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David Smith (Warrington)

Saturday 50 years ago, I was watching City at Feethams which was my 12th Darlo versus City game.

First one back in 57-58 season. Now having to resort watching the Rylands game from a vantage point outside the ground and if wet, back to the TV.

This current virus has come at a bad time for us older supporters. Hope we get back to normal soon.
John Uttley (Howden)

I would just like to echo Paul Bowser's comments (TOOAB Issue 274) about matchday programmes.

The programme is very much part of the matchday experience.

I have attended 12 games this season and only Willington of the Northern League have issued a programme. 

Full marks to York City who have decided to go ahead with a printed edition this year.

Although it could be a while before we can attend City games at least we can read about what is going on.

I, like Paul, encourage everyone to purchase a programme. I'm not a fan of the digital age!
Dave King (Corby, Northants)

Hi everyone - hopefully you're all keeping safe and well.

A couple of things here if I may; did anyone watch the women's FA Cup semi final (Birmingham v Everton) at Solihull Moors? 

Was I seeing things or did anyone clock the state of the pitch? It resembled Skegness beach!  And still, the season hasn't started.

Maybe it was an artificial surface, but it looked decidedly rough.

With all the teams in the Premier League protecting their own patch and pleading poverty, in the next moment shelling out millions in wages and transfers, it's good to be in the real world of York.

Laughable that a certain club is hesitant over paying £91 million when the parent club wants £100 million.

I know - to each his own but maybe clubs at our level should be more insistent and include larger sell-on clauses in transfer deals.

OK, got that off my chest.

To Paul Bowser, ,the dark nights are almost upon us. When can we expect the second volume of your City, A Second Home?

It was and is just brilliant and I'm never bored with re-reading it.

No pressure, Paul.

York City to pick a strong squad for Warrington Rylands match

By Joe Richardson

YORK City are pulling no punches in squad selection at Warrington Rylands, assistant manager Micky Cummins confirmed in the build-up to Saturday's FA Cup tie.

After an underwhelming friendly display at Whitby Town around the middle of September, City turned it around for the final pre-season match with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at National League outfit Notts County.

And it is a similar team set to be given a run-out in York's first competitive match of term on Saturday (3pm) when they face Step 5 side Rylands in the FA Cup second qualifying round. Keen to progress in the Cup, the team will likely reflect that which will play in National League North fixtures.

York's FA Cup run last season started with a 2-0 win at Irlam, who play in the same division as Rylands, and made City work for the victory.

Cummins said: "(The players) staked a claim (at Notts County) and were very good so it will be a similar set-up Saturday.

"Last year, we chopped and changed a couple of things, but we're going to start with what we feel has performed the best in pre-season and what we will go with Saturday is what we would put up if it was a league game.

"We're playing to win, we're not getting minutes into anybody. We're going with our strongest starting 11 with a bench to back that up.

"It's a cup we want to progress in. We've assembled a very good squad we feel can kick on this year and improve on what we did last year."

The tie is to be played only in front of 300 home fans but will be broadcast on the BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and iPlayer.

Not having fans behind the team requires a different response, Cummins says, explaining: "They have to create their own mental state to approach it fully focused.

"We've got to start strong, compete for the 90 minutes and lay a marker down.

"We like to think we know how to cope with it. We've played several pre-season games behind closed doors."

Harry Bunn is set to train Friday and might be available Saturday while Cummins hopes Jack Redshaw (hip) will be in training "back end of next week".

York City announce home streaming service and 'virtual turnstile' donations

By Joe Richardson  

YORK City have announced plans to stream home matches during the 2020/21 season.

Tuesday, October 6’s National League North opener against Chorley will be free to watch on YouTube.

Thereafter, home league matches will be streamed on a pay-per-view platform.

Full details including pricing will be released in due course.

In response to requests to support the club through donations, York have also launched a ‘virtual turnstile’ on the club shop, allowing fans to donate funds remotely.

Commercial manager Chris Pegg said: “Throughout the pandemic we have been very aware that, just like the club, our supporters may be going through tough times.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of fans who requested more ways to help the club that they love and therefore we have launched a virtual turnstile on the club shop, giving fans an option to help the club.”

To donate in advance, visit ycfcstore.co.uk/products/virtual-turnstile.

York City unveil 2020/21 kit designs with launch set for later this month

By Joe Richardson

YORK City have unveiled designs for their 2020/21 home, away and change kits.

However, the team will not be wearing them straight away as supply chain issues mean the kits' official launch will be delayed until the end of October.

