Life in the Northern Counties East League Division One has offered variety to the newly reformed, FC Humber United. The club collected a well-deserved victory on the opening day in a 7-1 drubbing of Dronfield Town. FC Humber then went on the road, heading to the southern reaches of Barnsley; in a battle of the early leaders against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, FC Humber unfortunately came away worse off after a 5-2 defeat.

FC Humber United then returned home and faced Glasshoughton Welfare; The club came away from the tie on the wrong end of a 4-0 score line, in what perhaps should have been a points gatherer for the club. In the club’s most recent outing, a visit to Nottinghamshire and Ollerton Town bore witness to a rejuvenated FC Humber, the game ended 3-3 as the club were perhaps unfortunate not to leave with a three point haul. 

Taking a view on Saturday’s opposition, Selby Town have set the league alight thus far and are perhaps early favorites for promotion. The club began their campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Rainworth Miners Welfare. Selby then took off, beating fellow promotion hopefuls, Rossington Main 4-2 at The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. A fine effort for The Robins considering the 2-0 deficit they faced at the break. 

Selby Town then returned to the road and faced Brigg Town CIC; the game offered the footballing neutral a fine display of non-league football; Harry Clapham bagged a hat-trick on the night to ensure The Robins left with the three points. Selby then returned to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium and thrashed Hall Road Rangers 5-1. 

With the third week of the season now seeing it’s dying light and with the continued hopes that football does not fall into yet another period of disruption, FC Humber have the opportunity to size up their opposition once more as the club look ahead to their fifth league fixture of the season. The club end the week with a League fixture at home to Landlords, Selby Town in a 3.00pm Kick off at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium.

With the season now in full swing, the opportune moment is upon us as FC Humber to learn from their positive efforts at Ollerton Town and continue to move forward. Quoting sources on Selby Town’s history, FC Humber extend an opportunity in viewing a brief history of the team they face Saturday:

Soon after the club’s formation, in 1920 they were entered into the Yorkshire Football League as a founding member. During the 1930s Selby were one of the most successful clubs in the league, winning it three times before the Second World War.

After the war the club won two more Yorkshire League championships in 1952–53 and 1953–54 where they also reached the FA Cup 1st Round. During the 1954–55 season, they reached the Second Round of the FA Cup, the furthest in their history; they were knocked out by Hastings United 2–0.

The club’s record goal scorer is Graham Shepherd who notched up 158 goals between 1963 and 1982. They stayed in the Yorkshire League through its entirety. In 1982 the League became part of the new Northern Counties East Football League (NCEL), which the Robins were drafted into. Selby became champions of the Northern Counties East League Division One in 1995–96 and until 2012 remained in the league they were promoted to; Northern Counties East League Premier Division. However the 2011–12 season saw them relegated to the NCEL Division 1.

Selby Town’s modern era has seen them reach the 4th round of the FA Vase in 1995–96, the same year they won the NCEL Division One Title under the management of Barry Walker and Tony Carter. In recent seasons the club flourished under the guidance of former Player Bob Lyon, winning the Presidents Cup, Barkston Ash Cup and The Vets over 40s all in 2001.

2012 relegation

The 2011–12 season proved turbulent for Selby Town, with poor results resulting in a series of managerial changes. Leon Sewell was appointed as manager in July 2011. He was replaced in September 2011, after only nine games, by Dave Heard. Heard’s tenure also proved to be short, with new manager Graham Hodder taking over in January 2012. At this point the club lay in bottom place in the league. Outgoing manager Heard claimed that the club was in such financial trouble that it was unable to pay players’ travelling expenses

In March 2012 a fourth consecutive 4–0 defeat confirmed Selby Town’s relegation from the Northern Counties East League Premier Division for the first time since 1996.

In 2017, Christian Fox took over as manager and led Selby Town to the final of the West Riding County Cup in 2018, in a losing effort against Farsley Celtic. Selby seemed to be on course for promotion in the 2019-20 season, before the season was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom with all results null and voided. 

Last Season

FC Humber United 

The club made a good start to the 2020-21 season, collecting two victories from their opening three games. Collecting a 1-0 victory at home to Armthorpe Welfare on the opening day; the very same score line appeared a week later when away to Worsborough Bridge Athletic, A 6-2 defeat to Retford FC separated victories. The then East Hull, would go on to collect one further point thereafter in a 2-2 draw at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. 

Prior to the prematurely curtailed season, FC Humber or East Hull as they were then known closed out the season in 18th place above Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and Selby town, having collected seven points from their ten games played. 

Selby Town

Selby’s 2020-21 campaign was nothing short of a nightmare, the club failed to pick up a single point from their opening five games. Five without a win; the likes of Emley FC, Parkgate, Skegness Town and Armthorpe Welfare all came and put four past The Robins. Their first and only points came in an away trip to Glasshoughton Welfare, which they won 2-1. Selby’s next fixture, which ultimately proved their last of the season, was abandoned at half-time due to a power failure. 

Prior to the prematurely curtailed season, Selby Town closed out the season glued to the foot of the table in 20th, having collected three points from their six games played. 

Head-to-Head 

Tale of the Tape

When it comes to FC Humber United Versus Selby Town, the two sides have only met in competitive action on five occasions. Through the short period FC Humber have existed in their many forms, five occasions they have met Selby and as the record stands, FC Humber have picked up one victory, whilst Selby have won on four occasions. There has yet to be a draw between the two sides, perhaps this latest meeting between the two has a draw all over it to break the streak. 

Of the seven fixtures FC Humber and Selby have met in competitive action, there have been thirty-three goals between the two; Ten from FC Humber and twenty-three from Selby Town. The last time these two met, 3rd July 2021, the tie ended in a comfortable 7-3 victory for Selby, so it would be suffice to say that FC Humber will have their sights set on bettering that in their favour. 

Pre-Match Thoughts

In a pre-match interview, Club Manager Mark Maspero shared his thoughts ahead of FC Humber United’s League fixture at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium against Landlords, Selby Town: “Selby will always be a benchmark for all league 1 clubs. They will be competing for promotion again this season. We played one another in preseason and we failed to contain them for the first 45 minutes. A positive result for us is a better result than our last meeting. That’ll prove that we are progressing. 

They have a very dynamic front 3 that will be hard to contain. But we will be up for the challenge.”

In what could be considered a very tough week, FC Humber have home fixtures against Selby Town and Hallam FC, with an away trip to North Ferriby in the week separating the two. What will be your main focus and hopes for the coming games?

“This is hell week. 3 huge games with 3 of the favourites. We don’t expect to get any change out of these 3 games. So anything we can get, will be a blessing. I imagine we will primarily be working a lot of the time without the ball and have to be disciplined and relentless. 

All 3 of these teams have shown they are vulnerable at times, can we take advantage of that vulnerability and over confidence. 

I’m looking for consistency this coming week. We have competed well in spells, can we take the confidence from Wednesday’s game into this week.”

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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August 20, 2021