A week in the life of non league football

December 6, 2018

Happy (belated!) International Volunteers Day

Five days of pumping water from pitch, involving multiple volunteers working in pouring rain and covered in mud. It’s cold, it’s dirty, it’s a job that’s non stop.

Meanwhile, programmes are written and printed, food is bought and prepared, the bar is stocked, the ground is tidied, and litter is picked up. Repairs are made, bulbs are changed, areas are painted. Drains are cleared, changing rooms mopped and cleaned, the grass is cut, and weeds are killed. The plants are looked after, the kit is dropped off, the kit is picked up, and suppliers are paid.

The Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube are kept active, the website is updated, the media are contacted. People order kits, people order merchandise, these must be picked up, packed up, and sent. People request information or ask questions, these are answered and dealt with. Sponsors must be found, advertising is carried out, marketing on and offline is a constant. The community is engaged with, meetings are attended, community groups are aided. Centenary plans are ongoing, fixtures are organised, events are being planned, the supporters club arranged. Graphic design for flyers is completed, graphic design for online use is created, graphic design for videos is finished. Club magazine is researched, written, and designed. Match reports are written, match previews are written, interviews are carried out.

Match day comes, the ground is opened, change is picked up, the gate is run. Prizes are obtained, raffle tickets sold, programmes are sold, merchandise is sold. Club shop is cleaned, tidied, prepared and opened, the bar is stocked and cleaned, people are served before, during and after the game. Glasses are cleaned, tables are wiped, empties removed. Food for teams and officials is prepared, cooked and served, secretary duties are performed, team sheets are written up. Food is prepared, orders are taken, food is served, kitchen is cleaned. Supporters are welcomed, issues are dealt with, mascots are organised, expenses are paid. Twitter commentary is carried out, and Facebook updated during the game. Photos are taken, video is filmed, these are downloaded, edited, and put online. The website fixtures are updated, the league table is updated, post match day content is written and uploaded, and graphics created for next game.

All of this for a Saturday game, do it all again if there’s a midweek fixture, do it all again for an under 16s game. All of the above, up to 3 times a week, for a full season.

All of this keeps the club running behind the scenes and is only a glimpse of the task at hand, not taking into account what needs to be done by the management team to train, prepare, and put eleven players on the pitch come match day.

This is our week this week at Selby Town, and a standard week at that. Hundreds of clubs across the country do similar every single week, each one surviving on the blood, sweat, and tears of hard working individuals who work for nothing and expect nothing, other than the knowledge that on a match day – if the weather doesn’t render all of the above a waste of time – a couple of hundred supporters will be cheering on the team. 

And then it begins again. 

Comments 1

  1. Tommy Arkley

    Absolutely spot on for every club in the land from the premiership down to the Sunday morning clubs the struggle is impacted the lower you are in the pyramid

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Next Match

23rd July 2019
Kick off 7.45pm
Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium,
Richard Street, Selby
YO8 4BN

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Meet the Players

© Selby Town FC 2019
Joshua Dacre
Centre Back

Joshua is 22, and plays at centre back for Selby Town in the number 5 shirt.
Living in Rotherham, Joshua has played for a number of clubs in the past including: Worksop Town, Handsworth Parramore, Pontefract Collieries, Garforth Town, Sheffield FC, Parkgate FC, and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Hi greatest memory in football so far was scoring the winner for Handsworth Parramore in the FA Cup when he was just 17.
A FIFA player.

Peter Lawrie
Goalkeeper

At 23, Peter has played for Selby Town, Tadcaster Albion, Garforth Town and Pickering Town, and is a much sought after goalkeeper and rated as one of the best in the NCEL.

Peter lives in York, and works as a buyer for Asda on Fresh Produce.

Growing up, Peter Schmeichel was his hero.

His best moment in football so far, is the run in the FA Vase to the quarters with Tadcaster and playing in front of over 2,000 fans.

