Issue 284. October 9, 2020.
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Clive Parker (Glasgow)

Live Steam - it was a free trial and sometimes trials have problems. That's why we have trials.

Some people were lucky to find it on Facebook instead, but I am not one of those people who is constantly on Facebook.

It didn't occur to me to go there, and there was no information of this on the York City website.

I would like to see another free trial before I am confident enough to pay for something that might not work.

I was happy in fact to listen to good old Radio York - at least I could get on with something else while I listened!

And as it was a Tuesday, I didn't have the commentator spoiling Match of the Day for me by blurting out the Premier League results without warning.

Am I the only person left who likes to watch MOTD without knowing the results?
Ray Taylor (Warrington)

Managed to watch the few minutes highlights on YouTube of the Chorley match. (Clearly, my tech skills are improving).

Some noticeable differences. When did we last see Paddy Mac in the opposition box in open play?  And after seven minutes.  

Also great to see how many players we had bombing forward in attack.  

Also had a centre forward running down the channels with ball!  Only one match but lots of positive signs.  

No doubt more difficult challenges ahead, but looking good for a more than decent season. And don't forget that despite all the criticism last season, we did finish top. 

York City's trip to Farsley Celtic will be streamed

By Jacob Kilbride

YORK City's trip to Farsley Celtic tomorrow afternoon will be streamed, the home side have confirmed.

Given that no fans are not allowed to attend matches in the Vanarama National League North at present, many clubs have turned to streaming platforms to broadcast their matches.

Thus far, all of York's games this season have been streamed, with the FA Cup tie at Warrington Rylands shown on the BBC and City showing their home clash with Chorley via Facebook Live after technical problems with their YouTube stream.

Farsley will be streaming the Minstermen's first away league game of the campaign at a cost of £5 through their Insight4 platform.

The West Yorkshire club plan to show all of their home matches live this season.

The stream will begin at 2.45pm, 15 minutes before the 3pm kick-off.

Celtic have reiterated to supporters that the game will be taking behind closed doors and have urged fans not to travel to The Citadel.

Supporters with questions around the live stream are asked to contact Farsley Celtic directly.

The link for the stream can be found here:

York City's Cummins hails 'different animal' McLaughlin

By Jacob Kilbride

MICKY CUMMINS has hailed Paddy McLaughlin’s return to the form, saying that the midfielder “come back a different animal”.

McLaughlin has started both of York City’s first two games this season, playing in a more advanced role behind new recruits Akil Wright and Michael Woods.

City have seen the rewards as a result, with the Northern Irishman scoring the opener in the 3-1 win over Chorley, having only scored once in 24 appearances last term.

“He’s a very good professional with a very good attitude and he’s probably one that the younger lads look to because of his attitude towards training,” said Cummins.

“(Last season) it just a loss of form for Paddy and I think he’s come back in great condition, as we’d expect, and with the ball he’s a lot more penetrative. He’s looking to play forwards and get in the box.

“I think it’s that reliability and confidence in the players around him that’s given him in that lift as well.

“Paddy has improved and come back a different animal and we’re not going to put the reins on him, we’re going to encourage him to carry on what he’s been doing because he’s getting a lot of success and with that the team are.”

Cummins and manager Steve Watson also appear to have plenty of options in the forwards too, with Jake Cassidy leading in the line alongside Olly Dyson at present. Harry Bunn showed his quality from the bench against Chorley, with ex-Salford and Halifax striker Jack Redshaw still to come into the fold.

“There’s loads of (forward) partnerships within that group,” added Cummins. “Jake leads the line really well, he does a lot of work that goes unnoticed. He roughs up centre-halves, he’ll run the line and hold the ball up.

“Olly played ever so well against Notts County and Warrington and there’s Jack to come in. They’re all talented footballers who do different roles within the team.

“Harry has played at a very good level and he’s getting fit again, having missed pre-season games. He’s going to be a slow burner who will be gradually integrated, possibly starting in the next few games. There’s certainly exciting players in that sharp end of the pitch.”

York City put Bootham Crescent seats on sale ahead of move

By Jacob Kilbride

YORK City have put the Bootham Crescent seats on sale ahead of the club's imminent move to the LNER Community Stadium.

York had asked their supporters to register their interest in securing items in and around the ground at the back end of last year, with the club since receiving over 1,000 replies.

The first Bootham Crescent items to be offered for sale are the wooden seats in the Main Stand, Popular Stand, Family Stand and Directors Box.

"As the sun goes down on Bootham Crescent we begin to remember the history, our memories of those great games and possibly purchasing an item of memorabilia from what has been our home since 1932," read a York City statement.

"By far the biggest interest and items registered was the purchase of seats – season ticket holders wanting to purchase their seat or others just requiring an item of memorabilia.

