Selby Town Football Club was formed in the year 1919 and aptly adopted the nickname “The Robins”. The Club’s birth offered the town of Selby its first senior football club since the conclusion of The Great War, and one year following, in 1920, they became founding members of The Yorkshire League and to this day, hold the record of being the only club to have played all sixty-two seasons of the competition's existence.
Through the years Selby Town has developed to become a passionate and proud club with football and community spirit at the heart of everything it does. We aspire to welcome, support and represent our entire community. As well as a committed semi-professional men's first team, STFC has a successful Youth Team, Academy.
The early years of Towns involvement in the Yorkshire League proved less than fruitful and it wasn’t until the nineteen thirties that things began to take off for the Robins. The prosperity Town would subsequently witness, saw them win the league on three occasions, whilst also winning the West Riding Trophy three times and the League Cup on one occasion.
The fifties were equally as prosperous for the Robins, with the club winning two further league titles; two further League Cup trophies would also return to the town whilst also bearing the achievement of reaching the first-round proper of the Football Association Cup on four separate occasions. Amidst the Club’s success, the robins from their previous home at the bowling green in 1953, across town to the current Richard Street ground - ‘The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium’ which was purpose built for the club.
The year that followed, Selby Town’s record attendance was achieved when Bradford Park Avenue visited Richard Street for an F.A. Cup first round tie that fetched a seven thousand strong crowd. Since their arrival at Richard Street, the club’s record goal scorer in the modern era is Graham Shepherd who notched up a sizeable tally of 158 goals, between 1963 and 1982: In more recent years Liam Flanagan currently tops 100 goals for the club.
Following the dawn of a new century, Selby Town Football Club flourished under the guidance of former player Bob Lyon, winning the President’s Cup, the Barkston Ash Cup and The Vets over 40s all in 2001; the 2004/05 season saw the team finished runners up in the NCEL Premier Division. A year later and the first team were runners up in the Presidents Cup and semi-finalists in the league cup. The years that followed, the Selby Town saw their fortunes dwindle and in the 2011/12 season the club was unfortunately relegated back down to division one, where it has remained since.
A period of instability followed with new managers unable to find that winning formula. In 2017, former player Christian Fox joined Selby Town as manager; he brought with him new ideas and a new management team. Together, they built a squad of almost completely new players, and in their first season in charge they achieved a seventh-place position in the league which was the club’s highest place finish since their relegation six years previously. Christian also led the club to the final of the West Riding County Cup, losing the game 4-1 against Farsley Celtic.
Since then, promotion looked imminent in 2019/20 until the season was cut short due to the onset of the pandemic. Decent form continued for the club despite the challenges faced and the robins equalled their highest place finish in the 2021/22 season, narrowly missing out on the playoffs. In 2022, Ryan Cooper steeped up as interim manager of the Club following the departure of Christian Fox by mutual consent.
The 2022/23 season, witnessed something of a revival and an upturn in form after seeing the robins finish a respectable tenth after spending the early months of the campaign evading the grasp of the drop zone. The club now looks to build on the momentum of previous years and to achieve the promotion their supporters desperately hope for.
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