Issue 290. October 14, 2020.
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Ian Tyssen (Bishopthorpe, York)

TOOAB Player Sponsorship 2020/21

I am pleased to announce that we have now sponsored the home shirts of Michael Duckworth, Archie Whitfield and Rob Guilfoyle and the away shirts of Michael Woods, Scott Barrow and Jack Redshaw for the 2020/21 season.

Thank you to all those who have contributed towards the cost of sponsoring these players’ shirts, in the name of 'There's Only One Arthur Bottom'. It means that we have now sponsored 45 shirts over the last 10 years. A fantastic effort.

As I am still receiving some contributions towards the sponsorship fund, I hope that we’ll be able to sponsor one or more additional shirt.

If you would like to help towards the cost of sponsoring further shirts, please make a contribution by any of the following methods ...

  • Cheque, payable to Ian Tyssen, to Ian Tyssen, 84 Keble Park North, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2SX
  • PayPal link
  • Bank transfer to account 00088854 sort code 309999

The minimum payable for entry to the sponsorship group is £10 but there is no maximum. The bigger the contribution, the more entries you will have in the end of season prize draw to win the signed shirts.

As last season’s shirts are still being used, we have not yet received the signed shirts. So, there will be a delay with the draw to see who will receive the 2019/20 season shirts. This will be organised as soon as I receive the shirts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at
John Lacy (Leeds)

I read this extraordinary quote from the 'Non-League Daily' in a recent edition of TOOAB:

>>> "BBC Radio York say there could be a delay in York City moving into their new stadium.
The station reported that the National League North side ‘will not be able to move into the Community Stadium until mid-November at the very earliest because of problems with drains." <<<

I utterly despair! How can such utter incompetence and waste of public money by the City Council, the building contractors and goodness knows who else, be allowed to drag on endlessly without censure, public enquiry or financial and legal penalty?

I have absolutely no faith whatever in the City of York Council, their elected representatives or any of the other organisations and authorities involved in this absolutely disgraceful shambles of a project.

The only redeeming factor is that I don't have to live under the jurisdiction of this particular Local Authority and City Council - since I have lived in Leeds for the last 40 years. 
Ray Taylor (Warrington)

Good news! I managed to see the game on my computer.

Bad News! We lost.

Certainly a competitive game. Chorley game plan was to put high balls into our box from free kicks, corners and throw-ins..

At least City attempted to play some decent football at times. No doubt other sides will employ similar tactics against us so just have to combat it.

When teams come to play decent football against us it should make for a really entertaining match.

Despite all the activity last night in both penalty boxes, I cannot recall either 'keeper having to make a save.

Several times I was shouting at the screen (as you do) for a City player to have a shot from outside the box, especially given the wet and greasy conditions.

But cannot fault the effort and unfortunate to lose two defenders for what looks like long term injuries.

Hopefully, the club can organise viewing system for Saturday.

Have yet to confess to Mrs T that I put the £10 payment on her credit card.

Injury to York City's Michael Duckworth 'doesn't look good'

By Jacob Kilbride

STEVE WATSON admitted that Michael Duckworth's injury "doesn't look good" as York City's injury problems continued.

York were forced to bring off Duckworth and Matty Brown in the first-half of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Chorley in the FA Cup, with both defenders suffering hamstring injuries.

The pair join striker Jack Redshaw and defender Robbie Tinkler on the sidelines, with only four games of a long campaign played.

"I'm not usually the person to blame luck but they're both really strange injuries," said Watson.

"Duckworth seemed to do his in a tackle, which is not the usual way for a hamstring.

"Hopefully Browny's is slightly less severe than Duckworth's but at the moment, Duckworth doesn't look good. He's had hamstring injuries before and he doesn't seem too upbeat about it.

"But we'll see how it settles down and we'll do the same with Browny."

Lewis Reilly's early penalty, for Chorley after grappling in the box, was the difference between the sides, with York largely on top in a tightly-fought cup tie.

"I thought we had no luck tonight regarding anything dropping," the manager added. "We rattled the bar and rattled the post a couple of times and they got blocks in vital areas.

"The penalty that they were given, if you're being consistent, you could give six of those a game. That just happens at corners. I haven't seen anything that made me think that was worse than what I saw from every other corner.

"We were out of luck in front of goal when we did get into the box. It was the same sort of gripe as Saturday where we need to create more in and around the middle of the pitch.

"We're still not there yet regarding that.

"The two biggest disappointments of the night are for the club financially and for the lads and fans, to not be in the FA Cup draw is really disappointing, especially against a team that didn't ask our keeper any questions at all, apart from the penalty.

"Another huge disappointment is the two injuries we sustained in the first half."

'It's coming home for me' says York City summer signing Michael Woods

By Joe Richardson  

“IT is coming home for me.”

So said York City summer signing Michael Woods on joining his hometown club.

Born in York, Woods’ youth career took him from Elland Road to Stamford Bridge before joining Harrogate Town from Doncaster Rovers in 2013.

