Issue 369. December 27, 2020.
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Graham Burchell (Cyprus)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all  YCFC fans everywhere.

Watched the game yesterday and it took me back to my days as a kid when we used to play football in the park (gang of us youngsters). 

Then the big boys would arrive and challenge us to a game and they would let us have the ball most of the time but would eventually get it off us, take it down the pitch and score. 

At the end of the game, we would have had most of the possession and be worn out but we would have lost!

Come on, City!
Gordon Gildener (York)

I have got to agree with Clive Parker (TOOAB Issue 368) in every respect, but in reality it was awful. I saw 11 individuals today, with none of them having any idea where a colleague was going to move to (mostly because they stood still after parting with the ball), to speed the flow of the football.

Two wing backs who are capable of being neither defenders nor attackers, a defence with easy victims of the ball behind them and attackers who know not where the goal is.

Did the Bradford 'keeper have more than one save to make?

Again today, as in recent games, there was no Plan B and sadly no Plan A.

The expectation is high but a team that concedes seven goals in two games to a team in the league below us and one below us in this league says it all.
Alan Hudson (Manchester)

I share Patrick Blundy’s frustration (TOOAB Issue 367) regarding the Bootham Crescent XI and the options given.

I think the problem is partly caused by the change in player formations over the years. I started watching City in about 1956 and remember watching Ernie Phillips, a fullback and captain who had steered City to the FA cup semi-final a year earlier.

We shouldn’t forget George Howe either. He was the left back who totally nullified Stanley Matthews in the Blackpool game. I don’t think either of them went much beyond the half-way line.

City had two wingers who did the attacking, Billy Hughes on the right and Bill Fenton on the left. They both scored goals, especially Fenton, yet Hughes is on the list as a midfielder (whatever that is) and Fenton is down as a striker.

I, too, enjoyed watching Phil Burrows, first as a left-half, then as a left-back. I don’t think he ever played at right-back.

I think the biggest problem with this kind of survey is that it is very much age-related. Sadly, Arthur Bottom, Norman Wilkinson and Tommy Forgan won’t get a lot of votes because younger supporters never saw them play.

I suspect that the team selected will largely be from 1983-4 and/or 1992-3, with a smattering of players from the 2012 Wembley appearances, since most fans can remember those days.

At least it’s given us an opportunity to think back to the glory days of FA Cup matches, promotions and crowds of 20,000+ at the Crescent.

I like to think that the glory days will come back (albeit not at BC) but I’ll probably be about 120 by then (City fans have always been known for their outrageous optimism).

Happy New Year to everyone, especially Josh for making all this possible.
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Monday's fixtures

Fixtures - Monday December 28

AFC Fylde v Southport
Alfreton Town v Kettering Town
Brackley Town v Gloucester City
Chester v Chorley
Curzon Ashton v Bradford Park Avenue
Darlington v Bylth Spartans
Farsley Celtic v Boston United
Gateshead v Spennymoor Town
Kidderminster Harriers v AFC Telford United
Leamington v Hereford
York City v Guiseley
York City 'need a reaction' ahead of Guiseley match, says Steve Watson
By Joe Richardson

YORK City's Boxing Day defeat at Bradford Park Avenue has not changed the mindset of manager Steve Watson ahead of Monday's game at home to Guiseley.

A Lewis Knight double combined with goals from Regan Booty and Harry Boyes to sink York 4-2 at the Horsfall Stadium on Saturday, when the Minstermen dropped a place to fifth in National League North.

Second-half goals at Bradford from Jack Redshaw and Rob Guilfoyle made it, at the time, 2-1 and 3-2 respectively, before Boyes curled in the outstanding finishing blow.

Asked if the Bradford defeat increases the pressure to get positive results against Guiseley today (3pm) and Bradford in the reverse fixture on January 2, Watson said: "If you take over as manager of York City, you're under pressure. It's a massive club at this level. We're under absolutely no illusions.

"I put pressure on myself. I've said since I walked through the door - I've come in and said that my job is to get York promoted.

"Nothing's changed since we lost the game (on Boxing Day). There's so many points still out there.

"That needs a reaction and we need a reaction from the lads." 

Watch the Guiseley fixture LIVE on YouTube

By Dan Simmonite

Steve Watson's men prepare for their eleventh game of the season as Guiseley make the short trip to Bootham Crescent tomorrow afternoon.

