Issue 006. January 5, 2019.
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There's Only One Arthur Bottom

Club statement: Sam Collins

By Ian Appleyard

Sam Collins has left his role as manager of York City Football Club with immediate effect.

Sporting Director Dave Penney will oversee training until a new manager is appointed.

The club's board would like to thank Sam for his hard work and professionalism.

Time off for York City players is cancelled after Curzon loss

By Dave Flett

YORK City boss Sam Collins has cancelled time off for his struggling squad following a seventh straight National League North away defeat.

Ryan Shenton’s 60th-minute goal earned Curzon Ashton a 1-0 win against the Minstermen, who now face a fortnight without a game before travelling to promotion hopefuls Stockport on January 19.

City chief Collins, though, has now insisted that his players report in for training at Wigginton Road as normal, despite a previous intention to sanction some down time following the busy Christmas period.

“With two weeks until our next game, I was going to give the players two or three days off with their families to make up for the Christmas period when they didn’t see much of them, but that has been cancelled,” Collins declared. “If they have to be in every day until we get a team that’s consistent and wants to win every game, then so be it.”

Defeat at Curzon means the Minstermen will now complete a whole calendar year without registering back-to-back league victories in the sixth tier of English football.

With the loan stays of Alex Bray, Joe Davis, Kennedy Digie, and Joe Ironside having now expired and Alex Harris’ contract situation unclear, the team that travels to Edgeley Park could be a very different one.

Collins has already stated that he has two new recruits in mind and he went on to signal his intention to bring in “some leaders” following the side’s latest setback.

“I know it’s part of my job, but why is it up to me to tell people to get themselves going from the sidelines?” Collins complained after the Curzon loss. “It needs to come from out on the pitch as well, even if it’s just a centre-half winning a header or somebody making a tackle.

“Teams that are successful keep fighting even if they’re not playing well and make sure something eventually falls their way and I need to find some leaders. That’s not just people who shout and bawl, but people who are brave enough to get on the ball when things aren’t going well.

“In the dressing room afterwards, Liam Agnew asked why everybody had stopped taking the ball off Adam Bartlett and some of these players have to be tougher mentally, not physically, if they’re going to pick up results at places like Curzon. There was a determination and character about our play when we were on the front foot in the first half, but where did that go in the second?”

Curzon claimed all three points when Bartlett spilled a long-range Ryan Brooke effort and Shenton pounced to tap in the rebound, with Collins lamenting a first half in which his side lacked a cutting edge and a second period when their display fell flat.

“We should have been out of sight by half-time,” he argued. “We were dominating the game with the chances we had and should have had them dead and buried.

“I don’t know if Jake Wright’s goal was offside, but Hamza (Bencherif) also had a couple of good opportunities and Jordan Burrow had one, so we had to be more clinical in that respect. They never had a chance and probably only had one in the whole game, which was a mistake because it had to be saved from 25 yards out and we should have been following up as well.

“But the second half was flat again and we didn’t manage a shot until the keeper made a brilliant save from Joe Ironside right at the end.”

One of the most infuriating features of his team’s performance for Collins, meanwhile, was the inability to clear the first man from corner kicks with Josh Law the biggest culprit.

“That drives you crazy, because we do enough work on them,” the City manager confessed. “That’s just simple, schoolboy stuff and people have to be better than that because, when we did get deliveries in the box, we attacked the ball well.”

Second-half substitute Harris also incurred the wrath of the former Hartlepool caretaker chief, who added: “I was really disappointed with Alex Harris and have told him that. The first four of five times we gave him the ball, he gave it away.

“He’s been frustrated because he’s not been playing, but he’s got to show he deserves to play.”

