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.

Comments 2

  1. Ralph Pearse

    Spot on


    Let’s have a positive couple of months, it will be very close this season end. Come on Town!

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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.

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Nick is just starting out as a labourer, but hopes to travel the world playing football.

Previously played for York City and Bodens BK.

He hasn’t been at the club long, but his best memory so far is winning against Tadcaster Albion in the semi final of the West Riding County Cup.

Nick is also a FIFA player (that Selby Town FIFA tournament is gaining players by the minute), and he looks up to Sergio Ramos, because he is a “goal scoring centre back”.

Nick is versatile and can play as a full back or striker, wearing the number 6 or number 9 shirt depending on his position.


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

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

Danny Snaith
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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

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

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.

Harry Bissett

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.

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At 28, Carl has had experience at a high level with a number of clubs, most recently Tadcaster Albion and Pickering Town, Carl will be ideal support for our leading scorer’s Liam Flanagan and Joe Dale.

He works in York as a ground worker.

His greatest moment in football was scoring against his home city on Boxing Day, and then playing the reverse fixture on New Years Day in front of 4,000.

A Fifa player, Carl’s footballing icon is Gazza – a true, passionated Englishman.

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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.

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