This game is sold out, and we are asking supporters with a ticket for help with following strict arrival schedules, which can be found on all club platforms as well as your order confirmation email.

Kick-off off is 3pm. 

How to Watch

The game will be Livestreamed on a 'pay what you can' basis via YouTube.

To help keep the stream available on the platform, please contribute to the Virtual Turnstile:

All contributions are greatly appreciated by the club.


Guiseley come into the game after a mixed start to the season which sees the West Yorkshire side sitting in the bottom half after 12 games played. Lebrun Mbeka is currently leading the line for the Lions with four goals scored so far in the National League North.

Guiseley: DWLLW

City will be looking to bounce back after two successive defeats, but the team are still in a good position with four games in hand over top club Gloucester City whilst sitting 5th in the National League North.

York City: LDWWW 

Head to Head

York City 1-2 Guiseley (28th December 2019)
Guiseley 0-0 York City (3rd September 2019)
Guiseley 1-1 York City (30th March 2019)
York City 4-2 Guiseley (29th September 2018)
York City 1-1 Guiseley (29th November 2016)

On the road: Lions at York City

By Joe Priestley

The Lions are back in action for the second time in three days in the penultimate game due to be played at Bootham Crescent ahead of their move to their new stadium.

Last season The Lions expected that this season’s trip to York would be to take on The Minstermen at their shiny new home in Huntington, however like most things this year, plans have been changed.

Instead, a final trip to the historic Bootham Crescent awaits The Lions as they make the short journey into North Yorkshire.

Both teams are looking to end this turbulent year in good fashion with three points, with both teams unable to beat Yorkshire rivals on Boxing Day.

It’s a game that’s brought us moments of brilliance and some of despair, it’s York City vs Guiseley.

The Lions
Guiseley are likely to be without key midfielders again as Prince Ekpolo and Milan Butterfield look set to miss out along with Andy Kellett.

However, Matty Gillam could find his way back into the starting XI.

Brad Wade was the star man against Farsley only a few days ago and Kaine Felix lead the side in the absence of Hamza Bencherif, a few positives that The Lions can take into this game.

Academy graduate Adam Haw is fresh off the back of signing a new deal with the club and could be involved.

Josh Parsons has impressed since coming in from Marcus Bignot’s Solihull United, perhaps Monday’s fixture could prove the moment for his former Solihull teammate Miracle Okafor to make a big impression.

York City
It’s been a turbulent season for York City. The Ministermen felt duly robbed after the season was cut short and were unlucky not to go up via the playoffs after. Steve Watson’s side are hoping to mount another title challenge but they currently sit 12 points off the top, however that is with 4 games in hand on league leaders Gloucester.

Former Lion Jake Cassidy could line up against Guiseley as could Jack Redshaw who shined in Salford City’s Vanarama National League North promotion campaign and knows exactly where the back of the net is.

York have quality throughout their side, as you would expect, and the capable hands of last season’s league goalkeeper of the year Pete Jameson will prove a stern test for The Lions’ attack.

In Comparison:

Guiseley League Position: 18th
York League Position: 5th

Guiseley Last Result: 2-2 vs Farsley Celtic
York Last Result: 4-2 (L) vs Bradford (Park Avenue)

Guiseley top goal scorer: Lebrun Mbeka (4)
York top goal scorer: Sam Newton (5)

Guiseley Record: 3W 3D 6L
York Record: 5W 3D 2L

Come on you Lions!

Avenue record impressive victory against York City

The Avenue recorded an impressive victory against York City in a Boxing Day Yorkshire derby at the Horsfall Stadium.

Lewis Knight broke the deadlock following good work from Adam Nowakowski. The home side doubled their advantage as Regan Booty weaved his way through the Minstermen midfield to slot home from inside the box.

After the break, Jack Redshaw halved the deficit with a well-taken goal. Straight from the restart, Bradford restored their two-goal lead with a rebound from Lewis Knight.

The visitors scored their second of the afternoon through substitute Rob Guilfoyle before Harry Boyes fired a stunning 30 yard strike to seal the win for the Green Army.

With only five minutes on the clock, Nowakowski battled well in the middle of the park and fed a through ball to Knight. The young striker continued his rich vein of goalscoring form by striking a right-footed effort past Pete Jameson from 16 yards.

