Issue 292. October 16, 2020.
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Richard Moor (London)

Re: Malcolm Clarke posting (TOOAB Issue 291).

I can definitely endorse the York City Chicken Balti pie which was a highlight of what is likely to be my last trip to Bootham Crescent to see City beat Chester 4-2 - a very good game against scoring records and form at the time.

I have tried those pies around the grounds including on one occasion on consecutive nights at the Etihad and then at the Madjeski Stadium and City's version is right up there.

Some things at the old ground will not be missed - the Shippo toilets for example - but the balti pies need to transfer to the LNER stadium to help put behind us the memories of corrupt directors at Bootham Crescent and council incompetence at our new stadium. 

Let's hope the team can take us out of this division and thrive in their new surroundings.
Terry Herbert (Malton)

York going up into Tier 2 for Covid must be the first promotion we've had for a while.
Ray Taylor (Warrington)

I was surprised but pleased that Clive Parker enjoys my postings (TOOAB Issue 291).

Recently I was concerned that I was making too many contributions and boring Arthurites. Blame it on this lockdown whereby my wheelie bins are allowed out more often than myself.

Have been trying to follow all the different rules and regulations. Have self-isolated from the kitchen, housework and DIY.

Actually, DIY to me has always meant Don't Involve Yourself. As probably the most unpractical man on the planet that is no bad thing.

So to more important matters - tomorrows match. Hopefully, my new-found tech skills will enable me to watch it on YouTube, providing the technology works at the City end.

With quite a few injuries a chance to see some of our other squad members. Could do with one or two goals from our strikers, but three points will do whoever scores.

Finally, have to reprimand Mr Parker for giving a recommendation to Mrs T to download an App. If she reads his post she certainly will! Not looking forward to when the Credit Card bill arrives and I get found out. Probably cost me £15 in flowers.

p.s. Clive, I have family scattered all over Scotland, including Glasgow. If ever we are allowed out of jail would be nice to meet up.
John Uttley (Howden)

Anybody out there who is missing live football? All of us, no doubt. 

I'm just enjoying getting out there and supporting the Non-League community. 

This Saturday will be my 17th match of the season. Seaham Red Star v Thornaby, my 10th Northern League game of the season.

Proper football.

Unfortunately, we can't attend City games yet, so there's nothing better than supporting the clubs who need the revenue to get through these difficult times. 

No doubt I'll be having a sneaky look at the streaming of the Brackley game on the phone!

Love to hear the stories from Ray Taylor and Dave Smith from Warrington. Ray, when it comes to technology I'm like you, mate.

I'm more Eric Gates than Bill Gates (who incidentally his namesake was Eric's brother and played for Middlesbrough!)
Ian Tyssen (Bishopthorpe, York)

TOOAB Player Sponsorship 2020/21

I am pleased to announce that we have now sponsored the home shirts of Michael Duckworth, Archie Whitfield and Rob Guilfoyle and the away shirts of Michael Woods, Scott Barrow and Jack Redshaw for the 2020/21 season.

Thank you to all those who have contributed towards the cost of sponsoring these players’ shirts, in the name of 'There's Only One Arthur Bottom'. It means that we have now sponsored 45 shirts over the last 10 years. A fantastic effort.

As I am still receiving some contributions towards the sponsorship fund, I hope that we’ll be able to sponsor one or more additional shirt.

If you would like to help towards the cost of sponsoring further shirts, please make a contribution by any of the following methods ...

  • Cheque, payable to Ian Tyssen, to Ian Tyssen, 84 Keble Park North, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2SX
  • PayPal link
  • Bank transfer to account 00088854 sort code 309999

The minimum payable for entry to the sponsorship group is £10 but there is no maximum. The bigger the contribution, the more entries you will have in the end of season prize draw to win the signed shirts.

As last season’s shirts are still being used, we have not yet received the signed shirts. So, there will be a delay with the draw to see who will receive the 2019/20 season shirts. This will be organised as soon as I receive the shirts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at

Cummins unconcerned about form of York City forwards

By Jacob Kilbride

MICKY CUMMINS stressed that he is not concerned about York City's strikers, who have yet to get off the mark this season.

Despite only four matches being played, York's forwards have come under criticism that none of the strikeforce have yet been able to open their accounts for the season.

Cummins stated that it is not worrying at this stage, particularly given the amount of chances being created.

"I'm not worried about it. I'd be worried if we weren't creating those chances or getting into the positions in the final third," said the assistant manager.

"And I'd be worried if we were conceding goals at the other end. We're doing almost everything right. We're getting balls into the box but just not getting people on the end of them.

"We've been hitting the post and crossbar and if those moments weren't happening in games, I'd be concerned. Certainly we need to improve on that."

Following Tuesday evening's FA Cup defeat at Chorley, York return to Vanarama National League North action at home to Brackley Town tomorrow afternoon. The visitors have finished in the top four of the division in each of the last three seasons.

"Generally, they set up very well defensively, they rarely concede a lot," said Cummins in assessment of the opposition. "They've kept the nucleus of the same group that has been there for the past two or three years.

"They've got big Lee Ndlovu up top, who's a handful with his back to goal. And they've got runners like Wes York, who'll look to get in behind.

"They'll be solid, look to frustrate us and play on the counter.

"Being back at Bootham is a plus. We'll look to be positive and get the three points.

"They're always there or thereabouts. They're got experience at this level and they fell at the final hurdle last year and the year before.

"They'll be looking to go one step further again.

"It will be a tough challenge and I'm sure they're looking forward to coming here."

We catch up with York City's former players, managers and staff.

'You either come along or you don't' - Bromley's Byron Webster striving on

Since beginning his professional career at York City, Byron Webster (33) has played at both ends of the pitch (he's now a defender), and followed a football journey through the leagues and a stint in the Czech Republic.

Now at Bromley, he's given a lengthy interview to

Byron Webster played 21 games for York City, scoring once, between 2004 and 2007. His other clubs include Harrogate Town, Whitby Town, Banik Most (Czech), Doncaster Rovers, Hereford United, Northampton Town, Yeovil Town, Millwall, Scunthorpe United and Carlisle United.

Click here for full interview >>>>

A round-up of news from York City's rival clubs in the Vanarama National League North.
Blyth Spartans

Spartans have signed goalkeeper Brad Young (18) on a season-long loan from Hartlepool United. The youngster has reportedly being followed by scouts for Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.


Darlington's weekend game at Leamington is off (see Leamington).


The Bulls have signed striker Kelsey Mooney (21) on a month-long loan from Scunthorpe United. He had a previous loan spell at Hereford last season.

Kettering Town

The former owner of Kettering Town, Imraan Ladak, is on-the-run after failing to surrender to police after being sentenced to six months' jail for contempt of court. Ladak, whose reign at the Poppies almost saw the club go out of business after their ill-fated move to Nene Park, faced the contempt charge after he breached an order to not make derogatory comments about former colleagues at medical recruitment firm Pertemps Medical Group (PMG). Click here for full story >>>>


Leamington's home game against Darlington is off after two members of the Brakes' squad tested positive to COVID-19. The club's fixture against Farsley Celtic (October 24) is also postponed. 
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 Brackley Town (h)
Sat 31 Kettering Town (h)

Sat 7 Chester (h)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Tue 17 Gateshead (h)
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h)
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 Boston United (a)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
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)
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
CLICK HERE to check out our collection of classic York City match programmes at the TOOAB archive >>>>
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