Issue 287. October 12, 2020.
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Ian Gratton (currently Cyprus)

I am currently on holiday in Cyprus so was well pleased when I heard that the Chorley and Farsley games were going to be streamed.

Obviously, there was a technical problem with the Chorley stream but I thought the stand-in FB live stream was very good, a similar view to what I would have had I been at BC.

The stream for the Farsley match was terrible - no commentary, kept freezing, in the first half, missed the goal and then gave up at half-time; it looked like the camera had fallen over.

I hope when I get home I will find that my money has been refunded.

As for the new York City, I think it looks a good keen squad and I think they'll do well.

It will take a few weeks to gel and get to know each other but I think we have seen enough already to know promotion is a great possibility.

City back in FA Cup action tomorrow

By Dan Simmonite

City are back in Emirates FA Cup action tomorrow night as the team travel to Chorley in the Third Round qualifying.

It will be the first time the two sides have met in the competition and Steve Watson's men will go into the game with confidence having beat the Lancashire outfit just seven days before in the League.

Kick-off 7:45pm.


Chorley will be livestreaming the fixture via their pay-per-view platform.

Full details will be announced via their social media accounts shortly.

Team News

Robbie Tinkler is doubtful after missing the Farsley Celtic game on the weekend through injury. Jack Redshaw is also still out with a hip injury.

Harry Bunn is returning to match fitness and should be available again for Steve Watson.

Journey so far

Both teams entered the Emirates FA Cup in the second round qualifying stage. 

City beat North West Counties Premier Division side Warrington Rylands 1-0 live on the BBC thanks to a Sean Newton free-kick.

On the other hand, Chorley beat fellow League rivals Gateshead 2-1 in the previous round. Last year, the Magpies reached the first round proper, only to be knocked out with a 1-0 defeat away to League Two side Mansfield Town.

Last five

York City 3-1 Chorley - National League North (6th October 2020)
York City 1-4 Chorley - National League North (26th January 2019)
Chorley 1-0 York City - National League North (4th August 2018)
York City 1-1 Chorley - National League North (31st March 2018)
Chorley 2-0 York City - National League North (2nd September 2017)
York City manager Steve Warson previews his side's FA Cup tie at Chorley. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.
Matchday experience - Farsley Celtic 1, York City 1. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

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

AFC Telford United

AFC Telford United have secured a new 140-year lease for their stadium, encompassing the West Stand. Areas of the club’s New Bucks Head home were previously leased to different organisations, with the West Stand leased to Telford College and the remainder of the ground leased to the club.

Boston United

Boston United have withdrawn from this season's FA Cup. The decision follows the positive COVID-19 test and self-isolation of staff and players which forced the postponement of Saturday's league fixture with Guiseley. Click here for more details >>>>

Curzon Ashton

Curzon Ashton defender Olly Thornley (22) has left the club to sign for Radcliffe Borough.


Darlington say they are missing out on vital revenue due to local pubs streaming online coverage of their matches. That is the concern expressed by chief executive David Johnston, who acknowledges the activity is not illegal but is costing Quakers money, and suggested the establishments could hold a collection for the club. The volunteer-ran club launched Quaker TV last week and has streamed two games, charging viewers  £8 each to watch online.

Kettering Town

Kettering Town have withdrawn from this season's FA Cup due to COVID-19 infections within the club and the self-isolation of staff and players. Click here for more details >>>>
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 (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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