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Issue 283. October 8, 2020.
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Geoff Marshall (Ware)

I don't know Ray Taylor from Adam but clearly, we are soulmates (TOOAB, Issue 282).

I only got to see the live stream halfway through the second half after I got a link from my son.

Were there any instructions on how to find the stream? I certainly couldn't find any.

When Yorkshire CCC were streaming their matches there was a big icon on the club website saying "click here to watch" which redirected you to the stream.  

Can City not arrange something similar? It would be a great help to non-techies like Ray and me.

Having said that City have done well to set up the stream and I will be more than happy to pay for it - as long as I can find it!
Keith Gough (Driffield)

My thanks to John Uttley and Ray Taylor (TOOAB Issue 282) for explaining why I could not view the game on Tuesday. 

For those who read my posting yesterday, I quickly blocked Funalogoon from removing any money from my bank account. 

I do not blame York City staff for what happened for one moment only my own folly. 
Grahame Hicks (Pocklington)

Following the FA Cup match which I watched on the red button I was looking forward to watching the Chorley game on YouTube.

I understood that this would be free as a trial and that subsequent matches would be pay per view which I considered to be a great answer to the current situation that would hopefully bring some income into the club.

So now I have a dilemma. The trial didn't work.

But maybe the YouTube idea can be fixed. But do I pay for something that might not be delivered?

Does anyone know if there is to be a second free YouTube trial?

It would appear that as far as social media platforms go I am in the same position as many insofar as I don't use them.
Simon Turner (Hornsea)

Re: live stream for the game v Chorley.  

I was one of probably many who tried to find the live stream on YouTube having brought the parents round to my house to solve the problems of finding YouTube etc on the TV.

Sadly, this proved impossible and I found out there was some kind of technical problem. I would like to think that the massive numbers of York fans worldwide broke YouTube!  

Anyway, I went to the York Facebook page just to see if there was any info as to why no live YouTube stream and saw the game being streamed.  Ok, this was good.  

Now I appreciate that it was short notice etc and this is not a slagging off, but I am sure a better picture of the game could have been achieved.  

To be fair, the only goal I could really see was the last one as the others were too far away and too small.  

Now I know this was only a trial etc but if this is the best they can manage then not many fans are going to pay, which is bad for the club.  

Compared to the Notts County YouTube, it was very poor, ok they have bigger stands, so a higher viewpoint is possible, but it is important that a good viewpoint is obtained.  

With no fans in the ground, a simple assembly tower of the type used for painting and decorating on the halfway line in front of the Pop Stand would be better, or even on the roof of the social club next to the main stand.  

I would even prefer a view from the top of the Bootham Crescent(away end) - anything with some height and perspective.

But all that aside, a good win.
Michael Stockdale (Birmingham)

Spot on John Uttley (TOOAB, Isssue 282), I too saw some of those negative comments and cannot believe them.

As my post in the previous issue of TOOAB, I’m informed several other clubs tried and failed this ‘test’ last night. A positive is that it was shown via Facebook averaging over 1.9k viewers I noticed. 

For any ‘fans’ who want to continue being negative regarding the club and the ‘nothing changes’ attitude, I suggest you download the interview on the York Hospital Ball podcast with Dan Simmonite and listen to his passion for this club, improving the communication between club and fans, plans between himself and commercial manager Chris Pegg to improve the fans experience, and then come back to me with that same negativity. 

This squad looks hugely promising the standard of player a huge step up from last year, bury your negativity and let’s all back the club together and hopefully celebrate promotion next spring. 

Up the City!
Matthew Moran (Stockport)

Agree with John (TOOAB, Issue 282) regarding the critics of the YouTube issues. The complaints were often way over the top and fits unfortunately with the modern extreme views on social media.

There was an apology and a solution. Simple as that.

I can't stand these trolls and it makes much of Twitter and Facebook horrible.

Grow up, people, and be kind to each other.

Elitists

By David Bauckham

I believe the late Robert F. Kennedy was paraphrasing an ancient Chinese curse back in 1966 when he said: “We live in interesting times”.

Some might well describe Covid-19 as a curse, and there is no denying it has brought considerable challenges for spectator sport that have proved interesting to say the least.

Few could have been surprised when the Premier and English Football League were classified as ‘elite sport’ although the supporters of some perennial League Two strugglers may have raised their eyebrows a little.