Ryan Gothard
Centre Half

Ryan works in York as a mechanic.

He has previously played for Sporting Knavesmire.

His most enjoyable moment from his time at Selby Town is beating Bradford Park Avenue on penalties in the West Riding County Cup.

Ryan is a FIFA man, and his favourite player is John Terry.

Ryan captains the Selby Town side, playing as a centre half with the number 5 shirt on his back.

Alasan Ann
Defence

Aged 24, and from Luton – Ann is living in York whilst studying physiotherapist at university.

He has previously played for Luton Town, St Neots Town, Hitchin Town, and Kings Langley.

His greatest memory in non league so far was reaching the play off final with Hitchin Town.

A FIFA man, his greatest inspiration in football was Ledley King which he puts down to his “overall understanding of the game and leadership skills.”

Reuben Pearse
Right Back

Reuben has played for a number of clubs including Cliffe F.C.

He had a stint in management at Selby Town before stepping back due to work commitments.

Reuben plays at right-back with the number 2 shirt.

Zac Lawrence
Defence

Formerly of York City, Zac also held trials at Sunderland.

This is his first season within Selby Town Football Club’s defence.

Danny Snaith
Defensive Midfielder

Danny is a defensive midfielder.

He has previously played for Selby u19s, Tadcaster Albion, Dringhouses, Copmanthorpe, Glasshoughton Welfare, and Huntington.

Danny’s favourite Selby Town memory was from a few years back (possibly 2013/14) when Selby hosted Shaw Lane at Richard Street. At the time Shaw Lane were paying stupid money to get players to play for them, yet Selby still finished the game 3-1 winners.

Football Manager is his game of choice, and growing up Steven Gerrard was his favourite player, but the best player he has seen play live is Jermaine Defoe whose ‘pace was frightening’.

A joiner by trade, Danny lives in York and works for Future Roof fitting GRP

Chris Bilton
Midfield

Chris lives in York and works as a Sports Marketing Intern at York St John.

He has previously played for York City FC, Huntington Rovers, and Osbaldwick FC.

He has had numerous highlights in his sporting career, from gaining back-to-back promotions to winning county cups. But his favourite moment in football so far was representing York City FC at junior level until the age of 15.

Chris usually plays in the centre of midfield but can also play further forward.

He also plays cricket for Woodhouse Grange CCin the North Yorkshire Premiership which shows how seriously he takes his sport.

Charlie Clamp
Midfield

Lives in York with his partner and 3 month old baby boy. Works in Insurance for Aviva.

He has previously played for Leeds United, Bradford Park Avenue, Cadiz (Spain), Farsley Celtic, and Harrogate Railway.
His favourite moment with Selby Town was beating Tadcaster Albion 2-0 to make the final of the West Riding Cup, which will be played against his old club Farsley Celtic!
He’d choose football manager over FIFA or PES, and is a big fan of Paul Scholes.

Charlie’s claim to fame is winning the first team bleep test at Leeds United, relegating Robert Snodgrass into 2nd!

Charlie plays in midfield with the number 8 shirt.

Will Ramsay
Midfield - Sponsored by O’Sullivan Events

Will was recently married and lives locally in Brayton near Selby, and is a technical training and apprenticeships account manager. 

He plays as a defensive midfielder , but also covers centre-back and right-back with the number 4 shirt.

He has previously played for Riccall, Pontefract, Goole and Armthorpe. But most will remember him for his time at Selby Town.

Will is a Football Manager gamer, and is a fan of old school players like Keane and Viera – you don’t get rivalries like them anymore.

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Jordan Snodin
Midfield

He has previously played for Leeds United, Maltby Main, and Alfreton.

His best Selby Town memory was their fantastic win at Tadcaster Albion, where they won 2-0 to reach the final of the West Riding County Cup.

Jordan plays centre midfield and produly wears the number 8 shirt.

