Departing the endeavours of last Saturday’s abandoned match at the FPH Stadium against Nottinghamshire outfit Ollerton Town, Humber see their league campaign continue this coming Saturday against top 5 place Selby Town, who find themselves looking to bolster their victorious performance against Rainworth MWFC and an abandoned trip to Rossington Main. Humber have their intentions set on salvaging their season in a return to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium in a 3.00pm kick-off. 

As has been the way for a sizable period of the season, Humber begin the day toward the foot of the table after what can only be considered as an inconsistent stricken first half of the season; furthermore, an ever growing presence looms over Humber to collect the required points to ensure their safety, despite sporadic performances that have signified the calibre of football the club can play. Dave Haley’s thoroughness and methods are seeping into the life force of the Humber squad, perhaps signifying efforts to come in improving on the ten points on the board.

Opposition View

Club History

Quoting official sources on Selby Town, FC Humber extend an opportunity to all, in viewing a brief history of the team they face in the next round of League fixtures: 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 the 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.

Season Review

Nestled in the heart of the Northern Counties East Division One, Selby Town find themselves sat in fourth place heading into the next round of league fixtures. After picking three defeats and a draw from their opening four fixtures of the campaign, the 2021-22 league campaign appeared pretty poor for the North Yorkshire outfit; three further victories and a draw against Retford FC saw out the month of August with the club toward the middle of the NCEL1 table. 

September however, began brightly for Selby with victory against Parkgate FC; defeat on the road to North Ferriby then followed. Victory against Dronfield and Defeat on the road to Glasshoughton Welfare saw out the month of September. October offered little prospect for the North Yorkshire outfit, picking up three defeats and a draw including losing heavily on the road against Hallam FC. Victory against Clipstone opened up November, four comfortable victories saw the North Yorkshire side go unbeaten in the league for the month. 

An abandonment on the road to Rossington Main and a victory against Rainworth MWFC opened up the month of December, whilst a 2-1 win on the road to Hall Road Rangers has set up a tasty affair heading up against FC Humber United.

Head-to-Head

Tale of The Tape

When it comes to previous meetings between FC Humber United and North Yorkshire outfit, Selby Town, the two sides have only met in competitive action on seven occasions. Through an albeit short tenure as a football club, the now FC Humber United have met Selby on seven previous occasions and as the record stands, FC Humber have recorded one victory and zero draws whilst the North Yorkshire outfit have won six of the previous meetings between the two. 

From the seven previous fixtures FC Humber and Selby have met in competitive action, there have been fifty-three goals between the two; nineteen from FC Humber and thirty-six from Selby Town. The last time these two met was in the opening month of the current season, meeting on the 21st August of this year; the tie ended in a somewhat entertaining 4-6 defeat for FC Humber. A performance of similar calibre wouldn’t be sniffed at heading into the next round of fixtures, with NCEL1 safety the key.

Prior Engagement

Midway through the opening month of the 2021-22 NCEL1 season, Humber hosted the North Yorkshire side Selby Town in what proved an entertaining game of football. Liam Flanagan opened the scoring for the North Yorkshire side in the sixth minute; Louis Blackwell levelled the tie in the sixteenth prior to Selby’s second goal from Ryan Gothard. Flynn McNoughton made it three-one shortly before the half hour mark making an entertaining affair. Louis Blackwell made it three-two going in to half time, closing out an entertaining half of football. 

The entertainment continued well into the second forty-five; Louis Blackwell secured his hat-trick ten minutes in, however, that was cancelled out two minutes later through another Flynn McNoughton goal. Brandon Burke took the game to four-all as the game passed the hour mark. Liam Flanagan and Gracjan Klimczak scored two further goals for Selby Town thus completing an entertaining four-six victory for the North Yorkshire side. . 

Pre-Match Thoughts

Prior to Saturday’s return to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, Gaffer Dave Haley commented on the week at hand as we head into another test against Selby Town: “We have two very tough fixtures over the festive period and with most training venues shut, it’s hard to prepare the players properly for these important games. We are hoping that players keep themselves fit and don’t eat and drink too much over Christmas, so they are ready for both of these matches.  

It would have been nice going into the Selby game with a win under our belt but it wasn’t meant to be.  Despite this, we did perform better defensively against Ollerton and our attitudes were much better, so we do have positives to take into the game. We will need to defend very well, as they have some very good forwards, and we will need to take our chances to get a positive result against a strong Selby team.  Let’s just hope the fog doesn’t ruin our day again.”

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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December 23, 2021