Issue 053. February 21, 2021.
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Martyn Levitt (New Milton, New Forest District)

Very kind of Malcolm Long to mention (TOOAB Issue 052) the current whereabouts of Ted MacDougall in the USA.

The AFC Bournemouth Stadium, which when I last went there about 12 years ago was still called “Dean Court”. Then it only had three stands and a grass bank behind one of the goals.

When they eventually put in the 4th stand they amazingly named it the “Ted MacDougall Stand”. He is still a legend for current Bournemouth supporters over the age of 65!

Does anybody know how Phil Boyer, another former York City player, currently is? He also played a number of seasons for AFC Bournemouth in the mid-Seventies!
Donald Horsfield (York)

My thanks to Chris Forth for his detailed reply (TOOAB Issue 052) regarding City facing an Ipswich Town team.

Much appreciated, Chris.
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The National League season hits the fan

So the schism begins to open. The news of National League clubs threatening legal action could end up just about anywhere, and it’s likely that things will get messier before they get cleaner again.

It took less than 24 hours for cracks began to show. Two clubs – Gloucester City of the National League North and Dorking Wanderers of the National League South – announced that they would be seeking legal advice following the voiding of their league seasons, and they were joined by 16 other clubs in signing an open letter (PDF) to Mark Ives, the general manager of the National League.

What is immediately obvious from looking at the list of co-signors is that the vast majority are in the top half of the two divisions.

No club’s existence on the list is more hypocritical than that of AFC Fylde.

Their owner, David Haythornthwaite. In April he voted to end last season early, and then voted for no promotion or relegation with his club in the National League’s relegation places.

This time around, his club has been amongst the loudest in the claiming injustice of their losing the National League’s votes on whether to end this season early.

To recap: last Thursday, the National League took two votes over whether to end its season or keep playing.

The first determined that clubs would be voting for what happened only in their own division. The second asked each of the three divisions whether they would continue or void.

The National League voted to continue. The other two divisions voted to cancel. The vote was decisive, but it was showed the split that was opening up between those who wanted to keep playing and those who wanted to end their season now, following confirmation that the DCMS will only be releasing further funding to clubs through interest-bearing loans rather than grants.

This is, of course, a story that goes back several months. The first payment made to clubs at the end of September was a grant, and clubs have consistently claimed since then that they were led to believe that this would be the case at the end of December as well, and that they cannot afford loans that would financially hamstring them for years.

It has even been argued that clubs would be breaking the League’s own rules by taking on such loans.

Exactly how this misunderstanding came about is an important question that needs to be answered. Could it have been as simple as someone failing to understand what had been agreed and reporting that on to clubs?

The matter has been slightly complicated now by the understanding that the DCMS rejected a Freedom of Information Act request from BBC Radio journalist Ollie Bayliss for documentation relating to the negotiations and what exactly was minuted. The DCMS response – or lack thereof – has, of course, set yet another cat amongst the pigeons.

Their justification for non-compliance was less than convincing. Several clubs owners have already come forward and stated that they would not have started the season, had they know that funding from the end of December on would be in the form of loans rather than grants.

Some have muttered about how convenient it could be for the National League to get their season underway to somehow give the impression that the deal reached was something that it wasn’t.

Until somebody stands up and tells this story completely honestly, the rumour mill will continue to turn. In the meantime, though, let’s have a look at the points raised by this letter:

• Our feedback and experiences week to week leave us in little doubt that the majority of our communities and supporter base are under extreme strain within the current lockdown conditions. Looking forward to better times and more normality is a large part of keeping people positive. We believe that a Null and Void scenario would negatively impact the mental health of our supporters and communities.

The last few months have been difficult for everybody, and I say that as somebody who has fought with depression for a quarter of a century. I can, however, see no evidence from Gloucester City or Dorking Wanderers of having been involved in mental health community initiatives previously since the start of the pandemic, though I also note that AFC Fylde listed an advertisement for a Loneliness Officer on the same day that last week’s vote was taken.

• Our supporters, season ticket holders and commercial partners have demonstrated a huge amount of goodwill and faith by retaining their season tickets and accepting that their interaction with their club will be remotely and digitally rather than what they signed up for and attending matches. A Null and Void season would require either substantial refunds or carrying over the commercial and ticketing revenue into next season. This would have a huge impact on future commercial revenues.