Whilst clubs at Step 3 of the non-League pyramid and below had finally been allowed to admit spectators to their matches, the decision to include the sixty-seven members of the three divisions of the National League - the top two tiers of English non-League football - with the fully professional clubs higher up came as a surprise to many and brought with it serious implications.

Some have blamed the situation on the National League for bringing the problem on itself, or at least certain clubs at the top end of the divisions lobbying vociferously for play-offs at the end of last season, arguably putting their own interests first.

The logic is simple, if there is to be movement between the Football League and the National League, then both must be treated the same. The reality of course is far less simplistic.

The National League is a strange one in many ways, with full-time former Football League clubs and big-spending wannabes, some who don’t really have much of a fanbase, rubbing shoulders with many smaller part-time clubs in the North and South divisions that are just happy to be there, and generally struggling to maintain that status.

Whilst Notts County had averaged a home gate of 5,210 last season, ambitious Boreham Wood’s home gate in the top division was a mere 724.

Meanwhile in the North Division, York City’s farewell season at Bootham Crescent averaged 2,705 whilst Curzon Ashton struggled to reach 400. In the South, Dulwich Hamlet average over 2,000 whilst Hungerford Town attract a little over 300.

The decision to place the likes of Hungerford in the same ‘elite’ category as Manchester United (average 72,726) is patently ridiculous to anyone that understands non-League football … or even football. Even more absurd was the ruling that if a Step 3 club or below drew a National League in the FA Cup, home fans would be allowed in, but travelling supporters excluded, as if Covid-19 can discern the difference between club colours.

My own club, Eastbourne Borough averaged 534 spectators last season in National League South. It’s been pretty consistent ever since they dropped back down into the southern division nine years ago but a far cry from the four-figure gates that flocked to Priory Lane to see them lock horns with Lewes in the 2007-08 season when the average was 1,344.

The Sports, like the vast majority if not all non-League clubs simply could not afford to begin the season without admitting supporters. Without television rights or generous sponsorship, they rely on bar sales, burgers and merchandise to sustain them.

Just to put on a match behind closed doors entails significant costs that have to be met, and with many players on contract at this level, these become active the moment the season kicks off.

Not surprisingly Ant Smith, the Chairman of Concord Rangers (average attendance 440) was one of the most vocal in his calls to #LetFansIn, and who could blame him – it wouldn’t be too difficult to socially distance supporters around Rangers’ Aspect Arena ground, and the same could equally be said of the majority of National League clubs.

The eleventh-hour promise of a £10 million rescue package from the government, initially for three months but with the suggestion of more if required, had finally allowed the National League season to get underway at the weekend.

Even so, questions still remain about how this money will be distributed – possibly 55% for the National Division, and the remaining 45% divided between North and South.

Then there is the question on how it will be divided. Logic dictates that average attendance should be the criteria, and this does appear to be the fairest way, although a club like Boreham Wood will inevitably argue that it should receive the same size slice of the pie as Notts County.

Whilst clubs in the National Division of the National League [that still seems weird every time I type it] had been in league action at the weekend, the delay meant that clubs in the North and South divisions had kicked off in the FA Cup.

The second qualifying round draw had sent Borough to Dorking Wanderers where having been pegged back three times and missed two spot-kicks during the behind closed doors match, they finally won through 4-3 on penalties.

I’d decided to put my camera away for the weekend, and had instead wandered along to The Saffrons to watch Eastbourne Town’s fixture against Horley Town, remembering just how pleasant it can be to actually walk from one’s home to a match.

Having been distracted throughout by Twitter and the goings on at Dorking’s Meadowbank Stadium, I remained hunched over my phone outside the ground at the end during the penalty shoot-out. Back in the day it would have been a transistor radio, but I guess that’s progress for you.

Coincidentally the two clubs were destined to meet in their first league fixture of the season, this time at Priory Lane. Having contacted the club in advance I naively assume that a National League photographer’s licence will be sufficient to grant me entry, but apparently, the League has limited the numbers allowed and also prohibited any pitchside access [this was evidently allowed for the FA Cup at the weekend – an irritating inconsistency].

Nevertheless, I am allowed in and like the other club snappers, issued with a lanyard for the ‘Amber Zone’ which is basically anywhere other than the vicinity of the players’ tunnel.

No-one could be left in any doubt just how seriously the club is taking this – it cannot afford not to: the stakes are simply too high if it fails to follow the rules. Everyone’s name is checked off a list, temperatures are taken, and anyone allowed in is gently requested to leave contact details or log in with the new NHS Test and Trace app.

