Issue 039. February 7, 2021.
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Ray Taylor (Warrington)

Enjoyed the postings of memories. 

Hyla Campbell's ball boy story, John Uttley's amazing attendance record, Clive Parker travelling down from Glasgow. 

Keep them coming. 

Those of us of a certain age will recall waiting outside the local newsagent (in my case Harry Panel on Boroughbridge Rd), just before 6pm on a Saturday when the Green Press (later Pink) to be delivered. 

The van would not stop but just throw a bundle out and a customer would then take it into the shop. 

In later years, especially when I was out of the country I would pay a subscription to have it delivered. 

Would often take weeks to arrive but was eagerly awaited. 

When the Pink edition ceased I had to rely on the air mail edition of Daily Telegraph to keep me informed. 

Money well spent!
Peter Gildener (Cornwall)

Thanks, Andrew, (TOOAB, Issue 038) the names search will avert my eyes from the incessant screenshots (sorry for the pun) of everyman and his dog being vaccinated.
John Uttley (Howden)

In response to Brian Penman (TOOAB Issue 038) I was merely putting the programme debate into perspective.

There are bigger fish to fry this season 
Terry Espiner (Malton) 

I  came across the following article (editor: see lead news item) re the current chaos at National League HQ earlier today on a website called 200 Percent.

It gives as accurate a summary as I have seen on the subject.

The failure of the board to publish the Bernstein review seems nothing short of scandalous to me.

I do recall hearing them say that ‘gate income was only one factor taken into consideration’ when sharing out the Oct-Dec £11m.

I’ve heard many a club cite secondary income which always seems to revolve around bar/tea/coffee/pie sales.

Having read the article below then I can’t help wondering just how much the Boreham Wood ultras spend per match at the ‘pie hut’…

What a scandalous use of public funds. No wonder there is a reluctance to issue further grants.

And as for the recent reports of a lack of meeting minutes from the meeting between DCMS and the NL ... the mind boggles that sums of £10m can be bandied about by Govt and yet we are supposed to believe that no minutes exist.

Shambles doesn’t even come close …
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The National League plummets into chaos

By Ian King

Everybody’s under pressure at the moment. Everybody’s feeling it.

Mistakes will be made, tempers will flare, and people will be selfish.

Some mistakes, however, have greater ramifications than others, and the apparent failure of anybody to record in writing an apparent promise made by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport that the second tranche of funding to the National League this season would be in the form of grants rather than loans is having greater ramifications than most.

Clubs played through to last month in the apparent belief that this would be the case.

The first tranche of £10m came from the National Lottery and allowed the season to start.

This money could only support clubs until the end of last year, though, and the row over whether the second tranche should be in grants or loans has now dragged out to the second week in February.

The DCMS states flatly that it has always been low interest-bearing loans rather than grants.

There are further complications, too.

Clubs are split over whether the season should continue or just voided.

Putting matches on, travelling to matches, being a football club… costs money, and clubs cannot run on fumes forever.

The public arena has become a free-for-all of different opinions, potentially causing rifts at a point when these clubs need to be acting in their collective self-interest more than ever.

The National League is not absolved of responsibility in creating a toxic environment either, though. Far from it.

Clubs had to submit information when the first payment was to be made, but they didn’t seem to be paid according to average attendances, as many had expected.

At the extreme end of the scale, York City (average attendance during the 2019/20 season: 2,507) received £108,000 while Boreham Wood (average attendance during the 2019/20 season: 724) received £252,000.

Boreham Wood are a division above York, but this still looked like a vast discrepancy, and it wasn’t the only one.

Following serious criticism of their distribution model, the League brought in a committee headed by Lord David Bernstein to review it.

The report was completed and returned to the League, but they have not made the results public and this led to a stinging open letter on the 22nd December from Bernstein, outlining the committee’s disappointment at the fact that Brian Barwick, the chair of the National League, had not made their findings public by that point.

Their view was that:
  1. We are profoundly disappointed that you have not shared our report with your clubs not least because we believe that this should be done in line with open and proper good governance and that the NL was committed to ensuring that the funding was distributed in a transparent manner. We also believe disclosure is in the public interest given that the funding was provided by Camelot.
  2. We are concerned that the NL are making the December payments on the same basis as the previous two months thereby increasing the imbalance as described in our report. This is particularly concerning if, as we suspect, the arrangements for 2021 may be on a different basis. We encourage interested parties to keep a close eye on this.
  3. We note the lack of response regarding governance issues and the apparent lack of concern around conflicts of interest and compliance with your own Articles of Association.
More than six weeks on, the report still hasn’t been made public.

