Issue 322. November 13, 2020.
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Malcolm Clarke (Football Supporters Association chair)

Just a note to say that I have been in touch with Southport FC about the streaming problems.

The first thing to say is that their people dealing with this are all volunteers, including, as it happens, one of our FSA staff.  

They are really sorry and disappointed at what happened, which they say (and I definitely believe them) was the responsibility of the streaming company, but (no surprise here) that company are trying to deny responsibility. They are changing the streaming company for their next match.

They have had some unfortunate social media abuse, but I too think they did very well to get it transferred to YouTube so quickly and, like John Uttley (TOOAB, Issue 321), I won't be chasing them for a refund.

I reverted to the Radio York commentary and, like Peter Gildener (TOOAB, Issue 321), have since enjoyed playing it back on YouTube and watching three excellent goals.

As the saying goes, much worse things happen at sea, particularly in these troubled times. 
Chris Crowcroft (Ludlow)

I agree with John Uttley (TOOAB, Issue 321) about Jordan Burrows, 28 goals in 73 appearances tells its own story, better than the 1 in 3 ratio of a capable striker and the best strike rate in his career.

A good technical finisher, the combo with Ferguson from the left was significant.

I see names like Oliver and Bowman doing good stuff in the League, who were under-appreciated by us.

Funny old game, managerial selection. But we do have top striker Newton!

Next four games to be rescheduled

York City Football Club can confirm that a player has tested positive for Covid-19.

All backroom staff and players across the First Team will self-isolate until 25th November and the club will seek to reschedule all games that fall within that period of time.

York match postponed

By Matty Paddock

SATURDAY’S National League North clash with York City has been postponed.

It has been confirmed that a York City player has tested positive for COVID-19. We send our best wishes to the player for a speedy recovery.

Our fixture against York will be re-arranged in due course.

Harriers will next be in action on Tuesday when they make the trip to Brackley Town (7:45pm).

Matchday experience

Video from Tuesday's trip by York City to Southport:
Matchday experience - Southport 2, York City 3. Courtesy YorkCityFC via YouTube.
We catch up with news of former York City players, managers and staff.

Former York City star Ben Godfrey wants to become a regular fixture at Everton

By Joe Richardson  

FORMER York City star Ben Godfrey is aiming to become a regular at his new club Everton - and believes that doing so can pave the way for an England call-up.

The 22-year-old defender, who already has England Under-21 honours, says that making the next step “would be massive”.

And with the calibre of personnel surrounding him at Goodison Park, there are plenty of people who can teach him a thing or two, from world-renowned manager Carlo Ancelotti through to fellow young, aspiring Yorkshiremen Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

When asked about international hopes, Godfrey, speaking exclusively to The Press, said: “I want to be a regular in Everton’s team.

“It’s every English footballer’s dream to represent the country at senior level. I’m fortunate enough to do it at the under-21 level.

“It’s a great time to be a part of it because there’s actually a pathway now for young players into that senior team. If you find yourself playing well regularly in the Premier League for Everton, there is a chance you could get that call-up, and that’s what I will continue to work towards.

“It’s already a proud moment for me and my family to represent the England Under-21s but to go that bit further for the seniors would be massive.”

Centre-back Holgate, a 24-year-old from Doncaster, is also looking for his first senior international appearance. Sheffield-born Calvert-Lewin, meanwhile, scored on his debut for Gareth Southgate’s side after making a blazing start to his club campaign, the 23-year-old netting 11 times in all competitions, including two hat-tricks.

Bradford-born Fabian Delph, meanwhile, is a seasoned England international with 19 caps.

“We’ve got a good Yorkshire five-a-side team,” Godfrey joked, adding that there are lessons he can pick up from his young compatriots.

He added: “Obviously Mason’s a centre-back himself who’s played for Everton for a few years now, so he’s definitely someone I can learn from.

"He’s only the year above me but he’s had experiences that can help me, for sure.

“Dom’s another who has played for Everton for a few years but you still see him outside after training practising his finishing. He deserves every bit of form he’s getting at the minute.

“These are boys who have represented Everton a lot more times than myself so there are bits and pieces I can take. They’re great lads as well and I’m so appreciative of them being so welcoming.”

Following his move from Norwich City - to whom York sold him in 2016 - Godfrey says he is fitting in well at Everton's training ground Finch Farm, working alongside Scouse youngsters Jonjoe Kenny and England U21 team-mate Tom Davies, as well as international stars like Brazilian Richarlison and Colombian James Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, Three Lions goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been a near ever-present between the sticks for Everton while club captain Seamus Coleman - who has been with the Blues for 11 years since signing for £60,000 from Sligo Rovers - is also the Republic of Ireland skipper.

“I think that’s a good mix to have - there’s so much ability in this squad,” Godfrey.

“It’s great to have that English talent alongside world-class talent. It’s a great bunch of lads, they work hard and I can learn from them.”

The final piece of the puzzle, then, is three-time Champions League-winning manager Ancelotti, who also has four league titles in four different countries' top divisions to his name.

In all, the Italian has coached teams to 20 trophies.

“It’s a perfect scenario for me,” Godfrey enthused. “The manager has been through it all and done everything. The knowledge he can pass onto myself and the other boys is unbelievable.

“The amount I’ve gathered from him in just a few weeks is astronomical. It’s massive to be playing under him and I’m just looking forward to the future.”
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

Sat 7 Chester (h) - postponed, new date TBC
Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a) - to be rescheduled
Tue 17 Gateshead (h) - to be rescheduled
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h) - to be rescheduled
Tue 24 Hereford (a) - to be rescheduled
Sat 28 Leamington (a)

Tue 1 Blyth Spartans (a)
Sat 5 Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (winners receive £5,250, losers receive £1,500)
Tue 8 Kettering Town (h) 
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
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