City will turn out in last season's strip for the trip to Warrington Rylands.

All kits include the iconic City ‘Y’ implemented into the collar with the home shirt featuring a red-to-navy gradient, navy shorts and navy socks.

The away kit was produced with a nod to the club’s heritage using traditional colours white and burgundy, which were used from 1922 to 1937 and in the 1970s.


There will be a blue-to-white design with white shorts and white socks for the change kit, while goalkeeper kits are green, yellow and white designs respectively.

Replica kits - now available for pre-order - have been quoted a delivery date for October 30 by the suppliers.

York have responded to some frequently asked questions, writing: "When will the kit be delivered if I pre-order?

"Our suppliers have quoted a delivery date for the replica shirts as the 30th October. Customers will be notified when orders are dispatched or waiting for them to collect at the Club Shop.

"Any other products purchased alongside the shirt order will sent/made available for collection with the shirts.

"Are socks and shorts available this year?

"Yes. We have listened to feedback and are pleased to announce that shorts and socks for each kit will be available for purchase, along with replica shirts.

"Will players have assigned numbers for the season?

"Yes. Players will be assigned individual numbers for the new season, with names also printed on the back of shirts. Further details will be confirmed before the start of the season.

"We currently don’t offer name/number printing on replica shirts. However, it is something we are looking into for the future."

Back-of-shirt sponsor GoStore will accompany new sleeve sponsor DWA Architects and main sponsor JM Packaging on all match and replica shirts.

Replica shirts can be pre-ordered from York's online store at ycfcstore.co.uk/collections/replica-kit.

York City matches to be livestreamed this season

York City Football Club is delighted to announce plans to stream matches during the 2020/2021 season.

To mark the start of the season and thank fans for their support during what has been a challenging year so far, the club’s first league home game against Chorley on Tuesday 6th October will be streamed free of charge as a ‘test stream’ on YouTube, thanks to sponsorship from GoStore, DWA Architects and JMP.

Thereafter, home league matches will be streamed via a Pay Per View platform. Full details including pricing will be released in due course.

Following a large number of requests to support to the club via donations, received as part of the recent Fan Survey, the club has also launched a virtual turnstile product on the club shop. This will give fans the opportunity to donate funds to the club, in lieu of fans being allowed to come into the ground in person.

You can donate in advance here: https://ycfcstore.co.uk/products/virtual-turnstile

Media Officer Dan Simmonite said: “We have been looking for a while now at how to increase our digital content and make sure that our fans have new ways to engage with the club remotely.

“With thanks to the National League and BT Sport, for permitting us to operate our own stream, the YCFC Live Stream will allow fans to watch the team in action and also provides vital funds for the club during this uncertain time.”

Commercial Manager Chris Pegg said: “Throughout the pandemic we have been very aware that, just like the club, our supporters may be going through tough times. We were overwhelmed by the number of fans who requested more ways to help the club that they love and therefore we have launched a virtual turnstile on the club shop, giving fans an option to help the club.”
 

2020/21 replica shirt unveiled

The club’s new replica kit designs for 2020/21 have been unveiled, with shirts now available to pre-order from the online store. 

All kits will include the iconic City ‘Y’ implemented into the collar with the home shirt featuring a red to navy gradient, navy shorts, and navy socks. 

The away kit was produced with a nod to the club’s heritage using traditional colours white and burgundy, which were used from 1922-1937 and in the 1970s. And the alternate kit design will feature a blue to white design with white shorts and white socks. 

Goalkeeper kits are green, yellow, and white designs respectively. 
ack of shirt sponsor GoStore will accompany new sleeve sponsor DWA Architects and main sponsor JM Packaging on all match and replica shirts. 

Replica shirts can be pre-ordered from our online store: https://ycfcstore.co.uk/collections/replica-kit

Due to further issues with our supply chain, we expect to receive delivery of our match kit after the regular season has started later in October. Once received we can officially ‘launch’ the new strip. 

Our manufacturers have assured that replica shirts will be delivered a couple of weeks after launch. 

In the meantime, Steve Watson’s new-look City side will turn out in last season’s ‘Y-front’ design from the start of the campaign this Saturday against Warrington Rylands. 

FAQs

When will the kit be delivered if I pre-order?


Our suppliers have quoted a delivery date for the replica shirts as the 30th October. Customers will be notified when orders are dispatched or waiting for them to collect at the Club Shop. 

Any other products purchased alongside the shirt order will sent/made available for collection with the shirts. 

Are socks and shorts available this year?