Small wonder few trust the National League very much, at the moment.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to cross this multitude of divides and with clubs threatening to refuse to play matches because the money had run out, the league suspended itself for two weeks.

On Monday, though, the National League issued a statement clarifying how the voting will work, in 28 days time.

Take a deep breath.

There are four Resolutions that may be voted upon, though it’s not as simple as the clubs voting four times.

Resolution 1 will see all 66 clubs vote on whether they want their vote to count towards their individual step (Step one or Step Two) or across the three divisions as a whole.

Each National League club gets a vote while the combined National League North and South get just four votes each. This resolution requires a 75% majority in order to pass.

If this happens, Resolutions 2 and 3 come into effect. Resolution 2 only applies to National League clubs and whether they want their season to end and be declared null and void at the end of February. Resolution 3 is the same for the North and South divisions, and both require a 50% majority vote in order to pass.

If Resolution 1 fails to get a 75% majority (meaning that clubs across all three divisions will vote as a collective), Resolution 4 will come into play instead of Resolutions 2 and 3.

This Resolution is a vote to end all three National League divisions simultaneously, and it requires a 50% majority in order to pass. However, like Resolution 1, this vote will be weighted in favour of the top division’s clubs. There are, in total, six different resolutions that could be reached from these votes:
  1. Resolution 1, 2 & 3 pass: All three divisions declared null and void.
  2. Resolution 1 passes, 2 fails, and 3 passes: National League season to continue, North & South declared null and void.
  3. Resolution 1 & 2 pass, and 3 fails: National League season declared null and void, North and South continue without fans, promotion or relegation.
  4. Resolution 1 passes, and 2 & 3 fail: All three seasons continue.
  5. Resolution 1 fails & 4 passes: All three divisions declared null and void.
  6. Resolution 1 fails & 4 fails: All three seasons continue.
Clear now? No, me either.

Two days later, 17 clubs from the North and South divisions issued a joint statement saying that they would restart their seasons “…only when both clubs participating in a fixture are in agreement and when there is a fully-funded COVID testing regime in place, as both the National League and its member clubs have a duty of care for the safety of players and staff.”

With the vote being 28 days away, what’s the point in running up the costs of playing seven or eight matches which might well turn out to be futile exercises, should the season end up being voided?

This, then, is a catastrophe from which few of those in charge emerge with a great deal of credit.

The list of charges against the National League is not inconsiderable. Since the summer, they have:
  1. Failed to get any written confirmation whatsoever from the DCMS that further payment would be in grants (if it was ever seriously put forward.)
  2. Allowed clubs to believe that the second funding would be based on grants rather than loans.
  3. Mismanaged the first distribution.
  4. Refused to release the subsequent report into said mismanagement.
  5. In the absence of showing any leadership, overseen its 66 clubs collapsing into a squabble-fest.
  6. Maintained a voting structure which disproportionately favours clubs from its top division over its two regional divisions.
  7. Put in place a vote which may compel many clubs to play on the the remainder of this season, against their wishes and with no choice but to take out loans which some are already telling anyone who’ll listen they cannot afford to repay.
Regarding the clubs themselves, it’s hardly surprising that self-interest (some may choose to call this ‘self-preservation’) has kicked in.

A good number of clubs believe that loans from the government would financially enfeeble them.

Other clubs, particularly those near the top of the National League, may spy an opportunity. With other clubs in their division financially weakened, a place in the EFL and a seven figure windfall might be easier to achieve.

It’s not difficult to see the fault lines upon which this is all built, but those clubs could reasonably argue that they’re acting in their own self-preservation in thinking this way.

There is no reason, meanwhile, to believe that the clubs who are calling for the season to be voided and who are refusing to play matches are doing so in bad faith. It is important to understand that this is a crisis like no other in the history of non-league football.

The joint statement issued by clubs last week ended with a message that was stark in its simplicity: “We must finish the season with all 66 clubs in existence.”

There really is little time left for further procrastination, when the future of the top end of the non-league game is at stake.

But for all of this, it still feel as though the descent into chaos has only just begun.

What happens if the biggest clubs shoulder-barge through a vote for everybody to finish the season, which leaves a number of clubs unable to fulfil fixtures?

