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Robert Beaumont (Boroughbridge)

I think Peter Gildener’s anger at a desperately poor display by York City (TOOAB, Issue 293) may have spilled over unfairly to the commentary on the live stream. I felt the commentator did an OK job – if I had been commentating, I would have lost patience with such an inept performance. 

These are early days for Steve Watson’s new-look team, but the worrying signs are that we are going backwards. I never thought I would be pining for the days of Burrow, Kempster and Moke, let alone Tait and McNulty. Had it not been for Pete Jamieson yesterday, we would have been soundly thrashed. 

OK, there are injuries, but the sluggish and unimaginative performances of Cassidy, Bunn, Kennedy and Barrow were inexcusable.

Woods and McLaughlin, who are capable of better things, both had off days, leaving the team horribly exposed. Given our mis-firing strikers, it was very disappointing to hear Steve Watson say that Rob Guilfoyle, who has a natural instinct for goal, was not yet ready for the first team. 

Watson has lots of credit in the bank. But, like Gareth Southgate, he is in danger of losing it all if this depressing run of form continues.
Matthew Moran (Stockport)

You may not reply, Peter, but sorry that is ridiculous (TOOAB Issue 293).

We are unbeaten. Yes, it has been disjointed and the forwards have not fired yet. In fact, not sure they are an improvement on last season.

To call for the manager to go and a 'clear out' is utter nonsense. We have a 25 man squad. Where would they go?

Steve has the best winning percentage of any City manager (yes, I know in a lower league but can only operate in circumstances given).

We will improve, and hoping Redshaw may change things, however, he has had big injury problems in recent years.

Fingers crossed - stay positive!
Ian Tyssen (Bishopthorpe, York)

TOOAB Player Sponsorship 2020/21

I am pleased to announce that we have now sponsored the home shirts of Michael Duckworth, Archie Whitfield and Rob Guilfoyle and the away shirts of Michael Woods, Scott Barrow and Jack Redshaw for the 2020/21 season.

Thank you to all those who have contributed towards the cost of sponsoring these players’ shirts, in the name of 'There's Only One Arthur Bottom'. It means that we have now sponsored 45 shirts over the last 10 years. A fantastic effort.

As I am still receiving some contributions towards the sponsorship fund, I hope that we’ll be able to sponsor one or more additional shirt.

If you would like to help towards the cost of sponsoring further shirts, please make a contribution by any of the following methods ...

  • Cheque, payable to Ian Tyssen, to Ian Tyssen, 84 Keble Park North, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2SX
  • PayPal link https://www.paypal.me/IanTyssen
  • Bank transfer to account 00088854 sort code 309999

The minimum payable for entry to the sponsorship group is £10 but there is no maximum. The bigger the contribution, the more entries you will have in the end of season prize draw to win the signed shirts.

As last season’s shirts are still being used, we have not yet received the signed shirts. So, there will be a delay with the draw to see who will receive the 2019/20 season shirts. This will be organised as soon as I receive the shirts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at ian.tyssen@hotmail.com
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NL Clubs will receive £10 million funding from The National Lottery

 HEREFORD
By Joanie Roberts

National League clubs are to receive National Lottery support to keep them afloat through pandemic following unique deal brokered by government 
  • Will help much-loved local teams play this season and allow clubs to continue vital work in their communities 
  • UK Government now working with the National Lottery to ensure similar initiative with Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland FAs 
  • Government work continues to expedite the safe return of fans in England 
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has today announced that National League football clubs will receive £10 million funding as part of a unique partnership with The National Lottery. 

The support will benefit the 66 clubs in the fifth and six tiers of English football, so that they can continue to play behind closed doors after the return of fans was paused due to rising infection rates. 

Alongside the support for clubs, National Lottery players will also get a range of benefits – including free tickets once stadia are safe to reopen, grassroots football opportunities, and VIP experiences at Wembley Stadium. 

