Issue 288. October 13, 2020.
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Richard Adams (Director, York City FC)

Sale of Bootham Crescent Seating- Update

Towards the end of last week, we launched the ‘Sale of the Seats at Bootham Crescent’ in which we asked supporters to reserve their requirements for a seat or seats by completing the Order Form and Payment Details shown on the link.  

Returning the form by e-mail to the Club or by post in an envelope marked ‘BC Seat Sale’.

Please note: Last year when we expected our move to the new stadium would be completed before the end of the year, we asked supporters to register their interest in purchasing seat(s) from Bootham Crescent and we received well over six hundred replies – these were only registered as ‘interested’.  

To all those people, if you wish to purchase a seat or seats you need to complete the Order Form and Payment Details.

To date, we have received many completed Order Forms and these are currently being processed.   We cannot start to remove the seating until we have moved to the LNER Stadium, therefore we will release a statement when we commence the removal of the seats in due course.

Please note: No payments will be taken until we commence with the removal of the seats – the statement mentioned above will confirm when payment will commence. Don’t delay, complete the Order Form to ensure you reserve your part of the Bootham Crescent history.  

Click here for more details for how to purchase your seat >>>>

Download your order form here >>>>
Ray Taylor (Warrington)

Failed again to watch any. of the Farsley Celtic match. Probably a combination of my lack of PC skills and tech problems at their end.

Will have another go for the Chorley match this evening.

The doom-mongers are already at it after only two games. Give the lads a chance.

Almost a completely new team so will take a bit of time to gel. What little of them I have seen they certainly try to play a better brand of soccer than was on offer for most of last season.

Also must take into account some of the better sides from last season may have strengthened, and there will always be one or two surprise teams that do well.

Not looking too good as to when we will be able to attend a match. 

Possible delay to York City’s move into new stadium

BBC Radio York say there could be a delay in York City moving into their new stadium.

The station reported that the National League North side ‘will not be able to move into the Community Stadium until mid-November at the very earliest because of problems with drains.’

A brief statement was then shared on behalf of Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), which reads:

“Progress continues on site, and when completed, we will be making a joint-announcement with our partners City of York Council regarding the opening date.”

Chorley in FA Cup action at home to York

By Craig Salmon

Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio admits he may have to hand opportunities to some of the younger players at his disposal this evening.

The Magpies take on York City in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup – which will be their fourth match in 11 days.

Operating with a smaller squad than usual this season, due to the Covid-19 crisis, Vermiglio admits that he is counting on the youth at the club to help the senior squad out.

“Some teams have the ability to move things around a little,” Vermiglio told “I am not saying we haven’t got that, because we have got some young lads there and I have got to put a bit of faith, a bit of trust in them and give them opportunities.

“We certainly have not got the strength in depth that we would like to have, or that we had last season or the season before. We know that is the situation that we have got currently, and the club are supporting me, but at the same time we have got cut our cloth accordingly.

“We are carrying a smaller squad and we going to rely on some of the younger players coming through, and hopefully they will have an impact.”

This evening’s encounter will see the Magpies be afforded the opportunity of exacting revenge on the Minstermen, who were victorious last Tuesday when the two sides met in the league at Bootham Crescent.

Chorley’s only win this season arrived in the FA Cup when they defeated Gateshead in the second round of qualifying a week last Saturday.

This weekend, the Magpies suffered their second successive league defeat when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Gloucester City.

“I was really disappointed with the performance against Gloucester,” said Vermiglio. “How we started the game.

“We lost a lot of battles all over the park – our application from the first whistle was really poor.”

Also in the cup this evening, AFC Fylde travel to Farsley Celtic, while Southport host South Shields.

'Advantage to quick turnaround' believes Micky Cummins on York City's second meeting with Chorley in a week

By Joe Richardson

MICKY CUMMINS believes there may be an advantage in York City playing Chorley twice in a short space of time - but is taking nothing for granted in the Cup.

The Minstermen travel to Lancashire this evening (7.45pm) to contest the FA Cup third qualifying round with Chorley just seven days after York beat the Magpies 3-1 in their National League North opener.

City struggled to gain a firm foothold in the first half but went into the break one up thanks to Paddy McLaughlin's strike. Scott Barrow and Michael Woods netted in a much-improved second period.

Cummins said: “I think there’s an advantage to the quick turnaround because we know what to expect, the line-up, and we’ve seen them in the flesh and at set pieces.

“We're looking to be positive, be more resolute with crosses and more productive in the final third."

Asked if he expected a different challenge in the Cup, Cummins added: "It'll possibly be a bit more expansive for us to come out and play. But then it's a cup game and it's a different feel. The winners get the rewards on the night."

In between the two meetings with Chorley was a 1-1 draw at Farsley Celtic. In contrast to the Magpies' visit to Bootham Crescent, York were excellent in the first half at the Celts but let the win slip away in the second.

On the lessons to be learned from the first Chorley game, Cummins said: “Getting our full-backs further up the pitch and our midfielders higher up rather than trying to work on the second balls - stopping the first delivery at source, pushing our wing-backs up, getting higher up the pitch and not inviting them on.

“It’s the same as the Farsley game. If we don’t stop the cross, we've got to make first contact with the ball and that will be the same at Chorley."

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

Alfreton Town

Alfreton are the latest club to withdraw from this season's FA Cup after the club were forced to forfeit their tie against FC United of Manchester due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in their ranks.

Blyth Spartans

Spartans' FA Cup tie at Marske United has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitched. It's been rescheduled for Wednesday.


Hereford have signed trialist Dylan Jones on a non-contract basis. He's a utility player who can turn out in a number of positions.
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 (a) - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (winners receive £5,625 while losing club receives £1,875)
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
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