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Issue 038. February 6, 2021.
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Alfreton Town v York City OFF

By Joe Richardson 
   
YORK City's trip to Alfreton Town has been called off following a 9am pitch inspection.

The fixture was just one of two scheduled fixtures for this weekend in National League North as the debate over funding rages on.

Alfreton, who had put their name to a letter urging the recommencement of fixtures under conditions, wrote on Twitter this morning that the weather had forced this postponement.

The Reds posted: "Following a 9am pitch inspection at the Impact, today’s National League North fixture with has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch."

Alfreton game called off

By Dan Simmonite

Today's game against Alfreton has been called off.

The home side conducted a pitch inspection this morning and the game will be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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Dan Tait (Poppleton)

Disappointed but not surprised today's game was called off and it's a shame that the York City content today is discussing conspiracy theories rather than 90 mins on the pitch.

Given the league might well be curtailed, the game may well have been meaningless but seeing York City is a step back to normality for me and for many people a positive impact on mental health.

It is a huge part of supporters lives up and down the country which makes it imperative that clubs survive these times. Some industries have crumbled during the pandemic, let's hope no football club does as we all know what it means to follow your team.

Whilst the Ben Godfrey money will put us in a stronger position than most at our level, I'll never forget the Batchelor era and how close it came to going under.

Football clubs are the heart of many a community so I can totally understand clubs voting null and void if it is to protect them long-term.

I can see the argument that some might be doing poor in the league so want to stop but surely most clubs want to be back playing regardless? (Perhaps I am naive) 

I also have sympathy with those who don't want to take a loan on. It's like asking someone who is unemployed to take on a personal loan despite not knowing whether you will have any income coming in.

The fact both Spennymoor and Chester, who have a real chance of promotion, are voting null and void speaks volumes for me, clearly worried about the long-term implications.

Every club will have their own agenda but sure those two clubs won't have taken those decisions lightly in the position they were in.

I don't know the ins and outs of the finances but there is so much money in football, particularly at the top end and think it is a shame that more doesn't filter down.

Liverpool loaned Rhys Williams to Kidderminster last season (played against us last Feb) so the pyramid is clearly still important.

Final point I would like to make it about the elite status which York City fought hard to secure for this level. It seems that it is in name but little else, the fact that it is the only level that doesn't get tested isn't right.

Particularly given most clubs are part-time and many going out to different workplaces, if the league does somehow get a resolution to continue this needs to happen regularly.

Southport have voted null and void but are still playing in the FA Trophy and say that's because they and opposition have been tested twice this week, presumably funded by the FA but not covered for the league.

Let's hope for a swift decision to allow everyone to move on. Hopefully, a packed new community stadium is just around the corner and a year from now this will all be a distant memory.
Brian Penman (Sheffield)

I think invoking the existence of pandemics, racial injustice and Brexit chaos as a reason why contributors shouldn't make moderately expressed points on the quality of the final BC programme is unreasonable (TOOAB Issue 037).

By that logic all of the chat on this forum, and discussion of football generally is illegitimate. 
Andrew Leathley (York)

I'm sure there are many City fans out there who are being tasked with doing various jobs around the home as the frustration of lockdown MKIII kicks in.

Hopefully, a City-related names search which I cobbled together recently can provide some of you with a bit light relief in those hours of boredom, and provide a YCFC 'fix' of sorts.

The link provided below will open a PDF in your browser which can be printed from direct, or enable you to download the file to your PC.

It will print out onto an A4 sheet comfortably. I recommend using a highlighter pen for the puzzle as there are many names to pick out.

I hope you enjoy it.

Click here to download pdf of York City Names Search >>>>

Strugglers Alfreton winless in eight league games

By Joe Richardson  

NATIONAL League North strugglers Alfreton Town have the second-worst record in the division over the last 12 games - lifted largely by results at home.

York City today travel to the Impact Arena in Derbyshire for a 3pm kick off against an Alfreton side who have picked up just seven points from the last available 36.