Knight nearly scored his second of the afternoon. A superb tackle from Matty Downing, who was a late addition instead of Jordan Windass, allowed Nicky Clee to hit a wonderful first time pass to Knight. The Avenue’s number ten got the better of Sean Newton but his shot trickled agonisingly wide.

Despite Steve Watson’s men enjoying the better of possession, they found themselves two goals behind. Booty, with some excellent footwork and skill, escaped three challenges and curled a lovely right-footed effort past Jameson.

The rest of the half belonged to the visitors.

Robbie Tinkler, in the centre of midfield, had space outside the box and forced Dan Atkinson into his first save of the evening.

Michael Duckworth, returning to the Horsfall Stadium, was causing problems with his deliveries from the wing. The right-back crossed the ball into the area, and despite being unmarked, striker Redshaw failed to hit the target from 14 yards.

Again, the visitors looked dangerous from corners and free-kicks but Atkinson wasn’t needed to make a save. In fact, the Avenue could’ve added a crucial third before the break.

Knight, who led the line extremely well throughout the game, took the ball around Jameson, and following good pressure from the defence, Knight was unable to find the net from eight yards.

From the resulting corner, the ball was fizzed towards Mark Ross, but the defender’s header flew just wide of the post.

Watson made two half time substitutions, replacing Olly Dyson and Paddy McLaughlin with Akil Wright and Guilfoyle.

Both teams had a few half-chances that failed to trouble respective goalkeepers until the away side reduced Avenue’s lead.

Redshaw, who was arguably the Minstermen’s best player, looked sharp on the turn, and after driving towards goal, the striker struck a low effort, which appeared to take a deflection and went past Atkinson, via the post, from 20 yards.

Immediately from the restart, the Avenue dampened the celebrations from the away side to score their third of the game. Brad Dockerty dribbled through a couple of challenges inside the area before curling a right-footed shot towards goal. The ball bounced off the far post straight to the feet of Knight, who was unmarked, and he tapped home from ten yards.

A few minutes later, Redshaw came close to doubling his tally. The striker ran across the edge of the box and his shot was expertly saved with a strong left hand from Atkinson.

With twenty minutes remaining, young substitute Guilfoyle got his side back in the game. The striker created enough space to try his luck from distance. His low shot saw Atkinson rooted to the spot as the ball found the bottom corner.

Despite conceding, the Avenue looked dangerous in attack, playing some excellent free-flowing football. Booty, who continues to impress since joining the Avenue, nearly scored a 25 yard free-kick. 

Shortly after, Knight, on the left wing, delivered a teasing cross into the box to Dockerty, but his header went wide of the far post.

And then, the Avenue left-back Boyes scored a contender for goal of the season. Will Longbottom, who had a solid debut, spotted the loan signing from Sheffield United on the opposite side of the pitch. After taking a touch, Boyes drilled a spectacular left-footed shot from 30 yards into the top corner past Jameson. 

In the final ten minutes, the Avenue produced a professional display to hold onto their lead and secure a much-needed and clinical victory in the rain at the Horsfall Stadium.

Bradford (Park Avenue): Atkinson, Ross, Boyes, Booty, L.Lyons, Downing, Longbottom, Nowakowski, Knight, Dockerty, Clee (Sanyang 90)

Subs not used: J.Lyons, Fawcett, Hussain.

Goals: Knight (5), (57), Booty (20), Boyes (82)

Yellow: Longbottom (64)

York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Barrow, Newton, Brown, Tinkler (Guilfoyle 60), McLaughlin (Wright 45), Woods, Cassidy, Redshaw, Dyson (Bunn 45)

Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt.

Goals: Redshaw (56), Guilfoyle (70)

Yellow: Wright (90)

Referee: Tom Kirk

Attendance: Behind-closed-doors

City lose to Bradford Park Avenue

By Dan Simmonite 

Bradford cut City’s Christmas celebrations short this afternoon as the West Yorkshire side beat the Minstermen 4-2 at the Horsfall Stadium.

It was one of three local games over the Christmas and New Year period, and City looked forward to the test on the 3G surface with Steve Watson making three changes to the team that lost in the FA Trophy.