A FIFA player, and a fan of Lionel Messi; he once played a round of golf with ‘King Kenny’ himself – Kenny Daglish.

He has just moved into a new house with his girlfriend, and works in football for a coaching company named ‘Mini Kicks’.

Ryan Woodhead
Right Back

Lives in Scarborough, and currently in his 3rd year of a sport coaching degree at York St. John University.

Previously played for Pickering, Garforth, Tadcaster and Bridlington.
Best moment in a Selby Town shirt was the 3-2 win away at Eccleshill – “it was a really tough game and thought we all worked hard to get the win and it feels great when it’s a close hard fought game, the win Tuesday night was pretty good as well (against Tadcaster Albion in the West Riding County Cup)”.
Ryan would choose Football Manager over FIFA or PES, and as a Middlesbrough fan, he looked up to Juninho – “because he was just quality on the ball and loved watching him play”.
He usually plays right back with the number 2 shirt, but also occasionally plays right wing as a number 7.

Harry Bissett
Forward

Harry lives in York, and is currently studying sports and coaching.

He has previously played for Dringhouses.

Harry’s best time so far with Selby Town was stepping up to take a penalty in Selby’s win over Bradford Park Avenue in the West Riding County Cup – a penalty he calmly put away, helping to win the game.

He is 100% a FIFA player, and thinks he is the uncrowned FIFA king, something Ben Lock might dispute?

Harry’s proud of the fact that when his dad (former footballer Nick Bissett) played at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, he ‘tore Ryan Giggs to shreds’ – good man!

Harry is a forward and usually wears the number 17 shirt.

Lucas Wilson
Midfield

At just 16 years old, he has previously played for Heworth, Easingwold town, York and District, North Yorkshire county side, and Osbaldwick F.C.
Prefers to play in central attacking midfield, but can play in any attacking position.
His favourite moment in football so far was scoring 2 goals for North Yorkshire against Durham to go through to the Northern counties semi final.
A life long Liverpool fan.

Liam Flanagan
Centre Forward - Sponsored by Ultimate Roofs

Liam works as a painter and decorator and has previously played for Chesterfield.

His favourite moment for selby was “probably scoring 3 goals in the quarter finals against Halifax Town”, as well as scoring the second goal against Tadcaster Albion which put the game out of Tadcaster’s reach, leading to Selby Town progressing to the final of the West Riding County Cup,

Liam is a FIFA player and his favourite player is Javier Hernandez. It is unknown as to whether his FIFA skills are as good as his Selby Town playing career, but he holds the honour of scoring the 3000th goal in Selby Town’s long history, a fantastic achievement.

Liam is a centre forward and wears the number 9 shirt. Both Liam and Joe Dale make a formidable strike partnership with numerous goals between them.

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Joe Dale
Left Wing

Originally from York, Joe now lives, and works in Hull as a P.E. Teacher.

He has previously played for Poppleton United, and Pickering Town.
His favourite moment with Selby Town was beating Tadcaster Albion 2-0 to make the final of the West Riding Cup.
He’d choose football manager over FIFA or PES, and Henrik Larsson was his hero growing up.

Currently Selby Town’s top scorer 2017/2018, and plays left-wing under the number 11 shirt.

Gary Collier
Forward

Gary’s previously played for Knaresborough Town and Armthorpe Welfare in the NCEL, and before that he played and managed Riccall United, leading them to the York Premier title, which was the first time a Selby team had won it in 40 years or so.

“It’s only been a couple of games since I signed I scored the winner on my debut against Eccleshill but my best moment at Selby Town so far was winning against Tadcaster Albion to get to the final of the West Riding County Cup.”

Gary is a Football Manager player, and growing up as an Arsenal fan, his hero was Ian Wright so would love to be able to play like him.

In 2001, Gary joined the army, with his first day being September 11th. He watched the planes hit the towers on the news as he was signing for his kit.

Gary prefers to play as a forward and in the number 10 shirt.