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Issue 002. January 2, 2021.
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Simon Turner (Hornsea)

More on pies!

I can remember going to see City at Rochdale in what was probably a dead rubber of the Autoglass trophy.  

Goodness knows why I went as the crowd was minimal. The game was pretty unmemorable, although maybe Steve Tuttil made a debut or early appearance.  

The best part of the night was when a Rochdale steward came to the away end and gave the handful of supporters all a free pie, as they had over prepared due to the low attendance.  

Another free pie experience took place when York played away at Droylsden I went in a turnstile down the side of the ground( not away end) and found that the local council had given all local supporters a voucher for a free pie.  

The pie was enjoyed and so was the late show by Richard Brodie.

Other notable freebies at grounds I have enjoyed were obviously the choc bars and sweets we used to get a York sometimes, the free programmes at York (never liked by collectors I guess) and complimentary tickets randomly given to you as you walked down Bootham Crescent ( that happened at least 3 times).  

I have to confess I once found a football in the ground at a reserve match and “borrowed" it.  It was not a match ball, but we played many games at school lunchtimes with it.  

Season tickets were really good value in those days as you could see regular reserve games and northern intermediate games- the only time I went in the main stand.  

The freebies continue with the live feed on YouTube, although I do use the voluntary turnstile. I would love this to continue.

I hope that now we seem to be leaving the old ground at BC, maybe the club can restart its auction of bits and pieces.

I personally have no interest in a seat, as I did not sit down much, and it's hard to dig up a piece of concrete, I guess I could have a crush bar to lean on in my garden or maybe some of the floodlights to light our yard.

I am sure there are enough items for everyone to get something.

Bradford game called off

By Dan Simmonite

This afternoon's fixture against Bradford (Park Avenue) has been called off due to a frozen pitch.

After an 11am pitch inspection the referee has deemed the surface at Bootham Crescent unplayable.
Game off. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

'The goalmouths are like concrete' says Steve Watson after York City postponement

By Joe Richardson 

YORK City’s game against Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday was called off with the Bootham Crescent pitch frozen.

After an 11am inspection, the referee deemed the pitch unplayable for the National League North fixture. Sub-zero temperatures on Friday night were followed by snow and sleet on Saturday morning.

A video on the club's Twitter page shows the extent of the impact of the weather as manager Steve Watson bounces a metal pin off the frozen surface.

“Gutted. Really disappointed," the manager told the club page of the postponement.

“But, having got here, it’s the only decision that could be made.

“I’ve been trying to get this into some parts of the pitch,” he continued, showing the pin. “It’s virtually impossible. The goalmouths are like concrete. It would have been really dangerous to play.

“It was the right decision but obviously from a football point of view, we want to build on our good performance against Guiseley and get a run going.

“I’m disappointed when games are called off when you can do something about it but there’s nothing you can do about this."

After a disrupted start to the season, when positive coronavirus tests resulted in a total of seven York games being postponed, the Minstermen had been able to fulfil eight consecutive games, earning 13 points from the seven league league games.

Bradford inflicted on York one of two league defeats in that sequence, a Lewis Knight double helping them to a 4-2 win on Boxing Day at the Horsfall. York's last two home games were played in front of a limited-capacity crowd but the latest coronavirus tier review was to deny City the chance at retribution in front of spectators.

City are next scheduled are trip to Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday. Harriers' fixture at Aggborough against Hereford went ahead at the weekend.

Bootham Crescent farewell between York City and Bradford off

By Rowan Newman

BRADFORD (Park Avenue)'s league trip to York City, in what was set to be the last ever game at Bootham Crescent, has been called off due to a frozen pitch.

Covers were left on the pitch overnight after lows of -1 before the game failed an 11am inspection today. The rescheduled date is unknown at the minute.

It means Bradford will have to wait until January 9 to kickoff their 2021 when they play Chester at Horsfall.

Meanwhile, the club have also confirmed full back Matty Downing's red card at Curzon Ashton has not been rescinded.

Avenue launched an appeal to the FA in an attempt to remove the three game ban.

But the disciplinary board felt that the "quality of the footage meant they couldn’t clearly see that there had been an obvious mistake by the match day referee."

Although the club are "desperately disappointed in the findings", they accept the final decision.

What's happened in the National League (North) today?

York City are in 6th place on the National League North table after today's games.

City are 10 points behind leaders Gloucester City but have five games in hand.

Click here for full league table >>>>

AFC Fylde 4-0 Chorley
Alfreton Town P-P Boston United
Brackley Town 1-1 Kettering Town
Chester 3-0 AFC Telford United
Curzon Ashton P-P Southport
Darlington P-P Spennymoor Town
Farsley Celtic P-P Guiseley
Gateshead P-P Blyth Spartans
Kidderminster Harriers 1-1 Hereford
Leamington 1-1 Gloucester City
Spennymoor Town P-P Darlington
York City P-P Bradford Park Avenue

Please check the club's official website before planning travel.
Pre-season friendlies

September
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 will join the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Please note: No replays for FA Cup ties in the 2020-21 season.

October
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

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

December
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)

January
Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) (7pm)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Tue 19 Gateshead (h) (7pm)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 30 Curzon Ashton (h)

February
Sat 6 Buildbase FA Trophy 5R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a)
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Sat 27 Buildbase FA Trophy QF (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

March
Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
Sat 27 Buildbase FA Trophy SF (winners receive £15,000, losers receive £5,000)
Sat 27 Kidderminster Harriers (h)

April
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)

May
Sat 1 Guiseley (a)
Mon 3 Boston United (h)
Sat 8 Buildbase FA Trophy Final (Winners receive £60,000, losers receive £30,000)
Sat 8 Gloucester City (a)
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Sat 22 Curzon Ashton (a)
Sat 29 Alfreton Town (h)

June
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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