Preview: Selby Town vs Rossington Main

February 6, 2019

Let’s try again!

After last week’s postponed away fixture against Rossington Main, this weekend we’re going to attempt the home fixture!

As you an imagine little has changed in a week so the preview below may seem a little familiar…

Selby Town and Rossington Main both share the honour of celebrating their centenary this year. It is only fitting therefore that we do Rossington Main the honour of writing about their long history. 

According to Wikipedia Rossington came into existence as Rossington Main Colliery in 1919. They moved to their current ground in 1921, and started in the Doncaster & District League in season 1920/21, finishing third, before joining The Sheffield Association League for season 1922/23. Season 1925/26 saw them back in the Doncaster & District Senior League until season 1931/32, when they returned to The Sheffield Association League, where they remained untiljust before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Season 1921/22 saw them enter the FA Cup, as they did for every season until 1938/39. Their best performance was reaching the fourth qualifying round in season 1924/25.

Rossington re-joined The Doncaster & District league for the season 1939/40, and they remained there, winning the league 1947/48, the second season after the post war restart.

I hasten to add that the club’s website, suggests that they won the League and Cup double in season 1944/45. I presume this must come from club records because Wikipedia has no trace of The Doncaster & District League operating in that year,and annoyingly the league itself has a website – but it doesn’t go back that far. Harworth Colliery were regular members of that league before joining The Yorkshire League after the war, but there is no record of them playing in that season. The trouble is most on line sources come back to Wikipedia. The Football Club History Database doesn’t help. Again I can find no record of any likely clubs playing in that season, so who knows?  

It wasn’t until season 1975/76 that they moved again, this time into Division 3 of The Yorkshire League. They had alsochanged their name to Rossington Miners Welfare in the early fifties, following coal nationalisation. 

Season 1980/81 saw them back in The Doncaster & District League, until they became founder members of The Central Midlands League in season 1983/84, with a brand new name, Rossington Main.They won the league in their second season, to make it a league and cup double. They had also won the cup in their first season.

They remained in The Central Midlands League, latterly in The Premier Division, before transferring to The Northern Counties East League in 1991. They have been in Division 1 ever since, and have become very familiar opponents for Selby Town. They merged with neighbours Rossington FC, of The Central Midlands league in 1998. Main were, very much,the senior partner.  

Their best performance in our league was seventh in season 2011/2012. Last season they finished thirteenth. You may recall that Joe Dale ran riot at their place in December 2017, scoring four goals in a 0-5 Selby victory.  

They have competed in the FA Cup regularly from 1993/94,until 2012/2013, their best being the Second Qualifying Round in 2002. They have reached the First Round proper of The FA Vase on half a dozen occasions. 

Rossington have done a great deal of work, gradually, each season, to improve their facilities, and aim to be the focal point for all things football in the Rossington area. A noble ideal, one that should be shared by every community club.  

Before our meeting, Rossington lie in thirteenth place, with thirty one points from twenty seven games. They are comfortably clear of the relegation places. 

Interestingly, they have only won three of their home games, and have conceded twice as many goals as they have scored at home. This statistic is skewed by a 1-8 loss to Winterton in September, which led to current manager, Ryan Hindley, being appointed.

With Selby Town out of form, these games will be especiallytough, and as usual the players will need the support of every supporter to cheer them on!

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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
Peter Lawrie

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

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

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.

Will Ramsay
Midfield - Sponsored by O’Sullivan Events

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

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

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
Centre Forward - Sponsored by Ultimate Roofs

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.