Selby Town is now over 100 years old and can boast a rather glowing history for a semi-professional side in a town of just over 20,000.
Learn more about the glory days and not-so-glory days of the past below.
Selby Town Football Club was formed in 1919, adopting the nickname “The Robins”. The first senior club in the town since World War 1, a year later in 1920 they became founder members of The Yorkshire League and are the only club to have played all 62 seasons. The team's golden era was the 30’s and 50’s when winning trophies Became a bit of a habit! The ’30s saw The Robins win the league 3 times, The West Riding Trophy 3 times, and The League Cup!
The ’50s saw Selby Town win the League twice, triumph in the League Cup twice and reach the first round of the F.A.Cup 4 times! They also recorded the club's highest attendance of 7,000 in 1954 when they played Bradford Park Avenue in the F. A. Cup 1st Round!
The Robins moved from The Bowling Green across town to the current Flaxley Road ground on Richard Street which was purpose-built in the early ’50s. The club's record goalscorer is Graham Shepherd who notched up 158 goals between 1963 and 1982. Selby Town’s modern era has seen them reach the 4h round of the F.A. Vase in 1996, the same year they won the NCEL Division One title.
Since the turn of the century, Selby Town FC flourished under the guidance of former player Bob Lyon, winning the President’s Cup, the Barkston Ash Cup, and The Vets over 40’s all in 2001. Season 2004/05 saw the first team finish runners up in the NCEL Premier Division and The CJ 19’s runners up in the Youth Alliance league. A year later and the first team was runners up in the Presidents Cup, and semi-finalists in the League Cup.
Since then the club has seen its fortunes go up and down, with the unfortunate effect of being relegated in 2011/12 to Division 1 of the NCEL. Where they remain to this day, Selby was on course for promotion in the 2019/2020 season however the season was curtailed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic - Selby would have been crowned champions on a points-per-game ratio.