Mass expulsions? Mass points deductions? Mass insolvencies?

And how quickly is this going to be resolved? It’s now the second week in February and these clubs have had practically no income since the turnstiles were closed again, a couple of months ago.

For how much longer can this be dragged out?

Nothing is out of the question right now, apart from, it would regrettably seem, competent leadership.

The National League’s entire infrastructure doesn’t appear fit for purpose, its senior members’ behaviour a queasy mixture of obsequious, high-handed, and shifty, its voting processes hopelessly lop-sided in favour of its top division.

When this is over and done with, it needs to be gutted and completely restructured from the bottom up.That, however, is for another day.

For now, it will take uncharacteristic clarity of thought and magnanimity for all of the National League’s clubs to come through this unscathed. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen.

At this late stage, all we can do is hope for several simultaneous outbreaks of empathy and common sense.

'They have very little credibility' - Dover Athletic chairman resigns from National League board

By Liam Norcliffe

Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter has resigned from the National League board saying they have ‘very little credibility’.

Parmenter has written a letter to National League chairman, Brian Barwick, stating that he can no longer support the actions of the board and that he cannot ‘be seen to be party to actions which I absolutely disagree with’.

He said that he has resigned so that he can speak out publicly.

His resignation comes as all 66 National League clubs are voting whether to cancel or continue with their seasons after it emerged funding for the rest of the campaign will be provided in loans rather than grants, which Parmenter claims is breaking the rules.

Clubs have until the end of February to cast their vote, although a decision is expected much sooner.

“The lack of grant funding should have been properly addressed in late December or at least very early January,” Parmenter said. “As it stands it is likely to be two months with no funds for clubs before any sort of resolution is forthcoming.

“I am in particular disagreement that the executive appear to be encouraging clubs to take large loans to complete the season, as I have said twice at board meetings I believe that the competition rules are being broken by allowing the proposed loans, let alone encouraging them.”

Chesterfield want to continue the season, as do the likes of Notts County, Sutton United and Hartlepool United.

Parmenter’s Dover are currently second bottom of the National League and are eight points from safety, although they have only played 15 games - the fewest in the division.

“The board has very little credibility as an organisation within our clubs,” Parmenter added.

“Even if the vote is to continue I do not believe that the league will be able to continue in any credible form or with integrity for another five months.

“There are some very good people on the board and I do not seek to criticise individuals, but as a body I do not believe we have shown strong, relevant leadership.

"Our governance has descended into chaos and some decisions made by the board seem to change when interpreted by the executive.”

AFC Telford chairman angry at National League

By Liam Keen

AFC Telford United chairman Andy Pryce has hit out at the ‘unfair’ treatment of National League clubs after their fixture with Spennymoor Town was postponed.

The Bucks have called for the season to be declared null and void and were insisting on today’s scheduled National League North clash not to go ahead as other clubs cast their votes on the outcome of the season.

Telford prefer that the season is suspended until the outcome of the resolution is revealed in just under a month’s time.

Despite the league demanding that the game was played, Telford and Spennymoor were able to postpone it after the visitors also outlined their desire to end the campaign.

The decision finally came at 4.15pm yesterday and Pryce has been left frustrated at the treatment of the clubs.

“It’s a situation that potentially could have been avoided by suspending the league for a further week or two, as the votes on the resolution come in,” he told the Shropshire Star. “That would have been a sensible stance to take from the league. Starting the league back up at this precise moment, in my eyes, is not good for the integrity of the game.

“It’s very frustrating. The amount of communication since last March has been below what we as football clubs and as members of the National League expect.

“We expect a little bit more. We expect to be treated a little bit better in the sense that we’re members of their league and they should be looking after us in that sense. Recently, regarding the communications, Mark Ives the interim CEO has always answered the phone calls and replied to our emails.

"Things on the communication side have been looking up. But from a board level of the National League, they need to do more. There’s a lot of things that leave us guessing. We’re sat on a Friday wondering whether we’re meant to be playing on a Saturday.

“It’s unfair. I believe it’s not fair for any club. Every club at this level has different circumstances, we’re not all the same, but it seems like they think we are. I think that’s totally wrong.

"It’s disappointing but we’re dealing with it. The main thing from our point of view is looking after the best interests of AFC Telford United and that we’re here for the long haul and we don’t jeopardise that for the sake of four months of football.” 