It would ultimately be down to the supporters and commercial partners of all clubs to decide whether they wanted to be refunded on season tickets from the start of this season.

But how would curtailing this season be much different to playing on behind closed doors? At present, there has been no specific suggestion that grounds will reopen to the public, and when they do it will be highly unlikely to be for anything but highly restricted numbers of people.

Should the clubs concerned somehow be able to get this season restarted, given these comments it seems reasonable to assume that these clubs will be refunding all supporters and commercial partners in full.

How do the clubs leading these actions propose that those on the brink of insolvency do the same?

• With the outcome of the vote being Null and Void in Step 2, the ability to have promotion and relegation between Steps 1 and 2 is lost. Promotion and Relegation within the National League system is a fundamental value which the league has worked hard for over the years and which was the motivating driver in reaching a sporting conclusion to last season. We feel it important for our relationship with the EFL that both promotion and relegation be retained at Step 1 and Step 2.

In that case, why did AFC Fylde vote to end the season with no promotion or relegation last season? Beyond the fact that they were near the bottom of a league table last season and are near the top of one this time around, what has changed?

It has been argued that the most significant way in which promotion and relegation between the EFL and the National League would be affected would be if not all National League clubs can complete their seasons, and this definitely seems to be the case.

• Last year, although the clubs voted to curtail the season, the playoffs and automatic promotion places were sanctioned, and we believe a similar approach should be adopted this season to maintain the integrity of the overall competition.

If some of the clubs in your division have had to furlough their players because they cannot afford to pay them and are already failing to fulfil fixtures (as happened in the National League yesterday), there is already no true “integrity” in your competition.

In addition to this, last season’s promotion and relegation was agreed with more than there-quarters of the season having been played. This is not the case this time around (the National League is less than half completed, and the two divisions below it are more like a third completed), and forcing clubs to play against their will, with the only alternative being to take out loans which they have already said they cannot afford, is morally questionable, to say the least.

• All clubs have accepted financial support from the National Lottery for the months of October, November and December and also FA grant funding in order to prepare and proceed with league matches behind closed doors. Those conditions remain and we feel we have an obligation to proceed and complete the season having already accepted that funding.

As mentioned above, several clubs have already stated that they would not have started the season at all had they known that only the first round of payments would be grants, with the rest having to be taken in loans. How this came about needs to be investigated as a matter of the utmost urgency.

• We have all invested considerable sums, by entering into contracts and taking on liabilities on the basis the season would progress to a full conclusion whether behind closed doors or not. How are we expected to now reconcile this investment and commitment? Numerous clubs are entering dialogue with Sport England regarding grant and loan funding to continue operating and are exploring every option to fulfil this season.

It’s difficult to know what to say to clubs who are either sufficiently financially insulated – through having the means to take out loans or owners with deep enough pockets to fund their clubs – to be able to continue under the current conditions.

The grant funding that has been offered this time around is a matter of last resort, and we’ve already covered the subject of the loans above. There are clubs who cannot take loans, and who cannot carry on this season without grants. That’s not a matter of opinion, it’s a matter of fact.

As well as Dorking Wanderers, Gloucester City and AFC Fylde, the following clubs have also signed the letter: Boston United,  Havant & Waterlooville, Chelmsford City, Hemel Hempstead Town, Chorley, Hungerford Town,  Concord Rangers, Kidderminster Harriers, Dartford, Oxford City, St Albans City, Eastbourne Borough, Welling United, Ebbsfleet United and  York City.

There has been talk of legal action over the last couple of days, so it may be instructive to look at what happened at the end of last season. When the Northern Premier League season was curtailed, league leaders South Shields, who’d spent heavily and were comfortably clear at the top of the table, forced the matter to an arbitral panel chaired by Lord Dyson. South Shields’ legal case rested on three points:

  1. First, the club argued that the decision was ultra vires Rule B.2 of The FA’s Rules of the Association, which requires the ongoing existence of “relegation and promotion links” in the NLS and the amendment of which is a shareholder-reserved matter.
  2. Second, the club argued that The FA had failed to engage in relevant consultation with the various clubs in each affected Step of the NLS prior to the decision.
  3. Third, South Shields alleged that a change to remove promotion for the 2019/20 season unlawfully interfered with accrued rights. By that ground, the club contended that The FA had a contractual obligation to promote and relegate clubs at the end of each season. That was said to be an essential term upon which clubs participated in the relevant competition, such that the rules and regulations could not be amended once the season had started and/or, inter alia, a relevant legitimate expectation to similar effect.