Please check the club's official website before planning travel.
Pre-season fixtures:

Sat 7: Shildon 1, York City 2
Tue 10: York City 1, Barnsley 7
Sat 14: York City 1, Bradford City 0
Thu 19: York City 1, Leeds United 1 
Fri 27: Ilkeston Town 1, York City 6

Vanarama National League (North) fixtures unless otherwise stated:

Sat, Aug 4 Chorley 1, York City 0
Tue, Aug 7 York City 1, Stockport County 0
Sat, Aug 11 York City 1, Alfreton Town 2
Tue, Aug 14 Ashton United 0, York City 2
Sat, Aug 18 York City 1, Curzon Ashton 1
Sat, Aug 25 Brackley Town 0, York City 0
Mon, Aug 27 York City 2, Blyth Spartans 0

Sat, Sep 1 Hereford 1, York City 1
Sat, Sep 15 York City 0, Kidderminster Harriers 3
Sat, Sep 22 York City 5, Ashton Athletic 0 (Emirates FA Cup 2Q)
Sat, Sep 29 York City 4, Guiseley 2

Tue, Oct 2 Nuneaton Borough 2, York City 2
Sat, Oct 6 York City 3, St Ives Town 0 (Emirates FA Cup 3Q)
Sat, Oct 13 Southport 1, York City 2
Sat, Oct 20 Blyth Spartans 0, York City 1 (Emirates FA Cup 4Q)
Sat, Oct 27 AFC Telford United 2. York City 1
Tue, Oct 30 Spennymoor Town 3, York City 0

Sat, Nov 3 York City 1, Bradford Park Avenue 4
Sat Nov 10 Swindon Town 2, York City 1 (Emirates FA Cup 1)
Tue, Nov 13 York City 0, Chester 0
Sat, Nov 17 Altrincham 3, York City 0)
Sat, Nov 24 Kidderminster Harriers 1, York City 3 (Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q)

Sat, Dec 1 York City 2, FC United Of Manchester 0
Tue, Dec 4 York City 2, Leamington 2
Sat, Dec 8 Boston United 2, York City 0
Sat, Dec 15 Harrogate Town 2, York City 1 (Buildbase FA Trophy 1)
Sat Dec 22 York City 2, Brackley Town 1
Wed, Dec 26 Darlington 5, York City 1
Sat, Dec 29 Blyth Spartans 2, York City 1​

Tue, Jan 1 York City 4, Darlington 0
Sat, Jan 5 Curzon Ashton 1, York City 0 
Sat, Jan 19 Stockport County (A)
Sat, Jan 26 Chorley (H) 

Sat, Feb 2 Alfreton Town (A) 
Tue, Feb 5 Hereford (H) 
Sat Feb 9 Ashton United (H)
Sat, Feb 16 Kidderminster Harriers (A) 
Sat Feb 23 Nuneaton Borough (H) 

Sat Mar 2 Leamington (A)
Sat Mar 9 Altrincham (H)
Sat, Mar 16 FC United Of Manchester (A) 
Sat, Mar 23 Boston United (H) 
Sat Mar 30 Guiseley (A)

Sat, Apr 6 Southport (H) 
Sat Apr 13 Chester (A)
Fri, Apr 19 Spennymoor Town (H)
Mon, Apr 22 Bradford Park Avenue (A)
Sat, Apr 27 AFC Telford United (H)

Please submit your City-related ads by emailing the editor here.
Photographs wanted
Jonathan Raine (Gloucester)

Since I started supporting City in 1977 I have always been interested in photos of the club. I am currently attempting to collect a team shot from each season since 1922. So far I have just over 60, in various forms. After a recent request, Colorsporthave uploaded 14 team shots from their archives from between 1931 and 1974, some of which are new to me. They can be viewed here.
Colorsporthave uploaded some individual shots of City players from the late 1940s and 1950s. There are some excellent ones. They can be viewed here.
They do have some individual player photos in their archives, but anyone interested would have to request them from Colorsport. Incidentally, if you type in "Arthur Bottom" in the search box a couple of nice photos will appear from his time at Newcastle.
If anyone has any pre-1970 City team shots, whether photos or from magazines etc, then I would be interested in obtaining a copy. In particular, I'm after images from the following years - 1923/24, 1925/26, 1927/28, 1928/29, 1930/31,1936/37,1938/39,1955/56,1960/61 and 1961/62.
Please contact me here.

