Copy
Issue 046. February 14, 2021.
View this email in your browser
The daily email newsletter serving York City fans since 1997

Submit your views for publication by emailing the editor here.
From the editor

My apologies to those of you who are receiving this issue (TOOAB 046) a second time.

Many of you have contacted me to say Issue 046 had not arrived (but 047 has!) so I've decided to re-send it.

Hopefully, it was just an internet-email glitch!
Donald Horsfield (York)

Regarding Patrick McCauley’s post about the ‘Pearly King’, Raymond Clarke (TOOAB Issue 045).

City got promoted at the end of the 1973-1974 season and kicked off in the old second division against Aston  Villa on the  17th August 1974.

I hope Mr Clarke was there.

Editor: The York City South website records that Raymond Clarke's death was announced on September 1, 1974, meaning it may have been possible he attended the Villa game.
Donald Horsfield (York)

Regarding Patrick McCauley’s post about the ‘Pearly King’, Raymond Clarke (TOOAB Issue 045).

City got promoted at the end of the 1973-1974 season and kicked off in the old second division against Aston  Villa on the  17th August 1974.

I hope Mr Clarke was there.

Editor: The York City South website records that Raymond Clarke's death was announced on September 1, 1974, meaning it may have been possible he attended the Villa game.
Malcolm Clarke (Midlands)

Many thanks to Patrick McCauley (TOOAB Issue 045) for identifying the “ button man”. As you say an odd coincidence that he too was called "Nobby" Clarke.

My father was always known as “Nobby” and indeed I also had that nickname at school but lost it after leaving school, which to be honest I’m not at all sorry about!

My memories were childhood ones.

If I were to select a single more recent memory it would be what was probably the first home game after the Supporters Trust took ownership of the club following the shenanigans of Craig and Batchelor.

I remember walking down Bootham Crescent to see the late Steve Beck as the new Club Chairman standing by the entrance to the car park wearing his club blazer with the biggest welcoming smile you could imagine.

He was rightly so proud of everything he and the rest of the supporter base had done to save the Club.

His passing was a great loss. That image still lives with me.

RIP Steve. 
Terry Espiner (Appleton Roebuck)

Nice to read Peter Gildener’s post (TOOAB Issue 045).

I think the match at Exeter was in August 2015 and we ended up drawing 0-0.

We sat in the Main Stand on a warm sunny day and the conversation with Peter and his DB remains clearer in the memory than does the match itself.

Still, it was a point to take home up the M5 ... which I’m sure no doubt made the journey home fly by!

Thinking about it, what I wouldn’t give to be meeting Peter and DB at St James Park next Saturday, both from a COVID pandemic perspective but also from a ‘fall from grace’ perspective as we find ourselves not one but two leagues apart.

Not sure if other TOOAB subscribers watch the Football League Highlights Show on Quest? Sky Channel 144 for those not knowing about it. 9pm Saturday evening and this season most Wednesday evenings too.

Two hours dedicated to the FL.

Personally, I think it’s the best football programme on TV. I have to say the standard appears light years ahead of NLN so I suspect that for the foreseeable the only chance of a reunion with Peter and DB looks like an away tie for City in the FA Cup 3rd Round.

Given that we’d have to win five ties to get that far in the competition then I’ll not hold my breath.

Stay safe, stay sane everybody.
Tell your friends about Arthur!
 
If you enjoy reading TOOAB, let your friends know they can subscribe to the newsletter through our website, and by following us on Facebook or Twitter.
There's Only One Arthur Bottom There's Only One Arthur Bottom
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter

We catch up with news of former York City players, managers and staff.

Bradford's Bower wants to focus on future, not murky present

By Rowan Newman

MARK Bower will be a relieved man when Bradford (Park Avenue) can finally put this chaotic season behind them and plan towards a much merrier 2021-22 campaign.

With the resolution vote still rumbling on, those who have already cast their views and are unwilling to play on, due to their financial inabilities, have been left in limbo.

A frank Bower wants to look forward rather than going round in circles at this present time.

He said: “It is the most bizarre and frustrating time any of us have ever been through in the game.


“We are getting into late February now, we have had some bad weather, games that should have been played were called off anyway.

"To finish the season by the end of May (if teams do get playing again) looks virtually impossible.

“We feel sorry for the teams that are in a position to carry on and can fund that, but it is just impossible with the way it is.

“Whether there is an alternative for promotion and continuing the season for teams who want to carry on, there might be.

