Interview: Gianni Gabbiadini

December 3, 2018

An Interview With Selby Town’s Sports Therapist

We hear from Christian and the management team on a regular basis, and of course it is always good to hear from our players, but one man working hard behind the scenes is Gianni, in a role that few rarely acknowledge despite being fundamental to the team’s success. So I spoke to Gianni to find out more about the man, and his role as Sports Therapist for the club…

First of all, tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I studied at York St. John, and recently graduated with a degree in Sports Therapy. Alongside what I do with Selby Town, I work as a freelance personal trainer working out of Fitness Connection 1079, I’ve been a personal trainer for 3-4 years now.

How did you get involved with Selby Town, had you worked with teams previously?

I was initially looking for a position in football because it has always been my sport and I just love the team camaraderie between the players and staff. I had previously been involved with York College Development Centre and Pickering Town while I was at university so it was a case of building on that experience. Harry Bissett first told me about the opportunity after he saw it advertised online, I sent across an email to apply which went to Christian and then the rest is history.

Tell us more about your role with a football club, are there things you do behind the scenes before and after games?

As a whole my role covers the player’s well being, and that in a nutshell is making sure everyone is fit to play and performing at their best. I work with Christian and Jonny to help them, advising on player fitness and if I think a player needs some time out due to an injury etc. On the pitch, I am responsible for the pitch-side first aid, the rehab of the players and on occasion some of the drills in training if needs be.

What are your ambitions going forward with the club and also career-wise?

I’d love to progress up and work full time, but that’s all in good time. At the moment I’m really enjoying being at Selby.

Are you a football fan yourself? Did you follow non league prior to arriving at the club? If not how do you feel about being involved in it now?

Yeah i’ve always been a football fan, and have played all my life, and if I wasn’t at Selby then I’d be still playing on a Saturday. I didn’t really follow non-league teams before, but now obviously I’ll follow Selby even if I were ever to leave, but then again I’m a Sunderland fan so it’s not far off non-league! Being involved in it is class, all the lads and backroom staff made me feel welcome from the get go and I feel like the set up in general is fantastic.

How do you feel about the teams performance so far this season?

I think the way Foxy and Jonny want the players to perform is different to any of the other teams in the league. The expectations are so high because of the talent we have on and off the pitch every game. So when we don’t play as well as we are expected too, it’s taken harder. At this level it’s hard to win every game but I think so far we have put the work in and played really well most weeks.

Any stand out moments for you?

Coming back from 2 down away against Huddersfield was pretty class to win on penalties, especially after the Kendal heartbreak. The support for the club is next to none so the supporters need a shout out really and just a thank you again for the opportunity and for the players for welcoming me in so fast!

Thanks to Gianni for taking the time to speak about the club. You can find out more about G Personal Fitness by visiting his Facebook page.

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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
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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
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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. 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.