It comes after the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport assured the National League that emergency financial support would be forthcoming so that it was able to start the season earlier this month. All 66 clubs are playing football this season as a result. 

The £10 million emergency support package, which will reach clubs quickly via the Football Association (FA), is in recognition of the important role National League clubs play in their local areas – being a source of pride to their towns, giving children opportunities to get active, and being at the heart of their communities. 

Andrew Graham, Chair of Hereford FC, said “We welcome this confirmation of the funding for the National Leagues.  There has been talk of it for a few weeks now whilst Clubs, like ourselves, took a leap of faith and made a commitment to the current season.   

“We understand the worry some of our fans have regarding the Club being sustainable had this funding not materialised but be rest assured, whilst it would have been hard work to maintain, the HFC board have cut the cloth accordingly to ensure we are financially stable, being prudent with budgets across the entire business.

"With the continual support of fans, embracing all fundraising initiatives with both the Club and the Supporters’ Trust, we would see this season through. There is no denying this lifeline will now relieve some of that pressure, but this will not be seen as a ‘windfall’ as it is intended to underpin our aim for sustainability and will be treated as such. We await to find out how this money will be divided up to the Clubs and will advise as soon as we hear. 

In the meantime, we look forward to our 1st competitive league match at Edgar Street next Saturday.  Please join us on the Live Stream on HFC TV”  

Buy your pass for Hereford FC vs York City HERE

Premier League teams should help non-league sides in any future shake-ups, says ex-National League North midfielder Jamie McGuire

By Duncan Browne

Former Boston United midfielder Jamie McGuire believes protecting the future of non-league clubs must be one of the Premier League's main objectives as they discuss ways to restructure and finance the game.

Last week Premier League clubs agreed not to pursue Project Big Picture, which looked at ways to shake up the current structure of the country's top four divisions.

Proposed by Manchester United and Liverpool, plans suggested to cut the number of Premier League sides from 20 to 18, also scrapping the EFL Cup and Community Shield.

It was also proposed that the EFL would receive 25 per cent of all future TV deals, plus a £250m bail-out, although this would see more power transferred to the country's 'big six' teams.

Top flight clubs have, instead, agreed to work together and look at ways to improve the national set up.

"I've come from non-league and I've come into the league. My main concern is for looking after the clubs - I think that's first and foremost," said the former Fleetwood Town and Pilgrims player.

"What builds football, I think, goes from the bottom to the top.

"I've played Conference North, I've played the lowest of the low for a club called Cammell Laird.

"It's important to look after clubs. That's all that matters, and if it needs the top clubs to look after the lower leagues then let's make that happen.

"We want to enjoy English football, the fans coming back in knowing it's secure and we can enjoy football with a future."

McGuire, currently a first team coach at Mansfield Town, was talking at a Stags press conference this week.

He also welcomed the £50m support package the Premier League clubs have agreed to send struggling League One and Two sides.

City draw with Brackley

By Dan Simmonite 

Numerous saves from goalkeeper Pete Jameson earned City a point at Bootham Crescent against Brackley this afternoon. 

It was the first game in the new 2020/21 home kit for the Minstermen along with names and numbers on the back of shirts for the first time in four years. 

The game kicked off with Brackley having the first chance, a ball dinked over the top which was well dealt with by Josh King under the heels of the forward. 

Paddy McLaughlin then tried one from long-range with his left foot, dragging wide and out for a goal kick. 

Brackley’s Matt Lowe then raced down the wing, cut inside, and struck just wide from the edge of the box. 

Jameson was called into action for the first time just after the 20 minute mark, saving a point-blank header from a corner before Sean Newton scraped the ball clear from the goalmouth. 

City then had two glorious chances to open the scoring, first Michael Woods slicing one just wide of the back post after a low cross in, and then Jake Cassidy firing the ball straight at the goalkeeper after going through one-on-one. 