Photographs for sale
Pete's Picture Palace currently has more than 70 York City photographs available for sale. Click here to see them.
City publications
York City Quiz Book and new frontiers fanzine
Available from Chris Forth and York City South with all proceeds to York City South and YCFC.
new frontiers Issue 29 (August 2018), a York City fanzine featuring Graeme Crawford, YCST, Bootham Crescent, Bootham Cheers, Competitive Budgets, Quiz and much more.  "I thoroughly enjoyed every word", "The profile of Graeme Crawford was brilliantly written. The preview of the new season was thorough, thoughtful and frank", "the nostalgia piece on the 70s revived many happy memories", "Great read, really good stuff. Well done".  Also available are new frontiers (issues 1 – 14 (from the 90s)) and recent issues 22 – 28 in very limited numbers.
The 2016 “York City Quiz Book and brief City history” is a must for City fans everywhere. Laid out in 27 separate quizzes, as well as taxing the memory, the book is a fascinating City history told in bite-sized chunks.  Readers of every age will recall long forgotten players and games.  It brings back numerous happy memories of City’s many glory days. Priced at £5 (please add £1 for overseas postage).  Also still available, written in support of the Roof Appeal, are a very limited number of the 1988 York City Quiz Book (£2) and 1990 York City Quiz Book - Volume 2 (£2).
Cheques payable to Chris Forth at 80 Manor Way, Harrow, HA2 6BY or via bank transfer to bank sort code 40-47-83 / bank account 94-86-64-95 with your name as reference and send an email to Chris ( quoting your reference and address.
See for further information.
Book: A Tale of Two Great Cities
Autobiography of former York City striker and radio pundit Chris Jones. You can buy this book online through Amazon here.
Book: York City Fighting Back
York Press writer Dave Flett reviews the nerve-wracking 2012-2013 season. The book is published by Amberley and costs £14.99. Buy it here.
Book: Bicycle Kicks
You can now buy Bicycle Kicks, a book by York City fan Simon Hood about his crazy season following the team by bicycle. Bicycle Kicks is now only £2.99 for the Kindle edition which can be bought here.
Book: City Are Back
Paul Wilson’s 220-page chronicles the double Wembley season of 2011-2012. More details here.
Book: York City Memoirs  
First published in 2001 this unique collection is now available as an ebook for Kindle. It contains a multitude of memories, both happy and sad, from behind the scenes at Bootham Crescent providing a unique insight into this wonderful football club and recalls some of the characters who have walked through the gates. Available to download here. Price £1.49.
Tickets wanted
Paul Bowser (Thirsk)
Please contact me here.
Wanted: City match tickets from any season, the earlier the better. Especially after the following from 2011/12 to complete the set. 
Home – Luton, Braintree, Ebbsfleet, Stockport, Gateshead, Tamworth, Southport, Fleetwood, Newport, FGR, Hartlepool (FR), Bolton (FR)
Away – Kettering, Southport, Hayes, FGR, Telford, Mansfield, Bath, Alfreton, Cambridge, Wrexham (FAC), Solihull (FAT), Salisbury (FAT)
Thanks for checking.
Programmes For Sale
Mike Thompson
I have the following programmes available at £2.70 each including postage:
Middlesbrough home 66/67 League Cup 1st Rd replay
Northampton Town home 69/70 Div 4
MansfieldTown home 73/74 FA Cup 1st Rd
Bury home 82/83 FA Cup 1st Rd
Hartlepool United away 82/83 FA Cup 2nd rd
Rochdale 82/83 home Div 4
Middlesbrough home 86/87 Div 3
Please contact me via email here.
Programmes Wanted
Jonathan Raine (Gloucester)
Does anyone have the programme from York City v Lincoln City (League Cup Replay) on 7 Sep 1965 that they wish to sell please? I would like to obtain it for a colleague at work who is trying to obtain all the programmes from that date (his birth date). I do have myself but I don't want to sell it (much to his annoyance)! Please contact me here.
Terry Espiner (Hillam)
I am looking for the following match programmes. Please contact me here.
Carlisle United (a)
Northampton Town (a)
Walsall (a)
Hartlepool United (a) pp 29/12
Plymouth Argyle (a) pp 26/1
Halifax Town (h) pp 1/1
Rochdale (a) pp 26/12
Cheltenham Town (a) pp 30/12

