Non League Day: A View From The Stands

October 11, 2019

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.

Selby Town regulars (from left to right) – Denis, Les, and Dave Parram

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!

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Ryan Gothard
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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.

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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.

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
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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.

Nick Kennedy
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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.


Nick is kindly sponsored for 2018/19 by David Reynolds.

Zac Lawrence

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

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.

Carl Stewart
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Carl is a striker and wears the number 10 shirt.

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.

Carl is kindly sponsored by LR Joinery.

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.

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