Issue 045. February 13, 2021.
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Peter Gildener (Cornwall)

I so much enjoyed Malcolm Clark‘s recollection of times at Bootham Crescent (TOOAB Issue 044) so redolent of many of my own memories

Thank you.

And Dave Wake isn’t the only one who finds the word “Bootham “jarring as it was the bloody school I went to. ( OK so a little verbiage twist to satisfy me) and cheers also to dear John Uttley whose heart is firmly attached to his sleeve. 

I moved to Cornwall in 1994 when City was still flying high and that was all I could think about or talk about to whoever was in earshot, as a result of which Dearly Beloved‘s family, friends and professional associates, some of whom worked in the city itself, not only talked or took the Mickey but also always knew the scores.

I did once take DB to Exeter and she shouted real words of encouragement to the team in red.

Trouble was that we were playing in black. One of our players was carried off early on and I remember Keith Lowe bizarrely trying to dribble out of our own penalty area. It wasn’t a good time.

I did however meet and moan with loyal Terry Espiner who was sitting behind us.

Hell’s teeth, I could go on for hours. There was the time I was standing behind the goal at the Shippo Street end; the ball had stuck in the mud in the centre of the six-yard area, the goalkeeper was on his back yards away, there were no defenders near and dear old Alf Patrick hooked it wide.

Or the time when I was behind the goal at the Grosvenor Road end and centre half Eric Burgin scored a spectacular 30-yard volley that was still rising as it smashed into the net but at the wrong end.

Matt Middleton‘s face was as purple as the language which this naive schoolboy had never heard before.

Or helping to clear the pitch before the Arsenal match alongside David Bradley (yes, that one and who only wanted to talk about City whenever we met up after he had been appearing at the National Theatre or the RSC).

Oh, come on we’ve all dropped names now and again. Or Johnny Linaker twice scoring direct from a corner.

Night, night.
Simon Turner (Hornsea)

One of the tunes York used to come out of was the theme from Thunderbirds.  

I always used to think this funny as sometimes we were so bad we were in need of "international rescue!"  

Also at the same time, we had some sponsors who were leaders in waste disposal.  This placard was above the players' entrance and obviously their exit after a game!

Just more memories from BC.  Who recalls the cinder track around the pitch, apparently used for players training?  

Also before the David Longhurst Stand, there was a kind of grassy hill at the Shippo End where a bored 8-year-old could mess about.

That's about it from me, memory-wise. I am off now to try to secure my own crush barrier for the back garden!
Patrick McCauley (Edenbridge, Kent)

I  can address Malcolm Clarke’s question (TOOAB Issue 044) about City’s “Pearly King.” He was called Oddly, he was called Clarke too: Raymond Clarke – nicknamed “Nobby.”  

His parades around the pitch in his pearly suit was custom built to inspire the team; rarely saw evidence that it worked.

But I always enjoyed a little chat and banter with him as he strolled over to my boyhood spot at the front of the popular stand.

Alas, he died in  September 1974. We all have to die sometime, but it’s a great shame he just missed out on the great promotion season of 1974-5 and never had the joy of seeing us play in the Second Division.  
Chris Forth (Harrow)

Anyone who has enjoyed the recent TOOAB reminisces about The Sports Press and football in former times will find a new book, “An End Of Innocence” to be an excellent read.  

Across nearly 400 pages in 68 short chapters, author Tim Quelch covers English football from 1945 through to 1970, a period when the game went through enormous changes.  

He illustrates the changes by detailing seasons, teams and games alongside the evolution of the game, including player contracts, the match ball, a players’ place in society and match preparation.  

One of the longer chapters, “The Winter Of Our Content” covers City’s run to the semi-finals of the 1955 FA Cup and provides plenty of reasons why many of that side should be included in a best-ever City XI.  

Tim Quelch’s masterly use of language brings to life our cup run. His latest book is a worthy successor to his earlier works which coverage Burnley FC, Sussex CCC and cricket in general over the last 50 years. 
Andy Henk (York)

In response to David Wake of Durham (TOOAB Issue 044) – “Bootham Crescent  (am I the only one who finds the use of "Bootham" without the street's name jarring?)” 