The arbitral panel, though, dismissed their claim on each point. It held that:

  • The FA’s decision was not ultra vires Rule B.2 of the FA’s Rules of the Association in that the mandated promotion links did not necessarily require there to be promotion and relegation at the end of each season and did not therefore preclude the voiding of the whole or part of a season.
  • The allegation of breach of the (admitted) duty of relevant consultation was not made out in all the circumstances.
  • South Shields did not have any accrued or vested right to promotion. The presumption against retrospectivity did not require an interpretation of The FA’s Rules that only permitted the amendment of its rules and regulations before the commencement of any playing season. Nor did South Shields have a legitimate expectation that the rules and regulations would not be changed during a playing season. The FA had never given a clear and unequivocal representation to that effect, and in any event was entitled to take the decision it did.

This failed action cost the club £200,000 in legal costs, which led to fans setting up a Go Fund Me to try to raise half of these costs. It fell some distance short of its target.

Commenting further on the likelihood of any legal claim brought against the National League is difficult without knowing the specifics of said claim, though. All we can say with much of a degree of certainty is that the bar for having a claim against a League is likely to be very high.

If the National League has broken its own rules over the last few months, then the clubs may have a chance of success, though what ‘success’ would look like in this context is difficult to define.

South Shields failed in their claim, even though they were relatively close to the end of the season (they’d played 33 out of 42 league games at the time of last season’s abandonment, and were twelve points clear at the top of the table), but that was their claim.

Any legal action brought now would likely be based upon different legal grounds, but they would have to go through the arbitration process first.

Could these clubs make a claim for “restraint of trade”, though? Well, restraint of trade may be defined as ‘a restriction imposed on free trade, or a condition limiting an individual’s liberty of traders to buy and sell freely’. Restraint of trade clauses are contractual clauses imposed on an individual of business.

For instance, one may be imposed by an employer to restrict or prevent an employee moving to a competitor after they leave, or through restricting their activities when they do. They’re also commonly found in sale/purchase agreements to limit the activities of a seller to act in competition with the business sold after completion.

For instance, the buyer may wish to prevent the seller entering the same type of business in the same geographical location for a certain period of time.

There are, however, exemptions to this. For example, the court may consider whether such a restraint is reasonable and in the public interest, or whether the party subject to the clause has been sufficiently compensated for that restraint.

It may also look at industry practice and other similar contracts within the industry. How this might apply in terms of this season in the National League is almost infinitely debatable.

Again, though, it would depend on the specifics of any claim brought. The Gloucester City co-chairman Alex Petherham claimed last week to have “formally started legal action” against the outcome of last week’s vote. What are the specifics of this claim?

There might be a claim to be made that the League’s voting structure is not truly “democratic” in the sense of each member club having the same voting rights (NL clubs have a vote each, while NLN and NLS clubs have eight votes per division), but this is not necessarily uncommon within football. Until the creation of the Premier League, the Football League divided its clubs into “full” and “associate” members, with different voting rights for clubs in its top two divisions and clubs in its bottom two divisions.

The League would likely argue that it’s their house and their rules, and that all clubs enter into membership in full knowledge of all of its rules and regulation.

Were formal complaints brought over the voting structure before the vote took place? Because if they weren’t this all starts to look a bit like seeking to overturn the result of the vote simply because it didn’t go the way those clubs wanted.

Meanwhile, any hopes that last week’s vote would at least result in the National League playing on as per normal were dashed almost immediately. Dover Athletic and King’s Lynn Town were amongst the seven clubs in the National League to vote to end the season, and they were due to play yesterday afternoon.

With Dover having furloughed their players and King’s Lynn having confirmed that they had the wherewithal to be able to play two more matches and no more, though, the match was not played.

