Bradley of Dinnington Town was the first player revealed to have been called up to the national side, while Paddy McGuire, who plays for Thackley, was named the first captain.[8][9]

Team colours

Yorkshire’s traditional kit colour is dark blue. The current kit is provided by Yorkshire-based sportswear company, Godzown Sports.

Inspired by the Yorkshire flag, the motif of the Yorkshire international football team features a stylised White Rose of York on a blue shield.

Fixtures and results

  Win   Draw   Loss



The following players were called up to the squad to face  Panjab on 18 November 2018.[10]

Caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2018 after the game against  Panjab.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ed Hall (1992-10-31) 31 October 1992 (age 26) 4 0 Yorkshire Stocksbridge Park Steels
13 1GK George Clarke 2 0 Yorkshire Brighouse Town

2 2DF Lawrence Hunter 5 0 Yorkshire Knaresborough Town
14 2DF Andy McManus (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 31) 5 0 Yorkshire Athersley Recreation
3 2DF Danny Buttle 3 0 Yorkshire Handsworth Parramore
17 2DF Eddy Busfield (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Yorkshire Nostell Miners Welfare
6 2DF Alex McQuade (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Yorkshire Ossett United

8 3MF Jordan Coduri 5 4 Yorkshire Penistone Church
4 3MF Paddy McGuire (captain) (1987-07-29) 29 July 1987 (age 31) 5 0 Yorkshire Thackley
7 3MF Cameron Rigby (1997-01-20) 20 January 1997 (age 21) 4 1 Yorkshire Maltby Main
12 3MF Adam Hayton (vice-captain) 4 0 Yorkshire Nostell Miners Welfare
5 3MF Jordan Emery 2 0 Yorkshire Armthorpe Welfare

15 4FW Matt Bradley 4 1 Yorkshire Dinnington Town
10 4FW Seon Ripley (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 24) 4 1 Yorkshire Hemsworth Miners Welfare
9 4FW Tom Greaves (1985-04-23) 23 April 1985 (age 33) 2 4 Yorkshire Ossett United
11 4FW Brodie Litchfield (1997-10-17) 17 October 1997 (age 21) 1 1 England FC United of Manchester

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up in the past twelve months or withdrew from the squad due to injury or suspension.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Ben Rhodes 4 3 Yorkshire Stocksbridge Park Steels v. Jersey Parishes of Jersey, 21 October 2018
DF James Hurtley 3 1 Yorkshire Brighouse Town v.  Barawa, 15 April 2018
DF Micky Long 0 0 Unattached v.  Barawa, 15 April 2018
DF Josh Snowden (1997-06-22) 22 June 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Yorkshire Scarborough Athletic v.  Ellan Vannin, 28 January 2018 WD
DF Rob Oldham 0 0 Yorkshire Glasshoughton Welfare v.  Ellan Vannin, 28 January 2018 WD

MF Josh Hobson 2 1 Yorkshire Stocksbridge Park Steels v.  Barawa, 15 April 2018
MF Bradley Kilner 1 0 Yorkshire Maltby Main v.  Barawa, 15 April 2018
MF Ryan Farrell 0 0 Yorkshire Thackley v.  Barawa, 15 April 2018
MF Rich Collier 2 2 Yorkshire Hemsworth Miners Welfare v.  Chagos Islands, 25 March 2018
MF Ste Crawford 1 0 Yorkshire Beeston St Anthony's v.  Chagos Islands, 25 March 2018
MF Billy Mole 1 1 Yorkshire Nostell Miners Welfare v.  Chagos Islands, 25 March 2018
MF Kurtis Turner (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Yorkshire Stocksbridge Park Steels v.  Ellan Vannin, 28 January 2018 WD
MF Thomas Dugdale (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Yorkshire Frickley Athletic v.  Ellan Vannin, 28 January 2018 WD

FW Nathan Keightley 2 0 Yorkshire Penistone Church v.  Chagos Islands, 25 March 2018
FW Callum Charlton (1996-11-13) 13 November 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Yorkshire Ossett Albion v.  Ellan Vannin, 28 January 2018 WD

See also


  1. ^ "A Yorkshire Soccer Team". Leeds Mercury. 11 December 1924. p. 15.
  2. ^ "Student's Bright Display". Leeds Mercury. 19 December 1924. p. 15.
  3. ^ "Yorkshire's Selected". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 3 May 1935. p. 14.
  4. ^ "Few Thrills at Roker Park". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 7 May 1935. p. 21.
  5. ^ "Yorkshire Is Getting Its Own International Football Team". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. ^ "How Yorkshire Has Launched Its Own International Team". Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Reet Champion! Yorkshire Gets Its Own International Football Team". Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Dinnington Town FC on Twitter".
  9. ^ "Match Of The Dales: Yorkshire's International Football Team Is Taking Devolution Into Its Own Hands". Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Yorkshire International Football Association_Players".

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