Issue 075. March 18, 2021.
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Dan Tait (Poppleton)

Another nudge from me in the absence of any games to check out the latest hospital ball podcast.

This week we have Russ Howarth telling his story about his career which includes the highs of playing for England at various age groups, winning a European trophy with the youth team and becoming York City's Number One at just 17, to the lows of getting booed by his own supporters and falling out of the love with the game.

Great insight for York fans of the Batchelor era and his relationship with Alan Fettis. The episode can be found on Spotify and Apple podcasts or via

Next week we are planning to release two episodes; Paul Stancliffe and then Gary Ford.

Hope Arthurities are enjoying what they have heard so far. 

York City place players and staff on furlough

By Joe Richardson  

YORK City have placed their first-team players and staff on furlough.

The decision comes after the 2020/21 National League North season was declared null and void a month ago.

It is the second time in a year the club have been in this position, having placed players and staff on furlough on April 2, 2020 after the 2019/20 campaign was declared null and void.

City's Academy will still run on a full-time basis, the club said, with the U19s scholars still receiving their education in lieu of competitive fixtures.

Office staff are working from home on reduced hours while the club shop at Bootham Crescent will remain open for collection purchases.

To contact the club, email

The decision to declare the Step 2 season null and void should be formally ratified by the FA Council today.

First team placed on furlough

With the National League North season ending York City Football Club has made the decision to place first team players and staff on furlough.

The Club’s Academy will still run on a full-time basis with the U19s scholars still receiving their education in lieu of competitive fixtures.

Office staff are working from home on reduced hours however the Club Shop at Bootham Crescent will remain open for click-and-collect and seat/auction collections. For more information and opening hours please click here.

To contact the club at this time please email
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.

Brackley boss Wilkin only looking ahead

By Jon Dunham

Kevin Wilkin insists Brackley Town will now look ahead to next season after any hopes of a supplementary competition for the National League North and South divisions were ended.

The Step 2 season was all-but declared over late last week after the FA Alliance Committee rejected plans put forward by clubs backing the ‘Let Us Play’ campaign.

Wilkin confirmed Brackley would have been interested in taking part in any such competition but with the season set to be declared null and void by the FA Council at a meeting today (Thursday), he is now fully turning his attention to next season.

It’s a long wait with pre-season not set to start until late June or early July.

But Wilkin confirmed Brackley will continue to invite their players in for training once a week until what would have been the end of the current campaign.

“That’s all any of us can do, we have to look ahead,” Wilkin said.

“You have to feel for the guys lower down in the Southern League and below who have had no football for much longer than us.

“We will be looking to train once a week just to get the boys in and ensure that period of inactivity doesn’t end up being any longer than it needs to be.

“We have things to iron out as far as contracts are concerned so everyone knows where they are going.

“But it’s a long old while to not be playing or doing any work on the field. Unfortunately, it’s where we find ourselves.

“Hopefully, over the next couple of months we will have a start date and things will be clear so we can get back to some sort of normality.”

The proposals for any supplementary competition would have seen those clubs in the National League North and South who wished to play on playing each other once and battling it out for two promotion places - one automatic and one through the play-offs.

The proposal also included a suggestion that would have seen clubs starting with their points per game average, multiplied by 15.

And while Wilkin admitted Brackley would have got involved, he conceded the format proposed didn’t have “any legs”.

“Yes, we were very much interested in joining in any competition,” the Brackley boss added.

“We had got ourselves into a decent position and our form up until the lockdown was very good and we would have wanted to take part in it.

“I am not sure we would have agreed with the format that was being mooted. We would have taken part but did we feel it really had any legs? Probably not.

“But you aren’t going to rule yourselves out of carrying on with football and a chance of getting promoted.”
AFC Fylde

Fyle's U-18 side have reached the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club's history, earning a tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Fylde beat Cambridge United 3-2 in the third round, playing their first competitive game in four months. The team dedicated their win to 17-year-old teammate Luke Bennett who died in an electrical accident last month.

AFC Telford United

Telford forward Jordan Davies (25) is leaving the club as a free agent. He joined last September from Welsh club Prestatyn Town.


Darlington midfielder Omar Holness (27) has been selected for the Jamaican national squad to play next week's friendly international against the United States. 

Kidderminster Harriers

Harriers have signed defender Caleb Richards (22) from Norwich City. Richards had completed a loan spell with Kidderminster and Harriers manager Russ Penn said he was pleased to secure the former Blackpool player for next season.
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