Issue 371. December 29, 2020.
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Ben Stuart (Castle Gresley)

Good to watch City grab three points yesterday but would have preferred a less tense finish. 

I was surprised how laid back Guiseley were given their record against us but was happy with the way York were in control.  

Wright was brilliant, particularly in the 1st half, covering lots of ground and winning the ball back several times. Chuffed for Josh King for his first goal and a decent all-round performance.

Main concern would be the lack of goals of course. A lot of chances coming from narrow angles which makes the keeper’s job a lot easier.

I notice a lot of abuse directed at Cassidy who like his predecessor Burrow works hard but lacks cutting edge. It’s interesting how the refs seem to pay him a lot of attention and seem to pull him up for a lot, sometimes unnecessarily.  

I’m hoping that the strike partnership will click a bit more as time progresses. The blatant shove that gave Guiseley a free kick in the last few minutes was something he needs to get out of his game though.

I also note some comments about Watson in various quarters. While we were all gutted by losing to BPA in such a poor way his reaction, so well endorsed by David Ward on Radio York was very professional in terms of moving on, protecting and backing his players ready for the next game 48 hours later.  

A hurdle which we stumbled over, but got over it. It felt a bit like a computer starting back up in safe mode after a crash.  

Contrast this leadership with what was in place before he arrived - it was a mess and he’s done well since despite some unprecedented circumstances.  

I just hope we can start putting a few more goals away up front.
Chris Crowcroft (Ludlow)

Back in the running, games in hand, plenty possible if the forwards start firing.
John Lacy (Leeds)

Like many readers of TOOAB, especially those spread all over the world or even those only as far away from home as Leeds, I have seen my last game at Bootham Crescent.

Today is a day of sadness, not least because few of us have been able to pay our last respects in person at the death of the old place.

Covid has robbed most of us of an opportunity to say a last goodbye to the terraces and grandstands so well remembered and loved.

Whilst I have always strongly supported the vital move to a new stadium, the leaving of the old one has come like a bereavement - and without a proper funeral at which to grieve or provide a shared occasion to bid farewell and to say thank you for the memories. 

Memorials on the site will, I am sure, be erected in due course to mark the previous significance of this space - and we will remember, always.

I was really moved by this short video shot yesterday at the Guiseley game at Bootham Crescent as a tribute. It is simple, poignant and says so much to all City fans who love the club and mourne the end of an era.

Follow the link to watch the video (you may need a supply of tissues!)
Gordon Gildener (York)

Three points is three points, or should I say “are” three points. Well, here are three points.

1. Apart from the last ten minutes, it was a stroll in the park against one of the poorest visiting teams (and it may be last) to grace Bootham Crescent.

2. They all put in a shift. Redshaw and Wright were head and shoulders above the rest.

3. The rest were just about good enough to play in a park. No pace, no vision and sadly too frequently lacking in competence. And for some time against 10 men.

Sorry, Josh King, good goal, and thank goodness for that one moment of quality.

This is added time. The club has achieved a master stroke of reaching out to their supporters with the online, free of charge, YouTube service, inviting viewers to contribute what they thought it was worth.

That is the sort of contract I like. I hope the club’s contracts with the players have a similar provision.
John Uttley (Howden)

We have lost two League games this season. Win our games in hand and we go top!

We were top last season when it was halted. Kings Lynn deservedly got promoted by PPG in my opinion. 

We have just outplayed Guiseley and edged a 1-0 win. 3 points is 3 points.

Yet folk still moan. They want Watson out. Who replaces him?.. Where are the finances to pay him off?

Surely we need stability now?

It's a brand new squad although Cassidy is not as good as Burrow in my opinion. 

I'd liked to have seen Joe Leesley come in on loan from Harrogate. Instead, he's signed for Boston on loan and doing a fine job. 

Yes, disappointing results at Ashton Utd in the Trophy, which personally I'm glad we're out of, and at Bradford Park Avenue who are a mixed bag this season. 

The moaners (and yes, they are entitled to moan if they pay their money) are all too quick to jump on the manager's back.

Nothing is guaranteed in football. We have no divine right to win every game. 

It's a tough league to get out of and this stop/start season hasn't helped.

I've watched every game on stream this season as unfortunately like many others I live outside Tier 2. Like those others, I have probably seen my last game at Bootham Crescent.. I would love to have been there, even if it meant having a good moan!

I may well miss the first game at the LNER stadium, but I hope, like others, we can return soon and get behind the club for promotion. 

I think folk expect too much at times. 
Ken Thorpe (York)

I totally agree with Alan Hudson (TOOAB Issue 369) that the finest Bootham Cresent eleven is age-related.

Having been introduced to City in 1946 by my father, yes I can name many great players over the years.

