Soon Selby Town will play Farsley Celtic in the final of the West Riding County Cup. As we look forward to that game, I thought it would be good to look back at an old football programme from the 1993 West Riding County Cup Final, this time between Glasshoughton Welfare and Selby Town.
As you can the front cover shows off some great scenes which I’m sure are those often found around programmes back then.
For those less familiar with this phenomenon, back in the day the use of photographs was rarely used on non-league programmes, partly due to the lack of suitable camera equipment but also due to the cost of printing. Therefore often you’d find programmes recycling hand drawn pictures of players, many of varying quality. Probably the most famous is ‘Sideburn Bob’ – a legend of non league football who now even has his own twitter @sideburnbob1
The inside cover features an advert stating ‘referees wanted’, with the FA promising to train and coach willing volunteers. How can you resist, look how happy the ref is in the picture – bet he wasn’t feeling that happy after ten minutes of ‘advice’ from the crowd on a soggy, Saturday afternoon!
After that we move onto the foreword by AC Taylor MBE, who was president of the West Riding/Leeds District FA between ‘91-96. A pretty generic statement but a nice nod towards league teams helping those of the non-league, if only there was more of it.
After that comes the line-ups. At this time, Glasshoughton were a Premier Division side and Selby in Division one, with both ending the year with an uninspiring middle of the table finish.
Glasshoughton’s team feature Eddie Loyden who would go on to manage the club. At the time, the assistant manager was Steve Kittrick who went on to manage Guiseley and to guide them to a County Cup final in 2011 – which he won.
“I can remember it as we played at Huddersfield Town’s old ground and we had a player then called Lindsay Dawson who was four-foot-eleven and when he scored a goal because of the camber of the pitch we thought he’d disappeared!” – Steve Littrick, Yorkshire Evening Post.
For Selby, it was the usual familiar faces, I’ve lost track of the amount of times I’ve mentioned the names Collier, Acaster, and Oldfield. Other notables include former York City player David Spofforth, and recent Town manager Nigel Emery.
Overall it’s a nice little programme with few adverts/sponsors which seems strange for a Cup final programme. But that lets it get straight to the point and give a nice bit of match day info without getting bogged down.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a good day for Selby who lost 4-2 in the end, handing Glasshoughton their first West Riding Cup won. Let’s hope we can make up for that this year!