York City's one of 10 games called off

By Joe Richardson

YORK City’s was one of 10 National League North fixtures called off on Saturday as weather, cup involvement and the debate over the season’s continuation all took their toll.

The Minstermen were due to travel to strugglers Alfreton Town but, following a 9am pitch inspection, the Reds reported a waterlogged pitch would force the game’s postponement.

City had a training session at Bootham Crescent instead.

Darlington, who are due to host City tomorrow evening (7.45pm), progressed to the FA Trophy quarter-finals with a 4-1 victory over National League outfit Wealdstone. They were scheduled to host Gloucester City in the league.

Leamington lost 1-0 at Hereford in the Trophy while Southport lost 2-0 at home to National League side Torquay United.

The Brakes’ scheduled opposition, Blyth Spartans, have insisted they will not take on loans, the main point of contention of the Sports Winter Survival Package, and Kettering Town have said they will not play until grants or fans are assured.

From recent club statements, West Yorkshire rivals Bradford (Park Avenue) and Farsley Celtic appeared to be in agreement over not playing their match.

Guiseley did not travel for their match at AFC Fylde, who have given their support to continuing to play. Boston United - who have done likewise - were not able to face Curzon Ashton after the Greater Manchester side cited safety concerns.

AFC Telford United and Spennymoor Town were in agreement over calling off their fixture, also on the grounds of safety.

In the one game to be played, Brackley Town rose to fourth after beating Chorley 2-1.

A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.

Striker Joey Butlin has joined Hereford on a short-term non-contract deal. He arrives after a 12-game spell at Chasetown for whom he scored nine goals.

Celebrating the heritage of our club ...
Classic match programmes

York City's first-ever visit to Wembley was on May 29, 1993, when the club met Crewe Alexandra in the Third Division promotion play-off final. About 10,000 City fans made up the crowd of 22,416 for a thrilling final that went to extra time. Left back Wayne Hall scored the decisive penalty to send his name into the ranks of fan legends and his side into Division Two.

Thanks to Richard Snowball, Neil Rank, Terry Espiner and Paul Bowser for their help in building our archive of digital match programmes.

Click here to read the York City v Crewe Alexandra programme >>>>

Click here to visit our archive >>>
Click here to watch videos from the largest York City archive online >>>>
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 the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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 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)

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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York City retro shirts series

York City FC retro shirts are available from
Following the success of our 1930s Chocolate & Cream striped shirt, we are adding to our YCFC range.
Now available is our iconic 1983/84 Fourth Division championship shirt as modelled by the legendary Keith Walwyn.
All sizes are available from Babygrow to Adult 7XL. Shirts are £31.50 junior and £35 adult including delivery and are available in both long and short sleeves. A name and/or number can be added free of charge.
More City shirts are available by visiting
Please contact World Retro at for further information.

Collector's item - Y-front beach towels

The Supporters’ Trust is pleased to announce the arrival of our Limited Edition, Bootham Crescent Y-Front Beach Towels in classic maroon.

Made in Britain in a combination of microfibre on the front and 100% cotton on the reverse they are now available to buy for £25 (plus £3 postage and packing) from
We will be running a ‘towel selfie’ competition next summer and invite everyone to send in their pictures from the far-flung corners of the world.  The winner will receive a special prize. Further details to be announced shortly.
Photographs wanted
Jonathan Raine (Gloucester)

Since I started supporting City in 1977 I have always been interested in photos of the club. I am currently attempting to collect a team shot from each season since 1922. If anyone has any pre-1970 City team shots, whether photos or from programmes, magazines etc, then I would be interested in obtaining a copy. In particular, I'm after images from the following years - 1923/24, 1925/26, 1928/29, 1930/31,1936/37,1938/39. 
Please contact me here.

Photographs for sale
Pete's Picture Palace currently has more than 70 York City photographs availablefor sale. Click here to see them.

have a number of York City photo prints available for sale. They can be viewed here.
City publications

Bootham Crescent: A Second Home
The first book in a two-part club history entitled ‘Bootham Crescent: A Second Home’ is now available to buy. Published in A4 hardback format, it consists of 280 pages and includes over 240 rare images including the cover shot of the original entrance gates to the club car park.   