However, .for me the entire 54/55 cup team are the greatest ever, with the one and only Arthur Bottom. Don't forget we went to a semi-final replay in the F.A.Cup against teams who were giants at the time

Alan, you are correct the Great George Howe did completely play the great Stanley Matthews out of game in the 3rd round tie at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, a game I saw.

George was a left-back who played all his career with Huddersfield and City but could only kick the ball with his right foot and Matthews could not work this out he played him out of the game.

Unfortunately, in the early sixties my father suffered serious injuries and spent 3 yrs in the spinal injuries at Wakefield.

During one visit I was pushing his wheelchair around the hospital grounds when I saw a workman walking towards us in a boiler suit carrying a tool bag.

I said to father "look who this is." It was George, a maintenance man at the hospital.

We exchanged a few words with him which lead to many about the greatest team ever of which he was a key figure.

After that meeting with the permission of the ward sister, George visited dad most days of the week sitting at the side of the bed having his sandwiches.

This was something my dad looked forward to because of injuries he could only really speak.

This is a brief but true story of many that I have about my long association with the City.

At times I do despair about silly team formations - we have never got over England winning the World Cup without wingers.

Let's get back to the days of 2-3-5 and play football properly.
Simon Turner (Hornsea)

I like the suggestion of greatest opposition to have graced BC

Here’s my idea, from players I actually saw play. I tried to pick players who did well against us.  Eddie Gray played at left back for Whitby Town in an FA cup match and still held his own.

Banks, Moore, Mullery, Hughes, (Eddie) Gray, Wilkins, Robson, Rush, Ball, Kidd, Cantona.

Ticketing news for Bradford game

We are pleased to confirm ticketing details for our game against Bradford (Park Avenue) at Bootham Crescent on Saturday 2 January. 

Tickets will go on sale to 2019/20 Season Ticket holders at Midday on Thursday 31 December, with additional tickets available for General Sale at 3PM later that day. 

Up to 800 tickets will be available for purchase in the Main Stand, Popular Stand and David Longhurst Stand. An exact capacity is dependent on social bubbles, with social distancing measures in place.

Only individuals living in Tier 1 or Tier 2 areas are permitted to attend and sales are subject to any government announcements regarding the tier system which affects York. 

Unless this fixture is cancelled, moved, rescheduled or forced to be played behind closed doors tickets are non-refundable. 

You can only purchase tickets from the following link:  

To ensure your safety and to comply with regulations we require your support with a strict arrival schedule, which will be posted on all club platforms and sent via email with tickets. We thank you for your patience and cooperation under the circumstances.  

For more information and FAQs please click here.  

We realise that fans might be looking for updated information regarding Bootham Crescent and our move to the LNER Community Stadium.  

We don’t yet have a confirmed date for our move or first match and so, for now, we are grateful and happy to be able to play at Bootham Crescent. We’ll share more information in due course.  

We realise how important it will be to our fans, to bid farewell to Bootham Crescent in person. It is still our intention to host a dedicated opportunity to do so, in line with Covid restrictions, details of which will be announced after our move dates are confirmed. 

We are York. 

Lions end 2020 with a defeat

The Lions ended 2020 and left behind Bootham Crescent with a defeat as York’s Josh King struck the only goal in the first half, read more in our match report sponsored by

The Minstermen dominated proceedings at Bootham Crescent in what could possibly be the penultimate game played at the historic venue before their prolonged move to the new LNER Community Stadium early next year.

The Lions had to wait until the 88th minute for a meaningful effort on goal but it was King who sealed the points for the hosts with his strike in the 27th minute.

Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill’s side had to play with ten men for the majority of the second half after Isaac Currie was shown a second yellow card with 56 minutes on the clock.

Jack Redshaw was in the thick of the action in the early stages with a shot from 20 yards out fired straight at Brad Wade and he played in former Lions Jake Cassidy a few minutes later with George Cantrill making an excellent block to deny the attacker.

Robbie Tinkler put a cross on a plate for the hosts but no one was in the six yard box to get a crucial touch as it flashed across Wade’s goal.

The only goal on a bitterly cold afternoon in North Yorkshire came from Sean Newton’s free kick which picked out King who managed to volley it goalwards from a tight angle to beat Wade despite the stopper’s best efforts.

Redshaw again showed his skill on the ball as he weaved his way in and out of three Lions defenders before shooting from the edge of the box but Wade was there to make the save.

Olly Dyson was next to have a chance for the hosts but his effort was well saved by Wade with the midfielder one on one with the Rochdale loanee keeper.

The second half was more of the same but in the 53rd minute Currie picked up The Lions’ first booking of the afternoon and just three minutes later the referee sent the number four down the tunnel after he clipped Akeel Wright who was on the floor following a slip.

Cassidy should have doubled his side’s lead when played through on goal but somehow his effort went past the far post and out for a goal kick.