But Bradford started the strongest, with Lewis Knight opening the scoring after just 4 minutes. The forward was played in over the top on the right of the box before neatly tucking the ball into the bottom corner from an acute angle.

City had a few chances after, notably Scott Barrow cutting inside and winning a corner with a right footed strike, and Redshaw getting in over the top only to be stopped by Dan Atikinson who narrowed the angle.

Avenue made it two on 20 minutes, with former Notts County player Regan Booty getting the ball in the middle, before dribbling through red shirts on the edge are curling into the bottom corner. The home side didn’t have the majority of the possession but made their chances count.

After the second, Robbie Tinkler went close to grabbing one back with a strike from the edge prompting a diving save to keep the ball out.

Jack Redshaw then headed one inches wide of the post after a free kick in from the left by Michael Duckworth.

Michael Woods could have narrowed the gap just before half time, but couldn’t keep his volley under the bar as a cross was punched out to the midfielder in the box.

After a close call in the dying moments of the first half, involving a last-ditch tackle by Matty Brown to stop Lewis Knight after he rounded Pete Jameson, the whistle blew for half time with City two goals down.

City seemed more energetic and looked to be back in the game just after half time when Jack Redshaw hammered home into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. However, Bradford went up the other end and Knight grabbed his second of the game after tapping in a rebound off the post, sending City back to square one.

Rob Guilfoyle came on with 30 minutes to go and added some attacking flair to the front line. The 18-year-old made it 3-2 ten minutes later with a superb play, picking up the ball on the edge, turning a defender and firing into the bottom corner.

Guilfoyle also had a chance with a seemingly free header, but Scott Barrow’s cross was just too high for the forward who was point-blank range.

But all hopes of an equaliser were crushed when Harry Boyes picked up the ball from 30 yards and arrowed into the top corner, leaving Pete Jameson no chance and putting the game to bed.

Bradford saw the game out and now move within 2 points of a playoff place with a game in hand.

City on the other hand now look towards Monday’s home game against Guiseley followed by the Bradford return fixture on the 2nd January. The team currently sit in 5th with four games in hand. 

York City: Jameson, Duckworth, Brown, Newton, Barrow, Tinkler (Guilfoyle, 60), Woods, McLaughlin (Wright, HT), Dyson (Bunn, HT), Cassidy, Redshaw.

Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt.

Bradford (Park Avenue): Atkinson, Ross, Boyes, Booty, L Lyons, Downing, Longbottom, Nowakowski, Dockerty, Knight, Clee (Sanyang 90).

Subs not used: J Lyons, Fawcett, Hussain, Windass.

Attendance: N/A

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

Telford have confirmed the permanent transfer of defender Shane Sutton (31) to Newtown AFC. Sutton joined the Bucks from the League of Wales club Newtown in May 2017 and made more than 100 appearances for the club.

Boston Untied

The Pilgrims have named two bars and four executive boxes at their new stadium after some of the club's past playing heroes. Bars will be called Ellender's (after Paul Ellender) and Kabia's (after Jim Kabia) while boxes are named after Chris Cook, Paul Bastock, Martin Hardy and Marc Newsham.


Guiseley have signed a first team contract with academy graduate Adam Haw (18). The striker has scored twice in five first team appearances, earning him his first pro contract.


The Bulls have signed defensive midfielder George Forsyth (23) from Halesowen Town. Previous clubs include Worcester City and Stourbridge. He has also captained a representative England C team. Meanwhile, defender Luke Haines has rejoined Hereford on a three-month loan from Swindon Town where he has been part of the club's academy since he was six.

Kidderminster Harriers

Former York City forward Amari Morgan-Smith faces suspension after his second red card of the season. He was sent off in the first half of Harriers' game against Hereford on Boxing Day. Meanwhile, the Harriers players have donated their 'Christmas Kitty' of £600 to a local charity that helps feed families in need. The money, raised from fines and breaches of squad etiquette, is usually used for a Christmas players' outing.

Celebrating the heritage of our club ...
Classic match programmes

York City struggled in the 1990-91 season, finishing fourth from the bottom of Division Four. However, one of the side's better performances was a 2-0 win against Burnley in March 1991, with goals from Andy McMillan and Glenn Naylor before the biggest crowd of the season, 4,407, at Bootham Crescent.

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

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

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 Guiseley (h)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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.
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