Dover have already been charged by the National League with failing to fulfil two fixtures, and chairman Jim Parmenter, who’d already resigned his position on the League’s board, saying, “We are clearly very disappointed that the National League seem to be sticking to their guns and applying rules of the competition with no proper awareness or consideration for the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in.”

With the fines for this ranging from £2,500 to £10,000, how on earth are clubs who are already teetering on the brink of insolvency ever supposed to pay such fines?

And the result of all of this is an absolute mess. At this point in time, there are definitely matters relating to the administration of the National League that require urgent investigation.

At the risk of sounding like a stuck record… what was the distribution model used for the money paid to clubs after the end of September? Why hasn’t the Bernstein investigation into this been published?

And how did we get into a position in which clubs believed that further funding would be in the form of grants rather than loans when that plainly wasn’t the case?

This season has been one of failure after failure by the board of the National League, and clubs fighting amongst themselves is only obscuring these extremely important questions.

To be clear, all of the above is not intended as an attack on the clubs who do wish to play on and complete their seasons.

It is obviously understandable that different clubs have different priorities, and these positions are all fair and reasonable. The ultimate issue has been months of mismanagement by the board of the National League, and that is what really needs to be fixed, if non-league football is to prosper in whatever the post-pandemic “new normal” turns out to look like.

At the moment, though, the three divisions of the National League are tearing themselves apart, and everybody concerned – players, staff, and fans themselves – will ultimately suffer if more common ground between clubs cannot be found.

The stakes are as high as they could be for non-league football, but in a leadership vacuum the possibility remains that all of this could just disintegrate.

A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
AFC Telford United

Telford have released midfielder James Hardy (24) after the club's season was declared null and void. He becomes a free agent and is reportedly likely to join a National League club next week.

Boston United

Manager Craig Elliott is against loaning United players to National League clubs for the rest of the season. Some step two clubs (whose seasons will continue) are trying to recruit from the National League North. However Elliott says he wants to keep his squad together.


While Hereford's league season has ended, the club remains in the FA Trophy and faces a tie at Aldershot in the next round. 

Celebrating the heritage of our club ...
Classic match programmes - it happened this weekend

Thirty-six years ago this weekend, York City were riding high in division 4, aiming for promotion and to become the first team to register 100 league points in a season. Against Northampton Town on February 18, 1984, City won 3-0 with goals from Keith Walwyn, Brian Pollard and John Byrne before a Bootham Crescent crowd of 3,941.

Thanks to Richard Snowball, Neil Rank, Terry Espiner and Paul Bowser for their help in building our archive of digital match programmes.

Click here to read the York City v Northampton Town programme >>>>

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Please check with the club's official website for late changes to fixtures before committing to travel.
Pre-season friendlies

Sat 5 Newcastle United U-23 1, York City 4 (Trialist, Olly Dyson, Rob Guilfoyle (2))
Tue 8 South Shields 3, York City 0 
Sat 12 Whitby Town 2, York City 0
Sat 19 York City 0, Stockport County 1
Sat 26 Notts County 0, York City 3 (Wright, Cassidy, Wollerton)

2020-21 season

York City joined the FA Cup in the 2nd qualifying round and the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Note: Midweek fixtures are 7.45pm kick off unless stated otherwise.

Sat 3 Warrington Rylands 0, York City 1 (Newton) - Emirates FA Cup 2Q (City receive £3,375 prizemoney)
Tue 6 York City 3, Chorley 1 (McLaughlin, Barrow, Woods)
Sat 10 Farsley Celtic 1, York City 1 (Newton)
Tue 13 Chorley 1, York City 0 - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (Losing club receive £1,875)
Sat 17 York City 0 Brackley Town 0

Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 28 Leamington 2, York City 1 (Dyson)

Wed 2 Blyth Spartans 0, York City 3 (Woods, Bunn, Cassidy)
Sat 5 York City 2, Chester 1 (Bunn, Wright) 
Tue 8 York City 2, Kettering Town 0 (Newton (2)) 
Sat 12 York City 1, Spennymoor Town 1 (Woods)
Tue 15 Ashton United 3, York City 3 (City lose 3-2 pens) - Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (Dyson, Woods, Redshaw)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue 4, York City 2 (Redshaw, Guilfoyle)
Mon 28 York City 1, Guiseley 0 (King)

Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) - postponed

Tue 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a) - postponed
Tue 9 Darlington (a) - postponed
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h) - postponed
Tue 16 York City 1, AFC Fylde 3 (Newton)

SEASON DECLARED NULL & VOID - No further fixtures to be played

Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Tue 23 Boston United (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

Tue 2 Gloucester City (h) 
Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Tue 9 Gateshead (h) 
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
Sat 27 Kidderminster Harriers (h)

Fri 2 AFC Fylde (a)
Mon 5 Leamington (h)
Sat 10 Spennymoor Town (a)
Tue 13 Blyth Spartans (h)
Sat 17 Kettering Town (a)
Sat 24 Darlington (h)

Sat 1 Guiseley (a)
Mon 3 Boston United (h)
Sat 8 Gloucester City (a)
Tue 11 AFC Telford United (a) 
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Tue 18 Curzon Ashton (h) 
Sat 22 Curzon Ashton (a)
Sat 29 Alfreton Town (h)

Promotion play-off series
Sat 5/Sun 6 NLN play-offs 1R
Sat 12/Sun 13 NLN play-offs semi-final
Sat 19/Sun 20 NLN play-off final

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York City retro shirts series

York City FC retro shirts are available from
Following the success of our 1930s Chocolate & Cream striped shirt, we are adding to our YCFC range.
Now available is our iconic 1983/84 Fourth Division championship shirt as modelled by the legendary Keith Walwyn.
All sizes are available from Babygrow to Adult 7XL. Shirts are £31.50 junior and £35 adult including delivery and are available in both long and short sleeves. A name and/or number can be added free of charge.
More City shirts are available by visiting
Please contact World Retro at for further information.

Collector's item - Y-front beach towels

The Supporters’ Trust is pleased to announce the arrival of our Limited Edition, Bootham Crescent Y-Front Beach Towels in classic maroon.

Made in Britain in a combination of microfibre on the front and 100% cotton on the reverse they are now available to buy for £25 (plus £3 postage and packing) from
We will be running a ‘towel selfie’ competition next summer and invite everyone to send in their pictures from the far-flung corners of the world.  The winner will receive a special prize. Further details to be announced shortly.
Photographs wanted
Jonathan Raine (Gloucester)

Since I started supporting City in 1977 I have always been interested in photos of the club. I am currently attempting to collect a team shot from each season since 1922. If anyone has any pre-1970 City team shots, whether photos or from programmes, magazines etc, then I would be interested in obtaining a copy. In particular, I'm after images from the following years - 1923/24, 1925/26, 1928/29, 1930/31,1936/37,1938/39. 
Please contact me here.

Photographs for sale
Pete's Picture Palace currently has more than 70 York City photographs availablefor sale. Click here to see them.

have a number of York City photo prints available for sale. They can be viewed here.
City publications

Bootham Crescent: A Second Home
The first book in a two-part club history entitled ‘Bootham Crescent: A Second Home’ is now available to buy. Published in A4 hardback format, it consists of 280 pages and includes over 240 rare images including the cover shot of the original entrance gates to the club car park.   

Part one covers the period to 1960, with part two (1960 onwards) having a target release date of late 2019/early 2020. York City FC and Bootham Crescent have been intrinsically linked since 1932, the year in which the club vacated its previous ground at Fulfordgate. The move was completed in only a few months over that summer, which is a story in itself, but this book also provides history and context of those early years for the club and its two grounds. The book describes how the club struggled through the 1930s, yet then came through the war years in a much stronger state, enabling the ground to be bought. The surprising residency of baseball in 1937 gets its own chapter, as does the logistics of packing the ground during the cup runs of 1938 and 1955.

Using rare photographs, news cuttings, and memorabilia, all the ground changes are captured in rich detail. From ticket pricing to cup-tie allocations, turnstiles to floodlights, dugouts to disciplinary notices, canine pitch invasions to five-minute flags, the glass bridge, the history of the City programme, finances, contracts, rent levels and leases, crowd disorder, ground developments – all this, and more besides. It provides a fascinating insight of bygone days, and the wider events which impacted on York City’s fortunes. There is also a chapter which reflects on the brief history of the first York City club that existed between 1908 – 1917 which, ironically, also had two grounds. 

