Issue 372. December 30, 2020.
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Jon Rawnsley (Liverpool)

A decent performance - I thought - against Guiseley, clouded by the fact that we didn’t take some of the chances to create daylight, a glitch which others have already highlighted. 

Yes, it was unnecessarily nervy towards the end, but we fully deserved the win. That doesn’t make us world-beaters. No more than an unwelcome defeat the game before made us dross. 

Well played, Akil Wright - deserving of man of the match - and Josh King, sound and solid defensive work to add to a smart goal. 

A shame that the opposition captain was allowed to play a dual role of chief adviser to the ref for most of the 96 minutes. If only he’d shown such passion and responsibility more consistently at his previous club. 

Finally, well done to those lucky enough to attend. It’s a real shame that many missed out, but seeing the lucky few take every possible photo, and rouse a number of chants to back the team at nervous points during the match, it made the most of those there. 
Donald Horsfield (York)

The idea of listing the greatest opposition players to be seen at Bootham Crescent is a wonderful opportunity to look back over – for me – some 56 years of attendance.

So many ‘big names’ even though recent years have been somewhat lacking; although Edgar Davids for Barnet was a bit special.

Mike Channon, Matthew Le Tissier, did Peter Beardsley play for Hartlepool here? And so many others.

I remember a very young Kevin Keegan scoring for Scunthorpe in around 1969.

Ron Yeats & Tommy Lawrence for Tranmere.

Some brilliant Hull City players in 1965-66.

Must find the old scrapbooks and yearbooks and wallow in a bit of nostalgia and Bootham Crescent memories.
Simon Turner (Hornsea)

Dear Arthurites (spell check comes as Dear Arthritis - might be apt!) 

Anyway, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.  

I have been energised by the best 11 search and my own search for the best players (non-York) that have ever played at BC and would love to hear your suggestions (some left-field I hope, and why).

This is an ideal activity when you are slowly sinking into the armchair, or watching another boring premier league game on TV.

I have now challenged myself to try and find players that have played at BC who have won a World Cup or European championship (squad members count in this game!)

So far my list includes and leans heavily on the England '66 team - not sure if they all played at BC either so help required with them.

Alan Ball,  Gordon Banks,  Peter Bonetti*,  Ian Callaghan*, George Eastham*, Ron Flowers*, Bobby Moore, Terry Paine, Martin Peters (for Norwich in Div 2?), Ron Springett?, John Jensen? Peter Schmeichel.

Here again, is my original list of my personal great players that played at BC

Banks, Moore, Mullery, Hughes, (Eddie) Gray, Wilkins, Robson, Rush, Ball, Kidd, Cantona.

(I  missed out many great players from the Man City League cup tie, such as Bell, Marsh and Lee, from my best team list and the ones below would have certainly made the extended bench too):

Edwin van der Saar, Louis Saha, Neville Southall, Andrei Kanchelskis, Gary Speed, Emile Heskey, Mick Channon- who was very good at BC, Peter Osgood, Kevin Phillips.
Finally which player that you saw at BC (non-York) gave the best performance that you can recall now.? 

That is a hard one, when you have seen so many games and you concentrate more on the York players - but I still recall Mick Channon’s play, Brian Kidd’s hattrick, the late Alan Groves (I think) of Oldham Athletic, I sadly missed the Nottingham Forest game in Div 2 at BC, but they had some great players.  

Ian Rush scoring in the FA cub was the fastest piece of work by a forward I have ever seen.  

So come on, get your thinking hats on, old programmes and books out and get on the internet and see what you can recall and maybe we can collate it all and use it as a great send-off for Bootham Crescent, the place where daring to hope is probably a mistake!  

But it has given us a few (sadly too few) great memories, but to be honest it was the company, the friends and family you meet there, that I will miss, sometimes the game was just an excuse, but what a great one!

York City likely to lean on squad depth in January

By Joe Richardson

ROTATION will be key for York City come January, Steve Watson has said, after Michael Duckworth missed out on Monday's 1-0 home win over Guiseley.

Duckworth returned from a medium-term injury for the Boxing Day match at Bradford Park Avenue but was rested as a precaution for the Lions' visit on December 28.