Part one covers the period to 1960, with part two (1960 onwards) having a target release date of late 2019/early 2020. York City FC and Bootham Crescent have been intrinsically linked since 1932, the year in which the club vacated its previous ground at Fulfordgate. The move was completed in only a few months over that summer, which is a story in itself, but this book also provides history and context of those early years for the club and its two grounds. The book describes how the club struggled through the 1930s, yet then came through the war years in a much stronger state, enabling the ground to be bought. The surprising residency of baseball in 1937 gets its own chapter, as does the logistics of packing the ground during the cup runs of 1938 and 1955.

Using rare photographs, news cuttings, and memorabilia, all the ground changes are captured in rich detail. From ticket pricing to cup-tie allocations, turnstiles to floodlights, dugouts to disciplinary notices, canine pitch invasions to five-minute flags, the glass bridge, the history of the City programme, finances, contracts, rent levels and leases, crowd disorder, ground developments – all this, and more besides. It provides a fascinating insight of bygone days, and the wider events which impacted on York City’s fortunes. There is also a chapter which reflects on the brief history of the first York City club that existed between 1908 – 1917 which, ironically, also had two grounds. 

The book has been four years in the researching and writing and costs £25.
It is available in one of three ways:
- From the club shop over the summer whilst stocks last (please note, cash sales only)
- On-line via the following link
- Direct from the author via cheque or bank transfer  - in the first instance contact Paul Bowser  at 
Thanks for your support.

new frontiers  and York City Quiz Book
Available from Chris Forth and York City South.

The last few copies of new frontiers (Issue 33, October 2019), a York City fanzine, featuring Dean Kiely, Daniel Parslow, Big Brother, Bootham Cheers, When City’s Decline Started, Dan Maguire, Quiz and more are still available by post (£2) with all profits shared between Daniel Parslow’s testimonial fund and YCS.

“Great read as usual, when s the next one out", “great article on the Bootham Crescent book”, "loved the Dean Kiely interview”, “I enjoyed and did well in the rugby quiz” and “the piece about Kempster driving the coach in the last issue was very funny” was just some of the feedback received over the weekend.

Also available are new frontiers (issues 1 – 14 (from the 90s)) and recent issues 22 – 32 in very limited numbers.

Meanwhile, the 2016 “York City Quiz Book and Brief City History” remains a must for City fans everywhere.  Laid out in 27 separate quizzes, as well as taxing the memory, the book is a fascinating City history told in bite-sized chunks.  

Readers of every age will recall long-forgotten players and games.  It brings back numerous happy memories of City’s many glory days. 

Priced at £5 (please add £1 for overseas postage).  Also still available, written in support of the Roof Appeal, are a very limited number of the 1988 York City Quiz Book (£2) and 1990 York City Quiz Book - Volume 2 (£2).

Cheques payable to Chris Forth at 80 Manor Way, Harrow, HA2 6BY or via bank transfer to bank sort code 40-47-83 / bank account 94-86-64-95 with your name as reference and send an email to Chris ( quoting your reference and address.  50% discounts available for bulk purchases.

See for further information. 

Book: A Tale of Two Great Cities
Autobiography of former York City striker and radio pundit Chris Jones. You can buy this book online through Amazon here.
Book: York City Fighting Back
York Press writer Dave Flett reviews the nerve-wracking 2012-2013 season. The book is published by Amberley and costs £14.99. Buy it here.
Book: Bicycle Kicks
You can now buy Bicycle Kicks, a book by York City fan Simon Hood about his crazy season following the team by bicycle. Bicycle Kicks is now only £2.99 for the Kindle edition which can be bought here.
Book: City Are Back
Paul Wilson’s 220-page chronicles the double Wembley season of 2011-2012. More details here.
Book: York City Memoirs  
First published in 2001 this unique collection is now available as an ebook for Kindle. It contains a multitude of memories, both happy and sad, from behind the scenes at Bootham Crescent providing a unique insight into this wonderful football club and recalls some of the characters who have walked through the gates.
The links for purchasing are:
Paperback £5.99
Ebook £1.99

Tickets wanted
Paul Bowser (Thirsk)
Please contact me here.
Wanted: City match tickets from any season, the earlier the better. Especially after the following from 2011/12 to complete the set. 
Home – Luton, Braintree, Ebbsfleet, Stockport, Gateshead, Tamworth, Southport, Fleetwood, Newport, FGR, Hartlepool (FR), Bolton (FR)
Away – Kettering, Southport, Hayes, FGR, Telford, Mansfield, Bath, Alfreton, Cambridge, Wrexham (FAC), Solihull (FAT), Salisbury (FAT)
Thanks for checking.

