Issue 276. October 2, 2020.
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Keith Gough (Driffield)

I was so glad to hear that City are live streaming their home games.  

It will give all of us who live a distance away York access to the games. At nearly 78 I am not as keen on driving into York as I used to be and feel a bit scared of getting the virus. That is if we were allowed into games of course. 

I would be willing to pay the full admission fee for the streamings providing the quality is better than some of the highlight streamings that I have seen.

Well done, City. This is a lifeline.
Dan Tait (Poppleton)

What a difference a few weeks makes in football.

South Shields and Whitby had a few city fans tipping us for a mid-table finish yet an accomplished performance at Notts County and a certain sell-on clause for a former player has us all back feeling positive again.

If only fans could be back in the grounds it would be a hat trick though at least a financial package has been agreed so the league can start on time and City are on the box tomorrow. 

Different cup competition but tomorrow also marks 25 years since the 2nd leg of York City vs Manchester United in the old Coca-cola cup. There is the 2nd part of the hospital ball watchalong episode released in the morning where Steve Tutill and Nigel Pepper watched back the extended highlights of both legs.

It was a pleasure to relive those memories with Steve and Nigel and sure other City fans would too. 

In another special podcast, we have recorded a season preview show with 4 City fans who should know better than to predict the Minstermen winning the league by Christmas and tip Akil Wright to win the ballon d'or after one impressive pre season result.

Both episodes, along with the back catalogue of interviews with former players and managers are available on as well as Spotify, Google Podcasts and iTunes.

New National League season begins as planned, league confirm

By Jacob Kilbride

YORK City's Vanarama National League North season will begin as planned, the league have confirmed.

The Government confirmed earlier this week that it would be financially supporting the league, given that games are taking place behind closed doors amid the pandemic.

Now the National League have officially announced the league's start, saying: "In recent weeks, The National League and The FA have been engaged with Government to address the revenue shortfall expected by member clubs caused by the pause to the safe return of spectators.

"The National League has now received confirmation of significant financial grant-aid support from the Government to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning in October, and has communicated with its member clubs to provide reassurance ahead of the season start.

"The 2020/21 National League season will now commence on 3 October as planned with clubs playing ‘behind closed doors’ in compliance with the elite sport protocols."

'There is loads to be excited about' says Micky Cummins of York City's 2020/21 campaign

EXCITEMENT is the prevailing mood at York City ahead of the new term, according to assistant manager Micky Cummins.

It is a different kind of season the Minstermen are preparing for in 2020/21, with plenty of changes and new processes to come.

Like every other team across the country, York face the barriers put up in response to Covid-19, such as restrictions on fans and a drastically delayed start to the campaign.

But City also have the anticipation of the coming move to the LNER Community Stadium - coupled with an emotional farewell to Bootham Crescent.

In addition, Cummins and manager Steve Watson will get to see their overhauled squad - built from nearly the ground up following the off-season departures of 16 players - perform in earnest after a long wait for competitive fixtures.

The new-look side demonstrated their potential in the 3-0 pre-season friendly win at Notts County last Saturday, and a similar team is set to be given a run-out tomorrow at Warrington Rylands in the FA Cup second qualifying round.

“I’m excited to see our squad and our group of players we have selected, the players we have chosen to keep or bring into the group,” Cummins said on the coming campaign.

“I wouldn’t say there is any uncertainty or doubt about the group we’ve got together, it’s more excitement about the things that are going to happen this year.

“The amount of games we’re going to have to play - will they be (at Bootham Crescent) or across at the new stadium?

“There’s going to be loads of firsts and lasts - last game at Bootham, first game at the new place, first goalscorer over there, the first win.

“There is loads to be excited about and I feel all the group are feeling the same.

“They are excited to get out there and start playing for York, excited to come on this journey with us all and progress, hopefully, through the leagues after a successful season.”

Kick off on Saturday at Warrington Rylands is 3pm. The match will be streamed live on the BBC Red Button, Sport website and iPlayer.

Everton agree £25m fee for former York City star Ben Godfrey

By Jacob Kilbride

YORK City could be set to receive around £2.5m from Ben Godfrey's impeding move to Everton.

Godfrey looks set for a move to the Premier League giants from Norwich City after the two clubs agreed on a fee of £25m plus add ons, BBC Sport and The Times have reported.

The Norwich captain is believed to be due for a medical with the Merseyside club soon, with personal terms not expected to be an issue.

Born in York, Godfrey progressed through the Minstermen's academy and made 15 appearances for the club in the 2015/16 season before signing for Norwich.

The England Under-21 international has since played 78 times for the Canaries, 30 of those appearances coming in the Premier League.

According to the BBC, York "are in line to receive about £2.5m as part of the switch" from the sell-on clause.

Everton agree £25m deal for Ben Godfrey with Norwich City

By Phil McNulty and Mandeep Sanghera

Everton have agreed a fee of £25m plus add-ons for Norwich City central defender Ben Godfrey.