The book has been four years in the researching and writing and costs £25.
It is available in one of three ways:
- From the club shop over the summer whilst stocks last (please note, cash sales only)
- On-line via the following link
- Direct from the author via cheque or bank transfer  - in the first instance contact Paul Bowser  at 
Thanks for your support.

new frontiers  and York City Quiz Book
Available from Chris Forth and York City South.

The last few copies of new frontiers (Issue 33, October 2019), a York City fanzine, featuring Dean Kiely, Daniel Parslow, Big Brother, Bootham Cheers, When City’s Decline Started, Dan Maguire, Quiz and more are still available by post (£2) with all profits shared between Daniel Parslow’s testimonial fund and YCS.

“Great read as usual, when s the next one out", “great article on the Bootham Crescent book”, "loved the Dean Kiely interview”, “I enjoyed and did well in the rugby quiz” and “the piece about Kempster driving the coach in the last issue was very funny” was just some of the feedback received over the weekend.

Also available are new frontiers (issues 1 – 14 (from the 90s)) and recent issues 22 – 32 in very limited numbers.

Meanwhile, the 2016 “York City Quiz Book and Brief City History” remains a must for City fans everywhere.  Laid out in 27 separate quizzes, as well as taxing the memory, the book is a fascinating City history told in bite-sized chunks.  

Readers of every age will recall long-forgotten players and games.  It brings back numerous happy memories of City’s many glory days. 

Priced at £5 (please add £1 for overseas postage).  Also still available, written in support of the Roof Appeal, are a very limited number of the 1988 York City Quiz Book (£2) and 1990 York City Quiz Book - Volume 2 (£2).

Cheques payable to Chris Forth at 80 Manor Way, Harrow, HA2 6BY or via bank transfer to bank sort code 40-47-83 / bank account 94-86-64-95 with your name as reference and send an email to Chris ( quoting your reference and address.  50% discounts available for bulk purchases.

See for further information. 

Book: A Tale of Two Great Cities
Autobiography of former York City striker and radio pundit Chris Jones. You can buy this book online through Amazon here.
Book: York City Fighting Back
York Press writer Dave Flett reviews the nerve-wracking 2012-2013 season. The book is published by Amberley and costs £14.99. Buy it here.
Book: Bicycle Kicks
You can now buy Bicycle Kicks, a book by York City fan Simon Hood about his crazy season following the team by bicycle. Bicycle Kicks is now only £2.99 for the Kindle edition which can be bought here.
Book: City Are Back
Paul Wilson’s 220-page chronicles the double Wembley season of 2011-2012. More details here.
Book: York City Memoirs  
First published in 2001 this unique collection is now available as an ebook for Kindle. It contains a multitude of memories, both happy and sad, from behind the scenes at Bootham Crescent providing a unique insight into this wonderful football club and recalls some of the characters who have walked through the gates.
The links for purchasing are:
Paperback £5.99
Ebook £1.99

Tickets wanted
Paul Bowser (Thirsk)
Please contact me here.
Wanted: City match tickets from any season, the earlier the better. Especially after the following from 2011/12 to complete the set. 
Home – Luton, Braintree, Ebbsfleet, Stockport, Gateshead, Tamworth, Southport, Fleetwood, Newport, FGR, Hartlepool (FR), Bolton (FR)
Away – Kettering, Southport, Hayes, FGR, Telford, Mansfield, Bath, Alfreton, Cambridge, Wrexham (FAC), Solihull (FAT), Salisbury (FAT)
Thanks for checking.

Memorabilia for sale
Anyone interested in the following items?
Match day ticket – Saturday 25th November 1950 
FA Cup 1st Round Proper – Kingsway Ground, Bishop Auckland 
Bishop Auckland v York City

York City AFC – FA Cup semi-finalists 1955
Full Team Autographs + Trainer

Please email – – with your best offer and contact telephone number.
Programmes For Sale
Mike Thompson
I have the following programmes available at £2.70 each including postage:
Tranmere Rovers 60/61 FA Cup 2nd Rd Replay
Northampton Town home 69/70 Div 4
Mansfield Town home 73/74 FA Cup 1st Rd
Bury home 82/83 FA Cup 1st Rd
Rochdale 82/83 home Div 4
Doncaster Rovers 84/85 Freight Rover Trophy 1st Rd 2nd Leg
Chesterfield 92/93 League Cup 1st Rd 2nd Leg
Please contact me via email here.

