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Tim Bulmer (Isle of Wight)

Ignoring for the moment that Joe Richardson (York Press) appears to be getting his winter months confused, today’s Boston COVID hit match would suggest that Tuesday evenings AFC Fylde farewell to Bootham Crescent match may now be in serious jeopardy.

Delay Monks Cross another match?
Peter Gildener (Cornwall)

Bene Decessit.
Bootham Crescent.

Editor: Latin translation - bene decessit. S/he has left (died) well (a natural death).
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Steve Watson looks to future with York City youngsters

By Joe Richardson

STEVE WATSON is looking to the future with York City's young players after two up-and-comers scored their first professional goals for the clubs in recent weeks.

York-born Rob Guilfoyle netted in a 4-2 defeat at Bradford Park Avenue on Boxing Day and Josh King scored a well-taken volley against Guiseley.

Guilfoyle, 18, signed for City ahead of this season after impressing at Hull City. The striker came on as a 60th-minute substitute and netted with a smart turn and strike.

Central defender King signed for the Minstermen as a 19-year-old ahead of last season and took a tricky goal well on Monday, December 28 to secure a deserved 1-0 win for York, as well as performing confidently at the back.

Also on York's books are 20-year-old former Scunthorpe United striker Reon Potts and 21-year-old Alex Wollerton, who has gone on loan to the Avenue. Both await their first professional competitive strikes in City colours, though Wollerton got the third in York's excellent 3-0 pre-season win at Notts County.

"I think we're the type of club that has to look at bringing young lads through and having a certain group of players we can build on, improve and get pushing nearer the first team," Watson said.

"You've seen it with (Josh) King and (Harry) Spratt over the last year or so, you've seen it with Rob Guilfoyle doing well from the bench, Reon Potts coming on from the bench. Alex Wollerton's on the brink - he came on against Notts County and scored a good goal.

"We have got lads we're trying to progress and that might be a big part of the future of York. I think that is important."

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

Craig Elliott keen to make Jake Wright a Boston United player this week

By Duncan Browne

Boston United are hoping to make Jake Wright's return to the club official this week.

The out-of-contract striker has been training with the Pilgrims as he recovers from a hamstring injury picked up in August's play-off final defeat to Altrincham.

The 24-year-old - who has had two loan spells with United from York City - has been a free agent since being released by the Minstermen in the summer.

"He's been training really well and we're hoping that in the next week we can get something sorted," manager Craig Elliott said.

"I've obviously got to speak to the chairman (David Newton) and Jake, but we've looked after him and he's stayed loyal to us, so fingers crossed

"I think he gets signed off from the (sports therapist) next week so we'll see where we're at with that."

Wright has scored 10 times in 29 appearances for the Pilgrims, and Elliott is hoping their player and manager can rekindle their successful working relationship.

"it's come from both sides, he's shown confidence in me as a manager and I have in him as a player," Elliott added.

"I think he's missed far too many matches but, in my opinion, when he's fit and healthy, he's a top striker at this level.

"I'm confident if he gets a run of games he'll be an outstanding player and can go on to bigger things.

"I think he's got everything needed to be a top striker, but he just needs a bit of luck and a run of games."

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

Fylde have signed attacking midfielder Sam Osborne (21) from National League North rivals Leamington. He had played 14 games for Leamington, scoring nine goals, since joining them from Notts County.

Brackley Town

Brackley have extended the loan of defender Reiss McNally till the end of the season. He arrived on loan from Solihull Moors in November.

Chorley

Chorley manager Jamie Vermiglio believes the club's £500,000-plus windfall in FA Cup prizemoney and broadcast fees will see the club grow following his side's 2-0 win against Derby County. Vermiglio combines his manager's role with a full-time day job as a primary school headteacher in Warrington.

Darlington

Defender Louis Laing will miss several months of football after suffering serious ligament tears in Darlington's Boxing Day game against Spennymoor Town. Manager Alun Armstrong confirmed Laing will require an operation and long-term rehabilitation.

Guiseley

Guiseley have signed 6' 4" forward Bailey Thompson (19) from Tadcaster Albion for an undisclosed fee. Thompson was involved in academies at Manchester United, Accrington Stanley, Bury, Blackburn Rovers, Everton and Tranmere Rovers where he was awarded his first pro contract. 

Hereford

Manager Josh Gowling says elite football should continue despite a spate of COVID-19 cases that have disrupted fixtures in the National League North. The Bulls have been isolating this week after midfielder Giles Coke tested positive, forcing postponements against Brackley Town and AFC Telford United. Click here for Gowling interview >>>>

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

After three years trying to consolidate York City in Division Four, season 1991-92 proved no easier for John Bird and he was dismissed as manager with John Ward taking over the difficult task. Towards the end of the season, York had won only seven of their 36 matches and were languishing fourth from the bottom of the table. Their visitors on April 11, 1992 were Hereford, who were only three places higher, and York managed to pull off a 1-0 victory to give them their eighth League win with a goal from Ian Blackstone

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 Hereford United 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 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

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
Sat 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Sat 9 Boston United (a) - postponed
Tue 12 AFC Fylde (h) (7pm)
Sat 16 Gloucester City (h)
Tue 19 Gateshead (h) (7pm)
Sat 23 AFC Telford United (a)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 30 Curzon Ashton (h)

February
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a)
Tue 9 Darlington (a)
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h)
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

March
Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
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)
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

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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
 
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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.
 
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