Selby Town Squad from 1920

Selby Town Football Club was formed in 1919, adopting the nickname “The Robins”. The first senior club in the town since World War 1, a year later in 1920 they became founder members of The Yorkshire League and are the only club to have played all 62 seasons. The teams golden era was the 30’s and 50’s when winning trophies Became a bit of a habit! The 30’s saw The Robins win the league 3 times, The West Riding Trophy 3 times and The League Cup!

The 50’s saw Selby Town win the League twice, triumph in the League Cup twice and reach the first round of the F.A.Cup 4 times! They also Recorded the clubs highest attendance of 7,000 in 1954 when they played Bradford Park Avenue in the F. A. Cup 1st Round!

Selby Town Squad in the 1950s

The Robins moved from The Bowling Green across town to the current Flaxley Road ground on Richard Street which was purpose built in the early 50’s. The clubs record goalscorer is Graham Shepherd who notched up 158 goals between 1963 and 1982. Selby Town’s modern era has seen them reach the 4h round of the F.A. Vase in 1996, the same year they won the NCEL Division One Title.

Since the turn of the century, Selby Town FC flourished under the guidance of former player Bob Lyon, winning the President’s Cup, the Barkston Ash Cup, and The Vets over 40’s all in 2001. Season 2004/05 saw the first team finish runners up in the NCEL Premier Division and The CJ 19’s runners up in the Youth Alliance league. A year later and the first team were runners up in the Presidents Cup, and semi finalists in the League Cup. Since then the club has seen its fortunes go up and down, with the unfortunate effect of being relegated in 2011/12 to Division 1 of the NCEL. Since then the club has seen some instability as managers have struggled to find that winning formula. But in 2017, new manager Christian Fox joined Selby Town and put together a new squad of players which many hope will lead to a return to the successes of years gone by. Since then Selby Town FC reached the final of the West Riding County Cup in 2018, and lost out to Farsley Celtic 4-1.

Awards and Honours:

Yorkshire League: 1932/33, 1934/35, 1935/36, 1952/53, 1953/54
NCE League Cup Runners Up: 1990
NCE Presidents Cup Winners: 2001
West Riding Senior Cup: 1937/38
West Riding County Cup: 1927/28, 1948/49
West Riding Challenge Cup: 1934/35, 1935/36
League History: Yorkshire League: 1920-82, NCEL 1982
Best Season: FA Cup – 2nd Round: 1954/55
FA Vase – Preliminary Round: 1989/90
Record Attendance: 7,000 v Bradford Park Avenue
FA Cup – 1st Rd: 1953/54


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