Goalposts and flags are sprayed with chemicals. Social distancing reminders and notices bearing a QR code are everywhere; and each seat in the stand is marked with a sticker indicating where one is allowed to sit, or not to sit.

If the latter seems a bit excessive for a club prohibited from having spectators, it is because they are allowed in to watch Borough’s tenants Langney Wanderers’ fixtures in the Southern Combination.

What makes this all the more bizarre is that some of those who watch Langney when Borough are away, are actually Borough supporters. 

I’m used to watching a lot of amateur football on recreation grounds with few spectators, but even so it’s a strange experience watching a match at this level in a virtually empty ground. Borough are trying to make it as normal as possible.

There are announcements but even the electronic scoreboard has packed up as it invariably does after the recent heavy rain; and it’s only the home side that walks out on the pitch accompanied by the strains of ‘Sussex By The Sea’. There are no enterprising fans armed with ladders to peer over the wall, and only a few are in the Clubhouse outside watching the silent live stream (the sound has apparently failed).

If anyone is watching the match, it’s from the comfort of their own home, whilst wrestling with the volume of their device.

Notwithstanding the financial package from the government to allow National League clubs to start the season, I worry that clubs like Borough may suffer in the long term if they are not allowed to open their gates on match days.

Quite apart from the loss of revenue, there is the chance that apart than the most committed supporters others may drift away, happy to pay less to watch County League football. With three other senior football clubs in the town to choose from, not to mention others within easy reach, that is a real danger.

The match is played at a high tempo. Big spending Dorking are amongst the favourites for the title this season, having fallen at the play-offs last time.

This is only their tenth season as a senior club and their charge up the pyramid after joining Division Three of the Sussex County League as recently as 2007 has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Eastbourne, buoyed by their win at the weekend, begin the brighter of the two sides. It’s against run of play when the visitors take the lead mid-way through the half – Jason Prior beating Franco Ravizolli from close range following a square ball across the six yard box from Alfie Rutherford.

Dorking double their advantage on 39 minutes, when Prior is brought down in the area and steps up to convert the resulting penalty. Borough just want to see out the half but are left a mountain to climb when James Ferry inadvertently puts the ball into his own net just before the interval after another ball across the face of the home goal.

By comparison the second half is a non-event as Dorking manage the game and Borough seem to run out of ideas, with neither keeper seriously tested. 

At the end of an opening day’s fixture list when not a single match in the division is drawn, Dorking find themselves at the top of the alphabetically determined table, with Borough at the bottom having been on the wrong end of rather a harsh final scoreline.

There is surely more to come from both sides, but there is no indication of when there is likely to be a crowd allowed in to watch them as the season progresses.

York City will have to be patient at Farsley, says Cummins

By Jacob Kilbride

MICKY CUMMINS believes that York City will have to be patient as they attempt to crack the "tough nut" of Farsley Celtic.

York will be looking to keep up their winning start to the campaign when they travel to Farsley for their first away game of the Vanarama National League North season.

Manager Steve Watson described Farsley as a "tough nut to crack" after the 3-1 win over Chorley on Tuesday evening, with the West Yorkshire club holding the Minstermen to a goalless draw early on last season.

Watson's assistant Cummins concurred with that viewpoint and admitted that City may patience at The Citadel.

"I think they set out to frustrate against Spenny, like they did with us last year," said Cummins of Farsley's 2-1 defeat at Spennymoor.

"They sat in with a bank of five and a bank of four, with one lad up top and they look to counter. We're expecting similar.

"I think that their personnel has changed but I think that they play the same formation, so we've got to be aware of that.

"They load the box and they've got a long throw in (former York defender) Tom Allan and, at free-kicks, they look to get as many men forward as possible.

"We expect our box to be bombarded when they get the opportunity to do so.

"We need to be clever in the final third, look to get a goal early-doors and, if not, be patient and try and break them down.

"We'll need to be solid, start with a clean sheet and look to win the game from there.

"We know that Farsley is a tough place to go to. I don't know what condition the pitch is in but last year there were a lot of complaints about it.

"But it is two teams playing on the same surface, so it's about who adapts and who takes the opportunities when they come along."

Following a scrappy 1-0 win in the FA Cup at Warrington Rylands, a new-look York side produced a brilliant second-half display to see off Chorley, who were relegated from the National League last season, in a 3-1 win.