He had two spells with Town, either side of a 144-appearance stint at Hartlepool United, and came to the Minstermen from Dover Athletic for this season.

Woods made the perfect start to term, smashing in an 84th-minute goal at the Shipton Road end in the season-opening 3-1 win over Chorley at Bootham Crescent.

Manager Steve Watson was a draw, says the 30-year-old - and the opportunity to play on a ground he frequented as a youngster adds to the special feeling.

“It was a big part of me wanting to come, the gaffer and the style he wants to play. It’s the way I believe football should be played and how most people want to see it played.

“I’ve stood in that end for years as a kid,” he added, nodding towards the David Longhurst Stand. “It’s coming home for me. It makes it a little bit sweeter.”

On his goal he said: “I saw the shout from Ducks (Michael Duckworth).

“It was a great touch and I saw the keeper go down early. It was a nice feeling seeing it hit the back of the net and it gave us a cushion.

“The gaffer’s said he said he wants a few more goals from midfield if possible - not ‘if possible’, he’s demanded more goals, I’ll be honest,” he laughed.

“I’ve got licence to get forward. It’s a shape he’s recruited for specifically.

“I think we’re still learning. It’s a group that’s only just been put together. There’s 14, 15 new players but that second-half performance certainly gives us something to build on, I think.”

Magpies progress in the FA Cup

By Mike Nield

On a tense night at rain-soaked Victory Park Chorley battled thrillingly through to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

A Lewis Reilly penalty after 18 minutes proved enough to send the Magpies through to Thursday’s fourth round of qualifying draw when the National League’s top-tier clubs enter the competition.

The reward for this huge victory over an unbeaten York side is a welcome £5,625.

In the final analysis it was a heroic backs-to-the-wall performance by Jamie Vermiglio’s men who repelled everything the visitors threw at them in a demanding second half, their courage reinforced by a little good fortune.

Twice in the match City hit the woodwork, firstly when Olly Dyson struck the bar following a free-kick just before the break and again some fifteen minutes from time when Jake Cassidy headed a corner against the post.

The Chorley penalty arrived when a foul in the box gave Reilly his chance to convert his third penalty in four games and again he made no mistake from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way.

The home side had their moments in front of goal but the nearest they came to securing the cushion of a second goal were two well-struck efforts by second-half substitute Olly Shenton which flew off-target.

The win was handsome revenge for the defeat in the league at York last Tuesday and sets up a fourth consecutive appearance by Chorley in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

City game live on YouTube Saturday

By Dan Simmonite

City will take on mid-table side Brackley Town this Saturday in the National League North.

The game will be played behind closed doors with Livestream, radio, and twitter coverage available.

Kick-off is 3pm at Bootham Crescent.

Livestream details

A Free test stream will take place on YouTube for the fixture, the stream will be single-camera coverage with commentary from Rob Spereall.

No signups or card details are necessary to watch the Livestream. Please follow the link below on matchday.

You can pay what you can for the Livestream via our virtual turnstile on the club shop. All donations are greatly appreciated by the club.

To watch the game please click here.

Manager's Comments

Micky Cummins will speak to the press just after lunchtime tomorrow.

Injury News

Jack Redshaw, Robbie Tinkler, Matty Brown, and Michael Duckworth are all doubtful for Saturday's game after sustaining injuries. An update should be provided tomorrow.

Harry Bunn is returning to match fitness and is available for selection again.


York City: LDWWW

The Minstermen currently sit in the play-off positions after two games, winning their opening game against Chorley 3-1 and then drawing away to Farsley Celtic last Saturday. A first loss of the season against Chorley on Tuesday night put Steve Watson's side out of the Cup.

Brackley Town: WDLWW

Brackley Town on the other hand are without a win so far in the league after losing to AFC Telford United 3-0 at the New Bucks Head and drawing 2-2 with Curzon Ashton. The Saints haven't played since the Curzon game after progressing straight to the Emirates FA Cup fourth round qualifying after Kettering forfeited their qualifying game due to Covid-19 related issues.

Previous Meetings

York City 1-0 Brackley Town - National League North (10th August 2019)
York City 2-1 Brackley Town - National League North (22nd December 2018)
Brackley Town 0-0 York City - National League North (25th August 2018)
Brackley Town 2-0 York City - National League North (28th April 2018)
York City 2-1 Brackley Town - National League North (7th October 2017)
York City 1-0 Brackley Town - Buildbase FA Trophy (25th February 2017)

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

Bradford Park Avenue

Bradford (Park Avenue) have brought in Sheffield United left-sided player Harry Boyes (18) on loan until January.

Kettering Town

Kettering say their players who tested positive to COVID-19 are all recovering after the club was forced to withdraw from the FA Cup.
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 Brackley Town (h)
Sat 31 Kettering Town (h)

Sat 7 Chester (h)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Tue 17 Gateshead (h)
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h)
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 Boston United (a)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
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)
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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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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