Issue 279. October 5, 2020.
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Dave Wilson (Beaconsfield)

A win is a win and big hand to Rylands and their indomitable if umbrellaed supporters.

What of us?

  • Hitting the target seems still a problem . Professional footballers shouldn't miss open goals (two on Saturday) or balloon over from range - we saw that last year aplenty and Steve needs to get that sorted;
  • Our new players down the left didn't seem to have a left foot between them, hence no beating men and crosses poor;
  • There seemed a lack of pace - last year Ferguson had the ability to skin defenders on the overlap and cross beautifully but on Saturday it was painfully clear that there was no quick creation of options in midfield or willingness or ability to skin defenders on the flanks.
So, just as we left things at Alfreton last season (an enjoyable afternoon of course), we relied on Sean to spare our blushes.

A 20% uptick required on Tuesday.
Ken Thorpe (Poppleton)

Well done, Simon Heslop for being appointed captain of your new club Blyth Spartans.

You deserve the recognition at your new club after a long comeback from a serious injury. You deserve the chance.
York City Vice Presidents - 200 Club

Season 2020 - 2021

Renewals and enrolments for Vice Presidents 200 Club Draw have been excellent with almost 100% renewals plus an increase in new memberships.   As a result, we will be offering more prizes in the four seasonal draws.    The increase will also enable the Vice Presidents to support specific projects for the Club.

If you are considering enrolling or still to renew your membership, we have a closing date for memberships of 9th October in preparation for the first draw at the end of the month.

Don’t miss out, great prizes and a great way of supporting your club.

200 Club – 2020-21

Following the success of last years ‘200 Club’ when we were able to raise £4,560 for the Club, we would like to increase the membership this season but need your help.

Our aim is to ask supporters to become members of the '200 Club'.   The money raised through Membership payments will be split - two thirds to York City FC – one third in prizes.


1.  Each member will pay £30.00 per season to join the ‘200 Club’ - this is paid annually, if possible, by standing order or direct to the York City Vice Presidents account - Mandate available on request,

2.  The membership is open to all supporters, family members and friends – you can have as many memberships as you wish.

3.  Each member is then allocated a number for the season.

4.  We would have a minimum of four prize draws during the season – Each draw would consist of four prizes - £100, £75, £50, £25 if we achieve a membership over 150, bonus prizes will be added to the draws. Last year we had four bonus prizes of £200 in addition to the normal prize structure.
5.  The prizes structure would depend on the membership - more members, bigger prizes.

6.  The first draw will take place in October 2020 – draw for your individual numbers takes place two weeks prior to the draw.

Please contact: Richard Adams 07766 398073 or E-mail   

Payment: Cheques made payable to YCVP – (200 Club)
Send to: Richard Adams, 210 The Residence, Bishopthorpe Road, York, YO23 1DQ

Or: Bank Transfer: YCVP (Ref: 200 Club)
A/C No 40293190
SORT CODE 090666

Your support is greatly appreciated and vital to our success and hopefully you will join the membership again this year.

York City travel to Chorley in the FA Cup third qualifying round

By Joe Richardson  

YORK City have been drawn at National League North rivals Chorley in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

The match is set to be played Tuesday, October 13 (7.45pm), with ties from the round to be played between Monday 12 and Thursday 15.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the tie will proceed to spot kicks.

City squeezed past Warrington Rylands 1-0 in the second qualifying round while the Magpies saw off visiting Gateshead 2-1 thanks to two goals in the opening 25 minutes.

The two sides will also square up in the league tomorrow evening (7.45pm) as the National League North's 2020/21 campaign gets underway.

Massive potential financial boost for York City as Ben Godfrey signs for Everton

By Joe Richardson

FORMER York City centre-back Ben Godfrey has completed his move to Everton - possibly securing a massive financial boost for the Minstermen.

Godfrey has signed for the current Premier League leaders on a deal reportedly worth £25 million, potentially rising to £30m.

Since City inserted a sell-on clause into the deal when he signed for Norwich City in 2016, York could be in line to receive £2.5m.

This will be welcome news for the club. With fans' return to National League North games further delayed, York have been faced with the prospect of losing a valuable income stream.

York City captain Sean Newton speaks ahead of new National League North season

By Joe Richardson

NEW club captain Sean Newton is targeting silverware at the end of term ahead of York City's National League North opener tomorrow evening.