The Minstermen deployed a back three in his absence, with Robbie Tinkler moving to right wing-back from his Saturday slot in front of the centre-backs, and goalscorer Josh King going to the right of the back three.

With eight games scheduled in January alone (Gloucester City's on January 16 will be moved because of their FA Trophy commitments), York will become accustomed to change.

"(Duckworth) was feeling really tight and stiff in a different area so we decided one game of the two was the most he could do," he said. "Especially this spell in January, I dare say we will be using all the players that are in and around the team.

"We would have still made that decision to play that team if Duckworth was fully fit to play. Whether he would have played right wing-back and Tinks played somewhere else, we didn't have to make that decision."

Akil Wright was the man to come in and shield the back three, and he performed excellently.

"If he's fully fit, has he done enough to stay in the team? Of course he has," Watson continued. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. We'll give them a break and assess them.

"I'm really pleased with (Monday). The only downside was not converting and killing the game off, which we could have done in the first half, but we could have killed the game off within the hour."

Bradford game to be played behind closed doors

We are disappointed to report that this Saturday’s game at Bootham Crescent will now be forced behind closed doors due to York moving into a Tier 3 area from midnight tonight.

The game against Bradford (Park Avenue) will still be available to watch LIVE on YouTube on a ‘pay what you can’ basis.

We realise that fans might be looking for updated information regarding Bootham Crescent and our move to the LNER Community Stadium. 

We don’t yet have a confirmed date for our move or first match and so, for now, we are grateful and happy to be able to play at Bootham Crescent. We’ll share more information in due course. 

We realise how important it will be to our fans, to bid farewell to Bootham Crescent in person. It is still our intention to host a dedicated opportunity to do so, in line with Covid restrictions, details of which will be announced after our move dates are confirmed.

We are York.

Life-long City fan appointed as new Club Historian

By Millie Frain

A life-long York City fan, who went to his first game in 1974, has been appointed as the club’s Historian, a voluntary role which will see him provide historical referencing for the club.

As the club prepares to move out of Bootham Crescent and with a centenary year approaching in 2022, keeping the club’s memories alive is increasingly important.

The club were keen to appoint a trusted point of contact who could champion City’s long and proud history.

Here enters Paul Bowser, who has keenly shared his love for football and York City, publishing a book in 2019 entitled ‘Bootham Crescent: A Second Home’. His interest in archiving footballing history led to the club asking him to take on this role, which he keenly agreed to.

Speaking on his new role, Paul said: “I’m thrilled to take on this position, and hope to build on the wonderful legacy established by the late David Batters and many others.”

From January 2021, Paul will be called upon in a number of different ways such as offering historical detail, helping to recount past events and adding depth and perspective to all manner of club activities, projects and decisions. 

Paul said his main mission is to preserve and promote the club’s heritage alongside acknowledging how important football is socially.

The game has generated conversations over the decades in pubs, stadiums and homes, providing people with a sense of belonging. This togetherness led Paul to take on the role.

Paul added: “My aim is to represent like-minded enthusiasts who will be just as keen to share their knowledge, as we collectively continue to explore and document the history of our great club.

“I’m really looking forward to the new role as now, more than ever, I think there is so much to look back on and so much to look forward.”
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Boston United

Former Pilgrims manager Paul Hurst has been revealed as the new manager of Grimsby Town. Hurst left Scunthorpe United in January and replaces Ian Holloway at Grimsby.

Bradford Park Avenue

Avenue are appealing Monday's red card that saw defender Matty Downing sent off in the 21st minute of their game at Curzon Ashton. Manager Mark Bower says video shows Downing cleanly intercepting a pass with no leg contact with his opponent. Downing faces a three-match ban, including Avenue's game against York City at Bootham Crescent.


Goalkeeper Melvin Minter has been recalled from his loan spell by parent club Harrogate Town. Minter kept clean sheets in his last two games for the Quakers and made penalty saves in the FA Trophy tie against AFC Telford.


Guiseley youngster Hagie Damba has signed dual registration forms, enabling him to play for Eccleshill United in the Northern Counties East Premier Division. Damba signed his first pro contract with Guiseley during the summer.
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 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)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) (7pm)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Tue 19 Gateshead (h) (7pm)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) (7.45pm)
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
York City's squad - updated comings and goings for the current season.
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 and then joined AFC Telford United in November), 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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