Jon Longman (Tiptree, Essex)
I have the following City home and a handful of away programmes from the 1950s that I would like to sell and would be interested in receiving sensible offers for:

1948-49 Chester
1952-53 Mansfield, Grimsby (away)
1953-54 Gateshead, Chester, Barrow, Grimsby
1954-55 Workington, Southport, Darlington, Crewe, Chester, Barnsley, Gateshead, Notts County (FAC away), Chesterfield, Accrington, Rochdale, Newcastle (FAC SF at Hillsborough).
1955-56 Chester, Gateshead, Mansfield, Scunthorpe (p-p Jan 14), Sunderland (FAC), Workington, Southport, Barrow.
1956-57 Tranmere, Chester (away), Hull, Crewe (away), Darlington, Barrow, Derby (away).
1957-58 Hull (away), Bradford PA, Gateshead, Hull, Birmingham (FAC), Darlington (p-p March 15), Oldham, Accrington, Gateshead (away March 8), Rochdale, Carlisle, Southport, Scunthorpe, Crewe.
1958-59 Southport, Chester, Walsall, Southport (away), Millwall (away), Port Vale.
1959-60 Bradford City, QPR (away), Halifax, Bournemouth (away Oct 7), Mansfield, Bournemouth, Shrewsbury (away), Tranmere.

I also have a selection of City programmes home and away from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Please contact me via email here

Mark Eccles (York)

During a recent clearout of my loft, I unearthed a substantial number of programmes dating back to the late 1980s. The bulk of my collections pans the seasons 1989/90 to 1994/95 with a few from seasons either side. I have a few away programmes and oddities that don't involve City (such as a rugby league programme when our team was known as Ryedale York). I'm not wanting to personally profit from any sale but if they were to be sold, I'd rather any income go to charity or our club. I can provide an inventory, if required.

Please email me here.

Malcolm Long (NSW, Australia)
I have a few programmes from the 1984/5 season I am trying to finish scanning, including the FA Cup programme against Arsenal. Other programmes are the division 3 tie, 2/2/85 v Wigan Athletic and 12/2/85 v Plymouth Argyle, the FA Cup ties versus Liverpool, home and away.
If anyone would like them for their collection, I will be only too happy to post them to you in return for postage costs from Australia.

Please contact me via email here
Programmes Wanted
Patrick Crowley
I would really like to get hold of a copy of the home match versus Wrexham played on November 5, 2011. If you have a spare I will be happy to take it off your hands...just name your price! If you can help please contact me at

Terry Espiner (Hillam)
I am looking for the following match programmes. Please contact me here.
Carlisle United 58-59(a)
Cheltenham Town 00-01(a) pp 30/12
Hartlepool United 62-63(a)pp 29/12
Northampton Town 58-59(a)
Plymouth Argyle 73-74(a) pp 26/1
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There’s Only One Arthur Bottom was first published as an almost-daily email newsletter in July 1997 and has been distributed continuously since. Subscriber numbers peaked at more than 1,100 when the club’s future was threatened by potential closure in 2001 but more than 800 subscribers, living in more than 30 countries, will receive this edition. Editor Josh Easby started the newsletter from New Zealand (where he lives today) but has variously produced and distributed it from the United Kingdom, Australia and (briefly) Italy.
Over the years, TOOAB subscribers have variously supported the club in many different ways, using the newsletter at times to share ideas that have helped the club and to raise money which has been used to buy much-needed equipment (for the physio room), sponsor members of the youth team and to sponsor senior players’ kit. Subscribers (who often call themselves ‘Arthurites’) often meet up for pre-match/post-match drinks and have arranged functions together.

Editorial policy

The opinions expressed in There's Only One Arthur Bottom do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher, nor is this newsletter endorsed in any way by York City Football Club.  Wherever possible, the contributions by subscribers are published unaltered.  However submissions will be rejected or amended if they are potentially defamatory or contain language likely to offend other subscribers. Unless good reasons are given, anonymous submissions are rejected. The publisher reserves the right to reproduce contributions to this newsletter on any website associated with the newsletter.

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