Cummins stressed his excitement over the potential of the group.

"We got all of the targets that we wanted, some took longer than some.

"But looking at the depth and the quality that we haven't all seen in the games just yet, it is exciting because there's several match winners in that team.

"When we get to the sharp end of the pitch, we've got a lot of quality in there and we've got leaders at the back as well, (who bring) aggression along with composure on the ball as well.

"In the middle of the park, we've got experience and legs as well as goals.

"All in all, it is exciting. We get every day in training to see what they're capable of.

"It may still take a little bit of time but they're starting to show signs of being a team and that's been gradual throughout the past two or three weeks.

"We're not there yet but we're definitely getting there.

"It's going to be a tough, long season and there's the possibility of having to change and swap players round. We know we've got a squad with depth that we can rely on and trust in those roles."

Forward Harry Bunn is nearing 100 per cent fitness having come off the bench against Chorley, Cummins reported, while Jack Redshaw, who is yet to make his York debut, remains out of the squad with a hip flexor injury.

He was only player not to be involved in training on Thursday and it's hoped he can feature this month.

Seats go on sale at Bootham Crescent

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.

Towards the end of last year, we asked supporters to register their interest in securing items in and around the stadium – we received well over a thousand replies and have been listed against items they would like to purchase.

From the replies and listing the ‘sale’ will be split into three categories. Expensive and antique items will be auctioned by an appointed ‘Auction House’ – this will cover such items as the Board Room furniture, the antique turnstiles, floodlights, stands, metal fencing etc.

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.

Sale of Seating

The first items offered ‘For Sale’ are the seats in the Main Stand (wooden) Popular Stand, Family Stand, and Directors Box.

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.

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.

To purchase/reserve a seat please complete the form attached below in downloads and return to: Richard.Adams@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk or post to Bootham Crescent, York, YO30 7AQ.

Please Note:

The price quoted includes for the removal of the seat/seats and preparing for collection by the purchaser.
No seat will be removed until Bootham Crescent is deemed to be surplus to requirements by the Club.
Payment will only be taken prior to removal.

Downloads

Bootham Crescent - Sale of Seating.PDF

City travel to Farlsey on Saturday

By Dan Simmonite

Steve Watson's men will travel to Leeds this weekend for their first away fixture of the new season, against Farsley Celtic.

The game comes after a promising start to the season against Chorley, which sees City sitting in 5th place in the National League North after the game one.

City will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday at The Citadel.

How to watch

Farsley are expected to Livestream their game via their Facebook page.

We will provide further details via Farsley across our social media channels.

Team News

Jack Redshaw is doubtful for the encounter with the forward still recovering from a minor hip injury, whereas Harry Bunn is expected to feature after building his match fitness with half an hour against Chorley in mid-week.

On the other side, the Celt Army have three former Minstermen among their ranks; Tom Allan, Will Hayhurst, and Tyler Walton. All three are expected to feature against City on Saturday.

Manager's Comments

Micky Cummins spoke to club media ahead of the encounter.
Micky Cummins interview. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

Match highlights from York City v Chorley

Highlights package from Tuesday's game between York City and Chorley:
Video highlights: York City 3, Chorley 1. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

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

AFC Fylde

The Coasters have signed midfielder Jordan Lussey (25) whose former clubs include Marine, Nuneaton Borough, Southport and AFC Telford United. He spent pre-season on trial at Fylde.

Alfreton Town

Alfreton Town have named Michael Bradley as the club’s new chief executive. Bradley is the son of the club’s chairman Wayne Bradley.

Chester

Chester striker Will Goodwin (18) has been loaned to Stalybridge Celtic at least till January. 

Kettering Town

The former owner of Kettering Town FC, Imraan Ladak, has been jailed for contempt of court after breaching an order by making derogatory comments about former colleagues. Ladak, who ran the Poppies from 2005 to 2013, left medical recruitment firm Pertemps Medical Group (PMG) in 2018 with a settlement of more than £125,000, as well as a payment of almost £400,000 for his shares, reports the Northamptonshire Telegraph. As part of his settlement he agreed not to say anything that would bring the firm into disrepute or make derogatory comments about it and its employees. Full story here.
Please check with the club's official website for late changes to fixtures before committing to 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 (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)

November
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)

December
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)

January
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)

February
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)

March
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)

April
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)

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 Emirates FA Cup Final
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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