Jeff Corker (York)
I have been sorting through a lifetime of memorabilia stored in my garage and have come across a number of City items. I have enjoyed them again, but feel that having done that I will not want to return them again. I am not seeking to sell them but if any Arthur reader(s) are interested in having them I will gladly pass them on. If they need to be posted to far-flung corners of the earth (i.e. not York!) a reimbursement of postage would be appreciated.

This is what is on offer.

Evening Press cuttings from the following seasons:- 1997-2000 - a job lot of match reports and other bits. Then more complete pages of the paper, including front pages as well as the sports ones for 2000/2001,2001/2002, 2002/2003 and 2003/2004.

Inside Football 1986 glossy magazine about City.

1999/2000 City Calendar in CD jewel case.

Leeds Utd. programmes (relax, I didn't attend any Leeds games, they were sent to me by a cousin!). 21 home progs. between 23/3/68 and 22/11/69.

1969 Leeds v Zagreb Inter Cities Fairs Cup Final (2nd leg)
26/3/80 England B v Spain B Roker Park
12/9/79 England v Denmark Wembley
28/2/76 Man C v Newcastle League Cup Final 
26/4/69 Leicester v Man C  F A Cup Final
6/12/67 England v Russia Wembley
27/4/68 England v W Germany schoolboys Wembley
20/5/67  Chelsea v Spurs F A Cup Final Wembley
1966 World Cup Finals tournament prog - you had to fill in the team line ups yourself!

If loads of you wanted some/any of the items I will try and find a fair allocation method.

If no-one is interested they will be recycled with due reverence down Hazel Court way.

Email me here.
Editor: Subscribers are welcome to use TOOAB to trade York City programmes and memorabilia and for off-topic messages of interest to readers.
Trust to hold 2019 Annual General Meeting on January 23
York City Supporters’ Society Ltd are pleased to announce that its AGM will be held from 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at Shepherd Hall, St Olaves School, Queen Anne’s Road, York. YO30 7WA.

The agenda is available to download here. As well as the formal proceedings, the evening will include a presentation by the Trust Chairman followed by an open members debate.

Eligible members are invited to stand for election to the Trust board, with nomination forms available to download here.

Please note that numbers are strictly limited to 350 on a first come, first served basis. The Trust board looks forward to welcoming members old and new.


Free parking is available at St Peter’s School, a short walk to St Olaves (as shown in red on the map below). Alternatively, pedestrian access to St Olaves is via Queen Anne’s Road.
York City Supporters’ Trust are pleased to announce the launch of our  Grand Farewell raffle draw.
Tickets can be bought in person or online from January 23, 2019.
Please look out for details for online sales. Volunteers and board members will hold tickets. If anyone is willing to sell on our behalf please contact
Support your Trust.


There’s Only One Arthur Bottom was first published as an almost-daily email newsletter in July 1997 and has been distributed continuously since. Subscriber numbers peaked at more than 1,100 when the club’s future was threatened by potential closure in 2001 but more than 800 subscribers, living in more than 30 countries, will receive this edition. Editor Josh Easby started the newsletter from New Zealand (where he lives today) but has variously produced and distributed it from the United Kingdom, Australia and (briefly) Italy.
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