Wearing the armband for the first competitive match of the campaign, the left-sided centre-back led by example at Warrington Rylands on Saturday, scoring the only goal to see York through to the third qualifying round.

Liverpool-born Newton admitted it was not City’s finest 90 minutes - and, conversely, spoke very highly of the Step 5 hosts - but says the Minstermen will take the win and the clean sheet into Tuesday's home game against Chorley (7.45pm).

On receiving the captaincy, Newton said: “I’m delighted.

“I’ve been with the gaffer over 18 months and he’s got me playing my best football, got me enjoying it, getting the best out of me and I think maybe that’s why he’s rewarded me.

“I just hope to keep my performances as high as they were last year and lift that trophy at the end of the season.”

The 32-year-old free kick specialist netted the only goal of the game five minutes before the break. He had already had one top-corner effort well saved by keeper Graeme McCall earlier in the half, but after Gary Kenny brought down Jake Cassidy in a central position 19 yards out, Newton buried the free kick.

On a wet afternoon in the North West, Rylands gave York a torrid time, and came inches from getting back on level terms when Andy Scarisbrick struck the outside of Pete Jameson’s left-hand post from a penalty, with the shot-stopper diving the wrong way.

“You see teams on our level go and beat League teams. It’s what happens, it’s why everyone loves the Cup,” Newton commented.

“The main thing was, no matter what, just get through the game with the win.

“We’ve done it, and kept a clean sheet, although we were lucky to.

“We’ll just take that into Tuesday.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” he continued. “It’s local for me so I knew all about them. A team full of Scousers will always give their all.

“You could see it today. They were brilliant to be fair. You could see what the game meant to them - it was probably their FA Cup final.

“It was unbelievable from them. I can’t speak highly enough of them. They never stopped from minute one to the end, they just kept going.

“The last 15 minutes, they had about seven up front.

“For us it was a tough game.

“(The pitch) didn’t help but it’s no excuse for a poor second half.

“First half, we were okay, but there’s no excuse for how we played on the ball second half.

“Some of us were just kicking it when we had time, but that was the pressure they were putting on us.”

Following a national rise in coronavirus cases, fans’ return to ‘elite’ football stadia has been delayed, in turn casting doubt over whether the National League North would recommence.

However, the confirmation of a government grant has got the season back on track, and Newton is pleased to hear it.

“It’s been so up-and-down,” he said. “Even coming back to pre-season, is it going to start, is it not? Then no fans are allowed, then there’s a good chance it’s not (going to start), then the Government’s given us some funding to get it going.

“It’s brilliant, especially for full-time players. At the end of the day, it’s your only income. You do panic.

“It has been tough but the gaffer’s done well to help us forget about that, to get as fit as we can.”

City profit from sale of Ben Godfrey to Everton

York City Football Club would like to congratulate Ben Godfrey on his move to Everton.

As part of the deal with Norwich City negotiated by the Chairman in 2016, York City will receive a sell-on fee percentage on top of performance-related bonuses based upon club and international appearances and honours.

We’ll continue to follow Ben with interest and wish him all the best for his move to the Premier League.

York City Chairman, Jason McGill added: "Ben is a home-grown talent who came through our academy system in 2014. His move back to the Premier League is well deserved and a testament to his determination and character he displayed even as a York City player. We are pleased he is joining the long line of academy graduates to make a name for themselves at the top level.

"The money due through the sell-on clause and additional bonuses couldn't have come at a better time for the football club where there has been a significant loss of income through the impact of COVID-19.

"It will help the club grow on and off the field in which will be an exciting few years for York City."

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

AFC Fylde

The Coasters have signed midfielder Liam Nolan (26) from Macclesfield Town. The 6' 3" former Northern Ireland U-21 international joined Macclesfield only a month ago but lost his contract when the club were expelled from the National League. Blackpool winger Nathan Shaw (19) has joined Fylde on loan till January, with an option to extend the deal for the full season.

Blyth Spartans

Hartlepool United defender Aaron Cunningham (22) has rejoined Blyth Spartans on a season-long loan deal. He went to Spartans on loan last season after injuries restricted him to 11 games for Pools.


Gateshead have signed goalkeeper Harrison Male (20) from Leeds United where he had spent 12 seasons as a child and youth player. He's been signed on a one-year contract.
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 Chorley (h)
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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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