Fox is Selby Town’s Messiah – Pearse

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Selby Town chairman Ralph Pearse says Christian Fox has done an unbelievable job

Chairman Ralph Pearse admits Christian Fox has been like the Messiah for Selby Town as enthralled fans are flocking back to Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium.

Selby have dumbfounded the keyboard warriors as they currently sit in the play-offs after a series of squash-buckling performances which have seen them take teams apart.

Mr Pearse claims that the current side is the best Selby Town team he has seen in the “last ten years”.

The Selby chairman has hailed former Poppleton Town boss Fox for galvanising the club and he says he is not surprised that local people are arriving on mass for home matches.

“How do I sum the last six months up? It has been unbelievable,” Mr Pearse told Non League Yorkshire.

“I know a lot of people use that word, but to say Christian has come in from the York and District League and taken us to where we are is unbelievable.

“The football we are playing with local lads is outstanding. I haven’t seen football like this at Selby for ten years. It is one-touch football and it is fantastic to watch.

“We had over 250 people at the Halifax game on Tuesday and everyone is saying that the football that we are playing is superb.

“People are coming up to me in the bar after matches saying how much they are enjoying coming to matches – that hasn’t happened for a few years.

“He’s put smiles back on the faces of everyone at the club. There’s also people coming through the gate who we haven’t seen for maybe 18 months or more.

“I also believe if that we keep playing in the way we are doing, attendances are only going to go up. There’ll be more people who stopped watching the club a few years ago who will come back.

“We’re going in the right direction. We’re looking at having a new clubhouse and we’re looking to the future which looks better than what it did 12 months ago.

“I’m no longer having nightmares about Selby Town, I sleep like a baby and I can say this for all our volunteers, we all look forward to the matches now – and that is down to Christian and his team.”

Selby Town manager Christian Fox is having the last laugh on the keyboard warriors who said his team were relegation fodder

Selby Town manager Christian Fox

Selby’s position in the league is even more stunning when you consider how results went in pre-season.

A series of defeats were followed up by hurtful comments from keyboard warriors who described Fox’s team as relegation fodder.

Mr Pearse said: “Christian answered the critics because he did take a battering in pre-season, but I remember another manager saying ‘well Ralph we’ve won again’ after friendlies.

“I always used to say ‘great stuff, but we’re still bottom of the league with the rest of them’.

“Pre-season means nothing.

“In the summer when we interviewed him we knew straightaway that Christian was the man for the job. His application was outstanding and he ticked all the boxes. We have been proved right.”

Last year, a handful of referees came in for a deserved battering from Mr Pearse over disrespect shown to clubs off-the-pitch.

The well-viewed comments were not just restricted to raffle tickets. Twelve months on, Mr Pearse says most officials are co-operative.

“There’s still occasionally the problem of them coming with no money, but it is what is it,” he said.

“I think referees got the message last year. Somebody said to me ‘you must be hard up for £3’, but it isn’t a case of been hard up for £3, it is a case of putting something back into the clubs they visit. They are one of the biggest expenses at this level.

“Even if they don’t want to take a ticket, they can still put a pound in.

“They get good food, drinks when they come in, as well as half-time . They get well-looked after at Selby, so what’s a £1. They should contribute more.

“It is just every now and then when the officials don’t buy a raffle tickets. When I’m off my guard.”

8 thoughts on “Fox is Selby Town’s Messiah – Pearse

  1. Well said Mr Chairman, yep I was one of those who watched pre season and thought what the hell are we doing here, does this guy know what he’s doing, another defeat for Selby, then I got a message from Christian, explaining his plans and what was going on thru pre season, and can honestly say i was impressed, not only with what he said, but also the fact he took the time out to message me and explain. Since then and the start of the season, what a change in selby towns performances and results, top 6 side, in semi final of county cup, let’s hope the journey continues. #uptherobins

  2. Yes well said Ralph – The boss is putting into practice the way he used to play for the club.- fight,skill and no surrender.

  3. Anyone who expected that a brand new team could be assembled and firing on all cylinders for the pre season friendly games is deluded. I said at the time of the pre season games when all the negative press was around that the team / management should be given time and be judged at the end of this season and possibly into next season.
    The key issue for me is for the improvement in performance’s to continue, as we have witnessed every now and again the performance has dipped which has resulted in dropping points where we possibly shouldn’t have. Its a shame because these have been against side lower down in the league. But this is being ultra critical and the point has only been made because expectations from the team are increasing with the improvements in performance.
    However generally speaking no one can complain about how entertaining the football being played is. If the club can keep hold of the current set of players I think they will go from strength to strength and it will be a bright future for Selby Town FC.

  4. I wasn’t being negative, it was just the Monty Python reference was too difficult to resist. Please do not seek discord where there is none.


  5. Surprised no one higher up has looked at the boy’s dale and Flanagan or the keeper that will be the challenge for them now keeping through group together. Good luck to Selby nice to see them doing well

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