Issue 318. November 10, 2020.
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Patrick Blundy (London)

It has to be some kinda bad joke, doesn't it?

Tonight on David Ward's twitter feed it suggests the possibility of Douglas Craig returning to Bootham Crescent in some sort of honorary capacity as a former chairman.

For obvious reasons, this is a 100% no goer. I can't really believe I have just read it.
Graham Burchell (Cyprus)

I agree with Clive Parker (TOOAB Issue 317), it's great to watch footballers (FA Cup round 1) who play for their clubs, team-mates and their supporters - unlike so many of the overpaid Premier League Prima Donnas!

Great entertainment and lots of positive football and goals!
Jonathan Raine (Gloucester)

Thank you for the heads up regarding the feature on Tony Collins in the Times newspaper recently. His name didn’t immediately spring to mind and therefore I had to check the details of when and how many games he played etc.

I was surprised to see a photo of him during a search on the Internet which seemed familiar.

I looked through my collection of team photos and even though he only played a few games for the club he appeared on one.

I then spent an enjoyable time reading a number of articles and watching a number of interviews with him, particularly when his book was published in 2016, all of which was new to me.

I will have to purchase a copy. It is always fascinating to learn about the lives behind the faces on a photograph.

PREVIEW | Midweek Clash

Southport welcome York to the Pure Stadium this evening for a midweek clash. 

Liam Watson’s side will be looking to return to winning ways after a 1-1 draw away to Telford at the weekend. 

With 11 points in their opening six games, it has been a solid start for the sport. 


Tonight’s opponents, York, have only won one of their opening three Vanarama National League North games this season, but are still unbeaten. 

The Minstermen were very unfortunate not to earn promotion last season, missing out on top spot due points per game. 

After having to settle with a playoff spot, they were then beaten by Altrincham in the semi-finals. 

Their only league win of this campaign came on the opening day, as they beat Chorley 3-1 at Bootham Crescent. 

The man in charge: 

York manager, Steve Watson, enjoyed a successful first full season at the helm. 

The former Newcastle and Everton right back started his managerial career with Gateshead in 2017, before joining the Minstermen in January 2019. 

With the Yorkshire club sat in 15th place when he first took over, he transformed them into promotion hopefuls. 

Key men: 

York have recently recruited the attacking partnership of Jack Redshaw and Harry Bunn. 

Despite neither having opened their league accounts yet, they will still need to be watched with Football League experience between the pair. 

Meanwhile in midfield, former Chelsea youth product, Michael Woods, will provide a threat and look to build on his opening day goal. 

Last meetings: 

The first meeting between the two sides last season ended in a 1-1 draw in the Yorkshire capital, with David Morgan on the scoresheet for The Port. 

Meanwhile, when they came head to head at The Pure Stadium it was the Minstermen who were victorious back January. 

A Jordan Burrow double condemned the Sandgrounders to a 0-2 defeat. 

Final Thoughts:

York have some excellent quality in their ranks, as proven by their form last season, but the Port’s strong start to the season means they should go into the match in a confident mood. 

Prospect of fixture backlog does not bother York City says Micky Cummins

By Joe Richardson

YORK City assistant manager Micky Cummins has insisted that the prospect of a fixture backlog does not bother the side.

Between tonight's match at Southport and December 1, the Minstermen are scheduled to play seven games on a Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday basis.

City should be able to regroup on Saturday, December 5 - a date set aside exclusively for the FA Trophy, which has been suspended for now - before returning to action on Tuesday 8 at home to Kettering Town.

But, as demonstrated on Saturday, plans can change suddenly.

Two of York’s National League North fixtures had already been rearranged because of a positive Covid-19 test at City, when one at Chester saw the weekend’s game postponed. City have now had an enforced three-week break from action.

Cummins, though, is certain City have the time, depth and enthusiasm to manage.

“You ask any player, they’d rather be playing the games,” he said.

“Now the FA Trophy’s been put on hold, that Saturday in December is a weekend off - they’ve said we can’t arrange any fixtures for that weekend.

“As a player, I’d want to play games rather than training and slogging all the time.

“Especially these last three weeks. We’ve been trying to taper them and hold them back.

“In terms of the fixture backlog, we’re fine with that. The season doesn’t end until the end of May so there’ll be plenty of time to get those games in.

“You just don’t want to be picking up injuries or going into isolation anymore. We’ve got that covered now, so it’s the individual who has to isolate and not the whole squad.

“The lads just want to play games. We’ve got a squad coming together pushing each other for places. We have the numbers to manage.”
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Fixtures for Tuesday November 10

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

Curzon Ashton

Ashton have signed defender Jacob Hanson (22) from FC Halifax Town. He was transfer-listed by Halifax in July. Former clubs include Bradford City and Huddersfield Town.

Gloucester City

City have signed defender/midfielder Danny King on dual registration with Slimbridge. He's part of Gloucester's youth programme and been training with City's first team while playing competitively for Slimbridge.


Southport have signed forward Jordan Archer (26) from Boston United fo ran undisclosed fee. His contract runs till May 2022. Archer previously played for Port in 2018-19 when on loan from Bury. He's previously played for Chester and Port Vale. He joined Boston two months ago.
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

Sat 7 Chester (h) - postponed, new date TBC
Tue 10 Southport (a)
Sat 14 Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Tue 17 Gateshead (h)
Sat 21 AFC Fylde (h)
Tue 24 Hereford (a)
Sat 28 Leamington (a)

Tue 1 Blyth Spartans (a)
Sat 5 Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (winners receive £5,250, losers receive £1,500)
Tue 8 Kettering Town (h) 
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)

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)

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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