"The wooden seats in the main stand will be a prized possession, the seats are the oldest example in the country and have sparked a great deal of outside interest.

"The Popular Stand (the oldest plastic seats) and the family stand seats have received interest from other clubs in the country."

Explaining the purchasing process, the club added: "All seats will initially go on sale to our supporters, season tickets holders’ seats will be reserved and will have priority to purchase their seat.

"No season ticket seating can be purchased and we reserve the right to select the seat(s) purchased.

"Due to the configuration of the seats, apart from the isle or end of a row, all seats share a bracket/fixing.

"When a purchase is made we will ensure all seats will be supplied with the correct number of brackets."

Other items at the club, such as Board Room furniture, antique turnstiles and floodlights will be auctioned by an appointed 'Auction House'.

"Signage, picket fencing, sections of crush barriers, pieces of terracing, bricks etc will be done by an auction hosted by the club - with items going to the highest bidder," the club added.

To purchase or reserve a seat, complete the form found on the York City website and return it to

Or post it to the following address: Bootham Crescent, York, YO30 7AQ.

Appeal for urns or caskets at Bootham Crescent

As we progress with our move to the LNER Community Stadium, we are working hard to address any outstanding projects associated with the ground at Bootham Crescent.

One such project is to carefully and sensitively identify and locate any Urns or Caskets which may be buried on or around the pitch.

The club is requesting that any friends and family who are aware of any Urns or Caskets that may have been buried at Bootham Crescent, please contact the club with as much information as possible. Thank you.

Email to:

Subject: Recovery Project 




TYPE  Urn or Casket if known

LOCATION if known

DATE of burial if known



Waitrose join as 'Man of the Match' sponsor

York City Football Club are delighted to welcome the national supermarket chain as a Club Partner and sponsor of the club’s new Waitrose & Partners Man of the Match award.

With 338 shops across the UK, including a store at Foss Islands in York, Waitrose & Partners is owned by the John Lewis Partnership and has a strong reputation for its quality of products.

The Waitrose & Partners Man of the Match award is presented pitch-side by the Match Sponsors following the final whistle of each home game and publicised across the club’s social media channels.

The first Waitrose & Partners Man of the Match award was presented to centre-back Matthew Brown, putting in a solid defensive performance to mark his debut against Chorley FC on Tuesday night. 

Community Lead Francesca McDonald and Foss Islands Branch Manager Kylie Gilson are looking forward to the partnership celebrating success as well as their ongoing community engagement

They said: "We are delighted to be sponsoring the Man of the Match award at York City Football Club this season and celebrating the stand-out performances over the course of the season. We are extremely proud to part of the communities we work in and wish the team the best of luck for the season ahead.”

York City’s Commercial Manager, Chris Pegg, added: “We are delighted with the exciting new partnership with Waitrose & Partners – the collaboration will see one of Britain’s best brands create a clear presence within both our growing digital output and on a matchday throughout the coming season”. 

“We are positive there will be lots of success to celebrate both on and off the pitch this season”.

To find out more about Waitrose & Partners and their commitment to quality, click here.
Assistant manager Micky Cummins interviewed ahead of York City's trip to Farsley Celtic. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

Round-up: what's happening at other National League (North) clubs


Former Chorley manager Matt Jansen has joined Stockport County’s newly-announced scouting team.


Darlington have signed two players in time for Saturday's game with Kidderminster Harriers. They are former Chesterfield striker Levi Amantchi and ex-Leeds United midfielder Theo Hudson (20). Amantchi left Workington, who had announced his signing only a week ago, to join Darlington on non-contract terms. 


Hereford have sent defender Toby Raison (18) on loan to Westfields at least until November 5.
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 (a)
Tue 13 Chorley (a) - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (winners receive £5,625 while losing club receives £1,875)
Sat 17 Brackley Town (h)
Sat 24 Emirates FA Cup 4Q
Sat 31 Kettering Town (h)

Sat 7 Emirates FA Cup 1R
Sat 7 Chester (h)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Tue 17 Gateshead (h)
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h)
Sat 28 Emirates FA Cup 2R
Sat 28 Leamington (a)

Tue 1 Blyth Spartans (a)
Sat 5 Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (winners receive £5,250, losers receive £1,500)
Sat 12 Spennymoor Town (h)
Sat 19 Buildbase FA Trophy 3R (winners receive £6,000, losers receive £1,750)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue (a)
Mon 28 Guiseley (h)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Sat 9 Emirates FA Cup 3R
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Sat 23 Emirates FA Cup 4R
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
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)
Wed 10 Emirates FA Cup 5R
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)
Sat 20 Emirates FA Cup QF
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 Emirates FA Cup SF
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 Emirates FA Cup Final
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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