Christian Fox on the club’s progress

January 13, 2020

As we’re approaching the half way point of the season, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with our first team manager…

Another big win at the weekend, how happy are you with the teams performance?

Really happy with the second half performance as that is what we are all about. We created lots of chances and it was exciting to watch. We are conceding too many goals at the moment so that is one of the areas we need to focus our intentions on this week at training. We will always take conceding 3 if we are going to score 7 and create another 5 very good chances though. It’s just how we like to play.

Harrogate are in the bottom half of the table and many people may have written them off prior to the game, why do you think it was important to not underestimate them?

christian foc and jonny bruce the selby town management team

We don’t underestimate any team in this league. It’s been proven that any team is capable of beating any other on their day. We try and focus on ourselves and constantly remind the players of the standards we expect. There are no easy games in this league and you have to earn every single point.

It was a record breaking league crowd with crowds seemingly rising week on week, how much of an influence do you think this was?

The crowd play a massive part and they are really appreciated by the players and management. It’s brilliant seeing so many people coming through the gates and Selby Town FC is really making a name for itself as a community club. Let’s hope crowds continue to grow and I’m sure they will, as long as we keep the performances going on the pitch. The atmosphere when there is a big crowd and the lads are performing well gives them all an extra buzz and motivation to do well.

We currently have the best attack statistically in the league with an average of 2.87 goals per game and yesterday saw five different players on the score sheet. How important is this attack mentality to your game?

That is pleasing to hear. Our game is all about how we can win games of football. We are not the type of team to sit behind the ball, defend well and try and nick a goal on the counter attack. We want to be on the front foot, get at teams and have a real go. The fact that we are creating so many chances is brilliant and everyone chipping in with goals is a real bonus. It means we are not just relying on one or two players to always score and it’s a squad game so everyone is going to play their part between now and the end of the season.

Having played just 16, the club hasn’t yet reached the halfway point of the season unlike the rest of the top four who have either reached or exceeded it. How do you feel those additional mid week games affect your plans, are they a concern or an opportunity?

When the final whistle is blown at the end of the season every team will have played the same amount of games. We have a squad we are very happy with at the moment and everyone is going to play a big part in the rest of the season. Every game is an opportunity for the players to play well, work hard and keep their shirt for the next game.

Finally, coming into the club with Assistant Manager Jonny Bruce you had a five year plan for the club, how do you feel that is going now that you’re three years in?

I’m not sure what the average attendance was when we came in but I imagine it was well below 100. To see over 300 there on Saturday and for that to be the highest ever NCEL crowd for the club outside of the groundhopper game is brilliant. We wanted to re-engage the club with the local community and I think we are doing that very well. With the unbelievable commitment and hard work by the committee and volunteers, supporters and sponsors, it’s a really positive time for the club. The club is going to be here for many years after we are gone so it’s about making sure we do our best for the time we have. The profile of the club is increasing all of the time and a lot of that is down to Dave Haddock who is doing a fantastic job.
We have a plan for the team and we will know how close we are to that come the end of the season. I know what I’d like in the centenary year for the club and will be working hard to make sure we achieve that.

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  1. Ralph Pearse

    Spot on

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Chris Jackson
Forward - Sponsored by LR Joinery

Chris is a man who needs no introduction to many having previously played for Selby Town. He has also had spells at Goole, Pontefract Collieries and Armthorpe Welfare, leaving a trail of goals and hat tricks in his wake.

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Myles Lawman
Midfield
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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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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Josh Walker
Forward - Sponsored by Unicorn Flying Club

Josh is kindly sponsored for 2019/20 by the Unicorn Flying Club

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.