Harry Bunn was then unlucky not to grab an assist as he fizzed a ball across the goalmouth, only for two yellow shirts to see the ball out for a goalkick. 

Steve Watson’s unfortunate injury problems continued when Josh King went down on 35 minutes, but it allowed the manager to bring on striker Reon Potts and add to the attacking strength. 

And the substitute nearly provided the first goal, dinking over to Michael Woods who skied over the Grosvenor Road end under pressure. 

The visitors started the second half strongly, with Lee Ndlovu heading just over the crossbar at the back post and Jameson saving a one-on-one against former Minsterman Wes York. 

Jameson was again called into action minutes later, getting down low to save a shot from distance. 

On the hour mark, Armson had his one-on-one saved by the City goalkeeper – who soaked up all the pressure from the Brackley front line. 

Woods had another chance on 69 minutes, McLaughlin doing well to dribble in the box and play back to the midfielder who put the ball inches over the crossbar from 12 yards. 

Jake Cassidy then rattled the woodwork after a cross from the right from Robbie Tinkler. 

2012 hero Ashley Chambers nearly got the winner for Brackley with 10 minutes to go, cutting inside and curling inches wide of the post. 

York-born teenager Rob Guilfoyle came on for his debut six minutes from the end and looked lively on the left side for City, but he didn’t have time to make the impact, and the game ended in a 0-0 draw. 

York City: Jameson, Dyson, Kennedy, King (Potts 35'), Newton, Barrow, Tinkler, Woods, McLaughlin, Bunn (Guilfoyle 84'), Cassidy.  

Subs not used: Flatters, Spratt, Gamble. 

Yellow cards: Cassidy. 

Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Coleman, Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu, York (Mitford 72'), Armson (Chambers 70').  

Subs not used: Flowers, Rolt, Noon. 

Attendance: 119 cardboard cutouts / 3,024 peak Livestream viewers.

Referee: Ed Duckworth.

Waitrose & Partners MOTM: Pete Jameson (chosen by GoStore and DWA Architects)

Celebrating the heritage of our club ...
Classic match programmes

This November 1928 match programme heralded an historic game for York City as it was the first time the club had hosted a Football League club in a competitive game. Third division Barrow came to play York City in this FA Cup tie, attracting a crowd of 6,957. Barrow were fortunate to win the tie 1-0. 

Thanks to Richard Snowball, Neil Rank, Terry Espiner and Paul Bowser for their help in building our archive of digital match programmes.

Click here to read the York City v Barrow programme >>>>

Click here to visit our archive >>>
Click here to watch videos from the largest York City archive on line
Please check with the club's official website for late changes to fixtures before committing to travel.
Pre-season friendlies

September
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.

October
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
Sat 24 Hereford (a)
Sat 31 Kettering Town (h)

November
Sat 7 Chester (h)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Tue 17 Gateshead (h)
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h)
Sat 28 Leamington (a)

December
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)

January
Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h)
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 AFC Telford United (a)
Sat 30 Curzon Ashton (h)

February
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)

March
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)

April
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)

May
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)

June
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

Please submit your City-related ads by emailing the editor here.

Upcoming events: Richard Brodie to take part in Q & A night at Haxby Sports Bar

Former York City striker Richard Brodie will be the special guest for a Q & A night at the Haxby Sports Bary, York.
The event takes place on Sunday November 8 (7pm-9pm).
Brodie will talk about his two spells at York City and answer questions from supporters.
Brodie was City's top goalscorer in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons.
Host of the event is York Hospital Ball, a popular podcast about York City.
There are a very limited number of tickets due to social distancing. A limited number of tickets are available at £5 with all money raised going to York Hospital Radio.
To buy a ticket, contact yorkhospitalball@gmail.com
To donate to York Hospital Radio, go to www.justgiving.com/yorkhospitalradio.