The Lions’ only chance all game came from former York defender Hamza Bencherif on his return to the side, substitute Josh Parsons whipped in a free kick which the captain headed goalwards but Pete Jameson was there to tip it over.

The last moment of excitement for the visitors came through a corner but Parsons’ delivery landed on the roof of the net with Jameson back peddling.

The Lions will be looking to start 2021 in better fashion with a trip to Farsley Celtic on New Year’s Day for the return festive fixture.

1. Brad Wade, 2. John Lufudu, 3. Brad Nicholson (82′ Parsons), 4. Isaac Currie, 5. Hamza Bencherif (C), 6. George Cantrill, 7. Kaine Felix, 8. Andrai Jones, 9. Jonathan Wafula, 10. Mark Howarth (58′ Newall) and 11. Gabriel Johnson (71′ Mbeka).

12. Matty Gillam, 14. Josh Parsons (82′ Nicholson), 15. Lebrun Mbeka (71′ Johnson), 16. Nathan Newall (58′ Howarth) and 17. Miracle Okafor.

City end the year with three points

By Dan Simmonite

City bounced back from Boxing Day with a solid victory over Yorkshire rivals Guiseley this afternoon at Bootham Crescent.

The game kicked off with over 600 fans in attendance at the 88-year-old ground, cheering on the Minstermen for one of the last times.

City looked strong from the start with a Sean Newton corner headed down in the penalty area and scrambled clear by Guiseley.

Dyson then produced a great solo run down the right wing before putting back to Robbie Tinkler to fizz across the face of goal looking for a red shirt to no avail as it rolled out for a throw.

After a dominant first few moments City managed the breakthrough on 27 minutes, a Newton free kick drilled to the front post and helped in by Josh King who passionately celebrated his first senior goal in front of the Main Stand.

City pushed on for a second straight away with Barrow putting balls in from the left and Dyson going close with a curled effort from the edge following a quickly taken corner kick.

Dyson was resilient in his quest to add another and forced Wade into a great save, denying the forward with his toe after the York man arrowed towards the bottom corner after going through on the right of the box.

The second half started with City again in control of the game, going close on 51 minutes with Jake Cassidy heading just over the crossbar after a ball from the right.

Isaac Currie was then lucky to only receive a yellow for the visitors after a two-footed challenge on Scott Barrow on the left wing. However, the Lions’ midfielder got his marching orders just three minutes later after hacking down Akil Wright in the middle of the park to get his second yellow.

Redshaw looked lively after the opposition went down to 10 men, notably taking the ball down the right byline and beating a white shirt before squaring to Harry Bunn who was denied his fourth of the season by a bobble which propelled his shot over the crossbar.

Jake Cassidy had a glorious chance to make it two on 72 minutes, outmuscling a defender before going through one on one and beating the goalkeeper and post as the ball whistled inches wide of the post.

Redshaw was again amongst the action five minutes later, firing a point-blank shot towards goal which was well-saved by the Guiseley goalkeeper and then cleared from danger.

After the City onslaught, Guiseley had a chance of their own right at the death with Pete Jameson being called into action for the first time in the game to tip over a back post header to keep City in the lead.

After five minutes of additional time, Steve Watson’s men secured all three points and now move up to fourth in the table with four games in hand over league leaders Gloucester City who lost out to Brackley Town.

York City: Jameson, Tinkler, King, Brown, Newton, Barrow, Wright, Dyson (McLaughlin 85), Bunn (Woods 87), Cassidy, Redshaw.

Subs not used: Flatters, Kennedy, Guilfoyle.

Guiseley: Wade, Lufudu, Nicholson (Parsons 83), Currie, Bencherif, Cantrill, Felix, Jones, Wafula, Howarth (Newall 59), Johnson (Mbeka 72).

Subs not used: Gillam, Okafor.

Attendance: 627

Referee: Richard Holmes

Waitrose ‘Man of the Match’: Jack Redshaw (Chosen by DWA Architects)
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

Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 28 Leamington 2, York City 1 (Dyson)

Wed 2 Blyth Spartans 0, York City 3 (Woods, Bunn, Cassidy)
Sat 5 York City 2, Chester 1 (Bunn, Wright) 
Tue 8 York City 2, Kettering Town 0 (Newton (2)) 
Sat 12 York City 1, Spennymoor Town 1 (Woods)
Tue 15 Ashton United 3, York City 3 (City lose 3-2 pens) - Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (Dyson, Woods, Redshaw)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue 4, York City 2 (Redshaw, Guilfoyle)
Mon 28 York City 1, Guiseley 0 (King)

Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 9 Boston United (a)
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) (7pm)
Sat 16 Buildbase FA Trophy 4R (winners receive £7,500, losers receive £2,000)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Tue 19 Gateshead (h) (7pm)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) (7.45pm)
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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