Almost ‘mission accomplished’ for Selston chairman as they eye East Midlands Counties berth

Selston chairman Mark Wilson with manager Craig Weston
Selston chairman Mark Wilson with manager Craig Weston

Selston chairman Mark Wilson believes the mission he set out to accomplish 10 years ago is coming close to fruition.

And he’s lauded the achievements of first team boss Craig Weston, who has led the club to back-to-back league titles.

This summer, however, Wilson believes their title success will lead to a promotion from the Central Midlands Football League Division South.

Their destination? The East Midlands Counties.

“There’s a meeting this month when they do the league allocation and sort out where they’re going to put teams and then any protests or appeals can be heard,” he said.

“We’ve had the East Midlands Counties do our ground grading and they’ve passed the ground, but we’re just waiting on the letter from the FA to confirm it. That’s just a box ticking exercise.

“I’m 100 per cent confident it is happening.

“We’ll be in the East Midlands Counties, the league that Teversal, South Normanton, West Bridgford and other good local teams are in.”

A lot of hard work off the pitch has gone hand-in-hand with what the club’s first team players, under the guideance of Weston, have achieved.

Wilson can’t speak highly enough of the boss.

“The bloke is a genius, he’s been one of my best friends for 25 years,” he said.

“I had been trying to get him at the club since I started but he had other committments and was doing well elsewhere.

“His enthusiasm and energy feeds everyone.

“With the ground work he’s been there every weekend helping, how many managers would do that? We’ve had first team players down involved as well.”

After a decade as chairman, Wilson can now look forward to his club competing at a new level of football.

Beyond that, one of his targets is very much in sight and Selston hope to expand in a number of ways.

“I think we would be struggling to progress further (than East Midlands Counties) with the facilities at the moment but we are working really hard to get a new pavilion,” he said.

“It’s a possibility.

“My ambition 10 years ago was to get into the FA Cup.

“Now we can enter the FA Trophy and the FA Cup the year after I believe. It’s nearly mission accomplished.

“We had no senior football when I took over. To do what we’ve done is remarkable.

“We started in the old Midlands Regional Alliance, won that, won a treble one season and got steadily better and stronger as a club.

“We have ambitions to build on what we’ve done, we want to set up a ladies section and a few other bits.”