York City retro shirts series

York City FC retro shirts are available from www.world-retro.com
Following the success of our 1930s Chocolate & Cream striped shirt, we are adding to our YCFC range.
Now available is our iconic 1983/84 Fourth Division championship shirt as modelled by the legendary Keith Walwyn.
All sizes are available from Babygrow to Adult 7XL. Shirts are £31.50 junior and £35 adult including delivery and are available in both long and short sleeves. A name and/or number can be added free of charge.
More City shirts are available by visiting www.world-retro.com.
Please contact World Retro at fans@world-retro.com for further information.

Collector's item - Y-front beach towels

The Supporters’ Trust is pleased to announce the arrival of our Limited Edition, Bootham Crescent Y-Front Beach Towels in classic maroon.

Made in Britain in a combination of microfibre on the front and 100% cotton on the reverse they are now available to buy for £25 (plus £3 postage and packing) from https://www.ycst.org.uk/product/beach-towel/
We will be running a ‘towel selfie’ competition next summer and invite everyone to send in their pictures from the far-flung corners of the world.  The winner will receive a special prize. Further details to be announced shortly.
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. If anyone has any pre-1970 City team shots, whether photos or from programmes, 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, 1928/29, 1930/31,1936/37,1938/39. 
Please contact me here.

Photographs for sale
Pete's Picture Palace currently has more than 70 York City photographs availablefor sale. Click here to see them.

Colorsport
have a number of York City photo prints available for sale. They can be viewed here.
  
City publications

Bootham Crescent: A Second Home
The first book in a two-part club history entitled ‘Bootham Crescent: A Second Home’ is now available to buy. Published in A4 hardback format, it consists of 280 pages and includes over 240 rare images including the cover shot of the original entrance gates to the club car park.   

Part one covers the period to 1960, with part two (1960 onwards) having a target release date of late 2019/early 2020. York City FC and Bootham Crescent have been intrinsically linked since 1932, the year in which the club vacated its previous ground at Fulfordgate. The move was completed in only a few months over that summer, which is a story in itself, but this book also provides history and context of those early years for the club and its two grounds. The book describes how the club struggled through the 1930s, yet then came through the war years in a much stronger state, enabling the ground to be bought. The surprising residency of baseball in 1937 gets its own chapter, as does the logistics of packing the ground during the cup runs of 1938 and 1955.

Using rare photographs, news cuttings, and memorabilia, all the ground changes are captured in rich detail. From ticket pricing to cup-tie allocations, turnstiles to floodlights, dugouts to disciplinary notices, canine pitch invasions to five-minute flags, the glass bridge, the history of the City programme, finances, contracts, rent levels and leases, crowd disorder, ground developments – all this, and more besides. It provides a fascinating insight of bygone days, and the wider events which impacted on York City’s fortunes. There is also a chapter which reflects on the brief history of the first York City club that existed between 1908 – 1917 which, ironically, also had two grounds. 

The book has been four years in the researching and writing and costs £25.
It is available in one of three ways:
- From the club shop over the summer whilst stocks last (please note, cash sales only)
- On-line via the following link http://www.ypdbooks.com/sport/1952-bootham-crescent-a-second-home-YPD02131.html
- Direct from the author via cheque or bank transfer  - in the first instance contact Paul Bowser  at minstermanbooks@outlook.com 
Thanks for your support.

new frontiers  and York City Quiz Book
Available from Chris Forth and York City South.

The last few copies of new frontiers (Issue 33, October 2019), a York City fanzine, featuring Dean Kiely, Daniel Parslow, Big Brother, Bootham Cheers, When City’s Decline Started, Dan Maguire, Quiz and more are still available by post (£2) with all profits shared between Daniel Parslow’s testimonial fund and YCS.

“Great read as usual, when s the next one out", “great article on the Bootham Crescent book”, "loved the Dean Kiely interview”, “I enjoyed and did well in the rugby quiz” and “the piece about Kempster driving the coach in the last issue was very funny” was just some of the feedback received over the weekend.

