Issue 040. February 8, 2021.
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George Davidson (Bolton)

Ray Taylor’s memories of the Pink Saturday Press brought back memories of those papers (TOOAB Issue 039).

Many towns and cities had a local paper that seemed to be printed with all the national scores for that afternoon's matches and could be bought outside the ground AS YOU LEFT the match.

How on Earth did they have the score and the result for a match that has barely finished?
Ken Thorpe (York)

I enjoyed Ray Taylor's story about the Green 'un and later Pink sports Press been thrown out of the Press van window and a customer probably me, Ray or many others would take them and run into the shop where Harry Pannal the newsagent would be waiting to cut the string tie with a large knife for the eagerly awaiting readers to read a full match report of the game that had only finished about one hour before.

The sportswriter was a City director Wilf Meek. At times we wondered if Wilf had been at the same game as we had.

Without modern technology perhaps he did his report on a Thursday to meet the Saturday's deadline?

Great days and at least a football league side to follow.
Richard Atkinson (York)

This my latest painting in lockdown!

Couldn't resist this view from the Pop Stand at York City at Bootham Crescent where I've been going for over 60 years.

I saw the very last game there on December 28th.

Editor: In issue 039, I accidentally relocated Terry Espiner to Malton.

Terry lives at Appleton Roebuck.

Darlington do not expect to be playing against York

By Craig Stoddart

FRESH from reaching the FA Trophy quarter-finals, Darlington are scheduled to face York City tomorrow - but Alun Armstrong has suggested it will not be played.

His club last week chose to vote null and void in the poll that National League officials are conducting to decide if the campaign should continue.

Quakers explained: “We believe that funding for the rest of the season should be in the form of grants and not loans.”

York are among the National League North clubs who wish to continue.

On Saturday, Quakers earned £6,000 in prize money by progressing in the Trophy by beating Wealdstone 4-1.

Focus is due to return to the league tomorrow at Blackwell Meadows, but Armstrong said: “How can it go ahead with the state the league is in at this moment in time?

“My point of view is that the league should have suspended for another week or two until the vote is sorted, rather than putting the onus on clubs to do it themselves. Clubs can’t afford it at this moment in time.

“We got money from this game which helps towards running costs, simple as that, Tuesday we get nothing from it. We want to play, but I worry for other clubs in this league who can’t continue. What’s the purpose when they potentially could go under?”

Darlington, Trophy winners in 2011, will discover their quarter-final opposition today, and with the semi-final being only a one-leg affair this season it means Quakers are two games from Wembley.

Armstrong added: “What a dream that would be, that would be unbelievable. It’s going to be tough but we’re only two games away. We need some luck in the draw and at home I would fancy our chances against anyone.”

Also in the quarters are Torquay, Notts County, Woking, Aldershot/Chesterfield, Oxford City, Hereford and Hornchurch.

National League set to introduce mandatory coronavirus testing to all 66 member clubs as season hangs in the balance

By Dominic Scurr

The National League is planning to introduce mandatory coronavirus testing for all 66 of its member clubs.

Clubs will be required to issue lateral flow tests to players and staff twice a week from February 15.

Chester director Jim Green claimed on Twitter that clubs will receive 30 testing kits to cover players and staff each week and this will be provided at no cost to the clubs.

Mandatory testing has been in place across the Premier League and EFL since last year but no plans have been in place across the fifth and sixth tiers until now. They remain subject to final approval from the National League board.

Speaking before the announcement of mandatory testing, Hartlepool United boss Dave Challinor said: “Testing is a big factor which I totally get and clubs need to feel safe.

“You’ve got to look at what best suits your situation. In terms of testing, the cost has come down massively and I don’t think testing twice a week for £300 is a massive amount in the grand scheme of things in order to test players and staff and make sure everyone is safe.

"Alongside that, there are arguments that as much as you test, it’s more around people who are asymptomatic.

"You’ve got to make sure you’re doing things right, whether you’re testing or not, it’s about being sensible in terms of sticking to the rules as best as you can and protecting yourself more than anything else.”

The National League season remains up in the air due to a lack of funding support. Club are now voting whether to continue with the 2020-21 campaign with Pools voting to continue with the season as planned along with Notts County and Sutton United.

And Challinor believes that the securing of adequate funding will ultimately take priority over testing in terms of getting the season to continue across all three National League divisions.

"Clubs are able to get tests off their own back,” he continued.

“We’ll be considering that but people have got more important things on their plate at the moment.

"If people were asked what was more important, testing or the grants, the grants and the money are probably top priority.”
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Tuesday fixtures

Alfreton Town v Gloucester City
Blyth Spartans v Bradford Park Avenue
Boston United v Kidderminster Harriers
Brackley Town v Southport
Chester v AFC Fylde
Chorley v Spennymoor Town
Darlington v York City
Farsley Celtic P-P AFC Telford United
Farsley Celtic v Guiseley
Gateshead P-P Guiseley
Hereford v Curzon Ashton
Kettering Town v Leamington
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 the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

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

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)

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

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

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)

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 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)

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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