As we approach ‘Non League Day’ on Saturday 12th October, which coincides with our FA Vase home game against Cheadle Town, we think it is important to celebrate what it is that makes non-league football so special. Below we have an interview with one of our supporters – Dave Parram – who makes his way to cheer on the club, both home and away, rain or shine.
How long have you been following the club for?
I’ve been following Selby Town for approx. 5 years, after moving to the area from London.
What made you start supporting the club?
After moving to the Selby area, I wanted a local team to follow so came to a game at Selby, which they went on to win. That was all it took, and after that I was hooked.
How often do you get to see the club play?
I try to get to all the home games, and with the help of friends who drive, I try to get to as many away games as possible.
What has been the stand out moments for you so far?
There has been many, but one of the best memories so far has been the County Cup run a couple of seasons ago, in which we beat teams from higher leagues to get into the final. Seeing Selby Town FC play has been a great journey so far, let’s hope it will end with some silverware.
Do you buy a programme when you’re at a game?
Yes I buy a programme each week as it is part of the match-day experience, and I must thank those who produce the programme for putting one together each game.
Do you use the clubhouse when at the game to eat/drink?
I think we have a great little clubhouse, with some reasonable priced match-day food, and a nice bar to have a drink or two after the game. There is always someone to talk to about the game and so I’m in there every game to celebrate with the team and other supporters.
Do you know other people who enjoy non-league football?
Since going to watch Selby Town, I can honestly say that I have made quite a few friends at the club. It is a great family club where you will see those who are – how should I say? – ‘of an older generation’ as well as the young lads and lasses all mixing together in the stand and clubhouse.
What is it you enjoy about non-league football?
I have always been a fan of non-league, going back to the early eighties and supporting Leytonstone and Ilford FC in the Isthmian League. As a kid, my parents wouldn’t let me go to watch Spurs without my uncles, but they didn’t mind me going to see the mighty reds of Leytonstone as it was near to where I lived. Just like with Selby, I got hooked on following them until their demise and merger with Dagenham FC. Back then in the early eighties they had won a few trophies which of course always helps you to get behind a team! As with all non-league football though, you can almost guarantee that the players will give 100% on the pitch, which unfortunately you don’t always see in the professional game.
Generally though I am just a fan of football, we all know what it’s like as you get ready to leave home to go to a game with the hope that your team will win – or at least put in a good performance so that you can say ‘well they played well, and there is always next week’. And at the moment, going to see Selby Town play is a real enjoyment. It is good to see a team who when they play the ball on the ground are as good as any team in their division or above. And with the group of volunteers and helpers at the club, as well as the team and management, I can only see better things happening to this little old club we hold dear. Onwards and upwards for the Robins, onward Christian’s soldiers!