Also available are new frontiers (issues 1 – 14 (from the 90s)) and recent issues 22 – 32 in very limited numbers.

Meanwhile, the 2016 “York City Quiz Book and Brief City History” remains 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 (c_m_forth@hotmail.com) quoting your reference and address.  50% discounts available for bulk purchases.

See www.yorkcitysouth.co.uk 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.
The links for purchasing are:
Paperback £5.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/York-City-Memoirs-Garry-Vaux/dp/0956334334
Ebook £1.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/York-City-Memoirs-Garry-Vaux-ebook/dp/B008FRA6RC

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:
 
Tranmere Rovers 60/61 FA Cup 2nd Rd Replay
Northampton Town home 69/70 Div 4
Mansfield Town home 73/74 FA Cup 1st Rd
Bury home 82/83 FA Cup 1st Rd
Rochdale 82/83 home Div 4
Doncaster Rovers 84/85 Freight Rover Trophy 1st Rd 2nd Leg
Chesterfield 92/93 League Cup 1st Rd 2nd Leg
 
Please contact me via email here.

Jon Longman (Tiptree, Essex)
I have the following City home and a handful of away programmes from the 1950s that I would like to sell and would be interested in receiving sensible offers for:

1948-49 Chester
1952-53 Mansfield, Grimsby (away)
1953-54 Gateshead, Chester, Barrow, Grimsby
1954-55 Workington, Southport, Darlington, Crewe, Chester, Barnsley, Gateshead, Notts County (FAC away), Chesterfield, Accrington, Rochdale, Newcastle (FAC SF at Hillsborough).
1955-56 Chester, Gateshead, Mansfield, Scunthorpe (p-p Jan 14), Sunderland (FAC), Workington, Southport, Barrow.
1956-57 Tranmere, Chester (away), Hull, Crewe (away), Darlington, Barrow, Derby (away).
1957-58 Hull (away), Bradford PA, Gateshead, Hull, Birmingham (FAC), Darlington (p-p March 15), Oldham, Accrington, Gateshead (away March 8), Rochdale, Carlisle, Southport, Scunthorpe, Crewe.
1958-59 Southport, Chester, Walsall, Southport (away), Millwall (away), Port Vale.
1959-60 Bradford City, QPR (away), Halifax, Bournemouth (away Oct 7), Mansfield, Bournemouth, Shrewsbury (away), Tranmere.

I also have a selection of City programmes home and away from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Please contact me via email here

Malcolm Long (NSW, Australia)
I have a few programmes from the 1984/5 season I am trying to finish scanning, including the FA Cup programme against Arsenal. Other programmes are the division 3 tie, 2/2/85 v Wigan Athletic and 12/2/85 v Plymouth Argyle, the FA Cup ties versus Liverpool, home and away.
If anyone would like them for their collection, I will be only too happy to post them to you in return for postage costs from Australia.

Please contact me via email here
 
Programmes Wanted
Patrick Crowley
I would really like to get hold of a copy of the home match versus Wrexham played on November 5, 2011. If you have a spare I will be happy to take it off your hands...just name your price! If you can help please contact me at patrickjcrowley@hotmail.com

Terry Espiner (Hillam)
I am looking for the following match programmes. Please contact me here.
Carlisle United 58-59(a)
Cheltenham Town 00-01(a) pp 30/12
Hartlepool United 62-63(a)pp 29/12
Northampton Town 58-59(a)
Plymouth Argyle 73-74(a) pp 26/1
 
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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.
 
Over the years, TOOAB subscribers have variously supported the club in many different ways, using the newsletter at times to share ideas that have helped the club and to raise money which has been used to buy much-needed equipment (for the physio room), sponsor members of the youth team and to sponsor senior players’ kit. Subscribers (who often call themselves ‘Arthurites’) often meet up for pre-match/post-match drinks and have arranged functions together.

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