“Most managers at this level just want to draw a line under this season and start planning for the next one. A proper season with a normal start date and supporters back in grounds.”

The club, Bower, and his team of assistant Danny Boshell and player/coach Ryan Toulson held their usual post-new year maiden recruitment meeting for the next season this past week.

He added: “It looks like we will be staying in the league, so it allows you to plan with more certainty than it has done in the past.

“We felt we were building a little bit of momentum and some of the young players were improving and it would be nice to continue that.

"We had a good blend of experience and youth in the side.

“Our results could have been better, but we were producing good consistent performances over long periods of time. It is a shame that has been stopped in its tracks.”

* Mark Bower made 36 appearances for York City in 2000-01 while on loan from Bradford City who were his parent club for 12 seasons.

A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Satruday fixtures

Of the two fixtures not postponed or called off in advance, only the Gloucester City v Chorley game went ahead, ending in a 1-1 draw.

The other, between Southport and Kettering Town, was postponed when a pitch inspection decided the frozen pitch was unplayable.

AFC Fylde P-P Gateshead
AFC Telford United P-P Blyth Spartans
Bradford Park Avenue P-P Hereford
Curzon Ashton P-P Brackley Town
Gloucester City 1-1 Chorley
Guiseley P-P Boston United
Kidderminster Harriers P-P Darlington
Leamington P-P Chester
Southport P-P Kettering Town
Spennymoor Town P-P Alfreton Town
York City P-P Farsley Celtic

League table

Gloucester increased their lead to eight points at the top of the league.

Chorley moved into seventh place, displacing York City who drop to eighth place.

York City are 13 points behind leaders Gloucester but with six games in hand.

Gloucester have completed the most fixtures with 18 played, while Darlington have played the least, taking the pitch only 11 times.

Click here for full table >>>>

Celebrating the heritage of our club ...
Classic match programmes - it happened this weekend

On this weekend 56 years ago, York City hosted Notts County in a match that would prove pivotal in their efforts to win promotion. Going into the match, York City were second on the table, needing to beat County to maintain their run of winning form. The game, on February 13, 1965, was won 2-1 by City with goals by Dennis Walker and Billy Rudd.

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 Notts County programme >>>>

Click here to visit our archive >>>
Click here to watch videos from the largest York City archive online >>>>
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 the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Note: Midweek fixtures are 7.45pm kick off unless stated otherwise.

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

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

December
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)

January
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) - postponed

February
Tue 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a) - postponed
Tue 9 Darlington (a) - postponed
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h) - postponed
Tue 16 AFC Fylde (h) - 7pm
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Tue 23 Boston United (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

March
Tue 2 Gloucester City (h) 
Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Tue 9 Gateshead (h) 
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
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 Gloucester City (a)
Tue 11 AFC Telford United (a) 
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Tue 18 Curzon Ashton (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.

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.

Memorabilia for sale
Anyone interested in the following items?
Match day ticket – Saturday 25th November 1950 
FA Cup 1st Round Proper – Kingsway Ground, Bishop Auckland 
Bishop Auckland v York City

York City AFC – FA Cup semi-finalists 1955
Full Team Autographs + Trainer

Please email – richard.adams@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk – with your best offer and contact telephone number.
 
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

Mark Eccles (York)

During a recent clearout of my loft, I unearthed a substantial number of programmes dating back to the late 1980s. The bulk of my collections pans the seasons 1989/90 to 1994/95 with a few from seasons either side. I have a few away programmes and oddities that don't involve City (such as a rugby league programme when our team was known as Ryedale York). I'm not wanting to personally profit from any sale but if they were to be sold, I'd rather any income go to charity or our club. I can provide an inventory, if required.

Please email me 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
 
Editor: Subscribers are welcome to use TOOAB to trade York City programmes and memorabilia and for off-topic messages of interest to readers.
FOR THE CLUB  -   FOR THE FANS  -   FOR THE COMMUNITY
PLEASE CLICK HERE
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Forward Forward

About TOOAB

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.

Editorial policy

The opinions expressed in There's Only One Arthur Bottom do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher, nor is this newsletter endorsed in any way by York City Football Club.  Wherever possible, the contributions by subscribers are published unaltered.  However submissions will be rejected or amended if they are potentially defamatory or contain language likely to offend other subscribers. Unless good reasons are given, anonymous submissions are rejected. The publisher reserves the right to reproduce contributions to this newsletter on any website associated with the newsletter.

There's Only One Arthur Bottom
Facebook
Twitter
Email
Copyright © 2021 Hurricane Press Ltd, All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp