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Dan Tait (Poppleton)

As promised the first of our double header this week was released today with episode 4, Paul Stancliffe.

A club legend not just for York City but Rotherham and Sheff United too. Stan had a 45-year career (20 playing, 25 coaching) and achieved 5 promotions. It was great to hear him reflect on his long career and sure many Arthurities will enjoy listening. 

https://hospitalball.podbean.com/e/series-6-episode-4-paul-stancliffe/
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York City's 2021/22 National League North start date confirmed

By Joe Richardson

YORK City are set to begin their 2021/22 National League North campaign on August 14.

The National League announced the start dates for Steps 1 and 2 on Monday morning, with the top tier of the competition starting a week later, on August 21.

Fixture dates will be released later.

By the time City kick off, it will mark almost six months since they last played a league game. A 3-1 home defeat to AFC Fylde on February 16 was followed just two days later by the declaration of a null and void 2020/21 season.

First-team players and staff were placed on furlough last week after the Alliance Committee put the kibosh on proposals for a supplementary Step 2 competition.

It is not yet known what shape the squad will take for next term. City have told The Press the club does not discuss player contract details with media.

2021/22 season opening date confirmed

By Dan Simmonite

The National League has announced that the 2021/22 season will begin on Saturday 14th August 2021.

The league will announce other key dates closer to the new season.

The Club is currently devising the pre-season schedule, and pre-season friendlies at the LNER Community Stadium will be announced in due course.

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

Jim Bentley makes careful plans for AFC Fylde players after mental 'battering'

By Andy Moore

Manager Jim Bentley is drawing up plans for a long close-season for his AFC Fylde players, admitting they have been “battered emotionally and psychologically” by another campaign cut short.

Three weeks after National League North voted to declare its season null and void, clubs like Fylde who wished to play on saw their proposals for a combined NL North/South ‘mini-league’ rejected by the FA.

It has left the Coasters, relegated from the National League last year after another curtailed season, facing a second campaign in non-league’s second tier.

They were well placed for a promotion challenge – second in the table with games in hand – when the season was halted.

It was particularly tough on Fylde’s squad of full-time players, who had played only once in nine weeks before their season was scrapped but had continued training each day.

Bentley got together with his players last week to plan for the future but told The Gazette that, in such extraordinary circumstances, it would not be right to send the players away for three months before a traditional start to pre-season training in June.

The Coasters boss said: “There is a lot to sort out and this is totally different to what anyone is used to.

“You can only try to do everything as honestly and professionally as you can and be fair to all the players at the club.

“Because of the length of time we’ve been training, the players have been battered by this emotionally and psychologically.

“So we’ll give the players a break for a couple of weeks while we finalise a plan to get everyone in the best condition for next season.

“We mustn’t overcook the players, but at the same time, we can’t just send them away with nothing for months.

“We have to plan ongoing individual programmes for all the players using our professional knowledge.”

Training regimes are also far from the only issue on Bentley’s mind.

He explained: “We have player contracts to contend with in the coming weeks and there are decisions to be made if other clubs (in the National League, which is continuing) want any of our players on loan.

“We have players out of contract and we have to be as honest, open and professional as we can with all those players

“There are decisions to be made and we have to try to get the balance right between the players’ interests and those of the club.”

If the season’s early end has any silver lining at all, it at least gives Bentley time to completely get over his heart surgery last December.

The Liverpudlian had resumed his duties gradually in recent months, returning to the dugout for last month’s win at York City which proved to be Fylde’s final game of the season.

He added: “To be honest, I feel fit and well. I’m doing great and it was all systems go for the rest of the season.

“I suppose the break gives me an opportunity to get even better but there will be a lot of planning and discussions to be had ahead of next season.”

That season will begin on August 14, a week after the EFL and a week before the National League.

The current season is not yet over for the Fylde club: the Under-18s are relishing their trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup a week on Saturday, April 3, having won a 3-2 thriller away to Cambridge United last week.
Hereford

Hereford have been beaten 4-3 in a behind-closed-doors friendly match against Port Vale. 

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

On March 20, 1993, York City hosted Bury in their Division Three match as both sides challenged for promotion. York City lost this match 2-1 with Jon McCarthy scoring for the home side before a Bootham Crescent crowd of 3,985.

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 Bury programme >>>>

Click here to visit our archive >>>
Click here to watch videos from the largest York City archive online >>>>

Please submit your City-related ads by emailing the editor here.

York City retro shirts series

York City FC retro shirts are available from www.world-retro.com
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 www.world-retro.com.
Please contact World Retro at fans@world-retro.com 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 https://www.ycst.org.uk/product/beach-towel/
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.

Colorsport
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 http://www.ypdbooks.com/sport/1952-bootham-crescent-a-second-home-YPD02131.html
- Direct from the author via cheque or bank transfer  - in the first instance contact Paul Bowser  at minstermanbooks@outlook.com 
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 (c_m_forth@hotmail.com) quoting your reference and address.  50% discounts available for bulk purchases.

See www.yorkcitysouth.co.uk 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
https://www.amazon.co.uk/York-City-Memoirs-Garry-Vaux/dp/0956334334
Ebook £1.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/York-City-Memoirs-Garry-Vaux-ebook/dp/B008FRA6RC

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 – richard.adams@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk – with your best offer and contact telephone number.
 
Programmes For Sale
Gordon Neale (York City Programme Shop)
York City programme shop is still in business and operating from my home until we move to the new ground, please email me at gordon.neale1@ntlworld.com  for any requirements. We do our best to help.

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 patrickjcrowley@hotmail.com

Terry Espiner (Appleton Roebuck)
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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