The fee is a record received by the Canaries, eclipsing the previous mark of £20m - plus £4m in add-ons - from Leicester for James Maddison in 2018.

Everton had an offer of about £20m, with £6m in add-ons, rejected before increasing their bid.

Godfrey, 22, is set to have a medical in the next 24 hours and personal terms are not expected to be a problem.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to increase his options in defence following injuries to Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite.

Godfrey joined Norwich in 2016 from York City for £150,000 and played a key part in their promotion to the Premier League in 2018-19.

He made 30 top-flight appearances last season as the Canaries were relegated back to the Championship.

Godfrey is set to become Everton's fifth signing of the summer after midfielders Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, playmaker James Rodriguez and young left-back Niels Nkounkou.

Norwich were braced for bids for Godfrey during the summer and added defender Ben Gibson from Burnley on a season-long loan deal to provide cover.

Godfrey's expected departure leaves Gibson, Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmerman and Timm Klose as the Carrow Road side's centre-back options.

* According to previous reports, York City stand to receive 10% of any transfer fee due to a sell-on clause negotiated in Godfrey's transfer to Norwich.

National League confirm season start

Further to a meeting of its Board of Directors earlier today, the following update is issued on behalf of The National League:

In recent weeks, The National League and The Football Association have been engaged with Government to address the revenue shortfall expected by member clubs caused by the pause to the safe return of spectators.

The National League has now received confirmation of significant financial grant-aid support from the Government to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning in October, and has communicated with its member clubs to provide reassurance ahead of the season start.

The 2020/21 National League season will now commence on 3 October as planned with clubs playing ‘behind closed doors’ in compliance with the elite sport protocols.

City live on BBC Sport tomorrow in FA Cup

By Dan Simmonite 

Steve Watson's new-look squad starts the season tomorrow with an Emirates FA Cup second round qualifying tie against Warrington Rylands.

The tie will be available live on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, and BBC Sport online with single-camera coverage and commentary.

City will turn out in their white 'Y-front' strip with white shorts and white socks.


Warrington started the competition in the Extra Preliminary round and have beaten 1874 Northwich, Clitheroe, and Whitby Town to progress to their best ever position in the competition.

City come off the back of a convincing 3-0 pre-season victory over National League favourites Notts County at Meadow Lane.


As per FA guidance, only home fans will be in attendance at Gorsey Lane with tickets sold out for the occasion.

Please do not travel to Warrington. There will be no admission on the day.

Team News

Jack Redshaw is expected to miss the game with an injury to his hip flexor. Harry Bunn is returning to fitness after a knock and is doubtful.

City will name five substitutes for the contest.

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

AFC Fylde

Fylde have signed striker Jordan Hulme (29) from Altrincham having paid what Altrincham FC call "a substantial offer". Hulme scored 70 goals in 139 appearances for Alty. 

Blyth Spartans

Spartans have signed defender Alex Sakellaropoulos (20) and central midfielder Priestley Griffiths (24) on a non-contract basis. Sakellaropoulos joined Carlisle United from Greek club Panegialios before joining Gateshead last summer. Griffiths came through the youth ranks at Middlesbrough and has played for Spennymoor Town, Bishop Auckland, IBV Vestmannaeyjar and Marske United. Blyth have also signed winger Kurt Russell (20) who was a youth player with Newcastle United and has had spells with Croation side NK Novigrad and Newcastle Benfield.


Hereford have made five signings on the eve of the new season. The Bulls have signed defender Luke Haines on loan from Swindon Town until January. He graduated from Swindon's youth programme last year. They have also signed former Bury, Gateshead, Southport, and Guiseley midfielder Andrai Jones (28) and defender Kennedy Digie (23), previously with Kidderminster Harriers and Guiseley. Midfielder James McQuilkin (31) also rejoins Hereford, for whom he played between 2009-2013, after spells with Walsall, Torquay United, Kidderminster and AFC Telford United. Left-sided midfielder Ryan Lloyd (26) joins the club having played for Port Vale, Chester and Macclesfield Town.

Kettering Town

Town have signed attacking midfielder Ben Stephens (23) from Macclesfield Town. He previously played for Kettering in 2015, scoring three goals in 30 games before moving to Stratford Town and then Macclesfield. Town have also signed striker Joshua Scott (19) on loan from Mansfield Town.

Kidderminster Harriers

Harriers manager Russ Penn has signed goalkeeper Luke Simpson (26) who played for promoted Barrow last season. His former clubs include Watford, Oldham Athletic and Leicester City. The Harriers have also signed Manchester United defender Max Taylor (20) on a season-long loan. Taylor has been at United since he was 14 and was loaned to Stalybridge Celtic last season.
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 join 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 (a) - Emirates FA Cup 2Q (winners receive £3,375, losers receive £1,125)
Tue 6 Chorley (h)
Sat 10 Farsley Celtic (a)
Tue 13 Emirates FA Cup 3Q
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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