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Steve Rampley

As a regular North West Derbyshire Schoolboy Steve went on to represent Derbyshire in the English Schools Championship at U18.

In senior football a season at Chinley alongside Vic Halom was the only gap in an otherwise continuous WBAFC career; the early years playing in that sensational '2nd' team as mentioned by Westy below.  1st team followed the great Whaley exodus as one of the few Whaley lads, along with Brog snr, to play in that interim Disley influx. 

Took over as player/manager at 28 building a 1st team around then 2nd team stalwarts like Boothy, Blants & Westy who helped hold things together in that transitional period.  Gradually coaxing back the Johnsons, Ibby, Barney, Keensy etc. and with Brog Snr bringing youngsters like Brog, Nez & Craig through the reserves the heart of the squad eventually became all 'Whaley'... and still is!

Retired as player & manager at 36; the squad having just won the Dore Shield was now competing at the top and ultimately the majority of that team did go on to win everything with Brog & Johnny Hardy.  Became Chairman and has held that position ever since overseeing some big changes in the organisation inc. proper committee structure with designated roles and responsibilities; the lottery funded changing facilitie; web site; HLF Lottery bid and the recent merger with WB Juniors.

Ramps would say his biggest achievement over the years was to retain all the best people, be they players, managers or committee, and that is borne out by those who have stuck with it from those early days and who are now part of a properly run club that continues to attract more sound 'doers'.

Nickname Ramps; Ramplini etc.
Playing career 1971-1991 ish
Position Striker - incisive, some would say greedy: Midfield - inventive, some would say greedy: Sweeper - cultured, some would say casual. Positional phases dictated by team requirements and eventually legs.
Committee since  
Previous roles  
Hobbies WBAFC; Mountain biking; walking; motorcycling; skiing; Egyptology and all round raconteur

Webmaster Adrian West-Samuel
Westy Running

Joined the club in the early 80’s just prior to the period when the Disley superstars were masquerading as Whaley’s first team.  Played most of that first season in an impressively strong reserve team with the likes of Ramps, old Brog, Neil Johnson, the prolific Richards brothers and the idiosyncratic Carl Shindler.

Moved up to the first team for a couple of seasons when the Disley boys deserted Whaley and Ramps stepped up to steady the ship. Then back to the reserves as Brog’s crop of Whaley youngsters matured and progressed in the other direction.

Joined the committee in 1995 to take on the treasurer’s role. Signed his last cheque in 2008 and move over to develop the website.

Nickname Westy or Keown
Playing career 1983 - 2001
Position A go-for-anything-in-the-air-and-leave-the-fancy-stuff-to-someone-else centre half
Committe since 1995
Previous roles Treasurer
Hobbies Walking, running, OU

Treasurer Mike Prophet


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Head Coach Darryl Hall

Darryl Played at U16 for North West County schools and went on to represent Derbyshire Schools. Having enjoyed several seasons in the same Manchester City school boy team as Gary Speed, Paul Warhurst and Andy Hinchcliffe he was released at 16 but continued with short spells at Derby County and Crewe Alexander before being released after a brief time at Rochdale.

Darryl started his senior local career at Chinley playing at different stages under Martin Bradley, Alan Johnson, Harold & Ged Merrick, Frankie Burton and Johnny Hardy.  Transferred to Whaley Bridge FC to play for Steve Rampley (now Chair) and had a season under John Brogden Snr.

Having suffered a  ruptured cruciate ligament in a Dore Shield semi-final, playing for Whaley against Chinley, Darryl was laid up for 14 months and ultimately turned to coaching at Stoke City where he worked with all age groups until eventually settling with the youth team who reached two FA Youth Cup quarter-finals against Wimbledon and Arsenal - losing both.

In 1995 Darryl moved on to Everton as a coach working under Joe Royle, Willie Donaghie, Barry Poynton and Ray Hall gaining his UEFA B licence.  Coaching U14, 15 & 16 age groups he worked with players such as Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert, Francis Jeffors, Joey Barton, Bradley Orr, Phil Jagielka, Ben Burgess, Peter Clarke and Sean OHanlyn to name but a few.  Whilst at Everton Darryl won the Milk cup in Ireland before leaving the professional game in 1998 after many years committed to developing young players.

Darryl always retained close links with Whaley, especially with long-term friend Jon Brogden, and after several years returned to the Club.  After a season with Whaley Reserves as Assistant Manager/Captain with Nick Mullen he played one last season under John Brogden Snr winning the HVFL Premiership and Lawrence cup in 1999-2000.  Subsequently appointed 1st Team Manager with assistant Paul Moore he eventually teamed up with Jon Brogden in 2002 to date.

Jon and Darryl are very proud of the fact that they have developed 3 different generations of teams to become the most successful amateur club in Derbyshire for the last ten years consistently beating opposition from ‘higher’ leagues.  Darryl says ‘’Although there have been several offers over the years I have remained loyal to Whaley Bridge FC to work with a Chairman I respect and who has held together a strong committee dedicated to the development of local players and representing a very proud community’’.

Nickname Dasser, Champagne Charlie and Gaffer
Playing career  
Position Midfield 'brain'
Committe since 1998
Previous roles Ass Res Team Manager; 1st Team Manager
Hobbies Football; Bitter; Holidays & Wife!

Vice Chair (Senior) Chris Morrell
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