Yes. We have listened to feedback and are pleased to announce that shorts and socks for each kit will be available for purchase, along with replica shirts. 

Will players have assigned numbers for the season?

Yes. Players will be assigned individual numbers for the new season, with names also printed on the back of new shirts. Further details will be confirmed before the start of the season.

We currently don’t offer name/number printing on replica shirts. However, it is something we are looking into for the future.

Micky Cummins interview

Assistant manager Micky Cummins interviewed ahead of York City's FA Cup tie at Warrington Rylands. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.

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

AFC Fylde

Winger Mark Yeates (35) has left Fylde to join Bamber Bridge. He joined Fylde in 2019 from Eastleigh and his previous clubs include Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough Sheffield United, Bradford City, Oldham, Blackpool and Notts County.

Curzon Ashton

Ashton have signed striker Dominic Knowles (28) who has left Boston United after scoring 13 times in 36 appearances for the Pilgrims. He previously played for Burton Albion and Harrogate Town. Meanwhile, Ashton forward Liam Davies (27) has left the club to join Bala Town.

Gloucester City

Gloucester City have signed forward Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls (22).  He had previously been announced as a new signing for Buxton in June but a change of heart led to him joining Gloucester after impressing as a trialist in pre-season.

Leamington

Midfielder Callum Gittings (34) has signed a fifth contract with Leamington on the eve of the new season after making more than 150 appearances for the club since signing from AFC Telford United.

Southport

Southport have signed forward Niall Watson (20) after he scored eight goals during the Port's pre-season campaign. After coming through the youth ranks at Accrington Stanley, the striker has spent time on loan with teams including Runcorn Linnets, Sligo Rovers and most recently Airbus UK. He is the son of Southport manager Liam Watson.
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 join 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 (a) - Emirates FA Cup 2Q (winners receive £3,375, losers receive £1,125)
Tue 6 Chorley (h)
Sat 10 Farsley Celtic (a)
Tue 13 Emirates FA Cup 3Q
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

York City's squad - updated comings and goings

The following information will be updated as new information comes to hand:

Players contracted for the 2020-21 season


Retained from 2019-20 season and contracted for new season: Pete Jameson, Ryan Whitley, Paddy McLaughlin, Reiss Harrison, Charlie Jebson-King, Sean Newton, Harry Spratt, Josh King, Archie Whitfield (youth team captain signed for first pro contract).

New signings for 2020-21 season: Robbie Tinkler (24, defender, from Aldershot Town), Scott Barrow (31, left back, from Gateshead), Jack Redshaw (29, forward, from Halifax Town), Kieran Kennedy (26, defender, from Port Vale), Michael Duckworth (29, defender, from Halifax Town), Harry Bunn (27, forward, from Kilmarnock), Jake Cassidy (27, forward, from Stevenage), Olly Dyson (20, attacking midfielder, from Huddersfield Town), Rob Guilfoyle (18, forward, from Hull City), Michael Wood. (30, central midfielder, from Dover Athletic), Reon Potts (19, forward, from Scunthorpe United), Akil Wright (24, midfield, from Wrexham), Owen Gamble (21, midfield, from Sunderland), Alex Wollerton (20, midfield, from Barnsley), Harry Flatters (18, goalkeeper, from Middlesbrough), Matty Brown (30, defender, from FC Halifax Town).

Released at end of 2019-20 season: Steve McNulty (signed for Witton Albion), Jordan Burrow (signed for Boston United), Adriano Moke (signed for Spennymoor Town), Andy Bond (signed for Matlock Town), Dan Maguire (signed for Darlington), Kallum Griffiths (signed for Gateshead) Joe Tait (signed for Spennymoor Town), Tom Allan (signed for Farsley Celtic), Nathan Dyer (signed for Grantham Town), Macaulay Langstaff (signed for Gateshead), Jake Watson (signed for Pickering Town), Wes York (signed for Brackley Town), Jake Wright (long-term injury, return to play unlikely before February 2022). On-loan Adam Buxton returned to parent club Morecambe who released him. Seven youth players were released at the end of their scholarships - Luca Binsley, Jack Cawthorn, Ethan Henderson, Will Jackson, Dom Jackson, Jake Teale, and Kiari Ventura.

Declined new contract: Alex Kempster (signed for South Shields), David Ferguson (signed for Hartlepool United), Kieran Green (signed for Halifax Town).

Loans (in): None.

Loans (out): Goalkeeper Ryan Whitley has been loaned to Scarborough Athletic till January 2.
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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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