No, David – you are most certainly not alone on that one ...!

Bradford charged for failing to fulfill league fixtures

By Rowan Newman  

BRADFORD (Park Avenue) have been charged by the National League after failing to play against Farsley Celtic (February 6) and Blyth Spartans (February 9).

The Horsfall outfit made it clear on February 3 they would be unable to fulfil both fixtures and will not change their stance until the resolution vote is concluded.

On that date, they told the National League: "We will not be bullied by threats into playing a game this weekend that is unsafe, in consequential, and will worsen our finances."

On February 11, the club were informed they have been charged with two breaches of rule 8.39, ‘Any club without just cause failing to fulfil an engagement to play a match on the appointed date shall for each offence be liable to expulsion from the competition and/ or such other disciplinary action.'

Yesterday, the National League stated fines and sanctions will be considered after the vote is completed.

The issue of “just cause” will be objectively assessed by an independent panel based on the evidence put before them.

On the whole situation, Avenue manager Mark Bower said: "It is just getting more and more ridiculous.

"The league have got a tough job but what has been going on in the last couple of weeks - clubs (potentially) getting sanctioned for not being able to play games - you cannot make that stuff up.

"Some clubs can stunt the costs for a little while to get the season done, but a lot of clubs in this league cannot.

"The league are very strict on clubs operating within their means. You have seen clubs expelled and relegated through not having their finances in order.

"Now they are asking a massive bunch of us to trade insolvent.

"If it was just one or two clubs saying this, maybe there is a way around it, but two-thirds of our division cannot operate in this way.

"There is very little in terms of solutions from what the National League has put forward, other than stack yourself full of debt."

The resolution vote at Step Two (National League North/South) currently stands at 18-12 in favour of null and void with 13 clubs still left to publicly declare which way they favour.

"The responsibility is on the clubs too," Bower added. "As soon as everybody gets their votes in, we know where we stand and it might just draw a line under it.

"It is a pretty straightforward decision. We came out early on saying the option we had to vote, what is taking so long for others?

"The problem at our level is if the vote is to carry on, two-thirds of clubs in our league cannot do it.

"That is unless you leave your staff and players on furlough and bring in volunteer or academy players, the integrity of the league would then be shot to ribbons."

Curzon Ashton charged for failing to fulfil fixture

By Duncan Browne

Curzon Ashton have been charged by the National League for failing to fulfil their fixture against Boston United.

The Nash are one of many clubs who have opted not to play contests since the two-week suspension of the National League North and South ended last Friday, citing health and funding fears.

Those clubs have received charges from the governing body which - as stated in information sent by the league - could see sides 'liable to expulsion from the competition and/or such other disciplinary action the board may determine'.

Other action could include a points deduction or fine.

Curzon Ashton announced on Twitter they had been charged with failing to fulfil fixtures against United and Hereford this week.

However, the National League have issued a statement clarifying no punishments have yet been put into place.

It read: "It may be helpful to explain that this process is merely a mechanism for the league to deal with each of the occasions for non-fulfilment. No fines or sanctions have been raised or recommended and this will be considered at the next stage.

"An independent panel will be appointed to hear each case and it will be at this stage the issue of 'just cause' as outlined in the rule will be objectively assessed in each case based on the evidence before them.

"In the interest of fairness of all parties, the cases will not be heard until such time as the outcome of the resolutions are known.

"It is important that the framework in place is followed in a consistent manner in all cases and clubs are able to make their representations appropriately and fairly.

"The league will not make any comment during the process on individual cases in fairness to all clubs but will issue the outcomes and reasons for the decisions following their conclusions.

"Should clubs remain unsatisfied with the outcome they will also all have the opportunity to appeal the decision directly to the Football Association which will be heard by a further Independent Panel in line with The FA rules and regulations."
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.

Hereford have released a statement saying the club will vote to have the season declared null and void.
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) - 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)

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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