Five of those seven points have come from their last four fixtures at home, and in the form table for those metrics (last four games at home), the Reds shoot up to 12th.

That table, though, belies an overall downturn in the Reds’ form before the weather forced postponements and Step 2 was hit by a two-week suspension to activity.

After an unbeaten opening four games, Alfreton are now separated from bottom spot by only Blyth Spartans.

Their most recent outing at the Impact Arena was a tit-for-tat 3-3 draw with Kettering Town on December 28, when Alfreton thrice led, and thrice conceded an equaliser.

Former Tadcaster Albion striker Jake Day gave Alfreton an early lead and Elliott Reeves restored the hosts’ lead late on after Daniel Bradley’s first goal of the season was cancelled out.

But they were undone by an impressive erstwhile tendency to be pulled up by the officials in their own 18-yard box and Callum Powell slotted away an 85th-minute spot kick - the third penalty Alfreton conceded from in five games during December.

Prior to that, they were denied victory over visiting Chorley, who rescued a 1-1 draw with a 90th-minute spot kick.

It was the middle of November when Alfreton last registered a win - just their second for the league season, and their sole victory at home - as top scorers Day and Reeves were again on target to see off Farsley Celtic 3-1.

Averaging just one per game, goals have been hard to come by for Alfreton. Their strikes have been divided among seven players, with Reeves leading the way having notched five strikes. James Jones has two, while there is one goal apiece for Daniel Clarke, Bobby Johnson, Luke Rawson and Bradley.

Day - who was prolific at Step 5 for Northern Counties East League outfit Bridlington Town before following manager Curtis Woodhouse to a brief stint at Step 4 side Tadcaster - has continued to showcase his goalscoring prowess at National League North level. With just 550 minutes under his belt, he has hit four goals for his new employers.

And yet the Impact Arena is no stranger to goals - not one league game has gone by there without at least two goals going in, one of which has always been scored before half-time.

Meanwhile, York have not been shut out in six games on the road, and have also seen a goal in every away league game before half-time.

Signed from Boston United in the summer, Alfreton's 25-year-old keeper George Willis has plenty of National League North experience behind him for a young man. He came through the youth system at Sheffield United and has spent time at Stalybridge Celtic, Gainsborough Trinity and Boston over the past five years. He has kept one clean sheet so far this season, in a 1-0 win at AFC Telford United.

York have won all of their four trips to Alfreton, scoring three times in each of the last three. In March last year,City won 3-1 thanks to two Sean Newton free kicks and an Alex Kempster strike.

Please check the club's official website before planning 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 the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Note: Midweek fixtures are 7.45pm kick off unless stated otherwise.

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 1, York City 1 (Newton)
Tue 13 Chorley 1, York City 0 - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (Losing club receive £1,875)
Sat 17 York City 0 Brackley Town 0

November
Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 28 Leamington 2, York City 1 (Dyson)

December
Wed 2 Blyth Spartans 0, York City 3 (Woods, Bunn, Cassidy)
Sat 5 York City 2, Chester 1 (Bunn, Wright) 
Tue 8 York City 2, Kettering Town 0 (Newton (2)) 
Sat 12 York City 1, Spennymoor Town 1 (Woods)
Tue 15 Ashton United 3, York City 3 (City lose 3-2 pens) - Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (Dyson, Woods, Redshaw)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue 4, York City 2 (Redshaw, Guilfoyle)
Mon 28 York City 1, Guiseley 0 (King)

January
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) - postponed

February
Tue 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a) - postponed
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
Tue 16 AFC Fylde (h) - 7pm
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Tue 23 Boston United (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

March
Tue 2 Gloucester City (h) 
Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Tue 9 Gateshead (h) 
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
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 Kettering Town (a)
Sat 24 Darlington (h)

May
Sat 1 Guiseley (a)
Mon 3 Boston United (h)
Sat 8 Gloucester City (a)
Tue 11 AFC Telford United (a) 
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Tue 18 Curzon Ashton (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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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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