Memorabilia for sale
Anyone interested in the following items?
Match day ticket – Saturday 25th November 1950 
FA Cup 1st Round Proper – Kingsway Ground, Bishop Auckland 
Bishop Auckland v York City

York City AFC – FA Cup semi-finalists 1955
Full Team Autographs + Trainer

Please email – – with your best offer and contact telephone number.
Programmes For Sale
Mike Thompson
I have the following programmes available at £2.70 each including postage:
Tranmere Rovers 60/61 FA Cup 2nd Rd Replay
Northampton Town home 69/70 Div 4
Mansfield Town home 73/74 FA Cup 1st Rd
Bury home 82/83 FA Cup 1st Rd
Rochdale 82/83 home Div 4
Doncaster Rovers 84/85 Freight Rover Trophy 1st Rd 2nd Leg
Chesterfield 92/93 League Cup 1st Rd 2nd Leg
Please contact me via email here.

Jon Longman (Tiptree, Essex)
I have the following City home and a handful of away programmes from the 1950s that I would like to sell and would be interested in receiving sensible offers for:

1948-49 Chester
1952-53 Mansfield, Grimsby (away)
1953-54 Gateshead, Chester, Barrow, Grimsby
1954-55 Workington, Southport, Darlington, Crewe, Chester, Barnsley, Gateshead, Notts County (FAC away), Chesterfield, Accrington, Rochdale, Newcastle (FAC SF at Hillsborough).
1955-56 Chester, Gateshead, Mansfield, Scunthorpe (p-p Jan 14), Sunderland (FAC), Workington, Southport, Barrow.
1956-57 Tranmere, Chester (away), Hull, Crewe (away), Darlington, Barrow, Derby (away).
1957-58 Hull (away), Bradford PA, Gateshead, Hull, Birmingham (FAC), Darlington (p-p March 15), Oldham, Accrington, Gateshead (away March 8), Rochdale, Carlisle, Southport, Scunthorpe, Crewe.
1958-59 Southport, Chester, Walsall, Southport (away), Millwall (away), Port Vale.
1959-60 Bradford City, QPR (away), Halifax, Bournemouth (away Oct 7), Mansfield, Bournemouth, Shrewsbury (away), Tranmere.

I also have a selection of City programmes home and away from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Please contact me via email here

Mark Eccles (York)

During a recent clearout of my loft, I unearthed a substantial number of programmes dating back to the late 1980s. The bulk of my collections pans the seasons 1989/90 to 1994/95 with a few from seasons either side. I have a few away programmes and oddities that don't involve City (such as a rugby league programme when our team was known as Ryedale York). I'm not wanting to personally profit from any sale but if they were to be sold, I'd rather any income go to charity or our club. I can provide an inventory, if required.

Please email me here.

Malcolm Long (NSW, Australia)
I have a few programmes from the 1984/5 season I am trying to finish scanning, including the FA Cup programme against Arsenal. Other programmes are the division 3 tie, 2/2/85 v Wigan Athletic and 12/2/85 v Plymouth Argyle, the FA Cup ties versus Liverpool, home and away.
If anyone would like them for their collection, I will be only too happy to post them to you in return for postage costs from Australia.

Please contact me via email here
Programmes Wanted
Patrick Crowley
I would really like to get hold of a copy of the home match versus Wrexham played on November 5, 2011. If you have a spare I will be happy to take it off your hands...just name your price! If you can help please contact me at

Terry Espiner (Hillam)
I am looking for the following match programmes. Please contact me here.
Carlisle United 58-59(a)
Cheltenham Town 00-01(a) pp 30/12
Hartlepool United 62-63(a)pp 29/12
Northampton Town 58-59(a)
Plymouth Argyle 73-74(a) pp 26/1
Editor: Subscribers are welcome to use TOOAB to trade York City programmes and memorabilia and for off-topic messages of interest to readers.
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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.
Over the years, TOOAB subscribers have variously supported the club in many different ways, using the newsletter at times to share ideas that have helped the club and to raise money which has been used to buy much-needed equipment (for the physio room), sponsor members of the youth team and to sponsor senior players’ kit. Subscribers (who often call themselves ‘Arthurites’) often meet up for pre-match/post-match drinks and have arranged functions together.

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